Startupbootcamp adds Amsterdam to its European Accelerator Network
Amsterdam, 15th December 2011
Startupbootcamp adds Amsterdam to its European Accelerator Network, Hubs
unite to launch leading European investment and mentorship program
Today Startupbootcamp is announcing the immediate opening of its Amsterdam
affiliate as part of the first European startup accelerator program already running
annually in Copenhagen, Madrid and Dublin. Next year Startupbootcamp will also be
expanding to Berlin and London.
Startupbootcamp Amsterdam is founded by Patrick de Zeeuw and Ruud Hendriks.
Both have started up and invested in many media companies but also have worked
in large corporations. Both were part of the Endemol Entertainment management
team that grew the company from 3 to 18 countries.
Other shareholders will be Vodafone Netherlands, Boer & Croon and entrepreneurs
such as Kees Zegers (founder NU.nl) Derk Haank (CEO Springer) and renowned
journalist and investor Willem Middelkoop.
“We’re thrilled to be part of the first truly European accelerator”, says Patrick de
Zeeuw Co-Founder and CEO of Startupbootcamp Amsterdam. “This is an awesome
development for entrepreneurs in our region. We’re convinced that having a
geographical footprint as well as spreading our programs over time, with one running
per quarter, makes perfect sense. “
Our objective is to attract the best Global internet entrepreneurs to Amsterdam.” We
will bring our partnership with Cyril Ebersweiler Founder of Chinaccelerator in Asia to
the Startupbootcamp network. Thus giving all startups that participate in
Startupbootcamp access to China and other Asian markets.
Startupbootcamp is a highly selective mentorship driven 3-month program. Teams
are given a maximum of €17000,-, 6 months free office space, free software and
access to over 75 mentors per program including serial entrepreneurs, investors and
corporate managers. The program concludes on Investor Day where teams
showcase their startups to over one hundred of Europe’s most active Business
Angels and Venture Capitalists.
The first Startupbootcamp edition ran from mid-August to mid-November 2010 in
Copenhagen and attracted ten teams comprised of 32 entrepreneurs from 12
different countries. Since pitching at Investor Day on November 16th half of the
teams have raised external funding totalling over 1 million Euros with European
Business Angels and VCs.
The next program will run in Dublin from mid January to mid April 2012;
Applications for Amsterdam are open now and the deadline is February 12th. From
all received applications the 15 with the highest potential will be invited to a
“Startupbootcamp for a day” event at the end of February 2012. From those 15
Startups the 10 best will be selected to join Startupbootcamp Amsterdam which will
start on the 9nd of April 2012 and run till 6th July 2012.
Teams can apply to any program and there are no nationality requirements.
Startupbootcamp Copenhagen had teams join from Germany, Denmark, the UK,
USA, Latvia, Lithuania, Iceland, Austria, Israel and even as far an Argentina.
“The startups joining the new extended Startupbootcamp will now not only benefit
from the specific programs but will be part of a wider European community with all
the advantages that brings, says Alex Farcet, CEO of Startupbootcamp.
Startupbootcamp teams will have access to local mentors as well as those of the
other programs and they’ll be part of a growing community of high caliber
entrepreneurs who have experienced the same type of acceleration.”
A startup accelerator is a highly selective mentorship driven 3-month program.
Accelerators were pioneered by YCombinator and TechStars in the US. Accelerators
are a phenomenon driven by the lowered costs of IT and the power of networking.
Startupbootcamp was the first Global Network partner of TechStars and will continue
to benefit from the privileged relationship with the U.S.’s premier accelerator
Four to five cities by 2012
Startupbootcamp is already operating in Copenhagen, Dublin and Madrid and
Amsterdam and will be launching the program in Berlin and London during 2012.
Alex Farcet, commented that “each program will run once a year with up to ten
startups per cycle, and we are exploring if it makes sense to focus some programs
around specific themes.”
• Startupbootcamp programs will run once annually in each city
• Amsterdam will run from April to July 2012
• 10 teams selected from over 500 applicants
• 3 month program
• up to €17.000 funding per team
• Free office space
• Free legal and fiscal support
• 75+ mentors per chapter – serial entrepreneurs and subject experts (all volunteers)
• Investor Day with over 100 Business Angels and Venture Capitalists
• Innovative and scalable idea, typically IT / web
• Team comprised of achievers with a track record, no minimum education or
• Team ideally include a code writer and designer
• Any nationality
• Age typically 20 to 30 years old but no constraints
• No business plans, a simple online application followed by interviews
• Typically 2 to 4 teams members, one-person teams are not encouraged
The Amsterdam program is run by Patrick de Zeeuw and Ruud Hendriks