At the end of October, we celebrated the kick-off of our FinTech & CyberSecurity program in Amsterdam and analyzed more than 7000 startups to determine what is next for fintech and cybersecurity in 2018. Three months later, at Demo Day, invited influencers, investors, partners, and mentors had the opportunity to meet the 12 representatives of these trends face to face. The guests could see the future of the industry developing right in front of their eyes.
Demo Day marked the end of the accelerator journey for the 11 startups and 1 Scale-up in Residence selected out of more than 500 international applications.
The event took place at the impressive HQ of our partner Rabobank in Utrecht. The venue provided more than enough space for the guests to mingle and for the teams to showcase their solutions.
Nieke Martens, Head of Digital Hub Rabobank, welcomed the guests on behalf of our partner and host. Program MD Michael Dooijes gave an inspiring presentation about “the winds of change” that help the industry to find a new path for growth – FinTech & CyberSecurity startups and scale-ups. Michael also shared some of the hottest tech trends and talked about facilitating corporate startup collaboration.
After the introductions, it was time for the first pitchers to take the stage. Six companies in the domains of customer loyalty, pension tech, blockchain, cybersecurity, challenger banks, and compliance went on stage:
Wouter Meeuwisse, Stampwallet
Matthew Brazil, Hatch
After a short break, Elias Ghanem, Vice President FINTECH Continental Europe at our partner Capgemini, gave the audience an energy boost by talking about collaborative innovation in the banking industry.
It was a perfect moment for the next pitchers to take the stage. Six more companies in cybersecurity, payment administration, and financial well-being had an opportunity to present their solutions in front of a full audience:
Rick Wassenaar, FinBase
Quincy Acklen, Gyomo
After an inspiring Demo Day finale, the networking began! It was great to see the guests mingling with the teams, sharing contacts, and discussing potential partnerships and pilot programs. Of course, there were also celebratory drinks.
The team of Startupbootcamp is incredibly proud of the 12 teams who have proved they have enough energy, determination, and entrepreneurial spirit to go all the way. We are looking forward to supporting them after the program and beyond when they join our alumni family.
Relive the Demo Day experience!
If you are interested to get in touch with one of the teams, feel free to drop us an email.
Photo credit: Xander XAM Mouthaan