The future of the Internet is emerging in Barcelona. It’s like a movie but in real time. Located in the Growth Center mStartup floor the ten startup teams that have been selected are getting ready for the start of Startupbootcamp IoT & Data.
The protagonists are fifty entrepreneurs with a “high level of motivation, dedication, willingness to work hard and the ability to adapt themselves to change and innovation” as stated by the man responsible, Ángel García, Managing Partner and co-founder of the program. And this leap in time is possible, “thanks to the advice and coaching from our expert mentors, who in just two days – during the Selection Days – helped the teams significantly improve their pitch, plans and dynamics.” as said Aldo de Jong, co-founder of Startupbootcamp and Partner at Claro Partners. This is, according to de Jong, “indicative of what we’ll achieve in the next six months. This is going to be a great edition!”
Startupbootcamp Iot & Data, since its launch in August 2014 received 250 applications. After twelve Pitch Days around the world and over 150 pitches in total, ten startups were elected on December 17th after two Selection Days. The mentors and jury panel chose them as they had the best potential to enhance the future of people, industries and companies with IoT and Data services and solutions. The ten startups selected to start the program next 14th of Januaryhave exciting plans for how their innovative service will bring benefits to their target market. The ten will be developing their offers over the coming six months of the program. Here’s how the head of the companies have introduced themselves.
The Ten Startups at Startupbootcamp IoT & Data:
Balázs Weibel, CEO of Cubilog (Hungary): “We save the user time and money by connecting all the smart, semi-smart and dumb/wired devices to one hub and one app. The user can get rid of any other hubs and apps and still control all the devices from one dashboard.”
Nacho Lafuente, CEO of Datumize (Spain): “We have created a software solution for corporate clients that captures and stores large amounts of data with more efficient energy savings.”
Frank Hoonakker, President of eNovalys (France): “We offer a new way to manage, share and exploit the unpublished scientific data which is 97% of the scientific production! With our technologies, we will change the paradigm of making science and accelerate the process of creating drugs.”
Richard Lagrand, co-founder of Muzze (Netherlands): “We help curators and museums to unlock their untold stories trough an app that lets you create an audio tour in three simple steps.”
Sergio Mottola, CEO of Nuwe (United Kingdom): “Our committed aim is to develop powerful digital health services and, as a result, contribute to the overall well being of society.”
Blai Carandell Saladich, CEO of Oasys (Spain): “We have the aim to become a central place for the home, a technology that unites families in a unit and with life’s most important resource: water.”
Morten Poulsen, CEO of Plytix (Denmark): “We provide a more transparent product based web analytics platform with a tool that enables brands to track the sales data of their products across retailers’ websites.”
Markus Kopf, co-founder of Teraki (Germany): “Teraki wants to be for the IoT what MP3 is for the music industry: our solution employs newest techniques to reduce the amount of data generated by sensors by up to a factor 10 without compromising its quality.”
Iván Caballero, CEO of The Social Coin (Barcelona): “The Social Coin’s mission is to improve people’s life through fostering and giving visibility to Acts of Kindness. With more success in business, there is more social impact”.
Marc Fàbregas, CEO of Zolertia (Spain): “We will enable everyone in the world to immerse and create all kind of awesome IoT applications, with an easy and ready-to-use hardware that will let people connect with their things in the same simple and powerful way people are connecting today through Internet.”
Yesterday, on January the 14th the selected startups officially began the accelerator program. This is when the hard work will really begin for the startups and mentors. As Javier de Rocafort, one of the mentors, explained: “Mentors will be providing high levels of lateral out-of-the-box-thinking, creativity, commitment, passion and engagement with the teams to make them feel confident, strong and willing to make things happen”, as explained by during the powerful Selection Days.
In this way, Startupbootcamp IoT&Data can help startups in the great task to focus and grow to the next stage. Plytix refers it as: “SBC will help us get of the ground in a proper way and help us connect with the right kind of people to make this a success.” Or as Oasys reported, it’s also about to identify the product awareness and adapt the business plan to it: “In order to accomplish our mission, we need to hit the sweet spot in terms of value proposition and business strategy to enter millions of homes. In this sense, the SBC network of mentors will surely help to guide us down the right path.”
The program is the beginning of a new exciting chapter of a future always connected. There will be two crucial opportunities to meet the startup teams: 3rd of March in the DemoDay of 4Years From Now (4YFN), the international mobile startup event promoted by Mobile World Capital Barcelona and GSMA Mobile World Congress, and the 9th of April in the Final DemoDay of Startupbootcamp Internet of Things and Data.
The above article was written by Esther Blazquez Blanco, Marketing & Events Manager of Startupbootcamp IoT & Data Barcelona and Josh Dresner of Claro Partners. It first appeared on the Startupbootcamp blog here.