World Startup Factory launched its second Connectivity Accelerator for impact entrepreneurs in The Hague. The Opening took place at the City Hall of The Hague on November 8th. During the welcoming session speakers from Impact City – The Hague and Smart The Hague highlighted the importance of the connection between the City of The Hague and startups addressing societal challenges presented by urban living.
This time the acceleration program brought together three groups of enterprises standing under the ‘connectivity’ umbrella: Smart City, Smart Building and Smart Mobility. A vibrant cohort of 11 startups coming from Portugal, India, Singapore and others is ready for 4 months of extensive learning and fruitful networking, resulting in a presentation of their projects on Ready For Growth Day – a major new business event organized by World Startup Factory coming this February at the New World Campus. ‘The program’s main goal is to build up foundation for the sustainable growth of participating startups’ – says WSF’s Co-founder Mathijs Koper.
The partners of Connectivity Accelerator are the City of The Hague, SPIE, KPN, HEID, BarentsKrans, BDO, Innovation Quarter, V.O. Patents and Trademarks, PNO, VenturesOne and ABN Amro. Via support to connectivity businesses these stakeholders aim at making The Hague area a hotspot for Smart City development.
During the program, WSF organizes a series of open sessions led by the experts in various aspects of new business. Through the Campfires and Skills Labs WSF aims at establishing a connection between impact entrepreneurs and larger new business community. (Check worldstartupfactory.com for the schedule of sessions).