PATH TO A GLOBAL SUCCESS: How to raise $33 million from top-tier US VCs

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PATH TO A GLOBAL SUCCESS: How to raise $33 million from top-tier US VCs

Ory Weihs, Co-Founder & Director of XLMedia and Matthijs Welle, Co-Founder and CEO at Mews will speak about the path each of them made from a small startup to a global player, worth upwards of 100mil US dollars. Matt will also speak about Mews path to become a startup unicorn and raise hundreds of millions CZK.

  1. XLMedia PLC, a bootstrapped business that was profitable from day-one and is listed on the London Stock Exchange since 2014
  2. Mews System  was taking the more traditional path with friends-and-family round, seed round, A-Round and B-round, and now is in a scale up mode. In August, Mews raised more than $33m for the expansion of the company’s operations in Prague and globally

The event is organized in cooperation with Lighthouse Ventures, a newly established venture capital fund with 23mil EUR for early stage investments and Bohemia Venture Capital. During the event we will also present the new Lighthouse Ventures Accelerator: Batch II accessible for idea-stage projects! 

When: November 14th, 2019, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where: Prague Startup Market – Prague Market (Bubenské nábřeží 306/13 – Hall 24)


6:00 – 6:30 Registration, networking

6:30 – 6:40 Michal Zalesak – Introducing Lighthouse Ventures, a newly established early-stage investment fund and Lighthouse Accelerator Batch II 

6:40 – 7:20 Ory Weihs  – The story of  XLMedia, how has it started, grow and where is it going. Ory will discuss several situations & dilemmas that he and the company have faced along the way including the IPO process and life afterwards 

7:20 – 8:00 Matthijs Welle The story of Mews, from an idea to a company, early dilemmas, raising money, pivot, scale up, growing the team, expanding to new regions and keeping the culture 

8:00 – 8:15 – Q&A – You can ask your questions also via app, just join at with this code: #W496 or use this link: is available from the 8th of November. 

8:15 – 9:00 Networking

Registration and more information on Eventbrite:

The event will be held in English!

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