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Startupbootcamp announces NFC and contactless finalists

Backed by Vodafone, ICS, ABN Amro and others, Startupbootcamp Amsterdam launched earlier this year its 2013 fall program to accelerate startups that provide new offerings based on Near Field Communication (NFC) and contactless technologies. Just like in the regular program 10 startups will be selected. Each startup will be provided with three months of mentorship and guidance, free co-working space and €15.000 seed capital.

More than 150 startups from around the globe applied since the announcement of the program. During the last two days a selection of 14 top teams has put foot on Dutch soil for the final selection round. After an intense 2-day session of mentoring, coaching and evaluating, a group of more than 60 mentors has ranked the startups.

The program will kick-off on October 14th. The teams will spend the next 13 weeks frantically working towards Demo Day on 17th January 2014 at SBC Amsterdam headquarters.

Here are, announced minutes ago by Patrick de Zeeuw, co-founder of Startupbootcamp Global, the finalists of the Startupbootcamp NFC and Contactless class of 2013:

Beestar

Country: Netherlands
Market: Location-based services
Target group: B2B

Beestar is a startup that is set to launch one of the most precise location and activity trackers in the world. The technology is embeddable in almost any type of sports equipment. The Beestar app  Quasp precisely measure acceleration patterns and can locate the target at the centimeter level.

Buzzoek

Country: Netherlands
Market: Location-based services
Target group: B2B

Buzzoek has built an NFC based platform for merchants to run their loyalty program seamlessly. 10 million NFC enabled cards help merchants acquire, engage, reward, and retain customers.

Mobypark

Country: France
Market: Parking
Target group: B2C

Le parking nouvelle generation. Yes, you guessed it. This French startup wants to liberate us from the ‘parking pain’ of big cities. For Mobypark the solution means helping companies rent out their unused parking lots to individuals seeking a parking spot.

Relayr

Country: Germany
Market: PaaS
Target group: B2B

The tagline of the German IoT startup Relayr is ‘bring things to life.’ Relayr offers a one-stop PaaS solution that will enable developers to easily build useful IoT-applications.

TagaPet

Country: USA
Market: Location-based services
Target group: B2C

Tag a Pet enables you to tag your pet and find it when it’s lost. Behold the Internet of Animals (IoA). The tags (for active and lap pets) can be scanned by any smartphone using NFC or QR Codes. Completely in line with leveraging the power of social networks an alert is send to your Facebook friends and twitter followers and local animal shelters, once your pet is lost.

Tag­’By

Country: France
Market: Marketing & Advertising
Target group: B2B

Tag’BY wants to tap into the holy grail of online business – network effects – in the real world of restaurants, stores, fairs, concerts. By offering the ease of NFC to visitors of these venues it hopes visitors will be more eager to share branded messages on their Facebook wall.

TapTrack

Country: Canada
Market: SaaS
Target group: B2B

TapTrack is a marketing platform that offers seamless and instant access to customer engagement content using NFC.

Watcher Enterprises

Country: Netherlands
Market: Location-based services
Target group: B2C

Forget Nissans, Apple’s and their ilk smartwatches. As a parent you might be more interested in Watcher’s Enterprises Kids’ Watcher. A trendy watch for your kids that enables you to track them when they are lost. The technology is based on GPS and Wi-Fi technology and GSM. The startup provides global coverage.

YES.TAP

Country: Canada
Market: Mobile Payment
Target group: B2C

Have you ever been in a lineup to get that rumbling stomach filled? Frustrated because you will miss your train or be late at a meeting? YES.TAP is here to provide the solution for ‘intimidating’ lineups: just skip the lineup altogether. Tap to order, and pay with your smartphone. The lineup skipping part is great and applicable for many other markets. Don’t know however if having Fast Food Faster is really a good thing.

TagTagCity

Country: Belgium
Market: Travel, leisure & Transport
Target group: B2C

Ever seen tourist wander around in the small and busy streets of Amsterdam or any other city? Some of them with 20 century offline maps……..? The Belgian startup TagTagCity offers to these ‘city hikers’, the ‘key to the city.’ It offers tourists or any other person at a glance information about the closest place to dine, shop or visit a museum. It provides businesses on the other hand the possibility to offer deals within their platform.

 

Samir Saberi
Entrepreneur | Co-founder @StartupsAnoniem, @StartupJuncture | Partner @StartupDelta | Node1| Tech Blogger| Samir is interested in and loves to work with crazy, dissident, rebel startups that challenge the status quo to make things better. Drop him a line at samir[at]startupjuncture[.]com
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