Rockstart announces its fresh batch of Web & Mobile startups
Amsterdam—March 14, 2017—Rockstart, one of Europe’s first multi-vertical startup accelerators, announces its latest batch of startups entering the Web & Mobile program. The 150-day long program will help startups to fine-tune their businesses and help them to scale. This year marks the 6th edition of the Rockstart Web & Mobile program, which has already seen 50 startups go through it. Recently one of the Web & Mobile alumni, Undeveloped, was acquired by Epik.com, one of the top players on the domain names market.
“I’m very excited to work with these 10 great companies in the coming months,” said the Program Director Rutger van Waveren. “We see some trends in the startups that we select. First, there are startups with clear traction, six of the ten already make (serious) revenue, for example. Their challenge is to turn that momentum into increasing growth. Second, we see AI and Machine Learning everywhere, from understanding ambiguous data to interpreting languages. And lastly, the entrepreneurial spirit of the founders is better than ever. It is the people that define the success of a startup, and I’m very confident about the teams that are in the current accelerator program.”
The Web & Mobile program kicks off this week and will run until the beginning of August, with a Demo Day scheduled on June 8. Ten participating startups get a €15,000 investment in cash, more than €500,000 worth of perks and discounts from the program partners, access to a network of over 200 investors, and office space in the heart of Amsterdam. They are also backed by a team of over 100 mentors. In return, Rockstart gets an 8 percent equity stake per startup.
The program of 2017 is launched together with a group of partners committed to strengthening the startup ecosystem by bringing in skills, expertise, and resources. As legal partners, Benvalor & VBC Notarissen guide the startups in the process of setting up their business and legal structures. Burst will teach startups how to work with data and analytics to turn it into actionable insights that benefit their growth. Elevate Consulting Group plays an important role in the selection of the startups and helps the teams to optimize their performance by understanding each other better and work on their strengths and weaknesses. As sponsor and partner from the very beginning of the program, Rabobank provides the startups with financial advice and guidance as well as access to their extensive network. Finally, UGOO helps startups to find R&D subsidies to help them grow and achieve their ambitions.
Meet the startups
The teams of this year’s Web & Mobile batch come from Turkey, Lithuania, Germany, Spain, India, Iran, Egypt, Kuwait, and the Netherlands.
The team has spent the last year making chatbots for big Dutch corporates (NOS, the national broadcasting service, a big theme park, a big logistics company, the National Lottery, etc), smaller firms (e-commerce, law firms) and startups. While serving its clients, BotBoys has gradually built its own bot infrastructure (including applied language technology and AI tools and a custom DSL) from scratch. The startup has joined Rockstart Accelerator in order to productize this offering as a platform.
Bouw7 is a new generation construction management software, which optimizes the administration, planning, and project management of construction companies. The in-house developed SaaS solution helps customers immediately save costs thanks to an increased productivity and reducing of risks. With the software of bouw7, construction companies of any size are able to prepare themselves for the next era of construction. The product gives them access to drone technology, automatic bidding, advanced reporting and mobile registration.
FlyMedi is a medical travel marketplace where people can search clinics around the world, read patient reviews and book online. Every year millions go abroad in order to receive affordable, high quality treatments such as eye surgery, hair transplant, and dental care. People are facing three main problems in their countries: high treatment cost, low treatment quality, and long waiting lists. FlyMedi only list clinics that accept international patients and have international certification. Patients can also receive all-inclusive medical tour packages which include accommodation, treatment and transfer.
Frosha uses artificial intelligence to interpret and handle data in the same way humans would do. The startup employs state-of-the-art deep learning algorithms to process semi-structured data. It recognizes the true structure of the data, and is able to handle data in the same way humans would do, thereby eliminating slow and tedious work. Frosha learns from large public datasets and public feedback, improving every day and giving increasingly precise results. The technology the startup is using is able to handle worldwide data from different countries and writing systems. It is capable of handling any form of semi-structured input, and is not limited to names and addresses and order data.
Specializing in job positions with high turnover rate and commission-based salaries, Hunters solves the problem of the constant demand of salespeople. The startup ensures fully automated location-aware recruiting process from a candidate lead to interview: the system attracts candidates, pre-screens them, matches with relevant employer’s profiles, and invites to an interview. Hunters database has thousands of potential candidates for real estate, insurance, call centers and other related industries. Since 2015, Hunters has helped over 500 salespeople to land jobs across the Europe.
ONDURO is the most flexible online software for staff management and communication. Say goodbye to spreadsheets and be more efficient in every task, from planning to reporting. Easily connect with your workforce via the mobile app. Keep each other up-to-date on availability, schedules, hours and statistics—always and everywhere. ONDURO provides an easy-to-use interface that can adapt to any client’s workflow.
SCITODATE is a daily scientific recommendation engine. It provides tailored articles to researchers who seek to stay up-to-date with minimal effort. The engine can extract a user’s interests on registration by simply providing their name. SCITODATE will then automatically collect all their publications and analyse them to create a research profile. After this minimal setup, the researcher will receive a daily automatically curated shortlist of new articles. The SCITODATE technology is very flexible and can easily be adapted to fill other needs in the scientific community, particularly for publishers, universities and instrumentation producers. SCITODATE is able to offer reliable automatic solutions for problems ranging from peer reviewer selection, improved personalised search, global analytics about progress and science, productivity and influence analytics to finding potential clients and talent.
More than 230 million children under the age of five worldwide are unregistered, of which 71 million are in India alone. As required by Target 16.9 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, states should ensure universal free birth registration and guarantee that the birth of every child on their national territory is registered immediately. Without a birth certificate children lack access to education, healthcare, and mobility. They become invisible. By leveraging the blockchain technology, TYKN developed a tool that allows trusted users like midwives and doctors to register the birth of the child (a proof of birth) on an immutable, decentralized, and permanent record keeper. Participants are always able to verify the proof of birth, instantly, with a simple drag-and-drop action via the tool provided by TYKN. ZINC 2020—Zero Invisible Children by 2020—is the startup’s mission.
Vanido is an education app that delivers daily singing sessions to train your voice and ear. Each session is personalised according to the user’s vocal range and past performance. You can track your real-time pitch, review recordings, and evaluate progress. The gamified and delightful user experience keeps the aspiring singers engaged. Only a few months after launch, already half a million singing sessions have been completed by aspiring singers.
WeParc offers a modern solution to parking and car ownership via its own apps and API partners. The startup aims to transform the industry from a mere financial transaction into a seamless service. The customer can have one of their drivers pick up a car, transfer it to one of WeParc’s secure parking lots, and return it wherever, whenever they prefer. In the meantime, the car can be washed and refuelled if necessary. All of this is possible within one single environment. WeParc aims to strip the notion of owning a car down to the bare essence: transferring a person from A to B—all the rest will be taken care of via its suite of parking options and services. The company’s mission is to change the way the parking industry works by letting the parking spot come to the client.
Rockstart, one of Europe’s first multi-vertical startup accelerators, was founded in Amsterdam in 2011 with a goal to support startups the first 1,000 days of existence. Since then Rockstart has become the specialist in building entire ecosystems around specific domains—such as Digital Health and Smart Energy. Rockstart is actively building up entrepreneurial infrastructures around the world with its acceleration verticals, as well as early-stage startup programs, Rockstart Impact and Rockstart Launchtrack. Since the inception, Rockstart has invested in 98 startups across ten programs and supported them in their journey to raise more than €44 million and hire more than 550 people. Rockstart is a team of 40+ professionals dedicated to support and empower startups to become scalable and change their world for the better.
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