Julie Donders

THEY ARE 10 & THEY ROCK! Meet Rockstart Accelerator 2013 Startups!


It took six intense weeks to select them, but here they are and they rock!

These are the 10 startups to join our 2013 acceleration program in Amsterdam in less than two weeks:

Zazzy: “Revolutionizing the way we create our own jewelry using 3D printing”

3D Hubs: 3D Hubs connects 3D printer owners with people who like to get something printed

Van Chefs: “Want to feed your urban lifestyle with quality and convenience? VanChefs lets you order-in from the best chefs in town and share social meal”

Limk: “Limk offers a clean feed built around your interests by cutting through the web noise intelligently”

Amiquo: Amiquo is a hosting platform for gaming communities. The platform helps online gamers to meet and stay connected before and after playing.

iClinic: A web-based system that allows the physician carry the data from your clinic and from your patients in his pocket, accessing from anywhere.

Liscount: Discounted Grocery Lists – “We help consumers prepare best-priced grocery lists”

Gibbon: “Gibbon is reinventing learning on your tablet. Follow experts and learn at your own pace.”

Parking Defenders: Drivers reserve a spot and Parking Business utilize 100% of their space and maximize their profits. We do for parking lots what airlines do with tickets!

Cupenya: Cupenya provides an innovative cloud-based product to monitor, manage and optimize a company’s business processes through intelligent real-time analytics

For more information on the teams check our Startups webpage.

This year the quality of the teams and the diversity of backgrounds was considerably higher than of those in 2012; more than 400 startups from 60 different countries applied to be a part of Rockstart Accelerator 2013.

The selection of the 10 teams was done quite differently this year; it was partly open to the Rockstart community that got to know the finalist teams during Selection Days – our two-day event that took place in Amsterdam on February 14 and 15, 2013. The 25 finalist startups joined us in Amsterdam to pitch in front more than 70 mentors as well as our investor committee. On February 14 the startups got to know most of our mentors and got individual feedback covering all the aspects of their company (legal, finance, business, tech etc.). The second day, in a closed setting startups gave their final pitch in front of a seven-member jury. The selection of the 10 startups was finalized after the final talks with the teams one week after.

“We’re continuously looking to raise the bar at Rockstart Accelerator, from the extensive first information the startups needed to send us, to the final two days of selection: everything was more intense, more challenging for the startups, but also more personal: we took a lot more time to get to know the teams  well. We’re very excited because we have a very talented, driven and intelligent group of entrepreneurs this year: you’re going to hear a lot more about them” says Don Ritzen, co-founder and CEO of Rockstart Accelerator.

Rockstart Accelerator 2013 takes off in less than two weeks!  We have a fresh program, a new location, a group of skillful and experienced mentors and inspiring partners, and now we’ve just got 10 great startups to complete the set.

We’re ready to go!

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