The program will provide funding, help from mentors, office space and access to a network of industry partners, investors and venture capital firms for up to 10 high potential Smart Materials companies.
Startupbootcamp Smart Materials is Europe’s first business accelerator for materials. It places emphasis on the invisible impact of the materials we come into contact with every day and to unleash their potential to innovate our health and lifestyle.
The program makes use of the assets of Brightlands Chemelot Campus. It offers a full business chain: R&D, pilot plants, production facilities, suppliers and clients. With a strong partner network of companies such as DSM, Rabobank, LIOF, EY, Brightlands Chemelot Campus, and backed by Chemelot Ventures, the accelerator will turn technology into successful businesses. The program is powered by the expertise of over 150 mentors with access to markets across Europe, the US and China.
The accelerator will be led by the founders of Startupbootcamp HighTechXL together with the business Development team of Brightlands.
To kick off (startup) companies from all over the world are being invited to apply to present their ideas to the Startupbootcamp Smart Materials team at a series of Pitch Days between January and March 2015. These are being held across Europe. The 10 successful applicants will then enter a three month accelerator program beginning in April 2015.
Each successful team will also receive € 15,000 in cash and office space for six months at Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen.
Anique Soetermeer, Managing Director, Startupbootcamp Smart Materials, said: “We encounter an increasing need for smart materials. This field of expertise needed its own accelerator program. So we teamed up with Brightlands Chemelot Campus to foster the ultimate ecosystem where science and business together will engineer a great future for businesses in sustainable smart materials.”
Hugo Delissen of Brightlands and co-founder: “Brightlands Chemelot Campus provides a unique ecosystem, in which multinationals, startups, SMEs, service providers, educational organizations and scientific centers collaborate. Entrepreneurs, researchers and students work on solutions for grand challenges, in particular in the fields of sustainability and health. Their focus is on performance materials, bio-based materials and biomedical materials, all linked to the polymeric materials chain. This is the best environment for any high potential company in smart materials.”
Interested entrepreneurs can apply for Startupbootcamp Smart Materials here.