Expandly Founder Wins Google Startup Competition
The founder of UK-based marketplace management tool Expandly has won a Google Startup competion, and will be spending two weeks in Silicon Valley to take part in meetings and workshops with entrepreneurs, investors and executives.
Expandly founder Alan Wilson beat thousands of global companies to be selected for Blackbox Connect, a two-week, US residential programme designed to immerse international start-up founders into the Silicon Valley culture.
Blackbox Connect, partnered by Google for Entrepreneurs, brings together a handful of carefully selected, top startup entrepreneurs from around the world, giving them access to mentorship, intense training, and investors. Blackbox Connect was founded by Silicon Valley veteran Fadi Bishara, whose background is as a recruiter for fast-growth start-ups, including Zynga, SixApart and Tapulous. He launched Blackbox in order to, "inject global start-ups into the ecosystem, mindset and ‘magic' of Silicon Valley".
Wilson will have the opportunity to live at the Blackbox Mansion - a "big brother house for start-ups", where he will collaborate with like-minded entrepreneurs from around the world.
He said, "I am delighted to have been chosen – it's a dream opportunity for me to follow in the Blackbox footsteps of some amazing companies who have all gone on to be hugely successful. Going to the heart of Silicon Valley, and being able to make contacts, gain knowledge and be surrounded by the buzz of fellow entrepreneurs will help accelerate the development of Expandly, along with enhancing my own business acumen. I'm very much looking forward to learning from the experts."