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 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.

Network benefits

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.”

Startup 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.”

Further information:


Fact box


• 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

Team requirements

• Innovative and scalable idea, typically IT / web

• Team comprised of achievers with a track record, no minimum education or

experience required

• 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

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