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Startupbootcamp founded in 2010 is a network of industry-focused startup accelerators. It operates with over 20 industry-focused programs in multiple global locations. As fintech and cybersecurity are flourishing sectors, Startupbootcamp, the global growth accelerator announced the FinTech & Cybersecurity program in Amsterdam in 2016. The program was acclaimed in Singapore, New York and London before it made its way to the Dutch capital.
Now, the global growth accelerator of startups and scaleups has announced 11 international startups that will follow the program in the city from November 5, 2018. On October 2 and 3, 23 startups and scaleups had completed intensive screening at the head office of PGGM in Zeist. After a period of four months during which they had to undergo strict selection going through several phases to join the 2019 cohort. And, 11 of them have been selected for the program to be concluded with a Demo Day slated for February 14, 2019.
During the selection period of four months, 23 best companies from over 500 international applications were screened. These companies will benefit from the support from partner companies and a network of entrepreneurs, top managers, investors and partners of Startupbootcamp. The partners include Rabobank, ING, De Volksbank, Moneyou, ABN AMRO, PGGM, Van Lanschot Bankiers, Achmea, Nationale Nederlanden, PwC, Vivat, Capgemini, Comsec and the National Police.
Startupbootcamp alumni this year
Earlier this year, 2018 FinTech & CyberSecurity program, 12 startups were selected. These are Dolphin Blockchain Intelligence, FinCom, Gyomo, Hatch, KlippaCast, OpSeeker, Penstable, Stampwallet, Westgate, Vision Tech Lab, and FinBase. Now, let’s take a look at the 11 companies (10 startups and 1 scaleup) selected for the next-generation accelerator program.
11 startups selected for next year
As mentioned above, 11 startups including one scaleup were selected to be a part of the accelerator program next year. These are,
Cobertoo (Spain): It is a P2P insurance startup for smartphones that are an integral part of our lives, especially for the millennial generation.
Emcee (USA): Emcee is an investment platform for simulating people’s investments and donating to the charities.
FortifyData (USA): It is a platform for accurate analysis of cyber risks. It can identify and monitor the exposure of companies to cyber risks.
Gridarrow (the Netherlands): It is a platform meant to make it easy to put data in Excel using a simple Python API.
KeepWarranty (Portugal): KeepWarranty is a free mobile app intended to store and archive guaranteed receipts and OCRs.
RefundMe (Spain): This Spain startup is a platform to automate VAT refunds. It is meant for tourists, retailers, airports and governments.
Robolab (United Kingdom): Robolab is an app store and SDK for financial robots based on artificial intelligence.
Smart Advice (Turkey): Smart Advice is a digital asset manager. It provides financial solutions, especially for pension and asset managers focusing on the interactions between people, computers and behavioral economics.
Soisy (Italy): This Italian payment institution provides forward payments at the point of sale that are financed through a credit marketplace.
Swascan (Italy): Swascan is the first platform in the cloud and comprises everything about cybersecurity and the General Data Protection Regulation (AVG).
And, there is a scaleup as well.
CyberCentric (US): CyberCentric helps companies and organizations gain an insight into their data using KI-driven data classification system.
Commenting on the program, Michael Dooijes, Managing Director of the FinTech & CyberSecurity program said, “It has been a good scouting season for Startupbootcamp, in which we participated in 30 events in cities where the start-up sector is strong and has analyzed the latest trends in the industry. We will continue to expand the network of tech companies in the region by including the 11 most promising companies in the areas of fintech, cybersecurity, regtech and insurtech in our program in Amsterdam and to cooperate directly with our partner companies: the largest financial institutions, insurers and consultancy firms in the Netherlands. ”
And, Thomas Laffree, Director Innovation Management & Research, PGGM said, “PGGM needs other parties to continually renew our services. That is why we build a network with national and international start-ups via Startupbootcamp. We need their entrepreneurial and refreshing view on the financial services to be of maximum value for Pensioenfonds Zorg en Welzijn and the healthcare and welfare sector. We are therefore very proud to be able to accommodate these selection days of Startupbootcamp.”
If these startups complete the program successfully on the Demo Day in February 2019, they will continue to get the support from Startupbootcamp Alumni Growth Program. This program connects over 600 startups globally.
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