The Accelerator is Coming: Meet the Adventure-Ready Top 4 Finalists
The journey that started on March 2 with the announcement of The Accelerator 2016 call for applications has been exciting, exhilarating, and ad-venturous. Just a few days before we officially Press Start on our high-impact acceleration program, we take you through the future-shaping finalist teams that made it to this year’s highly anticipated Bootcamp.
This year, extraordinary teams applied for The Accelerator, coming from countries across Europe and the globe, including Brazil, Denmark, the Netherlands, and our very own Greece. After a long and rigorous evaluation process, it was decision-making time.
To help us pick the right teams, we turned to 20 amazing Experts and asked for their feedback and critical eye. And two evaluation rounds later, we ended up cordially inviting four inspiring teams across four hot-right-now tech sectors to enjoy an exclusive taste of the acceleration to come.
The reason? To work closely with them, explore how we can collaborate, and finally determine how we can fire up their fascinating endeavors. With The Accelerator ready to launch at the end of June, we are eagerly awaiting to welcome the new teams to our Headquarters at Orange Grove – note that we will be announcing the investee teams next week.
Till then let us introduce you to the four startups that are claiming a spot in this cycle of The Accelerator. They are teams with a big vision, a scalable business model, and the drive and perseverance to join a rigorous three-month quest to success powered by Metavallon. Ready to meet them?
Cibo is all-in-one restaurant management system, offering a 360o degree solution to hospitality venues. It integrates all the features required to manage and market a restaurant through a mobile device. “Using Artificial Intelligence on top of mobile and cloud technologies, we have developed a management platform that offers operational products to restauranteurs and interface products to their customers”, states Farry Qazi, Founder and CEO of Cibo.
Why here, why now: A post-revenue business already, Cibo has established initial strategic partners and is unlocking the secret to scale. “We were looking for a springboard; a process that would help us accelerate our product and traction, which is a challenging task that requires a lot of business know-how. We want to become global players and dominate the massive yet highly segmented market we are targeting. Eventually, we are hoping that The Accelerator will open up powerful investment opportunities for us.”
Click here, if you are hungry to discover more about CiboApp.
CityCrop is a venture aiming at modernizing and democratizing farming, as key to a healthier and greener living. Indeed, Christos Raftogiannis, Co-founder and CEO states “Our vision is to bring fresh and healthy eating in every household.” How are they doing that? By developing the first fully automated indoor garden, based on the technique of hydroponics. The CityCrop device and mobile app allows users to grow fresh and healthy food all year long as well as control and monitor their crop with just a click of a button.
Why here, why now: “Through The Accelerator we wish to take our business to the next level. In particular, we want to build an internationally competitive business plan and enhance our fundraising potential. To that, we are looking forward to working with the amazing Experts and Partners of Metavallon and building synergies with other teams”, reveals Evriviades Makridis, Co-founder and COO.
Want to know more about this exciting and green venture? Find more about them by clicking here.
Tesibit provides to large-scale installations in the renewable energy industry a cutting-edge service for performance enhancement. Applied to wind turbines and to bioreactors alike, the Tesibit SaaS platform uses machine learning and true Advanced Process Control technology to continuously monitor operations, assess productivity, and boost in real-time the performance of the system. “Our cloud-based service delivers up to 11% increase in daily production and boasts superior accuracy and overall efficiency results”, proudly states Antonios Arvanitidis, Co-founder of Tesibit.
Why here, why now: “Being part of The Accelerator will give us the tools to decide on a viable and scalable business model and organize our action and growth plan accordingly. Through its rigorous process and high-profile Program Partners and Allies, such as Ericsson, Microsoft, and XponentialWorks, we expect to enter a world of opportunities for market expansion and growth funding”, explains Co-founder Vasiliki Ntampasi.
Find out more about Tesibit with just one click here.
Villosophy is a powerful tool for property managers and hosts of private vacation rentals. The platform empowers property managers with e-checkin capabilities that dramatically improve operational efficiency and with concierge services that transform their guests’ experience and generate additional revenue sources. “We are providing holidaymakers with the tools they need to empower their guests feel right at home and create an unforgettable experience for them”, says George Zahartzis, CEO of Villosophy.
Why here, why now: “We applied to The Accelerator to refine our value proposition and get access to seed funding. Of course, we still have a lot to learn in order to become a company of value. In fact, our vision is to create an inspiring international venture. And this is also why we are really looking forward to crossing the pond as part of this year’s US mission.”
Sounds interesting? Make yourself at home with Villosophy.
Venturing forth – What Comes Next
We got our engines running as the Accelerator 2016 kick starts in a few days. Soon, we will be revealing to you which inspiring team(s) will be joining us for an exhilarating business adventure – stay tuned!
How did we end up here? Here is a brief recap of The Accelerator 2016 from call till launch:
- The Game is On: The Accelerator Returns and is Calling to all Growth-Thirsty Startups
- #AskTheAccelerator: 4 Steps to Cashing in on The Accelerator2016
- The Road to Investment: How Fundacity and Metavallon Source the Most Innovative Startups in Europe