KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and eBay/ Marktplaats support high potential startups
Amsterdam, 13 October 2014 – KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and eBay/ Marktplaats partner up with Startupbootcamp for the world’s first E- & Mcommerce accelerator.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines announces today its support to the Startupbootcamp E- & Mcommerce Program, the world’s first accelerator program dedicated to the ecommerce industry. This sponsorship will be supported by KLM’s Innovation and Ecommerce Departments and is yet another example of the company’s profound culture of disruptive innovation.
“KLM celebrated its 95th Anniversary a few days ago. Innovation has been a key growth driver for us over these 95 years”, says the Senior Vice President Ecommerce Air France KLM, Martijn van der Zee. “Armed with the industry expertise we have gained, we are always busy with the next thing; exploring new technologies and business models to deliver exceptional services to our customers. Ecommerce and mobile commerce already dominate the way we do business. Our partnership with Startupbootcamp can provide us with access to a selective group of ecommerce and mobile commerce startups that may help us enhance our product and value proposition”.
eBay/ Marktplaats, a dream partner for every ecommerce startup, will also join forces with the startup accelerator in their initiative to activate and build the innovation & startup ecosystem for E- & Mcommerce by accelerating promising startups and working with the large corporations that are active in the E- & Mcommerce industry. The selected startups gain from potential collaborations with the resurgent ecommerce giants whereas eBay/ Marktplaats gather interesting insights from their first access to disruptive technologies and business models.
“For both eBay and Marktplaats, our focus on innovation and in particular mobile as a means to connect people and businesses and accelerate trade, has been the key in growing our relevance and impact on commerce”, says Olivier van Duijn, General Manager Benelux at eBay Classifieds Group. “It is an integral part of our innovative corporate culture to invest in (the development of) startups and to be part of the startup ecosystem to help move the industry forward to a new era. The Startupbootcamp E- & Mcommerce Program offers great opportunities to discover disruptive technological ideas that will enhance and enrich future customer experiences.”
Alongside KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and eBay/ Marktplaats, Startupbootcamp has attracted a network of prominent organizations as partners for the E- & Mcommerce Program. Rabobank, ICS Cards (International Card Services), ING, PWC, Sundio Group, Vodafone, Certa Legal, Business Models Inc., Q&A Communicatie, Wereldhave and InContext are all committed partners of the E- & Mcommerce Program.
Patrick de Zeeuw, Co-founder of Startupbootcamp Global is very happy with the commitment that KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and eBay/Marktplaats have given to the program. For Startupbootcamp and the participating startups in each program, partnering with triple A brands, having access to industry specific intelligence, know-how and network has proven to be very effective and beneficial for the startups and for our partners. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and eBay/ Marktplaats will benefit from Startupbootcamp’s know-how on how to grow early stage technology companies in a fast and furious way.
In the coming three months, Startupbootcamp Amsterdam will accelerate the 10 selected, high potential startups in their headquarters for this intense mentor-driven program to grow their team, business and network, and find potential partners and investors.
Here are the startups that participate in the class of the E- & Mcommerce Program of 2014:
• Eccentrade (Netherlands) is the first online information platform designed to provide complete transparency into overseas suppliers on the cleanTech and high-tech segment.
• Joopp (Netherlands) is the easiest and fastest website builder.
• Magnetic.io (Netherlands) is a next-generation, entreprise-level Ecommerce platform that completely rethinks time-to-market, usability and technical complexity.
• Printr (Netherlands) is a startup that is building tools to make it possible for anyone to get creative with 3D printers without any technical limitations.
• Quiver (Netherlands) brings you Smart Files, which allows you to embed and share your files with features such as GPS, Timebox, Download, Print and Print screen protection. Quiver gives you control over all your digital content, everywhere and always.
• RelevancyData.com (Israel) adds relevant data to your video content. This unique solution links video content providers, advertisers and users, and enables them to match the most relevant overlay adds to the right end-consumer.
• Saddl (Netherlands) gives you full control over the delivery of your goods and makes sure a courier arrives at exactly the time and place of your choice.
• Start Monday (Germany) is a mobile and web app where job seekers send a short intro video to employers instead of just a CV.
• Tom Kabinet (Netherlands) is the eBay of second-hand e-books.
• Yippie (Netherlands) helps people shop smarter online. We show you where a product is on sale. Seamlessly integrated, completely personalised and instant.
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 and partners during an intensive three month acceleration program. At the end of the program, startups pitch at Demo Day to more than 300 investors.
Programs are currently active in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Eindhoven, Barcelona, Tel Aviv and Istanbul, with other cities and vertical programs to be announced soon.
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