Join Rockstart’s AI Program Program to grow your company and get ready for global scaling. Rockstart supports entrepreneurs with a strong purpose by connecting them with the brightest minds in the industry. The Rockstart AI Program provides access to the European AI ecosystem, industry/corporate partners, talent, capital, and coaching.
The participating startups will spend 180+ days in a high-value startup Program consisting of two main elements:
We’re interested in startups that are using promising new technologies to make a positive impact. For the Rockstart AI program, we will be looking for founders with:
We are looking for deep expertise and knowledge in one specific domain. The perfect founder profile has experience working in one specific industry and understands the challenges in and around this industry, have a strong network and have easy access to data.
Deep tech solutions
We will be looking for the core proprietary tech solutions. As a team, you’re experienced data-scientists, machine learning and/or AI experts. You have already built some technology (or part of it) and can apply it.
More specifically, we’re interested in the following AI applications:
We are looking for deep expertise and knowledge in one targeted domain. The perfect founder profile has experience working in a specific industry and understands the challenges in and around it, has a strong network and easy access to data.
We connect founders with the most relevant industry players and facilitate the process in order to drive partnerships and pilot customers for the startups in the AI program.
We have brought together an impressive lineup of mentors, who bring expertise in AI, data science, product and building businesses around technologies from scratch.
Tech talent and community
We've partnered with Jheronimus Academy of Data Science to give founders access to state-of-the-art research know-how, a pool of tech talents, and Rockstart's international community of alumni.
We are matching and setting up events so startups can leverage Rockstart's network of more than 200 local and international investors. We support our startups to raise capital during and after the program, where 66% of our alumni successfully secure follow-on funding.
Opt/Net has developed an AI driven anomaly detection platform OptOSS. The platform enables the monitoring of large volumes of streaming data and it allows to identify, diagnose, and react to anomalous patterns in a matter of seconds. The team of Opt/Net BV joined Rockstart AI program with a ready product and Rockstart opened the doors to the market by connecting the startup with Vodafone Ziggo. During the program an agreement on paid pilot version to perform tests based on the Vodafone Ziggo company data was concluded. OptOSS AI is part of the Accenture Community taking part in the #AIA18 Accenture Innovation Awards journey within the Living & Working theme.
Pixyle is a B2B innovative startup, offering visual API for analyzing fashion items in images that helps fashion e-commerce companies improve their conversion, Net Promoter Score and Search Engine Optimization. Their API is built on top of state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence technology and integrates seamlessly within any e-commerce platform. The first adoration of the product was extremely niche, but during the program with the support of the Program team and her core mentor team (former CEO of Catawiki) the business evolved its niche focus from sustainable fashion to all E-commerce. A big emphasis was on the technology, and the decision was taken to grow the world’s largest image search dataset. Since Demo Day Pixyle has been extremely active meeting investors who have shown interest in the proposition.
We’ve created a strong curriculum that will help you validate your tech solutions, produce results and scale your business in a structured and accelerated manner. In 180 days, you will learn about the following subjects:
If your team is dedicated to turning your startup into a high-growth company, Rockstart Program 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 a program 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 Program 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 Program 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 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 an 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 apply for 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 program 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.