Become a Startup Scout

Join the VC Startup Scout Program and expand your network while witnessing groundbreaking ideas take flight. A unique opportunity to develop key skills and influence the startup landscape.


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.

As a Scout, You Can...

Kickstart Your Venture Capital Career

Showing your skills in picking successful startups and advising founders is the surest way to build your reputation and secure a venture capital role.

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Help Your Ecosystem Thrive

Your community, region, or group thrives when its founders are given the chance to succeed before going back and reinvesting in their comunities.

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Earn a Share in Startups Without Investing in Them

Earn a share in startups you scout without the funds to invest directly just like a VC partner.

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Monetise Your Content & Community

As a podcaster, community manager, or event organiser you have a front-row seat to interesting startups which you can monetise by helping them fundraise.

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Create a Fairer Society

By identifying under-represented founders you're level the playing field for anyone to success based on merit independent from their social or ethnic background.

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Help Friends Get Funded

Help your friends who are neck-deep in their startups get the funding they need to succeed.

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Grow Your Personal Brand

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Available Programs

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Co-Working Space Organiser

Do you help run a co-working space as an organiser or a greeter? Do you come across interesting entrepreneurs and startups?

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Event Organiser

Do you organise an event, conference, or trade show? Help your founder attendees get discovered.

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Are you active in the entrepreneurship club at your college? Doing an MBA? Or are you a PHD student at a technical university? Help your fellow students get funded.

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