New European startup accelerator – Startupbootcamp

Startup accelerators are becoming an important part of the ecosystem and it is great to welcome Denmark based Startupbootcamp to join Seedcamp in the European scene. The leading accelerators in the US are Y-Combinator and Techstars and one of the things that makes Startupbootcamp exciting is a tie up with Techstars.

The startup accelerator model is to make a small investment (typically tens of thousands of dollars/euros) for a smallish yet significant stake (rarely much more than 10%) and provide mentoring services, usually over an intensive three month period that follows investment. For very early stage startups with say 2-3 people these programmes can be a great way to get a few months cashflow, raise their profile and get help from a bunch of people they would otherwise have struggled to reach. Applications are open to all and applicants go through a structured evaluation process which allows the accelerator to properly review the large numbers of companies that apply.

Startupbootcamp will invest in the ten best companies that apply and work with them over a three month programme from August to October.

Applications close in a couple of days on June 30th, making me rather late with this post. I was waiting on some information from the founder Alex Facet and I missed it in my email when it arrived last week, so my bad. You can apply here.

I’m pretty excited about the power of the accelerator model and Startupbootcamp have set themselves up to do well. Ultimately an awful lot comes down to the people involved and Startupbootcamp have pulled together an impressive list.

This is how Alex described the programme to me in an email recently:

What is it

Startupbootcamp is a startup accelerator. We’re not only modelled after TechStars (have had a casual

relationship for a while) but recently became their first Global Affiliate.

Affiliates are independent entities but get to tap into the TechStars know how

and, more importantly, community. We’re located in Copenhagen, cover

northern Europe and so far have applicants from all over Europe.

How it works

We take up to 10 teams, to whom we provide some micro capital – or

“excuse-removing cash” as we like to call it – free office space and

access to our 50+ mentors who are all hands on entrepreneurs or gurus in their

respective fields. We finish with big bang on Investor Day where we

showcase our startups to a room full of investors (mostly angels and likely

some VC’s as well).

What we focus on

We’re not tech obsessed, we think there are lots of great businesses which

are tech-enabled. But we do expect startups working on areas where

significant progress can be made in three months with very limited

capital. So far many of our applicants are pitching web-based ideas, but

in wide range of industries (i.e. not only B2C). Many applicants are at

idea stage but several have running products and early customers.

How to get in

It’s 99% about the people. We’re very focused on potential, integrity

and chemistry. We don’t care about nationality, experience level or

education. We want to be seen as co-founders though we don’t ask for

preferred shares or board seats. Only when we’re satisfied with the

people do we look at the idea. The idea will change during the program

anyway.

Who’s behind it

I am the co-founder with Rainmaking – a partnership of 4 very bright entrepreneurs

who have started 12 companies in the last 3 years (some of which have failed,

two of which they’ve sold). I have a corporate background and started

doing what I love 3 years ago when my son got sick and I took a year off to

take care of him. Rainmaking brings some capital and know how, I bring my

sweat, passion and skills set (people and business development, networking,

business acumen)

Details

Applications close end June

Apply here

Runs from mid-August to mid-November

Investor Day is on November 16th


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  • Hi Nick, I'm on holiday in copenhagen through Wednesday. Anyone I should meet? I head to Stockholm from here.

  • Will Cardwell

    Nic, have a look at our new project at Aalto University, called the Aalto Venture Garage (http://www.aaltovg.com). We are trying to accelerate student and researcher-based projects to market, and are showing some initial success. We will invite you by next time you are in town, had a good talk from Andrea Traversone last week.

  • Thanks Will. I will take a look.

  • Hi Scott – I will make a couple of intros when I get home tonight.