Dreamstake is a London based Digital Accelerator - an online platform with a global network of entrepreneurs. Our objective is to identify and help web-based high growth potential startups.
We are intent on changing the way that startups are developed and invested in. You will find the tools that will help you to connect with mentors and investors, build a team and find a place to work.
The Dreamstake Academy provides
knowledge entrepreneurs need to make their venture a success througha varied programme of workshops on ‘startup essentials’. These workshops contribute to the startup ranking which is a unique feature of the platform.
Paul Dowling - CEO and founder
Escapee from the corporate world, MBA survivor and fascinated by startups. This is Paul’s third startup. Paul has held senior roles at Cap Gemini, Lego and Racal.
Ralph Stenzel - CTO
Another corporate dropout and almost normal now. Ralph worked in development and senior technology management roles with Deloitte, Reed Elsevier and Siemens as well as various startups before joining Dreamstake. He now works both as our CTO and as the resident technology expert for our members.
Marina Atarova - Marketing Director
Responsible for all the buzz, cut her teeth at Daimler Benz. Now masterminding Dreamstake ambitious marketing plan, running events and blogging like crazy to build our Klout score.
Steve Everhard - Investment analyst
Working behind the scenes, assessing the startup talent and advising on investment strategies. Spent many years in senior roles at Apple and Mastercard.
A better way to launch a startup!
The accelerator model is now well established with big names such as Y-combinator and Techstars becoming an essential part of the startup eco-system. Funding platforms such as Angellist are also changing early stage investment. However, there is still a lot of scope for the web to transform the startup scene.
There are a number of issues with traditional accelerator models;
The advantage of an online accelerator is that it is inclusive. It is open to entrepreneurs at any stage of maturity. Single founders can launch their startup on the platform and work through the accelerator at the pace most appropriate to their business. The platform provides access to all the resources required to grow the business; co-founders, team members, mentors and investors.
The entrepreneur and their investors or advisors can track progress of the startup through to launch by using the unique the rating system. This monitors progress using a complex algorithm to assess team size/mix, funding stage, social media interaction and other criteria.
Once the team has been formed they are put through a series of workshops at Dreamstake Academy where they further improve their startup skills. The Academy covers essentials such as company setup, shareholder agreements, protection of IP and other topics. Further specialist electives will be offered. Completion of the Dreamstake Academy modules counts towards the companies rating.
Founders can take their startups through the workshops at their own pace. Once they become investment ready they will be introduced to investors. The platform is currently investor agnostic.
A big advantage of the online accelerator model is that the startup is visible during the whole launch phase. This means that interested parties such as investors can track progress and engage with the startups they prefer. It also means that the best startups are linked with the global investor/mentors community rather than simply the local eco-system.
Dreamstake is an online accelerator for startups. We combine data from Linkedin and Crunchbase with other startup related details to provide a startup launch platform. A key feature is advanced profile search which allows entrepreneurs to find resources from across the 6500+ members. We also connect entrepreneurs at our regular events and in the workspaces we partner with The Workspace Group.