Startupbootcamp Amsterdam reveals the next nine startups for its spring 2013 accelerator
From First Class to World Class in 90 days
Amsterdam, Netherlands, March 1st 2013 – Startupbootcamp Amsterdam is delighted to announce the results of its 2 day final selections held this week. Fifteen teams were selected from over 450 applicants to come to the Dutch capital. Nine teams from eight countries made it through the rigorous selection procedure and will commence their three month acceleration on April 2nd 2013 in Amsterdam.
“The teams that made it to the finals on February 26 and 27th all had a great ideas” says Patrick de Zeeuw CEO of Startupbootcamp Amsterdam. “Together with over 70 local and international mentors we tested the teams on their business vision and fundability. We did strict due diligence on the teams – do they have complementary skills and are they coachable? There are no losers – everyone benefits from the frank feedback from some of the top minds in Europe. After each team did 22 pitches, we made the following decisions:
In alphabetical order, the selected participants for Startupbootcamp Amsterdam in Spring 2013 are:
- 7Write (Australia) – This team are developing great tools for authors. Publish to all the popular e-book formats in less than 7 seconds with just one click. http://www.7write.com/
- AliveShoes (Italy) – AliveShoes is the gateway to the talents of the largest cluster of shoemakers on the planet- Italy’s Shoe Valley. Design, create, produce and sell your own sneakers & shoes to a global market. Tap into the creativity of the finest designs anywhere http://www.aliveshoes.com
- Easyschool (Cyprus) – Cloud based application for school administrators, teachers, students and parents. It focusses on making all the important information readily available to the user at any time and for teachers & schools to “market their programs” online. http://www.easyschool.ac
- Fuel (Netherlands) – Delving into the brilliant resources from the academic world to fuel innovation within corporates. Big companies can innovate! www.touchideas.com
- iLost (Netherlands) – Reuniting owners with their possessions in rather clever ways. http://www.ilost.nl/en/
- Kinems (Greece) – Designing innovative Microsoft Kinect games for children with learning disabilities. Cloud-based solutions for schools, therapy centres and parents. Learn, Play, Improve. http://kinems.com/
- Presentain (Canada & Ukraine) – The new way to share ideas and presentations with engaged audiences. Platform agnostic, Presentain is a complete solution before, during and after your performance. http://www.presentain.com/
- Swogo (United Kingdom) – The simplest way to make the best purchase decision for a wide range of electronic devices. Insights in an instant. http://swogo.com
- Twoodo (France) – Share tasks, ideas and work on projects using natural language – the way you’d speak to colleagues. Their software will revolutionize the way you collaborate online with groups in the same room or across the world. http://www.twoodo.com
Choosing Where to Accelerate
The Startupbootcamp Finalists had clear reasons for choosing the Startup accelerator program in Amsterdam.
Tiffany Hart is CEO of Australian startup 7write. “We’re moving 16620 km from Canberra to Amsterdam for several great reasons. Although our two countries have similar sized populations, our research shows that take-up of technology is much faster in this part of Western Europe. And Holland has always had a very high percentage of self publishers. So it’s a great place to test things out! And we also appreciate that there’s an alumni program after Demo Day to guide us forward.”
David Arnoux of Twoodo. “Now that we’re in, we’re not waiting until April. We’ve already received high-quality advice from the mentors to help us prepare a month before the program starts. We need to launch a beta product much earlier and focus on a narrower niche market first. These are extremely important decisions which will help us get the most out of the program.
Dmirty Hrytsenko, cofounder of Presentain. “We know what challenge we’re solving for professional speakers and performers the world over. We’ve built brilliant code. Now it’s time to build a world-class company. It’s going to be intensive. But we’re fully committed and really looking forward to the challenge. Check out our progress at Demo Day in June!
Startupbootcamp is the leading European startup accelerator with a mentor and alumni network from 30+ countries across the globe. The program offers startups access to world class industry expertise in an intensive three month program. At the end of the program, start-ups pitch at Investor Demo Day and over 90 percent of the Amsterdam teams have gone on to receive additional funding. Programs are currently active in Copenhagen, Berlin, Amsterdam, Haifa and Dublin with other cities to be announced soon. www.startupbootcamp.org
Patrick de Zeeuw – Co-Founder of Startupbootcamp Global and CEO of Startupbootcamp Amsterdam
+31 (0)6 8142 9654
Emile Idzenga – Axicom
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