Yesterday I went to a Start Up bar at the hotel bar the Capital. The Startup Bar is an initiative from the magazine “Starta & Driva företag” and the idea is to let people network in a relaxed and modern way to get the connections entrepreneurs need for their start up. It’s open for everyone and it’s for free.1
The StartUp Bar is located on the roof top bar The Capital at the Scandic Continental hotel.
The first person I meet in the elevator up to the rooftop bar was Josefin, the founder of the StartUp Bar. I had a chat with her about the StartUp Bar and she explained for me that she felt like something like this was missing in Stockholm. She works normally at the magazine “Starta och driva företag”. A magazine for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs. Josefin gave me a couple of good advises how to start a conversation and told me not to be shy to start to talk to people.
Well, to start talking to people was never a problem. Right after I entered the bar a man confronted me and we started to talk. The man’s name was Ibrahim Tannira and was a sales and marketing manager from Palestine. He was in Stockholm to look for companies that wanted to outsource software engineering to the company (Asal technologies) he worked for in Palestine. We talked about the difficulties he had encountered and how he needed to persuade his clients that what he offered was better than to outsource it to cheaper countries as example Indie. He had been an entrepreneur before he started to work for Asal Technologies and we talked about the difficulties in the beginning to get founded.
Ibrahim had rented an apartment on AirBNB from a girl called Nina. She showed up at the bar and she was an entrepreneur too. She worked on her fourth start up project now, a dating app where the persons got connected true there mutual friends and the friends got to decide what the where going to do on their date. She told me about the importance of trying the product before launce and finding the right target group. We had a really nice talk and I got useful information.
Ibrahim and Nina at the StartUp bar.