Eleven startups selected for Startupbootcamp Smart City & Living ‘15
Smart city Amsterdam breeding ground for sustainable startups
Amsterdam, March 5th 2015 – The eleven participants in the Startupbootcamp accelerator program Smart City & Living have been selected. In recent months, 19 finalists were chosen out of three hundred startups, to participate in the final selection days held on March 3rd and 4th. Eleven teams have now been chosen to develop their businesses further under intensive guidance. In this mentor-driven program, they will achieve in three months what normally would require eighteen months. On Demo Day, taking place in the first week of July, the innovative startups will present themselves to 300+ investors.
The eleven chosen startups focus on the process of making cities, homes and the environment we live and work in smarter, in various ways. From sustainable and mobile energy to off grid housing smart education and the Internet of Things.
Many foreign startups have applied for this program, which is led by the Startupbootcamp accelerator in Amsterdam. Not a coincidence, because Amsterdam is making big steps in the area of sustainable economic growth. And especially startups and their innovations play a major role in making the city smarter.
Neelie Kroes, Special Envoy of StartupDelta, says it’s a great thing that so many foreign companies will participate in the Startupbootcamp Smart City & Living program. “This shows that the Netherlands has a good reputation as a location for European startups, where growth is central. We need to accelerate and expand. Smart cities are the future and it is therefore important that Startupbootcamp challenges these startups to make the difference on a global scale. Let’s disrupt.”
Startupbootcamp partner Amsterdam Smart City (ASC) is pleased with the great interest of startups in the subject Smart City & Living and the city of Amsterdam as startup incubator. Maaike Osieck, communications manager for ASC: “We like to see Amsterdam as a ‘Living Lab’, where new ideas and concepts can be tested. This gives companies the freedom to develop their innovative products and services. Particularly the strength, creativity and innovative ideas of startups are essential in addressing the various metropolitan challenges. Therefore I expect that this class of Startupbootcamp can mean a lot to Amsterdam as a smart city.”
The eleven selected startups of the Startupbootcamp Smart City & Living program come from 8 different countries. 3 of them are from The Netherlands:
• Carnomise (France): Peer-to-peer car rental allowing vehicle owners to save and make money while they travel and give tourists more economical vehicle rental options while they travel. Carnomise was launched in Paris where it works with all major airports. So far it has serviced 14.000 car rental days. In the next few months Carnomise aims to expand its services to several European cities.
• Civocracy (Germany): An online network connecting citizens to discuss and take action on political and social issues. Civocracy will launch its service with several non-profit organizations and municipalities across Europe in March.
• Flattire (The Netherlands): An integrated platform for bike users and bike repair shops to solve bike repairs within 15 minutes when problems strikes bicycle owners. Flattire was launched in Amsterdam a few months ago, is already profitable and aims to expand its services to several other Dutch and European “bike oriented cities” in the next few months.
• ComfyLight (The Netherlands): Instant, elegant smart home security and lighting solution for every home. Offers an IoT solution that combines lighting and security for home owners. ComfyLight is currently part of the Bosch IoT lab in Switzerland, recently received €100.000 in prize money and has members of the well-known Porsche family on its advisory board.
• Stucomm (The Netherlands): A service provider that makes the communication between educational institutions and students more effective and efficient. Stucomm launched 6 months ago and is currently servicing over 15.000 users. The startup expects to grow to 70.000 users before end of the year.
• Tespack (Finland): Tespack provides the next generation wearable technology in Tech Fashion. Tespack solves recharging and energy problems while on the move. Tespack closed over €60.000 in sales in the last few months in the Finnish market and recently closed partnerships with Microsoft, Intersport and Amazon Germany.
• Sustainer Homes (The Netherlands): Production and design of off-grid (no connections to gas, water or light network needed) mobile homes by merging modular housing with state-of-the-art technology and design. Sustainer homes expect to be able to place its 1st off-grid mobile homes in Amsterdam before the summer.
• Multisense (Israel): A unique platform for user identification and security purposes in a smart city environment. Multisense currently runs its 1st pilots at City Bank in the USA and in Israel.
• Wiffinity (Spain): A POP SaaS platform that connects brick & mortar businesses with their customers using WIFI connectivity and push messaging campaigns to assure brand experience on the go. Wiffinity recently closed a pilot agreement to launch its solution at 1.500 point of sales locations.
• OOSM (Slovenia): A cost effective and easy to use digital signage and campaign management system, transforming digital screens and enhancing customer or user experiences. OOSM currently serves multiple clients in the telco and public transportation sector in Slovenia.
• Trakkies (The Netherlands): Part of the ESA incubation centre is redesigning the human experience through products and technology aimed to establish a seamless relationship between people, places and objects. Trakkies will launch its soft and hardware solution worldwide in the next few months.
Startupbootcamp was founded in 2010 and is the No. 1 accelerator outside the USA with a mentor and alumni network in more than sixty countries. The program offers startups access to a large network of experts in various industries during an intensive three -month program. After three months, the participating startups presenting at Demo Day their business to more than 300 investors. Currently there are running Startupbootcamp programs in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Istanbul , Eindhoven, Sittard, London, Barcelona and Singapore.