Startupbootcamp Amsterdam Kicks off NFC & Contactless Interactions Accelerator
Looking for startups in NFC and Contactless Interactions
Amsterdam, April 15th, 2013 – Startupbootcamp Amsterdam, part of the European accelerator program, is starting a specialized Near Field Communication (NFC) & Contactless Interactions accelerator program this fall, in the Dutch capital. Major stakeholders such as Vodafone, ABN AMRO, International Card Services, CM and Javest Investment Fund have already committed to participate. Other major partners contributing resources and expertise will be Rabobank, Thales Nederland, PwC, VMW Taxand and AxiCom.
Last year the founders of Startupbootcamp Amsterdam, Ruud Hendriks and Patrick de Zeeuw, received a request from stakeholder Vodafone to investigate the possibilities for a startup accelerator program that is focussed on NFC and Contactless Communication. These are expected to be the next big thing in the mobile industry. NFC devices can for example be used in contactless payment systems, social networking and for identity and access management. NFC allows two-way communication between endpoints, where earlier systems were one-way only.
The new specialized accelerator program will kick off on October 14th 2013. Similar to the original Startupbootcamp Amsterdam program, the NFC program will give ten startups the chance to accelerate their business. With seed funding of €15,000, free co-working space, a sponsor package and guidance from world class mentors, the startups will get the opportunity to boost their fledgling businesses over the course of three months and will be introduced to the widespread network of investors that Startupbootcamp has built up over the years. The grand finale will be Investor Demo Day on January 17th 2014, where the startups will present their products and ideas to an audience of potential investors.
Need for education about NFC
Patrick de Zeeuw and Ruud Hendriks will lead the new Startupbootcamp branch and shares the need to get NFC to the attention of companies and consumers. “An increasing number of devices and appliances are NFC enabled, yet the majority of consumers have no idea what NFC is. With this new specialized program we want to increase the visibility of NFC and the possibilities of the technology. Most companies will eventually encounter Contactless Interaction challenges and opportunities. The contactless accelerator program is here to educate, stimulate and execute on these challenges and opportunities and to develop a local NFC & Contactless Interaction ecosystem.”
With the second NFC program, Startupbootcamp Amsterdam is the first accelerator in Europe to accelerate twenty startups in one year. Applications for the NFC accelerator program will open on April 15th, 2013.
Startupbootcamp (or “SBC”) is the European startup accelerator with a mentor and alumni network from 30+ countries across the globe. The accelerator program offers startups a chance to get intense exposure over the course of three months to world class industry experts who are also available as mentors. Bundled with seed investment, free co-working space and plenty of sponsor deals, startups typically boast years of results in only three months. At the end of the program, startups pitch at Investor Demo Day and over 50 percent of the teams have gone on to receive additional funding. The program currently runs quarterly in Copenhagen, Berlin, Amsterdam, Haifa and Dublin and only selects ten startups each cycle.
Ruud Hendriks – Co-founder of SBC Amsterdam
+31 (0)6 2955 1234
Emile Idzenga – AxiCom
+31 (0)6 2042 9460