Startupbootcamp Launches First Amsterdam-based Media Accelerator

Startupbootcamp Launches First Amsterdam-based Media Accelerator


The program targets startups and scale-ups that harness the latest technologies and innovative business models to offer solutions for the creation, distribution, and consumption of content.

Amsterdam, 21 May 2019Startupbootcamp, the leading global accelerator for startups and scale-ups, is proud to announce the launch of its media-focused accelerator program. The first program of this three-year initiative will be run out of Startupbootcamp’s Amsterdam office, with a focus on startups that are impacting the future of the media industry.

According to the CB Insights’ State of Innovation 2018 report, Media and Entertainment is the top industry at risk of disruption, and more focus is required to accelerate corporate-startup-collaboration. As a part of the first cohort, 10 international startups will, therefore, be participating in the program, which starts on the 19th of August and ends on the 14th of November 2019. Together with experts from all over the world, Startupbootcamp will grow these young and ambitious companies through its extensive network of corporate partners, mentors, investors, media and marketing channels.

Innovation within established companies often focuses on supporting the bottom-line and optimizing existing processes. In contrast to this, startups and scale-ups work with the latest technologies on the business models and user experiences of the future. Startupbootcamp focuses entirely on accelerating the collaboration between incumbents in the media industry and high-potential startups and scale-ups with a media focus. This process is fuelled by its proven accelerator programs and a Proof of Concept (POC) sprint methodology.

‘Media industry’ in this sense is defined broadly where the vision of Startupbootcamp is that nowadays every company is a media company. Red Bull, for example, is obviously a producer of energy drinks but actually operates as a media company.

This program will be driven by Patrick de Zeeuw and Ruud Hendriks, both industry leaders in media, before co-founding Startupbootcamp. Bas Rogaar, is the Managing Director for the program.

Bas Rogaar, Managing Director at Startupbootcamp, who will be leading the new media technology-focused program commented: “Digital disruption is impacting the media industry and all players are being driven to evolve in order to preserve their customer relationships and bottom line. With this exciting new Startupbootcamp Media Accelerator, our aim is to stimulate the media innovation ecosystem in the Netherlands, bringing together key media companies, local and international startups, and scale-ups, mentors and investors. This ecosystem will play a crucial role in empowering industry players to impact the technological transformation that is currently shaking up the media industry.”

Patrick de Zeeuw, co-founder of Startupbootcamp Global explains: “The media industry has shown no signs of slowing down its pace of disruption. The demand for brands to connect directly with their consumers is ever-increasing and success depends on harnessing the power of both content and distribution. Companies who can adapt quickly will stay ahead in this rapidly transforming industry. Over the next few years, through this program, our focus will be on helping companies turn digital disruption into a competitive advantage.”

Startups and scale-ups interested in participating in the program can apply until the 27th of May 2019 on the Startupbootcamp Media website.



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Founded in 2010, Startupbootcamp is an award-winning global network of industry-focused innovation programs. With 20+ programs in Europe, Asia, Australia, North & South America, MENA & Africa, selected startups get access to the most relevant mentors, partners, and investors in their industry. Most recently alumnus relayr was acquired for 300 million USD. With over 800 companies in its portfolio, Startupbootcamp is backed by leading global organizations, AWS and PwC, and over 100+ global corporate enterprises.

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