Miami, Here We Come!!

Miami, Here We Come!!

03-Nov-2015 by Andy Shannon

Yesterday, we announced the newest addition to our expanding family of industry-focused accelerators: Startupbootcamp Digital Health Miami.

What makes the launch of this new program so special is that it marks our official expansion to the States. We have come a long way since the first Startupbootcamp Copenhagen program in 2010, and yesterday we entered the country where our industry was formed.

You may know Miami for South Beach, art deco, and a lot of fun (which is certainly true), but the city has also emerged as a leading hub for health and other industries – specifically those looking to leverage close ties with the Latin market.

Leading research universities provide a technology anchor while a combination of local tech talent and sun-soaked retirees provide an ecosystem that’s ripe for digital health to flourish.

Startupbootcamp Digital Health has received amazing support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which provided a $2 million grant to cornerstone the program. Their deep Miami ties along with several other industry leaders backing the program will provide the firepower to attract the world’s best digital health startups to Miami.

Needless to say, we’re immensely proud Startupbootcamp Digital Health in Miami marks not only our first American program but also our 12th accelerator across 9 cities. While it hasn’t been all smooth sailing, and we sure have learned from many mistakes, it’s incredible to me that it feels like we have officially moved from being a ‘European’ accelerator to one with programs on 3 continents. Quite something.

As we grow, so too does our focus on a handful of core beliefs. We will continue to do everything in our power to support the world’s best startup. We will continue to deliver extremely targeted value through widely-backed industry focused programs. And we will continue our commitment to transparency.

Being open about things like metrics and legals certainly isn’t the easiest route to take, but we believe startups entering a Startupbootcamp program should know what to expect. For those of you interested in applying to Startupbootcamp Digital Health in Miami or any other of our 12 programs, we’re proud to show you our source stats including now over €100 million raised and 1160 jobs created.

And who knows, with two months still left of 2015, we might just drop a few more surprises your way….
Andy Shannon

Andy is the Head of Startupbootcamp Global. His past includes multiple startup operating and investing roles, with plenty of failures along the way. Andy has his MBA from Imperial College London and BBA from the University of Wisconsin - Madison