Startupbootcamp launches High Tech accelerator program in Eindhoven

Startupbootcamp launches High Tech accelerator program in Eindhoven

Eindhoven, Netherlands, May 15th 2013 – Startupbootcamp announces the immediate opening of the Eindhoven Startupbootcamp High Tech XL (SBC HT) program as part of the successful international accelerator program. The Startupbootcamp High Tech program will be organized by Guus Frericks and Eric van den Eijnden (Dutch Expansion Capital-DEC) and Patrick Gabriëls (Ernst & Young). The program aims to attract and accelerate the best high tech startups from different parts of the world. Startupbootcamp High Tech has been set up in cooperation with Startupbootcamp Global founders Patrick de Zeeuw and Ruud Hendriks. High Tech Campus Eindhoven with its dynamic mix of over 100 startups, sme’s and multinational companies provides the perfect location to run the program.

The mentor driven program will be run by an enthusiastic and experienced team of high tech entrepreneurs. Together with Amazon Web Services, SBC HT will organize open pitch days in various cities across the globe, promoting the program and hunting for the best startups to participate in the Eindhoven program. In the next three years the team aims to screen more than 1.200 applications and launch and accelerate over 30 new startups, expecting 70% of the participating teams coming from abroad.

Guus Frericks, co-founder Startupbootcamp High Tech XL, said: “At DEC we support innovative companies in different parts of their lifecycle by providing access to finance, international networks and hands on support. We are very excited to run the highly successful Startupbootcamp startup accelerator program in Eindhoven with a specific focus on high tech where we can simultaneously accelerate ten high profile startups per program. It’s the fastest way to bring great teams and ideas to the next level, contributing to the innovative power in the region. If you want to start and grow a great high tech company, Eindhoven definitely is your best option.”

Startupbootcamp High Tech XL is all about networking and being part of an international startup ecosystem that will help participating startups do more, faster. Patrick Gabriëls, partner Ernst & Young one of the founding partners of Startupbootcamp High Tech, adds: “We are very excited that with this Startupbootcamp High Tech program we can contribute to strengthening the entrepreneurial climate in the region. We want to attract international entrepreneurial and engineering talent to accelerate and root their startups in this powerful international high tech ecosystem with a local touch.”

Patrick de Zeeuw, co-founder of Startupbootcamp Global is very excited about the Program launch in Eindhoven: “Eindhoven is my home town and has been the European capital of high tech for over 25 years. It has recently been voted as “Smartest region” around the world by the Intelligent Community Forum ICF in New York. In 2012 Eindhoven was voted by Fortune as one of seven best new global cities for startups. These statements prove the potential of a Startupbootcamp program with High Tech focus in Eindhoven. Since Guus approached me mid 2012 we have been having very constructive meetings on launching a High Tech focused program in Eindhoven.

As we always say to our startups; “it’s all about the team”. We feel we have found a great local team with the same passion and know how we have about startups for Startupbootcamp Global to partner up with.”

The Eindhoven region, dubbed ‘Brainport’ represents an unequalled high tech ecosystem that is perfectly equipped to support and grow high tech companies. Cornerstone in Brainport is High Tech Campus Eindhoven. This one-square-kilometer area of the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven is home to more than 100 companies and institutes (among which global players such as ASML, Philips, NXP, IBM and Intel) and some 8000 researchers, developers and entrepreneurs, which churn out around 50% of all Dutch patent applications. Bert-Jan Woertman, business development manager High Tech Campus Eindhoven said: “We are very happy to participate in Startupbootcamp, providing the program with office space and embedding it in our undoubtedly inspiring and vibrant high tech ecosystem”

The hyper intensive program will open for applications at May 13th 2013. http://www.startupbootcamp.org/programs/hightechxl.html

About Startupbootcamp

Startupbootcamp is the global accelerator for startups with a mentor and alumni network from more than 40 countries across the world. Startupbootcamp runs accelerator programs in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Dublin/London and Haifa. Each program selects 10 startups from 500+ global applicants. Startups receive €15,000 in pre-seed investment, free co-working space and over €250,000 worth of deals from our sponsors and partners. The secret sauce to Startupbootcamp is the pool of volunteer mentors who help our startups by opening doors to customers, partners and investors. In addition Startupbootcamp partners with some of the leading brands in the world including Vodafone, ABN AMRO, Novartis, BoerCroon, Amazon and Daimler who act as partners, mentors and potential pilot customers.

After the first 3 months of the accelerator program all teams are given the chance to pitch their company to hundreds of Business Angels and Venture Capitalists at Investor Demo Days. In addition Startupbootcamp teams are taken on an annual investor tour to London and Silicon Valley. After the program all startups are invited to join the Alumni Growth Program where they are helped to secure their next round of investment and grow the customer base.

85% of the Startupbootcamp alumni teams are still alive after 3 years and 70% have gone on to raise additional funding from some of the worlds leading VCs and angels.

For more information visit www.startupbootcamp.org or Twitter: @SbootCamp.

About Dutch Expansion Capital (DEC)

Dutch Expansion Capital (DEC) is an independent private equity firm based in the Netherlands. The strong operational approach and focus of the team has proven to increase value and create international players. Dutch Expansion Capital invests in innovative, high growth companies which are in need of expansion capital, 'hands on' operational support and access to international networks.

About Ernst & Young

Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transactions and advisory services. Our 167,000 people are united by our shared values, which inspire our people worldwide and guide them to do the right thing, and our commitment to quality, which is embedded in who we are and everything we do. Ernst & Young is committed to doing its part in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

About High Tech Campus Eindhoven

High Tech Campus Eindhoven is an R&D ecosystem of more than 100 companies and institutes, and some 8,000 researchers, developers and entrepreneurs, who together are working on developing the technologies and products of tomorrow. The preferred work approach at the Campus is Open Innovation. This means that Campus companies share knowledge, skills and R&D facilities in order to achieve faster, better and more customer-oriented innovation. They create global innovations, most notably in the application fields Health, Energy and Smart Environments.