Startupbootcamp is supporting the growing NFC market with the announcement of ten new startups

Startupbootcamp is supporting the growing NFC market with the announcement of ten new startups

13-Sep-2013

Media Release

Startupbootcamp is supporting the growing NFC market with the announcement of ten new startups

Amsterdam, Netherlands, September 12th 2013 – Startupbootcamp is delighted to announce the results of its two day final selections held this week. Fourteen teams from nine countries were selected from over 250 applicants to come to the Dutch capital and pitch their business. Ten teams from seven countries made it through the rigorous selection procedure and will commence their three month acceleration on October 14th 2013 in Amsterdam.

In alphabetical order, the selected participants for Startupbootcamp Amsterdam NFC and Contactless Interactions are:

Beestar (Netherlands) offers hyper-precise kinematics technology to sports equipment providers, who want to enhance their products with centimetric positioning.

Buzzoek (Netherlands) connects merchants to shoppers via 10M Dutch public transportation cards based on NFC. Buzzoek helps small and medium sized enterprises increase their customer loyalty and obtain the same functionality as the big players.

Mobypark (France) is a platform for companies, which allows them to rent out private parking spaces to people that have difficulties to find a parking spot in big cities.

Relayr (Germany) is a Platform as a Service, enabling developers to easily build useful Internet of Things-applications to control any sensor on any device.

Tag a pet (United States of America) develops innovative pet protection products, with the overall goal of solving the problem of lost pets.

Tag’by (France) offers a social marketing solution for physical places by generating branded publications on users’ Facebook walls through the use of tablets and NFC.

TagTagCity (Belgium) brings Facebook and Google Maps together and automatically creates mobile websites for companies. TagTagCity was selected as ‘Startup Of The Year’ by the CMO of Facebook and 25 VC’s.

Tap Track (Canada) provides hardware & software solutions that allow people to seamlessly access online content relevant to the physical world. Watcher Enterprises (Netherlands) develops small and smart watches that help parents find their children. The kids watcher and Parent app allow parents to track down their children when they are out of sight.

YES.TAP (Canada) puts the ‘fast’ back in fast food by allowing people to order and pay with a single tap on their NFC phone, without having to stand in line.

“The teams that made it to the Final Selection Days all had inspiring ideas when it comes to NFC and Contactless Interactions technology. They came from practically all corners of the world”, says Patrick de Zeeuw, CEO of Startupbootcamp Amsterdam. “Supported by almost eighty local and international mentors we have tested the startups to determine their business vision, market potential and scalability. Most of all we looked at the team compositions – do their skills and expertise complement each other, and are they open to intensive mentoring? After close deliberation the teams we selected came out on top.”

Choosing where to accelerate

The Startupbootcamp NFC & Contactless finalists had clear reasons for choosing the Startup accelerator program in Amsterdam.

Jean-Yves Baubil, co-founder of Tag’by from France, was impressed by the network and the professionalism of the program: “Our team is quite experienced, we have already seen a lot. Yet the vibe and the expertise in the Startupbootcamp offer so many insights that can challenge us to make the best choices in the development of our product, company and which markets to pursue. Within one hour after the start of the Final Selection Days we were sure that Startupbootcamp would be very beneficial for us.”

For Jackson Bond, head of product at German participant Relayr, the location of the program played a major part in the decision to enter. “The axis Amsterdam Eindhoven is a real hardware hub with major players such as ASML, Philips, NXP and STN. Startupbootcamp is able to offer us access into these companies which will truly help us make major headway in the development of our platform.”

Erik Recter, Founder of Watcher Enterprises, was a bit sceptical when applying for the program, he admits. “My main concern was the quality of the organization and the pillars that are the mentors. The level at which we were ‘interrogated’ by these mentors about our product, our potential weaknesses and our organization convinced me that the shares Startupbootcamp receives in exchange for entering the program does easily weigh up against the acceleration of our company it provides.”

About Startupbootcamp
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. Over 90 percent of the Amsterdam teams have gone on to receive additional funding. Programs are currently active in Copenhagen, Berlin, Amsterdam, London, Eindhoven, Haifa and Dublin with other cities to be announced soon. www.startupbootcamp.org

Contact details
Patrick de Zeeuw – Co-Founder of Startupbootcamp Global and CEO of Startupbootcamp NFC & Contactless pdz@startupbootcamp.org
+31 (0)6 8142 9654

Emile Idzenga – Axicom
Emile.Idzenga@axicom.com
+31 (0)6 2042 9460