Ten ‘smart’ startups presented their products and services directly to investors

Global growth accelerator Startupbootcamp invited ten startups to present directly to investors on its Smart City & Living demo day, marking its fifth year of activity in Amsterdam. The ten startups were selected from a pool of over 400 applicants, and had already been collaborating with over 150 mentors, partners and investors over a three-month period. This event marked the end of their acceleration programme. Their ‘smart’ ideas covered mobility, government, advertising, waste management, society and travel, among other sectors.

Acceleration is an invaluable part of the startup ecosystem

Startupbootcamp has so far graduated over 100 startups across three industries; 85% of their Amsterdam alumni remain active today. Accelerators provide initial expertise and access to funding, but also support them throughout their growth phase via a network of alumni and dedicated programmes.

Ten international and three Netherlands-based startups join the alumni

This year’s graduates include three Netherlands-based startups, and seven international ones. Leave Your Luggage, for instance, aims to take over the logistical hassle of transporting your luggage between the airport and your hotel and back, with plans to expand its services and spread to all major cities worldwide. Another graduate company, SharePeople, has created a risk-sharing platform that hopes to do away with the need for insurance, and has already started helping independent professionals in the Netherlands protect their income. Smart startups such as these plan to change the way we work and live, and will work to develop technologies that become integral across several industries.