Earlier today Startupbootcamp Amsterdam announced the launch of its next program, which will be focused on accelerating e-commerce and m-commerce startups. Europe’s largest accelerator has opened applications for this program today and is the first globally to offer a dedicated e- and m-commerce program.
The program will be run by Jonas de Groot (formerly at Sundio) and Patrick de Zeeuw (SBC co-founder). Startupbootcamp chose to focus on this vertical because of the increasing convergence between off- and online retail, as well as the continued growth of both e- and m-commerce.
Program Manager Jonas de Groot believes Amsterdam makes great sense as a base for a commerce focussed program: “Amsterdam has a long track record of building world-class e- & m-commerce businesses such as Booking.com. [We] have some of the world’s most experienced and successful e-commerce entrepreneurs on our doorstep.”
The accelerator is looking for startups in the field of ad & marketing tech, mobile 1st, payment solutions, omni channel, marketing, e- & m-commerce platforms, logistics, data & CRM, commerce solutions, social shopping and security. Interested startups can apply from today onwards.
Part of the reason Startupbootcamp is exploring another vertical for the next program is the success of the NFC & Contactless program. Patrick de Zeeuw said: “The vertical focus of this program was very strong. We had great startups in the program that were not only accelerated by us, our mentors and partners, but accelerated each other.”
The dedicated program will be supported by partners including Rabobank, Sundio Group, International Card Services, CM, Vodafone, Certa Legal, and PWC. Rabobank’s Michael Dooijes explains the interest of these corporate partners: “To drive innovation in our business it’s important to be connected to the most promising startup communities and be part of their eco-system. Mobile commerce is the future of transactions and offers opportunities for a new and deeper customer relationship. Through our collaboration with Startupbootcamp, we gain access to technologies and interesting new business models that can provide added value for our customers active in the commerce space and our consumer clients.”
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