Birdhouse has come a long way since its inception in 2016. The company has evolved into a community of extraordinary people, including investors, mentors & startups and scale-up founders, all working together to support and guide (other) startups to reach their full potential. Today, we are proud to have accelerated over 150 companies and to have become a leading accelerator in Europe.
Needless to say that founding Birdhouse, way back in 2016, was one of our most significant milestones. Close to 40 people got together, spent time on being a mentor in our new accelerator program and even invested €10k each afterwards. We received an overwhelming support from the market and partnered with Belfius, a few months later.
Another big milestone was us switching to a completely tailor-made program for our startups, ensuring that they receive the right kind of support to succeed. From this point on we decided that we would only shape the program after the startups of each cohort are chosen. No cohort chosen? No program. Tailor-made.
Birdhouse is recently establishing itself as a leader in the AgeTech industry, which is poised to grow exponentially over the next decade. To support this industry, We’ve created a network of mentors, advisors and investors who are dedicated to helping startups in this specific field. The company is proud to say that it has the best AgeTech network out there and has already guided various startups from all over Europe.
In a next phase, Birdhouse plans to expand its offerings to more verticals globally. The company's goal is to support all these incredible startups and help them reach their full potential. To achieve this, Birdhouse recently launched its own accelerator fund, named Birdhouse Ventures.
Starting from the next cohort, Birdhouse will invest €100k per startup that successfully enrolls in the accelerator program. Birdhouse will also be able to do follow-on investments up to 1,5Mio per startup.
This investment will make a significant difference for startups, enabling them to execute more on the advice they receive, grow faster, and focus on their core metrics. Many of Birdhouse's alumni, like Vermut, AFC and Kadonation, have already shown their support for this new approach, admitting that an extra €100k, from the beginning, would've made a huge difference for their businesses.
They would’ve been able to tap into additional markets quicker, opened their showroom sooner or could’ve focused on core metrics earlier instead of trying to find sufficient funding.
And that, for us, confirmed the reason why we’re doing what we do.
Starting from our next cohort, startups no longer need to worry that much about how much money is on their account.