It the final episode of the weekly SeaMedia series, Starting Up at The Studios! Walk down memory lane with the Howest NMCT startups, Claimd and Mirror Mate, who have now graduated from Howest and are off to new adventures.
Eugenie Brun, who made the series and who has been an intern at SeaMedia at The Studios for the last 5 months is returning to France. The SeaMedia team of Sarah, Muriel and Dulce are also all off to new adventures! Sarah will be the international relations coordinator for Howest campus Kortrijk. Dulce is moving to Amsterdam. Muriel is on a sunny island taking a break before planning her video future.
And this is the last SeaMedia video!
The big news is that The Studios was robbed the night of 24 June 2015 and the thieves got away with tons of SeaMedia video equipment. It’s a really sad way for the project to end but we won’t let it ruin the fabulous last 3.5 years we’ve had! Please check out this link to see information about the equipment that was stolen. If you see anything like it, please let us know or notify the Kortrijk police. You can see the serial numbers in photos below of the stolen goods.
The Studios and SeaMedia wish you a fantastic summer! We can’t wait to see who uses this space next and which startups and projects end up here in the near future!
And don’t forget Howest Info Day!
It’s been so busy at The Studios these days that we’ve fallen behind on posting news here! Our apologies for that!
First, let’s catch up with our Starting Up at The Studios series! You can watch all episodes here!
Watch episode 9 via this link!
Watch episode 10 via this link!
Watch episode 11 via this link!
Today Claimd were in the news because nobody can use the name “Freecycling” anymore thanks to a lawsuit over the name in The States. Claimd saw a big rise in users and reached out to freecycling sites to see if they could help them by offering their platform. Lots of Facebook groups with new names popped up, so the change of name won’t change the drive to give away things you don’t need anymore. Check out this article via this link!
Other big news is that the SeaMedia Howest project is really, truly, officially and unofficially done now! We had a great goodbye party for SeaMedia’s Muriel and Dulce. We wish them great, exciting new adventures and happy trails! Speaking of Happy Trails, you can hear their goodbye show via this link, also featuring former and current SeaMedia interns, Marta and Eugenie!
Other big news is that SeaMedia’s former intern Marta Scocco was back at The Studios and in Belgium to work on another video but also to set up screenings of the documentary she made here in the fall called Italians in Belgium. Check out the teaser here and stay tuned for more screenings. We already had some in Genk, Brussels and Kortrijk! On 12 June, after the goodbye drink, we had a screening of the documentary at The Studios, followed by a great Italian dinner and a warm and joyous atmosphere full of new and old faces from The Studios! Check out all the photos here!
Stay tuned for the last episode of Starting Up at The Studios – coming soon! The guys from Mirror Mate and Claimd do their final presentations for NMCT at Howest on Wednesday 17/06. We’re crossing our fingers for them!
In the meantime, have some zen with our pet sheep! The field next to The Studios was once home to bunnies. Now, we have these great sheep!
Check out episode 8 of the weekly series, Starting Up at The Studios via this link!
In this episode, you see Claimd and Mirror Mate busy, busy, busy, with some members doing presentations in San Fran in The States and going through the local stage of the Vlajo SBP contest. There’s been prototype making, backend coding, frontend development – you name it and they are busy with it! Here’s a selection of photos from that week!
These lucky guys recently went to San Fran with Howest goes USA! They got to visit a lot of important companies and see some great tourist spots!
And they got to present their startup ideas in San Fran and get feedback from important and experienced players!
Back in Belgium, Mirror Mate worked hard on thinking about its prototype in preparation for the Vlajo SBP awards.
Claimd kept on coding the backend and designing the frontend of its freecycling platform.
And The Studios had a visit from Maarten Lermytte from RedBeaver Media, a former Howest NMCT startup from The Studios. Maarten and his colleagues were busy launching a contest and getting likes for their Talentdepo app! Maarten was also checking in on Claimd and Mirror Mate and giving them advice for the Vlajo contest.
And then it was time for the West Flemish round of the Vlajo SBP selections, which both Claimd and Mirror Mate were part of!
And the winners were….
A big congrats to both startups for getting as far as they did! Between then and today, a lot more has happened – so make sure to check out Starting Up at The Studios episode 9. You can already do so via this link!
Wouter, along with his former colleague from elevenfeet, actually made The Studios into what it is today – a great space and place to work. If you haven’t been to The Studios, you should pay us a visit, In the meantime, you’ll see some of the great spots in The Studios in this week’s episode and below!
Though Wouter’s former company, elevenfeet, decided to stop after 4 years at The Studios, he still drops by to work on his latest entrepreneurial adventure of building up a tree house company – Stay tuned for more on that in the future! He also checks in with the startups and gives them feedback and advice.
This week, Claimd and Mirror Mate open up a bit more about what’s on their minds!
Tune in for week 8 of Starting Up at The Studios on 27/04 as it features lots of exciting news and info!
Feel free to come and try The Studios coworking space in Kortrijk.
Just let us know when you are coming! We will tell you all about it!
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Here are some photos of the startups at CEBIT a few weeks ago in Germany doing some market research.
Claimd held a workshop on Freecycling to get feedback from their user group to help make their freecycling platform more user friendly!
Mirror Mate were interviewed by Radio 2 about their startup experience and interactive mirror! Listen here!
We’ll be taking a week off from the series during the Easter holidays as lots of people are away. Some are on a trip to The USA with NMCT. Check out this video about the trip from last year and see some of the great places they’ll be visiting. Here are some photos from last year of things they’ll see this time too!
Happy Easter Break from The Studios rabbits!
On Thursday the 26th of March, everyone will be at JobHappening at Kortrijk XPO. Are Claimd and Mirror Mate going for the job market or will they continue with their entrepreneurial adventures? Stay tuned!
*photos from CEBIT – Germany via Mirror Mate
Have you met the guys from Mirror Mate yet? There they are below!
And what about from Claimd?
And some healthy competition between the 2 NMCT startups!
And no startup can live without coffee (other than the guys from Claimd, maybe, who both drink tea!)
Stay tuned for next week’s episode of Starting Up at The Studios, which will feature more hard work and lots of sunny days!
Find out more about what Howest NMCT start-ups, Claimd and Mirror Mate are up to and what their goals and dreams are in the next few months in episode 3 of the SeaMedia series, Starting Up at The Studios! Watch via this link!
The guys from Mirror Mate discussing the technology behind their interactive mirror!
The guys from Claimd working hard on the backend, frontend, marketing and branding of their online freecycling platform!
Both start-ups are made up of Howest NMCT students. They get mentored by teachers, coaches and start-up organizations, such as Vlajo.
There was lots to discuss! Branding, marketing, user groups, development! Each week they check in with their mentors.
Starting Up is serious business! One big issue with start-ups is how to get funding. If you want to support Claimd and Mirror Mate in some way, please contact them!
Starting Up can also be a lot of fun! Claimd and Mirror Mate get to try out their products and services within the safety of an internship in their own “companies”. Let’s hope all goes really well for them and they enjoy the ride and want to go “live” with their companies when their internships are over!
What we know for sure at The Studios, is that a lot of growth happens here and the sun is always shining in one way or another!
Tune in next week for more videos, photos and news!
Claimd at Bizcamp!
Mirror Mate at Bizcamp!
(photos via Proud Mary)
Claimd at Battle of Talents!
(photos via Battle of Talents)