Join Rockstart’s 150-day Web & Mobile Accelerator program to grow your company and get ready for investment. Rockstart supports entrepreneurs with a strong purpose by connecting them with the brightest minds in the industry. We’re looking for startups with a great founding team, a well built product and early traction to create solutions for big problems.
We’re interested in startups that are creating the future, using promising new technologies (AI, Blockchain, sensors) to make a positive impact. Focus areas include:
As a member of the 2017 Web & Mobile cohort, your team will work with mentors, industry-specific experts and fellow founders to build, validate and scale your business.
Start of Selection Process
Stage 1: Business Model & Value Proposition
Stage 2: Product Development
Stage 3: Fundraising Preparation
Stage 4: Realizing Growth
La Manicurista offers an instant service for manicures and pedicures at home, connecting clients and manicurists through a mobile platform. La Manicurista guarantees a 24/7 service and the arrival of a manicurist at the user’s home in less than 45 minutes. In addition, they have already implemented new beauty services such as waxing, blower and massages.
La Manicurista has more than 30 thousand downloads in Google Play and the Apple Store, 3200 active users and over 150 beauty professionals. On a monthly basis, they provide more than 3000 services. The team recently closed an investment round for 900,000,000 COP.
Foody produces and delivers healthy gourmet food at affordable prices, to eat well every day.
Foody is developing its product fast. Since October 2017 the company went from 78 to 284 subscribers, selling 3112 lunches in April 2018. The team closed a 580,000,000 COP investment round from new investors in 2018.
QUEO manages secure parking for employees, by connecting parking lot owners to companies to reserve exclusive parking spaces near their office or places of work at an affordable rate. This business model provides an extra income to the owner of the parking lot and an efficient solution to its users.
Since October 2017, the company has experienced a 265% growth to 380 subscribers and raised 300,000,000 COP in investment.
MedicApp is the first application in Colombia that leverages the collaborative economy model in the health sector. Their services range from sending medical consultations and laboratory tests at home to requesting ambulance services. All this can be done by the mobile platform MedicApp, thus solving the problems that some patients find in accessing health services.
They’ve reached over 1000 downloads, more than 3000 visits to their website and currently have 130 active subscribers. They raised 120,000,000 COP in funding.
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 startup forward. Founded in Amsterdam in 2012, we’ve run multiple accelerator programs, assembled an extensive mentor and partner network 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 have been closed, help you with funding, marketing & PR and make sure you lay the foundation for growth plus lots more. We tailor the program to meet the needs of the 10 selected startups.
Please contact us to see if we can help you at the specific stage you are now.
You need to have a team of 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. However, we 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 Web & Mobile Accelerator receive €15,000 in cash, plus an in-kind investment consisting of office space and other facilities, expert workshops, international events, exclusive deals, intensive hands-on (mentor) support and more, all in exchange for 8% equity.
In order for startups to benefit the most from all program elements, we require founders to live and work in Bogotá for the full duration of the 150-day program. Our team can assist you in finding housing in Bogotá.
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 attend a Rockstart Answers event or go to the next Startup Weekend and test it out. However, as long as you have a concrete business vision by the time our applications open, we’d love to hear it.
Rockstart’s Web & Mobile Accelerator is based in Bogotá, Colombia. One of Latin America’s major startup hubs, it’s known for its international climate, entrepreneurial ecosystem and central location. It is the place for any startup to grow internationally.
No. We are open to startups from all over the world.
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