Birds.ai has been accepted to the only EU acceleration programme focused on climate impact and cleantech, the Climate-KIC Accelerator. The Accelerator includes a 3-stage, 18-month program that helps startups to commercialize their technology, by providing coaching, resources, and knowledge.
Birds.ai CTO Anouk Visser and co-founder Kitso Epema participated in a 2-day bootcamp in mid-September, and were selected to participate in the first stage after pitching their business idea. Stage 1 is focused on finding the market niche and developing a financial model.
The team will now receive €5,000 and 5 coaching sessions through December. These sessions will help the team to validate their business idea.
“The bootcamp already gave us great insights in how to think of a business idea. Of course we know we should think from the viewpoint of the customer, but it is usually difficult for us engineers to understand what that means.
Now we have learned a great framework to use to view our business idea in a better way. The next coaching sessions will help us improve our idea even further by validating all assumptions we made up to now.”
Birds.ai has had several major successes in recent weeks, including a successful demo at TechCrunch DisruptSF, a presentation by CEO Camiel Verschoor at AmsterdamAI, as well as presentations at GTC16 and TedXAmsWomen by Anouk Visser.