ROCKSTART ACCELERATOR ANNOUNCES EXTENDED STARTUP SUPPORT

Additional Summer program to boost startups' international growth

14 NOVEMBER 2011, AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
Summary
Rockstart Accelerator announces extended support to help startups break through on a global scale. Based in the European startup hub Amsterdam, the Spring 2012 program accelerates 10 teams of founders with 99 mentors for 100 days. Dedicated to support startups after the program, Rockstart Accelerator offers an additional 3-month Summer program. Research among startups indicated they would greatly benefit from continued support after Demo Day, when most other accelerator programs abruptly end.

Rockstart Accelerator announces extended support to help startups break through on a global scale. Based in the European startup hub Amsterdam, the Spring 2012 program accelerates 10 teams of founders with 99 mentors for 100 days. Dedicated to support startups after the program, Rockstart Accelerator offers an additional 3-month Summer program. Research among startups indicated they would greatly benefit from continued support after Demo Day, when most other accelerator programs abruptly end. 

The Summer program offers startups additional support in dealing with investor, media, and operational aspects. The program ends with a 25-day co-working experience in Silicon Valley. Rockstart Accelerator accepts startups in high-growth sectors. As part of Rockstart’s vision, the accelerator promises all applicants solid feedback, whether they get accepted into the program or not.

The Rockstart Accelerator program starts on March 1, 2012 and is now open for applications on rockstart.com/accelerator (closing on January 6, 2012).

Today, Rockstart Accelerator officially opens for applications from the world’s most promising startups. Over the last year the accelerator team, who previously organized and facilitated Startup Weekend events all across Europe, has interviewed startups who participated in other European accelerator programs, taking a best-of approach to create Rockstart Accelerator.

EXTENDED PROGRAM
Accelerated startups indicate they would greatly benefit from continued support after Demo Day, as this is when most other accelerator programs abruptly end. It’s this particular moment where startups have to deal with complex things like investor negotiations, valuation, intellectual property, and at the same time continue to grow their startup.

That is why Rockstart Accelerator offers an extended 3-month Summer program including 25-days of co-working in the U.S. The 10 startups relocate to Silicon Valley and will be introduced to investors, experts, and media in their field.

START IN AMSTERDAM
During the 100-day Spring program startups develop and grow their startup in Amsterdam, ending with a Demo Day where they get a chance to pitch in front of European investors and the press.

Rockstart Accelerator recognizes equal opportunities in all startups, whether those are in technology, sustainability, retail, or other sectors. Moreover, as part of Rockstart’s vision, the accelerator promises all applications to receive solid feedback, whether they get accepted into the program or not. No automated response emails, but real feedback and introductions.
 
The promise in short: 10 high potential startups, 99 mentors, 100 day program including an additional 3-month summer program, 25-days of co-working in the U.S., 5,000 EUR per founder, office space in downtown Amsterdam, personal feedback for all applicants.

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About Rockstart Accelerator

Rockstart Accelerator is a seed investment, mentorship-based program that runs for an intensive 100 days, followed by a 3-month summer program focussed on funding and bridging Amsterdam with Silicon Valley.  The program helps 10 promising startups to launch their products worldwide, get ready for growth investment or bootstrap into profitability.

The 10 start-ups in the Rockstart Accelerator program will be supported by an international mentor group of 100 entrepreneurs, CEO's and experts.

The start-ups receive intensive support for 100 days, while building towards Investor Day, where they can present their businesses to over 300+ investors, CEO's, mentors and the press.

Startups interested in applying for the Rockstart Accelerator Smart Energy Program have until October 31st, 2013 to do so via the website.

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