Accelerator Startupbootcamp Amsterdam organized their ‘E-commerce Accelerator Demo Day’ on 22 January 2016. Ten startups, from six countries, pitched the results of three months of acceleration to an audience of over 400 investors and corporate partners at the headquarters of Rabobank in Utrecht. So far, the young companies already raised more than 3.2 million euro. The startups expect to make significant steps in the next twelve months with this initial investment.
René Steenvoorden, CIO of the Rabobank and ‘host’, opened the day: “The Internet and digitization change the world. To participate in it, we have to change our mindset. Agility is necessary. As a large bank, we are less 'flexible' than startups. That is why we like to work with these young, innovative companies, and why we partner with Startupbootcamp.”
Then Patrick de Zeeuw, co-founder of Startupbootcamp, updated the attendees about the ambitions of Startupbootcamp: “Startupbootcamp globally creates and stimulates innovation-ecosystems. Since our start in 2010, we have launched accelerator programs all over the world. And new programs will follow in the upcoming period, such as FinTech and Cyber Security in Amsterdam and E-commerce in New York. More often, we do this in collaboration with corporate partners seeking access to startups. Corporates realize that they have to innovate and change their organization in other ways. Today’s theme is ‘The Next Level’. The 10 presenting E-commerce startups are building on top of existing E-commerce solutions and thereby bring the E-commerce sector to the next level.”
Sal Matteis, managing director of the Startupbootcamp E-commerce Accelerator in Amsterdam about the cohort of 2015: “The startups that pitch today, change the way we look at E-commerce, retail, payments, and innovation. E-commerce is still in its infancy. These startups show us the future. They all have three things in common: they all paying customers from day one, they have been building on top of current infrastructure and have the potential to have a major impact on the market."
For the startups, Demo Day is a platform for big announcements. Several companies announced that they have acquired great new customers and partners. 24sessions, an online advice platform, welcomes Rabobank, ING, and Achmea as its customers. Clickly will collaborate with Shopify and liateR will deliver its 3D-sales solution to Athens International Airport. ShopAds, a service offering brands high converting product placements, announced Praxis and Makro as its most recent customers.
The teams have already raised investments of more than 3.2 million. Six of them intend to raise 4.7 million euro funding in the upcoming months. Sal Matteis expects that these companies will achieve their goals: “I am very confident that this latest E-commerce class is going to succeed. There are some hidden gems in this class. The number of positive responses from potential investors makes us very optimistic."
The Startupbootcamp Accelerator E-commerce Cohort of 2015:
24sessions (The Netherlands): 24sessions is the SAAS solution for online advice via video-chat. We help service providers turn arduous professional advice into smooth online experiences that people love.
Clickly (Portugal): Clickly is an advertising automation platform that enables publishers to monetize every word or image on their websites by creating an interactive experience for their audience.
CrazyLister (Israel): The first and only do-it-yourself design platform helping marketplace merchants create product pages that convert. With more than 21,000 users creating over 1 million listings, we are disrupting eCommerce design.
Dashmote (The Netherlands): Dashmote is THE curated image platform where you can search, instantly buy and download any image available on the Internet.
liateR (Greece): liateR is an innovative foot traffic and sales generating solution helping brick & mortar stores to engage and motivate millennials to Select, Try and Buy the clothes and accessories that they love, anywhere and anytime.
Moneylink (The Netherlands): Moneylink is the smartest, most trustworthy and convenient way for individuals to sell their stuff online.
ShopAds (The Netherlands): ShopAds connects brands to highly engaged online buyers at the point of sale. We enable E-tailers to monetize their most valuable online real estate by offering brands high converting product placements.
Skace (Czech Republic): SKACE is a crazy-simple performance management app that uniquely engages individuals within a company to give each other frequent and honest feedback, resulting in actionable business analytics for decision makers.
StoreGecko (UK): StoreGecko is a simple information management solution allowing typical webshop owners to manage their product catalogues and publish them with ease to multiple channels at once.
TryLikes (The Netherlands): Changing Customer Feedback into Actionable Data for retailers - "Stop Guessing, Start Measuring".