Rockstart Accelerator is an intensive programme that helps startups from all over the world to take their companies from idea to the market in 100 days by providing them with investment, office space, highly specialised knowledge, contacts and networking opportunities through a broad network of mentors. The programme has already proved to be immensely popular. More than 400 startups from 60 different countries applied to be a part of the 2013 group. Rockstart has now announced which companies have been accepted to participate in the programme and grow their business ideas in Amsterdam.
The 10 startups to participate in Rockstart Accelerator 2013 are:
- Zazzy: Revolutionising the way we create our own jewellery using 3D printing.
- 3D Hubs: 3D Hubs connects 3D printer owners with others who want to get something printed.
- Van Chefs: VanChefs lets you order-in from the best chefs around town and share social meals.
- Limk: Limk offers a clean web feed built around your personal interests by intelligently cutting through the web noise.
- Amiquo: Amiquo is a hosting platform for gaming communities. The platform aims to help online gamers to meet and stay connected before and after playing.
- iClinic: A secure web-based system that allows a physician to carry the data from his clinic and for his patients in his pocket, providing access from anywhere.
- Liscount: Discounted grocery lists, helping consumers prepare best-priced grocery lists.
- Gibbon: Gibbon is working to reinvent learning on tablet computers. Follow experts and learn at your own pace.
- Parking Defenders: Drivers reserve a spot in advance allowing parking businesses to utilise 100% of their space and maximize their profits.
- Cupenya: Cupenya provides an innovative cloud-based product to monitor, manage and optimise a company’s business processes through intelligent real-time analytics.
Amsterdam: a vibrant startup hub
The popularity of the Rockstart Accelerator program illustrates the vibrancy of Amsterdam as a startup hub. According to serial entrepreneur and Silicon Valley veteran Dan Harple, Amsterdam is a hotspot for internet startups. In a recent interview with the Dutch newspaper Het Financiele Dagblad, he described the startup scene in Amsterdam as “cutting edge” and “state of the art”. He is not the only expert who has praised Amsterdam as the place to be for tech startups.
Another key example is that app makers from all over the world come to Amsterdam to develop new apps. In an article in the Holland Herald, Mike Lee, the founder of Appsterdam, estimated that around 200 international app developers have settled in Amsterdam.
Rockstart Amsterdam 2012
Meet the companies that took up the Rockstart challenge by moving to Amsterdam in 2012.