Berlin Looks to Dublin Finalists for SBC Inspiration

By Toni Ellis |

With the Startupbootcamp Berlin application process still ongoing, attention turns to Dublin where the finalists might give some clue of what to expect in Germany later this year. The ten startups lucky enough to make it through the SBC mentorship program in Ireland are currently preparing for their final company presentations at the Inaugural Investor Demo Day next month, in hopes to secure further investment.

Startupbootcamp, one of Europe’s top startup accelerators, is aimed at helping the next generation of startups to become success stories. The program’s organisers claim they can take a startup from a development stage to an investment stage in three months, and that over 50 percent of graduates have gone on to receive project funding.

Finalists in the Irish round include NotesFirst, a tablet for doctors to capture and recall patient data on the go; CleverMiles, an app that helps to enhance road safety, and Opara, which enables users to track perishable produce across the entire chain of agricultural distribution.

During the past two months, each of the top ten teams have received a micro-investment of €12,000, six months in a co-working space, and intensive mentoring from world-class industry experts, including SBC co-founder and managing director Alex Farcet as well as former Skype VP and current partner at Mangrove Capital Partners Michael Jackson, who will also be mentoring at the Berlin Bootcamp in September.

He’ll be joined by a veritable who’s who of the Berlin tech scene, including Edial and Floris Dekker of Gidsy, Eric Wahlforss of SoundCloud, Zoe Adamovicz of Xyologic, Christian Weiss of Project A Ventures, Philipp Moeser of Wooga, and FourSektor‘s very own Jess Erickson.

Chloe McGuckian of Irish finalist Clevermiles said: “It’s been excellent from day one. Just taking part in the pitch competition and getting through the first phase was amazing. The Clevermiles team spent our first phase getting blitzed by mentors, which was pretty awesome.  The program is intense and we are all working very hard, but the benefit to our company has been immeasurable. We have gone from a slight jog to flat sprint, and we have no intention of slowing down.”

For startups looking to take part in the Berlin round of SBC, applications are open until June 17.