The Amsterdam-based accelerator’s class has some pretty fast growing startups, one of which has already garnered acquisition interest and others that have signed some big deals
Amsterdam-based Rockstart Accelerator on June 12 presented its third batch of startups at a Demo Day, calling this cohort its fastest growing one yet, with already one startup receiving acquisition interest from a company with $300 million in funding.
The ten startups in the Web and Mobile Class of 2014 presented their businesses to 450 investors, industry experts, mentors and the press. Rockstart, which started in 2012, said its graduates have a strong track record, with 80% receiving further funding. Rockstart’s acceleration program is 100 days and helps startups build their business. The accelerator also has a three-month web and mobile program and a smart energy program, which wrapped up in April.
“The results from the 2012 and 2013 alumni and the growth of the startups this year, place Rockstart Accelerator in the top 3 of European accelerators together with TechStars London,” Rockstart’s web and mobile program director Rune Theill said in a statement.
Here are this year’s graduates:
Bomberbot: Bomberbot is a game that encourages children to code in a simple, fun and visual way. By playing the game, children will learn seven basic concepts essential for any programming language. Additionally, the game helps children develop logical, creative and problem solving skills, by letting them create their own characters and games and sharing them with others. The company is running pilot programs in public and private schools in three Dutch cities and is expanding to other European cities in the next months.
CoffeeStrap: CoffeeStrap helps people learn a new language by doing rather than studying. The platform connects users to language peers based on language, demographics and interests, in two clicks and in less than 10 seconds. Italians Mahesh Casiraghi and Alessandro Maccagnan were inspired to create the company by their own frustrations with their foreign language conversational skills.
CrowdyHouse: Many of the one million self-producing furniture, fashion and product designers worldwide have trouble bringing their products to the market. CrowdyHouse is an online curated marketplace for designers to sell products directly to consumers. Designers can run campaigns seeking pre-orders so they can use the revenue to produce the series that they can later deliver straight to the customer. The company had received $50,000 in seed funding right before joining Rockstart and has since grown to a team of eight and sealed an exclusive partnership with international design magazine Frame.
LeadBoxer: Through identifying visitors from website traffic and providing real-time qualified leads via CRM, email, API, and reporting interfaces, LeadBoxer helps deliver leads to B2B businesses. The startup said it compiles contact data from multiple sources, including LinkedIn, KvK/Chamber of Commerce and other sources to tell its customers about leads, including details of their companies and interests.
MatchHamster: MatchHamster is a cloud-based application targeting online digital publishing platforms and businesses in PR and communications. MatchHamster allows users to track where their texts have spread and where they are being used online – whether it’s a plagiarized article or a (partly) used press release. MatchHamster makes it possible to create new segments and allows you to quantify and monetize the spread of texts online.
Social Honey: Social Honey is a big data company that collects ratings and reviews for web content to measure value for readers. It identifies URLs that are relevant to individuals and recommends new links accordingly based on browsing preferences and social connections. It also works with publishers to provide insights into which content works with particular demographics and reader interests.
Songvice: Learning music can be tough, and millions of people try and give up. Songvice is a marketplace that connects upcoming artists with music experts to give people tailored musical advice. With experts from 10 different countries and seven different languages, Songvice is looking to become the go-to place for online music education.
Technorides: With the taxi and minicab industry changing thanks to companies like Uber and GetTaxi, companies are needing more efficient ways to manage their fleets. Technorides is an SaaS cloud-based company that allows transportation companies to manage their client services on one platform. It is not a booking app, rather the company helps customers improve logistical services and connects them to their own customers. The service is already implemented in 27 taxi companies worldwide and the company closed its first European customer within the first two weeks of the Rockstart program. The Argentinean company has a growth rate of 40% per month.
TOP Docs: TOP Docs is a productivity tool that allows users to sync, write, share, edit and collaborate on mobile. With security and encryption on public clouds, TOP Docs has platform and format freedom, allowing mobile users to open any attachment and work on any documents, whether from an Apple, PC, Google docs, Microsoft and even Dropbox. The Portuguese company recently reached 600,000 users.
Wonderflow: Wonderflow provides ecommerce stores with text and video reviews on their products. Extracting data from dozens of sources, the ranking search engine selects the best reviews and publishes them on a widget on the product page. It supports multiple languages and fits onto any page design. In its pilot with customers, Wonderflow said its product dramatically boosts conversations and time-on-site of online stores.