Startupbootcamp Smart City & Living, the leading accelerator focused on tech-startups in the Smart City industry, announced the eleven best startups that will join their accelerator program this year. After an extensive selection, they have been chosen out of more than three hundred and fifty applications from all over the world. The official program will kick off on the 11th of April. During the 3-month program, the eleven selected startups will get insider access to the most relevant connections in the industry. At the 8th of July the teams will present their progress to 300+ investors, partners and mentors at Demo Day.
This is the second year that young companies in the Smart City & Living sector could sign up for this program. The accelerator focuses on companies that deal with themes such as The Internet of Things (IoT), Urban Planning, Smart Mobility, Smart Energy and Smart Living. The previous batch of Smart City & Living startups was very successful. Companies like trakkies. and ComfyLight managed to raise a lot of capital and grew considerably. The Dutch startup Sustainer Homes, that provides a completely self-sufficient off-grid house, started a two-year partnership with Eneco, which immediately placed the first ‘Sustainer Home’ in front of their headquarters in Rotterdam. This is merely a few of our successes from our previous Smart City & Living program.
On March 8 and 9, the top nineteen teams have been coached by 150+ Startupbootcamp mentors. At the end of the second day, the teams incorporated all the feedback from the mentors into their final pitch. The daunting task to the Startupbootcamp team and -mentors to select the ten companies with the greatest potential. A challenge because of the diverse range of startups, products, and markets. From automated calibration of airport lighting with drones (Canard) to contextual ads on tablets in taxis to show to travellers during their 'lost' travel time (Cabture) and a matchmaking platform for working students and consumers that are looking for a babysitter or cleaner (De Vinderij). Extraordinary was the participation of the startup of Chinese origin Dipper, that offers 3D simulation software.
According to Sal Matteis, managing director of the Startupbootcamp Smart City & Living Accelerator, the selection was absolutely not a foregone conclusion: “Choosing the final ten teams is always difficult. In this case, even so difficult that we decided to go with eleven startups, instead of the usual ten. All nineteen teams made ââa big impression on the mentors and the Startupbootcamp team. Unfortunately, for eight of them the program still is a bit too early. I think we've created a promising generation of Smart City & Living startups with this 2016 cohort."
Meet the eleven selected startups of the Smart City & Living cohort of 2016. They come from eight countries, three teams of this class are of Dutch origin:
- Cabture (Netherlands). Cabture provides contextualized taxi advertising and user engagement experience via in-cab tablets.
- Virgla (Czech Republic). Allows brands to interact, engage and reward their customers via a simple platform.
- Twingz (Austria). A home data management solution to measure energy consumption and provide suggestions on how to improve.
- Dipper (China). 3D Simulation software and data processing for cities, natural resources, airport safety and more.
- Canard (Spain). Drone and 3D software to inspect airport runway lighting systems to help airports save money, also extendable for oil/gas pipes inspection or windmills.
- MyStay (Czech Republic). A hotel communication system that guests use as a virtual assistant that guides them through their whole stay.
- ParkEagle. A subscription-based, full-service parking solution for cities and business venues.
- Nuklius (UK). A web and mobile app to allow corporate team managers recruit skilled people for their projects. Helps unlock talent within an organization.
- Quicargo (Israel). A real-time bidding platform allowing shippers to book empty cargo space in an affordable and convenient way.
- The Construct (Poland). A Virtual Reality app for phones that lets you experience the property that still has to be built. For architect studios and real estate.
- Mypo. A box that gets attached to home door to never have to miss a delivery. Automatically lets a postman open the box, which is indestructible and thief-safe.
- De Vinderij (Netherlands). A network platform of students who give care to people from all generations; as a babysitter, housecleaner and assistant to elderly people.