14 January 2016
World Startup Factory kicks off with 10 startups in The Hague
An ambitious group of more than 20 national and international entrepreneurs are set to launch their startups in The Hague as a participant of the World Startup Factory Connectivity Accelerator. Over the next three months, these startups dealing in various segments of Connectivity technology will be supported to accelerate growth and increase their impact. This program is a joint initiative of large companies, experienced entrepreneurs and investors including KPN, SPIE, ABN AMRO, Innovation Quarter, BarentsKrans and the Municipality of The Hague. In the next five years, more than 50 startup teams are anticipated to go through the Connectivity Accelerator by World Startup Factory program.
The Hague is developing as an international city of peace and justice. It’s leading by example by positioning itself as an ‘impact’ city, where entrepreneurship, economic development, sustainability and social impact go hand in hand.
World Startup Factory uses the new ‘sustainable development goals ‘ of the United Nations as an inspiration. The focus of the first Connectivity Accelerator (http://worldstartupfactory.com/connectivityaccelerator/) is predominantly on Smart Cities and Communities. In World Startup Factory and its impact accelerator programs, The Hague has a promising initiative through which the attractiveness of the city for entrepreneurs, who are challenging the status quo is further increased.
The deputy Mayor of The Hague, Karsten Klein about World Startup Factory: “The Hague is the place for startups and companies that focus on social and technological innovations with international impact. Connectivity Accelerator adds to the renovation of one of the strong knowledge clusters of our city. By investing together in a good business climate for startups and innovative entrepreneurs, we ensure further economic growth and employment.”
On January 11, at the location of World Startup Factory on the campus of The Hague Security Delta in The Hague, 10 teams of entrepreneurs take off with the Connectivity Accelerator program. They follow an intensive program that puts the spotlight on the personal development of entrepreneurs and the accelerated growth of their businesses. Among the diverse nationality participants are the Turkish company Ingenious smart home, smart mobility Pakistani company XGear and the Dutch startup Woody Housing.
Burak Adali, founder of Ingenious, about his ambitions in the Netherlands: “Only last week we were elected as one of five most promising startups of Turkey. We believe The Netherlands is the right place to launch a product like Ingenious. In this journey, we are lucky that we have the World Startup Factory team on our side. They’ve designed a great program focused especially on connectivity with well planned partnerships and mentors. We have the wind on our backs at the moment, so in collaboration with the Accelerator program we look forward to making the most of the excellent ecosystem of The Hague and The Netherlands.”
The teams are also backed by a select group of experienced mentors and the expertise of a large group of partners. On March 30, the entrepreneurs will present their products and services to the launching customer community of World Startup Factory. After which, in less than a month, on April 22 make a case of their achievements, plans and ambitions to reputable investors from both The Netherlands and abroad.
Mathijs Koper (cofounder) and Joris Martens (program manager) are responsible for the design and implementation of the programs of World Startup Factory. “World Startup Factory gives the startups a flying start and sees great potential for them to grow rapidly from there on. Besides a large group of expert mentors, each of our startups will have the privilege of a journey mentor, whose role is to provide personalized advice and nurture the company towards success. Unlike most Accelerator programs out there, we have investors onboard as mentors. Which means the startups have a number of opportunities to interact and make an impression for followon investments. All of our partners are excited about the startup ecosystem in The hague. We collaborated with them because there was a match, a common vision about what lies ahead for the cohort entrepreneurs and their startups. Creating Shared Value for all the parties involved is the foremost goal of the program. We can’t wait to get started,” said Koper and Martens.
More about World Startup Factory
World Startup Factory develops and executes acceleration programs for impactdriven entrepreneurs. The initiative was started by a collective of experienced entrepreneurs and investors with strong roots in the South Holland region. The Accelerator Program is investing with partners and investors in impactdriven startups innovating with contemporary technology to contribute to solving a social or sustainability issue. In addition to capital, World Startup Factory offers its entrepreneurial teams focused development program, access to an impressive pool of mentors, customers and investors.
Participants in the Connectivity Accelerator program:
● Beep Beep Parking (http://www.beepbeepparking.com/) [Netherlands]
● Connective Floors [Netherlands]
● Motorcycle Tourer (http://motortourer.com) [Netherlands]
● Sentralia Labs (http://www.sentralia.com/) [Romania]
● Woody’s Housing (http://woodyshousing.com/) [Netherlands]
● XGear Ltd (http://xgear.io/) [Pakistan]
● Ingenious Technologies (http://www.ingenious.io/) [Turkey]
● M Technologies (http://www.mtechnology.bg/) [Bulgaria]
● Blupath Ltd (http://www.blupath.co.uk/) [Cyprus]
● Iugo Connected vehicles (http://www.myiugo.com/) [Turkey]
For more information visit www.worldstartupfactory.com. And for interviews (startups) get in contact with:
Daniël Steginga - communication WSF
316 24 73 56 85 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Mathijs Koper - executive director WSF
316 3393 7026 / email@example.com