Bonnier Accelerator sponsors GeekGirlMeetup

8 maj, 2013


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We are very happy to announce that the talent initiative Bonnier D2D and entrepreneur program Bonnier Accelerator will be Silver Sponsors of the GeekGirlMeetup.

Bonnier Accelerator is a unique business accelerator enabling developers, business minds and creatives to spend three months (with salary) developing a media idea or startup. Apply here!

The official deadline for applying is May 13, but since Bonnier Accelerator doesn’t want to miss out on any GeekGirls applying, they will open the application page again May 25-30, in connection to GeekGirlMeetup in Stockholm.

Bonnier D2D, together with sponsors like Binero, Academic Work, Tekniska Museet, Klarna, SVT, Carnaby, Aftonbladet, FDVK and 23video make a great lineup supporting GeekGirlMeetup in the goal of elevating more female role models in web, code and startups. Hats off to Bonnier!

We asked Bodil Ericsson Torp, Director of Communications & Human Development at Bonnier AB, to tell us more. She’s one of the six jury members for Bonnier Accelerator and also responsible for Bonnier D2D and the focus on digital talent within the Bonnier group.

Hello Bodil, can you tell us more about Bonnier D2D?

The media industry is changing incredibly quickly right now and we’ve seen a need to put the spotlight on and support our digital talents, as well as to create more arenas where people can exchange knowledge and experience. Bonnier D2D is a long-term initiative that includes several programs, such as the Bonnier Digital Forum, an event series where Bonnier staff meet to discuss and hear about a very current topic. And Bonnier Accelerator, the entrepreneur program you mention.

How does Bonnier Accelerator work?

It’s for entrepreneurs who would like to take a media idea with a digital focus and develop it within a big media group. You apply at www.bonnieraccelerator.com, where you upload a video pitching yourself and your idea. A jury will look over the applications and decide who will get to take part. You can even apply if you don’t have a specific idea – it’s just as important to have an entrepreneurial spirit and drive. If you don’t have an idea, we’ll match you with a project that fits your profile. Those who are chosen will get office space, a salary, a mentor, lots of networking opportunities and support to develop a business plan.

Why is the program only three months?

We believe that three months is a good amount of time to develop a business plan and take an idea to the next level. We’re also an organization that believes in the power of the individual, we believe more in tailored rather than standardized programs and the way forward will look different for different people. After three months, an evaluation will be made and there will be many possible ways to move forward if everyone feels that the cooperation works. That’s one of the advantages of being part of a big company.

Who should apply?

We have high hopes we’ll get some great applicants from GeekGirlMeetup! We’re looking for creative talents who think in new ways, are strong-willed and have a real business sense. It feels like we’ve come to the right place. Which is also why even though the application period ends May 13, we’ll be opening up the site again in connection to the GeekGirlMeetup late May, in case we missed any GeekGirlMeetup participants. Check out our site – and talk with us at Tekniska Museet (The National Museum of Science and Technology) so we can tell you more!

 

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Startup of the Month: MailBird with Andrea Loubier

2 april, 2013

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With our ”Startup of the Month”, GeekGirlMeetup starts to leverage the power of our international network with helping RT the tweet of the founders choice. We call it ”Support a Sister” #geekSiS . RT=♥

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Andrea Loubier, @aloubier, CEO of mail client MailBird has just launched her startup and recieved wonderful press from TechCrunch and LifeHacker

How does it feel after launch and wonderful press?
Right now I am leading a ridiculously awesome team that spans Europe, Asia, and America. Together we are creating MailBird an email app designed for Windows users. I live and work in Bali and love every minute of what I am doing. Today, I am networking like crazy reaching out to the people who care about online communication in our current world of IT overload. Everyday I am inspired by women who are also taking leading roles in the tech startup world, it is awesome. I enjoy life by the beach, surfing, eating great spicy food (I am the queen of spicy food!), and dancing a lot! What makes me excited most though is working with really talented people from all over the world that totally inspire me. I love being able to be the communicator, the glue that holds our team together, and most of all I love to make people laugh.

You have been called the Sparrow for Windows, thats very flattering. Can you tell us about how MailBird came about?
During an entrepreneur getaway meetup in Bal, two of our hybrid OS co-founders (Michael & Michael), dynamically working on both Mac and PC really enjoyed their email experience with Sparrow on Mac. They couldn’t find that same experience for email on Windows. Realizing the underserved market of really great UI design on the Windows platform, and the roll out of Window 8’s modern design, a ”magical mall application” was born. Mailbird. Sparrow was 10 years into development to get to where they are. We are just say of 1 year in, and Mailbird is already better. Our team rocks!

Whats in the future for Mailbird, whats planned?
Next will be not only continuing to optimize the app by direct feedback from our beta testers, but unravelling the next hot Mailbird features that take email management and hitting inbox 0 to the next level. We’re looking at a unified inbox to manage many different accounts and Wingman. Details and first hands on experience will be exclusive to beta testers. You’ll have to try it to get access! Who knows…we may consider dabbling on mobile platforms, since mobile has become a really great sidekick to native email applications.

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Say hello to hong kong!

20 juni, 2012

Today GeekGirlMeetup has an event in Hong Kong, so if your in the area, pop in and say hello! Follow them on their blog, Twitter and Facebook group.

The HongKong event is started by Jennifer Barba, a founder behind PrettyBooked.com, and is an evening session, aiming to create more female role-models in web, code and startups. Jennifer also aims to host a un-conference in autumn.

Best of luck and hope you have lots of interesting discussion, meet many new collaborators and geek out well!

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