Amsterdam, 10 March 2016 – Startupbootcamp Smart City & Living, the leading accelerator focused on tech-startups in the Smart City industry, announced the eleven best startups that will join their accelerator program this year. After an extensive selection, they have been chosen out of more than three hundred and fifty applications from all over the world. The official program will kick off on the 11th of April. During the 3-month program, the eleven selected startups will get insider access to the most relevant connections in the industry. At the 8th of July the teams will present their progress to 300+ investors, partners and mentors at Demo Day.
This is the second year that young companies in the Smart City & Living sector could sign up for this program. The accelerator focuses on companies that deal with themes such as The Internet of Things (IoT), Urban Planning, Smart Mobility, Smart Energy and Smart Living. The previous batch of Smart City & Living startups was very successful. Companies like trakkies. and ComfyLight managed to raise capital and grew considerably. The Dutch startup Sustainer Homes, that provides a completely self-sufficient off-grid house, started a two-year partnership with Eneco, which immediately placed the first ‘Sustainer Home’ in front of their headquarters in Rotterdam. This is merely a few of the successes from the previous Smart City & Living program.
Diverse range of startups, products and markets
On March 8 and 9, the top nineteen teams have been coached by 150+ Startupbootcamp mentors. At the end of the second day, the teams incorporated all the feedback from the mentors into their final pitch. The daunting task to the Startupbootcamp team and -mentors to select the ten companies with the greatest potential. A challenge because of the diverse range of startups, products, and markets. From automated calibration of airport lighting with drones (Canard) to contextual ads on tablets in taxis to show to travellers during their ‘lost’ travel time (Cabture) and a matchmaking platform for working students and consumers that are looking for a babysitter or cleaner (De Vinderij). Extraordinary was the participation of the Chinese startup Dipper, that offers 3D simulation software.
According to Sal Matteis, managing director of the Startupbootcamp Smart City & Living Accelerator, the selection was absolutely not a foregone conclusion: “Choosing the final ten teams is always difficult. In this case, even so difficult that we decided to go with eleven startups instead of the usual ten. All nineteen teams made a big impression on the mentors and the Startupbootcamp team. Unfortunately, for eight of them the program still is a bit too early. I think we’ve created a promising generation of Smart City & Living startups with this 2016 cohort.”
Meet the eleven selected startups of the Smart City & Living class of 2016. Representing eight countries:
Cabture (The Netherlands). Creates contextualized advertising and user engagement experiences via in-cab tablets.
Twingz (Austria). Is a next generation home energy management platform. Using smart algorithm Twingz is able to correlate usage of specific home devices to energy peaks and helps you optimize energy consumption.
Dipper (China). 3D Simulation software and data processing for cities, natural resources, airport safety and more.
Canard (Spain). Drone and 3D software to inspect airport runway lighting systems to help airports save money, also extendable for oil/gas pipes inspection or windmills.
MyStay (Czech Republic). A hotel communication system that guests use as a virtual assistant that guides them through their whole stay.
ParkEagle (The Netherlands). A subscription-based, full-service parking solution for cities and business venues.
Nuklius (UK). A web and mobile app to allow corporate team managers recruit skilled people for their projects. Helps unlock talent within an organization.
- Virgla (Czech Republic). Building the next generation of context aware, mobile content distribution and CRM platform. Connecting customers with their favorite brands via delightful experiences.
Quicargo (Israel). A real-time bidding platform allowing shippers to book empty cargo space in an affordable and convenient way.
The Construct (Poland). A Virtual Reality app for phones that lets you experience the property that still has to be built. For architect studios and real estate.
De Vinderij (The Netherlands). A network platform of students who give care to people from all generations; as a babysitter, housecleaner and assistant to elderly people.
Founded in 2010, Startupbootcamp is a global startup accelerator with 12 programs in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Eindhoven, Istanbul, London, Miami, New York and Singapore, and a mentor and alumni network in more than 50 countries. For more information visit:www.startupbootcamp.org
About Startupbootcamp Smart City & Living
Startupbootcamp Smart City & Living program focuses on accelerating tech startups within the Smart City space such as Internet of Things (IoT), Open Data, Smart Retail, Smart Energy and Smart Home. For more information visit: https://www.startupbootcamp.org/accelerator/smart-city-living.html
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