Today marks the start of the Startupbootcamp Internet of Things & Data accelerator program that, over a period of six months, will see ten select entrepreneurs and their startups develop their offerings to rewarding outcomes.

Focusing on Internet of Things & Smart Data, the global startup accelerator provides these ten startups with support, mentorship, and connections. Managing Partner and Co-Founder of the programme Ángel García described the selected squads as showing “a high level of motivation, dedication, willingness to work hard and the ability to adapt themselves to change and innovation.”

The program was initiated in August 2014, receiving 250 applications, and after twelve Pitch Days around the world and over 150 pitches in total, 10 finalists were announced in December. These finalists have devised disruptive solutions with connected devices and the immense associated data these machines create, explains Startupbootcamp.

Over 100 mentors will be guiding the startups, including veterans from companies like Intel, Yahoo, Cisco, Telefonica, Claro Partners, Facebook and Oracle. Entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to pitch on stage at the 4YFN in March, a featured program of the Mobile World Congress 2015. The contract with the startups will grant SBC 8% equity.

Here are the 10 startups chosen, and what they had to say about their products:

  • Balázs Weibel, CEO of Cubilog (Hungary): “We save the user time and money by connecting all the smart, semi-smart and dumb/wired devices to one hub and one app. The user can get rid of any other hubs and apps and still control all the devices from one dashboard.”
  • Nacho Lafuente, CEO of Datumize (Spain): “We have created a software solution for corporate clients that captures and stores large amounts of data with more efficient energy savings.”
  • Frank Hoonakker, President of eNovalys (France): “We offer a new way to manage, share and exploit the unpublished scientific data which is 97% of the scientific production! With our technologies, we will change the paradigm of making science and accelerate the process of creating drugs.”
  • Richard Lagrand, co-founder of Muzze (Netherlands): “We help curators and museums to unlock their untold stories trough an app that lets you create an audio tour in three simple steps.”
  • Sergio Mottola, CEO of Nuwe (United Kingdom): “Our committed aim is to develop powerful digital health services and, as a result, contribute to the overall well being of society.”
  • Blai Carandell Saladich, CEO of Oasys (Spain): “We have the aim to become a central place for the home, a technology that unites families in a unit and with life’s most important resource: water.”
  • Morten Poulsen, CEO of Plytix (Denmark): “We provide a more transparent product based web analytics platform with a tool that enables brands to track the sales data of their products across retailers’ websites.”
  • Markus Kopf, co-founder of Teraki (Germany): “Teraki wants to be for the IoT what MP3 is for the music industry: our solution employs newest techniques to reduce the amount of data generated by sensors by up to a factor 10 without compromising its quality.”
  • Iván Caballero, CEO of The Social Coin (Barcelona): “The Social Coin’s mission is to improve people’s life through fostering and giving visibility to Acts of Kindness. With more success in business, there is more social impact”.
  • Marc Fàbregas, CEO of Zolertia (Spain): We will enable everyone in the world to immerse and create all kind of awesome IoT applications, with an easy and ready-to-use hardware that will let people connect with their things in the same simple and powerful way people are connecting today through Internet.”

2015 looks to be an exciting year for these ten finalists.

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