World’s first business accelerator for materials launched

Startupbootcamp announced the opening of Startupbootcamp Smart Materials at Brightlands Chemelot Campus. Europe’s leading business accelerator will be led by founders Startupbootcamp HighTechXL in partnership with Brightlands Chemelot.

The programme will provide funding, mentorship, office space and access to a network of industry partners, investors and venture capital firms for up to 10 selected high potential companies in Smart Materials.

Hugo Delissen of Brightlands and co-founder: "Brightlands Chemelot Campus provides a unique ecosystem, in which multinationals, startups, SME’s, educational organizations and scientific centres 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. This is the best environment for any (starting) business in smart materials."

To kick off 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 programme beginning in April 2015.

Anique Soetermeer, Managing Director, Startupbootcamp Smart Materials, said: "We see an increasing need for smart materials. This field of expertise needed its own accelerator programme 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."

Each successful team will also receive € 15,000 in cash and office space for at six months at Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands.

Interested startups can apply for Startupbootcamp Smart Materials before March 13, 2015.
You can keep up to date with Startupbootcamp Smart Materials on Twitter (@sbcMaterials) or visit their website.

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