An intense selection process
After a four-month selection process, over 500 applicants were narrowed down to just 21 teams. The teams competed for a spot on the Startupbootcamp FinTech & CyberSecurity accelerator programme at last month’s Selection Days. The selection involved an intense evaluation and screening process in front of the Startupbootcamp managing team and over 150 partners and mentors.
The 11 startups – and one yet-to-be-announced scale-up – will take part in a rigorous three-month accelerator programme, which kicks off on 30 October 2017 and ends with a Demo Day on 8 February 2018. During the Demo Day, the startups will pitch in front of investors, mentors, partners and hundreds of startup and tech influencers.
Invaluable and ongoing support
Each team will be mentored by Startupbootcamp’s impressive 1,000-strong network of investors, entrepreneurs and top execs. If that wasn’t enough, they’ll also be getting €15K of seed investment, free office space and support from Startupbootcamp’s awesome partners, which include the likes of Rabobank, ING, ABN AMRO, Moneyou and more.
Of course, the programme will get the participating startups on the radar of the world’s business community, resulting in many invaluable investment opportunities. And the benefits continue well after graduation, thanks to the Startupbootcamp Global Alumni growth programme, which connects over 500 startups worldwide.
“We are excited to be involved in such a forward-thinking programme, changing the face of the financial industry of the future” said Patrick de Zeeuw, CEO and co-founder of Startupbootcamp Amsterdam, The Talent Institute and Innoleaps. “We will carry on expanding our huge footprint internationally, with the majority of the selected teams coming from outside of the Netherlands to further support and enrich the startup ecosystem in the region.”
An impressive line-up of FinTech and cybersecurity startups
The 11 selected startups are:
- Abroaders (USA): Abroaders believes that flights are too expensive, so the company created a platform that compares flight options (paid and award flights) to help users save money and earn flight miles.
- Dolphin Blockchain Intelligence (Russia): This startup gives investors a one-stop-shop for risk and profitability assessments of crypto-asset investments.
- FinCom (Israel): FinCom’s proprietary tech uses cutting-edge AI and machine learning (ML) algorithms to ensure that its customers meet the regulatory demands of financial law.
- Gyomo (USA): Gyomo stops phishing by educating its clients and staff through gamification, ML and crowdsourcing.
- Hatch Money (United Kingdom): This smart bank is dedicated to the freelance and self-employed community, making their finances quicker, cheaper and more secure.
- KlippaCast (Netherlands): KlippaCast is the only plug-and-play digital-receipt device in the world. It makes receipt purchasing data simpler, more eco-friendly and as accessible as online banking.
- OpSeeker (Spain): This startup provides an online financial planner that helps its retail clients manage their finances more efficiently and effectively.
- Penstable (Denmark): This Copenhagen-based company provides sustainable pension schemes that are also low cost.
- Stampwallet (Curacao): Stampwallet is a digital wallet for loyalty cards that makes loyalty transactions affordable and easy to implement for B2C and B2B2C.
- Vision Tech Lab (Portugal): This startup’s cybersecurity software makes it easier for system administrators to detect, monitor, deceive and manage cyberattacks on company networks. Their innovative deception-based threat detection solutions use AI to analyse the attacker’s behaviour.
- Westgate (United Kingdom): Westgate researches and develops new computer security technologies and provides board-level cybersecurity risk awareness training. Their software makes strong authentication, data privacy and encryption available to all via a secure VPN.