decolabs, an Augmented Reality iPad app that helps you "explore, simulate, configure and review interior designs on your iPad". He got last minute LeWeb tichets from a sponsor of the Antwerp start up accelerator program idealabs and was a little overwhelmed by the sheer volume of startups and digital ideas at the conference. Sylvester Vrints: "But the good side is, that you get a lot of help from other people here. You just need to walk up to them and start talking."
In just one day, Sylvester talked to more experienced entrepreneurs (like James Ferguson of "Building Energy Intelligence" system kWIQly), to a London based investment group, and to several other companies from the furniture design industry.
Does this mean Sylvester will be back next year? Of course. But he has some insider tips for first time LeWeb participants, too:
- If you're a startup, prepare your visit to LeWeb, so that your appointments are already fixed when you arrive.
- Stand out from the crowd but stay close to what you stand for. Wear a t-shirt that explains why you're at LeWeb, just like Maarten Schenk does.
- Prepare for moving around in a very crowded room that's buzzing with business ideas. There's a lot of white noise, so make sure they still remember you when they get home from Paris.