Startupbootcamp is a global network of industry-focused startup accelerators, which was founded in 2010. It operates 20+ programs in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Chengdu, Istanbul, London, Mexico City, Miami, New York, Rome, and Singapore, with a mentor and alumni network in over 30 countries.
As part of their program, startups receive funding, mentorship, office space and access to a network of industry partners, investors and venture capital firms. The accelerator typically takes a 6-10% equity in each company. Since its inception, it has supported over 700 startups, with 70% of these firms still active.
One notable success story of Startupbootcamp is Relayr, an industrial internet of things company that was acquired for $300 million by Munich Re. Another is SBC FinTech, which has supported successful fintech startups like Brolly and SwipeStox that were later acquired by renowned companies.
Startupbootcamp also hosts several hackathons and innovation programs. Among them is the FoodTech program in Rome, aimed at investing in startups addressing global food issues. Another is the FinTech & CyberSecurity program in Amsterdam which is focused on financial technology startups.
In terms of key people, Alex Farcet is a co-founder and former managing director of Startupbootcamp. Andy Shannon, who served as the Head of Global from 2014 to 2019 , played a significant role in the expansion of Startupbootcamp internationally.
Noticeably, Startupbootcamp differentiates itself by building programs around specific business verticals, ensuring that the startups in each cohort benefit from mentors and partners with expertise in the corresponding industry. This approach helps maximize the success rate of the startups they support.
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