Rockstart has just appointed Alan Soon, who previously worked for Yahoo, Bloomberg and CNBC, to build its global accelerator programme in Singapore for companies to grow to a scalable level in just 150 days.
The hub hopes to eventually simultaneously accelerate start-ups in Europe and South East Asia.
The initiative allows start-up entrepreneurs to choose which market they want to grow their company in, and also provides a new entrance for Rockstart alumni in the fast-growing Asian mobile market. Amsterdam-founded Rockstart has supported over 1,400 founders and has accelerated 58 start-ups since 2012. All projects are innovation-driven, technology-oriented and globally scalable.
Former Managing Editor for Yahoo India and Southeast Asia, Alan Soon, will run the accelerator programme in South East Asia, aiming to run parallel with the equivalent initiative in Amsterdam. An expert in media and tech start-ups, Alan’s first six months will be focused on strengthening the international investor community supporting the Singapore programme, engaging a diverse mentor network and kicking off the first programme in the region.
“This is a great time to put our plans into action. I’ve seen a tremendous amount of energy, ideas and talent in Asia. Startups are hungry to execute. Rockstart, with its five years of experience as Europe’s top accelerator, is a strong partner for entrepreneurs in Asia.” Alan Soon – Head of Rockstart South East Asia programme
The Web & Mobile Accelerator programme is just one programme Rockstart has to offer. Other accelerator programmes include the Digital Health Accelerator and the Smart Energy Accelerator. In the first three months of the 150-day programme, start-ups are taught everything there is to know about scaling up, in preparation of pitching their idea afterwards to more than 450 investors on the Rockstart Demo Day. The concluding 50 days are spent developing teams, hiring and fundraising. The programme also includes access to an extensive network in Europe, Asia and the USA, opportunities for travel, and an invitation to the annual Alumni Summit in Amsterdam.
“Many, many talented entrepreneurs are looking for true startup support to get their companies going. With our expansion to Singapore we’re happy to reach out and help put their full potential to work” Oscar Kneppers – Founder of Rockstart
The accelerator also offers community and co-working spaces, many-to-one feedback events and a programme tailored to start-ups in developing regions.