Applications for Europe’s first AI accelerator by Rockstart will stay open until August 13, 2017, with the program itself kicking off in early October. The ten AI startups chosen for the program will spend six months in s’Hertogenbosch, working along with mentors and partners, including the locally-based Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS).
The startups selected for the AI accelerator by Rockstart will receive €20,000 cash and €80,000 of in-kind funding, office space in Den Bosch for the duration of the program, and support from mentors from relevant industries, as well as more than 50 perks and deals worth some €600,000. In addition to this, Rockstart is excited to announce that one of the lead investors of its acceleration programs has committed to invest at least €200,000 in an AI Startup of their choosing after the Demo Day.
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Start of Selection Process
Stage 1: Business Model & Value Proposition
The World AI Summit
Stage 2: Product Development and Partner Engagement
Stage 3: Scalability and Growth
Owlin is an ambitious technology company , who are developing the next generation of real-time data analysis, and that’s why we need best-in-class engineering. Founded in 2012, we have built an international team of hand picked people including Data Scientist, Business Hustlers and Designers. Instead of writing code on an island somewhere out there, you’re working on the next revolution of Big Data, products for clients like ING, Deloitte and KPMG and their end users.
Sympower is a platform that connects smart energy with smart homes. It enables smart energy systems to respond to the needs of both their owners and the electricity system as a whole. Its technology offers households a platform to become active participants in reducing the world’s dependency on fossil fuels. The platform integrates with smart heating and cooling appliances through a lightweight technology.
As well as customers going live in Finland, Sympower is currently realizing a pilot project in the Netherlands with Engie, TenneT and Stedin. Their international team has grown to 6 full time employees across NL, EST, FIN, ISR.
Wonderflow helps top brands drive consumer-based innovation by analysing what customers say in product reviews. Our perfect mix of automatic sentiment analysis and human quality check ensures unparalleled accuracy standards.
Raised €200k from top notch angels. We work with companies like these: Philips, KLM, Manfrotto, Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, TomTom and HTC.
We’ve created a strong curriculum that will help you design validation experiments, produce results and grow your business in a structured and accelerated manner. In 150 days, you will learn about the following subjects:
If your team is dedicated to turn your startup into a high-growth company, Rockstart Accelerator is a radical opportunity to push your vision forward. We’ve run more than ten acceleration programs since 2012, assembled an extensive mentor and partner networks, and developed a curriculum that provides validation opportunities and hands-on access to experts in a variety of fields.
Yes. Your investor(s) would probably like you to join an accelerator because they know what kind of support you can get by participating. Seed investors often spend a lot of time to coach the companies they invest in to increase their survival rate but cannot organize a mentor network or provide the expertise an accelerator can. Rockstart Accelerator will help you to bring your startup to the next level by teaching your team how to think through your business proposition, open doors that used to be closed, help you with funding, marketing, and PR, and make sure you lay the foundation for growth plus lots more. We tailor the program to meet the needs of the ten selected startups.
You need to have a team of at least two people to join the program. It is difficult enough to build and grow a business, so you should have a partner to be able to make it a success. During the selection period we focus on team dynamics and it’s a critical component of the selection process. You and your teammates should have complementary skills and positive team dynamics to be able to make it work.
That said, we do realize it is sometimes difficult to find the right partner. If you are very convinced that your startup should be part of the program, we recommend you apply. We might be able to connect you to the right partner. A team should be in place before we invite you for selection days.
Startups accepted to Rockstart’s AI Accelerator receive €20,000 in cash, plus an in-kind investment consisting of office space and other facilities, expert workshops, international events, exclusive deals and intensive hands-on (mentor) support, all in exchange for 6 percent equity. In addition to this, one of the startups graduating from the program will receive €200,000 in guaranteed seed funding in the form of a convertible note.
In order for startups to benefit the most from all program elements, we require founders to live and work in or around Den Bosch for the full duration of the six-month program. Our team can assist you in finding housing in Den Bosch.
We believe in the power of a great team. Since our program is extremely intense and requires full team dedication, it’s important that you have a strong team in place with a track record, motivation and potential. We’re also looking for innovation. It doesn’t mean that you have to come up with a totally original idea, but your execution of that idea has to be unique. We’re looking to change the world with the startups we work with.
In order for us to help you get the most out of the program, we’re primarily looking for startups that have developed at least a MVP (minimum viable product), have customers or users and some traction. If your idea is still on the back of a napkin at the moment, we suggest you to apply to our Launchtrack program or the next Startup Weekend and test it out. However, as long as you have a business vision by the time our applications open, we’d love to hear it.
Rockstart’s AI Accelerator is based in Den Bosch.
No. We are open to startups from all over the world. If you are from outside of the EU, we will support you in applying for the Dutch startup visa. Rockstart is one of the few accredited facilitators who can propose startups to receive this visa.
If you have more questions, please contact us.