New Startupbootcamp accelerator set to make Barcelona a leading hub for Internet Of Things and data technologies
Startupbootcamp Internet of Things & Data program opens for applicants ahead of 2015 launch
Monday 18th August 2014 – Leading global startup accelerator, Startupbootcamp, has launched a new Barcelona-based program aimed at attracting Internet of Things and big data startups from around the world. The three month program, which opens for applications today, will further cement Barcelona’s growing status as a world hub for Internet Of Things (IoT) and data innovation.
Startupbootcamp, which already runs eight sector-specific programs across Europe and the Middle East, will open its new IoT and Data accelerator in early 2015. The successful startups will work out of the iconic Media-TIC building, in the heart of the 22@Barcelona high-tech district, which already hosts several hundred startups.
The programme is targeting both consumer and business-focussed startups that are taking advantage of the massive recent increase in connected devices, as well as the platforms that are enabling those services. Cisco recently forecast that some 25 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2015, rising to 50 billion by 2020.
In the area of data, Startupbootcamp is interested in solutions that create smarter, customised services, both for consumers and business and the platforms that enable the creation and running of those services.
Teams selected for the intense three month program will each receive a €15,000 investment, as well as many other program benefits:
• Co-working space in a brand new cluster at the intersection of media and technologies.
• Hands-on mentorship from leading IoT and data mentors, investors and partners.
• Direct access to over 100 technology giants including Intel, Yahoo, Cisco, Telefonica and Facebook.
• A chance to pitch on stage at the connected world’s premier event, 4YFN, a featured event during the Mobile World Congress 2015.
The program is backed by well-known Barcelona entrepreneurs Angel Garcia, who assumes the role of managing director, and Marcos Cuevas, who will act as program manager. Also supporting Garcia and Cuevas is program co-founder Aldo de Jong, who is also co-founder of the innovation consultancy Claro Partners. There are also a number
of high profile corporate partners set to be announced in the coming months.
Locating in Barcelona means Startupbootcamp Internet of Things & Data is ideally situated to help startups benefit from the boom in IoT and data. Barcelona is already home to Yahoo Labs’ data competence centre and Telefonica’s Internet Of Things and data centre of excellence. Meanwhile, Caixabank, the second-largest bank in Spain, plans to open a Big Data centre of excellence together with Oracle, and Cisco is due to open a global Internet of Everything innovation centre on the same site as the new accelerator.
“Barcelona is becoming a worldwide technology reference,” according to Garcia, a founding partner with Lanta Digital Ventures. “With the annual Mobile World Congress drawing 80,000 mobile decision makers every year, it is already the mobile worldwide capital – now it is branching out. Last year, the city hosted 800 global technology experts for the first Internet of Things World Forum and now it hosts Europe’s second-largest regular IoT meetup.
“Additionally, Barcelona was named the European Capital of Innovation by the European Commission in 2014, while Startupbootcamp was named the best startup accelerator in Europe by The Europas awards. And, in terms of technology, Iot and Data are probably two of the most exciting areas at the moment. Add all of this together and we believe the right conditions exist to cultivate disruptive innovation, right here in Barcelona.”
Startupbootcamp Internet of Things & Data members will not only be working close to the beaches, Olympic Port and vibrant cultural life of this city – they will also enjoy an enviable contact network, premier business mentorship, a welcoming community and attractive access to technology markets throughout Europe and Latin America.
To apply for Startupbootcamp Internet of Things & Data, please follow this link:
The accelerator program begins on January 7, 2015.
Founded in 2010, Startupbootcamp is Europe’s leading startup accelerator with a mentor and alumni network from 30+ countries across the globe. The program offers startups access to world-class industry expertise during an intensive three-month program. At the end of the program, startups pitch at Demo Day to more than 150 investors. Startupbootcamp has so far accelerated 166 startups, 74% of which have gone on to win crucial investment as a result.
Programs are currently active in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Eindhoven, Haifa (Israel) and Istanbul, with other cities and vertical programs to be announced soon.