The European startup accelerator program will now be running annually in Madrid (Summer) and Copenhagen (Fall), expanding to Berlin and London in 2012.
The first Startupbootcamp edition ran from mid-August to mid-November 2010 in Copenhagen and attracted ten teams comprised of 32 entrepreneurs from 12 different countries. Since pitching at Investor Day on November 16th over half of the startups have entered negotiations with European Business Angels and VCs.
Alex Farcet is joining forces with Luis Rivera of Okuri Ventures who have been running the very successful Tetuan Valley program in Madrid.
Startupbootcamp is a highly selective mentorship driven 3-month program. Teams are given 4K EUR per team member, free office space, and access to over 75 mentors including serial entrepreneurs, investors and corporate managers. The program concludes on Investor Day where teams showcase their startups to over one hundred of Europe’s most active Business Angels and Venture Capitalists.
“The startups joining the new extended Startupbootcamp will now not only benefit from the specific programs but will be part of a wider European community with all the advantages that brings, says Alex Farcet. Startupbootcamp teams will have access to local mentors as well as those of the other programs and they’ll be part of a growing
community of high caliber entrepreneurs who have experienced the same
type of acceleration.”
“We believe we need a platform for wider exposure of the European startup scene, says Luis Rivera. We want to bring that to bridge countries and bring together startups and investors from across all geographies of the region.”
Teams can apply to any program and there are no nationality requirements. The first Startupbootcamp in Copenhagen had teams join from Germany, Denmark, the UK, Latvia, Lithuania, Iceland and even as far an Argentina.
The next program will run in Madrid from mid June to mid September 2011; applications open on January 21st and the deadline is May 15th. The Copenhagen edition closes applications July 15th and will run from September to November 2011.
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