Rockstart bridges Europe and Middle East for startups

Rockstart founder Oscar Kneppers speaks at Arabnet Digital Summit 2014

29 MAY 2014, AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
Summary
Rockstart, the Amsterdam-based one-stop shop for startups sets up camp at the Dubai Arabnet Summit on June 3, 4 & 5 to connect and develop partnerships with startups, investors and mentors in the MENA region. Rockstart founder and CEO Oscar Kneppers will speak at Arabnet Digital Summit 2014 - the biggest gathering for digital business in the Middle East. Rockstart makes first steps to expand its network in the MENA region.

Rockstart, the Amsterdam-based one-stop shop for startups sets up camp at the Dubai Arabnet Summit on June 3, 4 & 5 to connect and develop partnerships with startups, investors and mentors in the MENA region. Rockstart founder and CEO Oscar Kneppers will speak at Arabnet Digital Summit 2014 - the biggest gathering for digital business in the Middle East. Rockstart makes first steps to expand its network in the MENA region.

Rockstart runs two successful startup acceleratorssince 2012, an international shared startup space, a Startup Academy and various events that help entrepreneurs grow their business faster. We now open up our international network of investors, mentors and alumni entrepreneurs from Europe, US and South America to other regions. We would like to welcome entrepreneurs and startup people from the Middle East and Northern Africa to this global network”, says Kneppers, who founded Rockstart in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 2011.

Build MENA partnerships

Rockstart’s interest in the MENA region is not new. Earlier this year Rockstart made an open call to all MENA internet entrepreneurs to apply in their latest Web/Mobile international startup accelerator program:

2014 was the first year we received a noticeable number of applications from the MENA region - mainly from Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon. We are really excited to see a higher interest in Rockstart from MENA entrepreneurs. Still, we feel that the region’s startups are still underrepresented among applicants. We see a lot of potential in the area and we would like to help talented entrepreneurs tap into high potential growth markets in the Middle East and North Africa” says Kneppers. “We’re looking to establish local partnerships in order to build our global offering.

Oscar Kneppers will speak at Arabnet Digital Summit 2014 on June 3 at 14.00 (Hall B of Atlantis The Palm) about Rockstart’s learnings on helping startups grow faster and more effectively in the global sphere. 

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Additional Information

Amsterdam based Rockstart helps startups to be more successful in their first 1.000 days. Rockstart runs 2 vertical Accelerator Programs (6 months pressure cooker) in the Web/Mobile and Smart Energy field, Rockstart Answers (smart Q&A for entrepreneurs), Rockstart Spaces (workplaces), Rockstart Academy (education) and Rockstart Campus (students). Since 2011 Rockstart supported over 1.000 entrepreneurs spread over 36 nationalities . Rockstart was awarded ‘Best Investor’ at the Dutch Startup Awards 2012 and in 2013.


Oscar Kneppers is considered the most celebrated internet publisher of the Netherlands. He launched the cross-media brands Emerce, Industry Day, Bright, Brightlive and Bright.TV – all focused on new media, innovation and technology. In 2007 Kneppers won the title ‘Most Innovative Publisher‘ at the National Publishers Congress. In 2011 Oscar founded Rockstart – a great place for startups to support, accelerate and invest in entrepreneurs through a mentor driven network. Oscar is considered one of Holland’s most successful serial entrepreneurs. 

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"Rockstart runs two successful international accelerators, a co-working space, and various events that help entrepreneurs grow their business internationally. We have an international network of investors, mentors and alumni startups in Europe, US and South America. We would like to welcome in this global network great startup people and organizations from the Middle East and Northern Africa" Oscar Kneppers
"2014 was the first year we received a noticeable number of applications from the MENA region - mainly from Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon. We are really excited to see a higher interest in Rockstart from MENA entrepreneurs. Still, we feel that the region’s startups are underrepresented among our applicants. We see a lot of potential in the area and we would like to help talented entrepreneurs tap into MENA’s fast-growing digital market" Oscar Kneppers
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About Rockstart

Amsterdam based Rockstart ‘’The Global Startup Machine’, was founded in 2010 by Dutch serial entrepreneur Oscar Kneppers, in 2011 joined by Don Ritzen, Rune Theill and Koen Wagemakers to launch the first Rockstart Accelerator in 2012. Rockstart has accelerated 78 startups in 8 programs in the domains of Web/Mobile, Smart Energy and Digital Health. Rockstart organizes Q&A events in 21 European cities and runs an Impact Accelerator in Nepal since 2015. To date, over 78% of Rockstart alumni (including 3D Hubs and Peerby) have attracted over €33 million in funding from national and international angel and venture capital investors including Greylock Partners, Balderton Capital,XAnge Private Equity and Walvis Participaties.

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