Accelerators inbound: StartupBootcamp, the BMW Startup Challenge and Xplore US 2017

Accelerators inbound: StartupBootcamp, the BMW Startup Challenge and Xplore US 2017

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Awesome accelerators inbound! As Startupbootcamp aims high and wants to innovate the commerce ecosystem by providing the most interesting startups in the world, the BMW Startup Challenge offers the opportunity to entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas to influential investors. Last but not least, Xplore US 2017 is looking for 10  ambitious startups to participate in their contest. The winner will receive a 10-day trip to Boston for an international accelerator programme at kTeams.

Startupbootcamp

The top-notch accelerator program, which is based in Amsterdam, is aiming to provide the most interesting startups of the world. With 4.6 billion people predicted to be online in 2021, StartupBootcamp see a chance to radically innovate the Commerce ecosystem. StartupBootcamp will host a program for which 10 startups will be selected. The chosen startups will subsequently work with 150+ mentors, corporate partners and investors. These professionals will ultimately help the startups create world class products, services and businesses. The 3-month program will also offer co-working spaces and 15.000 euros for expenses and more to startups. The program is also sponsored by some amazing brands, such as Amazon, Cisco, Ahold, PwC and Rabobank.

Application

Best of all, applications are now open! Startups still have 89 days to submit and get the chance to participate in the program. StartupBootcamp is looking for startups that still are in their early-stage. Participating startups also need to have an already existing product and a client base. Participating startups must also note that there will be a 8% equity share on joining th program. eligible startups can apply right here . So what are you waiting for? Apply to participate in this awesome startup accelerator program!

BMW supporting startups

BMW Group, the leading manufacturer of premium cars and motorbikes, will connect the most promising startups to their internal network of managers, engineers and decision-makers. The BMW Startup Challenge will be held in cooperation with StartupFest Europe 2017, from September 25th until 28th. BMW Group’s structure is build to support startups from the beginning of development until the release of the product. It is a stimulating ecosystem in which the startup is seen as an important partner which eventually will become the supplier of the product. Startups which are active in the fields of future mobility and clean technology are invited to present their innovative technologies, products or services.

The competition

BMW will judge all submissions and will start selecting 10 finalists at the start of September. These 10 startups will have to pitch their ideas and product to a jury. Subsequently, the 3 most promising startups will be chosen to present their product and ideas to a live audience during the BMW Startup Symposium on September 26th in Amsterdam. Journalists and other entrepreneurs will also be present.  All three startups will win a visit to BMW’s Startup Garage in München, where they can talk about their ideas to BMW-managers. The most promising startup will also win the opportunity to drive a new, special version of the BMW X1  for a full year. This car is the first BMW which is being designed in the Netherlands.

Startups can submit for the competition until September 1st via www.bmw.nl/startupchallenge .

Xplore US Contest 2017

Xplore US offers startups a bridge to the US market with their contest, by giving 10 winners the chance to immerse themselves in the Boston ecosystem during a 10-day trip. Here, startups will learn about doing business in the US by participating in interactive expert sessions. Individual companies will also be mentored by several coaches with skills and experience in different disciplines and industrial sectors. On top of these excellent learning possibilities,  startups will have the chance to meet potential partners, customers and investors.

So does your startup have what it takes to be successful in the US? To apply, you will have to fill in an application form. In this form you will have to answer questions about your company, your ambition, your product and your US market strategy. Subsequently, an independent jury of experts will choose 20 finalists, who will have to pitch their US market strategy. Finally, the jury will select 10 winning companies. The deadline for companies to apply is September 7th, 2017.

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