Disney to Mentor Tech Start-Ups

The Walt Disney Company has named the 11 technology start-ups that have been selected for its mentorship and investment program, Disney Accelerator.

April 6, 2018

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The Walt Disney Company has named the 10 technology start-ups that have been selected for its mentorship and investment program, Disney Accelerator, powered by Techstars.

“Last year’s Disney Accelerator exceeded our expectations on many fronts,” says Kevin Mayer, chief strategy officer, The Walt Disney Company. “We are excited to roll up our sleeves again this year and help these cutting-edge startups achieve their goals.”

Participants receive up to $120,000 in investment capital to develop their ideas, along with mentor support from Disney executives, including chairman and chief executive officer Robert A. Iger, and leaders from Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, ESPN and Walt Disney Imagineering, among others. Mentors will also include other entertainment industry leaders, venture capitalists and Techstars’ extensive network of entrepreneurs, investors and executives.

The 10 companies will participate in a three-month mentorship and investment program that concludes with a Demo Day on Oct. 6.

This year’s Disney Accelerator program companies are:

  • Decisive: Decisive is a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform that uses real time data to enable advertisers to optimize mobile ad creative and targeting based on user engagement.

  • EMOTIV: EMOTIV is a bioinformatics company that uses electroencephalography (EEG) to track mental performance, monitor emotions, and control virtual and physical objects with thoughts.

  • FEM Inc.: FEM Inc. has developed a personalized video engagement platform based on neuroscience and psychology that maps the emotional dimensions of how and why content resonates.

  • HYP3R: HYP3R enables businesses and brands to identify influential customers at their locations and engage them in real time, when it matters most.

  • imperson: imperson provides an artificial intelligence platform enabling fans to have conversations with their favorite movie and TV characters.

  • Littlstar: Littlstar aggregates industry leading virtual reality content with its device agnostic discovery and distribution platform.

  • MakieLab: MakieLab lets kids bring toys to life by building their own customizable 3D-printed toys through creative games and apps.

  • Open Bionics: Open Bionics is a robotics company creating affordable 3D-printed bionic hands for amputees, researchers and makers.

  • Pundit: Pundit lets creators host audio Ask Me Anything (AMA’s) with their Twitter network, transforming the talk radio experience for the social media age.

  • StatMuse: StatMuse is developing an artificial intelligence platform to help sports fans explore data using simple, natural language.

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