PHILADELPHIA CREAM–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Comcast today announced the startups selected for the fifth Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, powered by Techstars. These 12 companies, chosen from hundreds of applicants from more than 30 countries, have been identified for their potential to revolutionize industries in the accelerator’s main areas of interest, including connected living, immersive and inclusive experiences and digital. smart and sustainable company.
Class of 2022 is creating breakthrough technologies and artificial intelligence (AI) applications ready to innovate in entertainment, gaming, video shopping, metaverse, visual content licensing, web3 industries, connectivity and of employee experience. Founders from Canada, France, the United Kingdom and cities in the United States of Philadelphia, Boston, New York and San Francisco will participate in this immersive 12-week program hosted at the Comcast Technology Center in Philadelphia. Half (50%) of the companies selected are led by at least one founder who identifies as a person of color or a racial/ethnic minority in their country of origin, while a third (33%) are led by a woman or a diverse founding gender.
“Through LIFT Labs, Comcast is working directly with startups at the forefront of new technologies in connectivity, media and entertainment, with a curated, comprehensive and engaging program,” said Danielle Cohn, Vice President, Startup Engagement. and head of LIFT Labs. “During the accelerator, and beyond, these founders will have unparalleled opportunities to grow their emerging businesses and access industry leaders and experts. Over the past five years, it has been amazing to see how these startups continue to cultivate a growth mindset and inspire our innovative teams, and I look forward to seeing what emerges from this remarkable cohort of 2022.”
Since first class in 2018, 43 companies have completed the Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator and raised over $115 million combined. Additionally, over 70% have secured proof of concepts, pilots or commercial agreements with Comcast, NBCUniversal and Sky.
More than 100 experts and industry leaders from Comcast NBCUniversal and Sky will mentor this year’s startups. Advisors include leaders from the Xfinity technology, product and experience teams; broadcast stations NBC and Telemundo; NBCUniversal cable networks; Universal Studios; Universal theme parks; DreamWorks Animation; Comcast Company; Comcast Ventures; Strategic development; and Sky; as well as mentors from Techstars’ extensive global network.
Joining these mentors will be Cohn, Luke Butler, Executive Director, Startup Engagement, and KJ Singh, Managing Director, Techstars, who will lead the 2022 Acceleration Program. The experienced team will guide startups through workshops on business model development, pilot and proof of concept development, fundraising, marketing, media interaction and KPI definition.
“Techstars is thrilled to continue its successful partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs and work in tandem to support this year’s class of innovative startups,” said Singh. “Over our long-standing relationship, we’ve created strong programming that provides businesses with the skills and connections they need to succeed.”
Check out the Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator Class of 2022, powered by Techstars:
Collectiv.TV Collectiv.TV’s platform helps content creators and owners distribute and monetize their content on ad-supported free streaming television (FAST).
Founder: Louis-Philippe Gauthier (CEO) | Montreal Canada
eino A pioneer in artificial intelligence solutions for consumer and enterprise network management, eino offers a cloud-based platform for automated and efficient capacity planning and orchestration.
Founder: Payman Samadi (CEO) | New York, NY
Vanish Fade Technology connects IP and advertising content to commerce on OTT, SVOD, FAST streaming services and digital publishing platforms allowing viewers to make direct video purchases.
Founders: Lori Marion (CEO) and Michelle Perkins | San Francisco, California
Imaginary Imaginario is an AI-powered platform and API that identifies specific moments in video and audio in seconds, enabling marketers and content creators to discover, find and capture content faster.
Founders: Jose M. Puga (CEO) & Abdelhak Loukkal | London, United Kingdom
Kosmi Kosmi allows users to create their own virtual space where they can hang out, watch videos, play games, chat and create together online.
Founders: Haukur Rósinkranz (CEO) and Jim Rand | Reykjavik, Iceland
Kyd Laboratories KYD is a blockchain-enabled event ticketing platform that unlocks long-term loyalty, resale revenue for live event hosts, and guarantees buyers get authentic resale tickets.
Founders: Ahmed Nimale (CEO) and David Barrick | New York, NY
Lluna LLUNA’s technology is the TeamOS for modern employers, combining personal operating profiles and intelligent dashboards to increase the connection, efficiency and productivity of individuals, teams and businesses.
Founders: Jess Podgajny (CEO) and Aaron Kamholtz | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Action Mtion connects streamers to their fans through shared 3D experiences.
Founder: Jeremy Hartmann (CEO) | Toronto, Canada
Neon Savage Neon Wild turns any child into a personalized avatar as a star of immersive stories and games.
Founders: Matt Weckel (CEO), Stephanie Reaves, Matthew Kellough and Carlos Ramos | Miami, Florida
NNext NNext is an open-source vector lookup database designed for ML applications that stores useful intermediate output from ML applications not captured by current database solutions.
Founder: Peter Njenga (CEO) | New York, NY
parallux Parallux enables brands and creators to easily design, build and host 3D virtual spaces in the metaverse.
Founders: Gabe Zetter (CEO) and Kris Layng | New York, NY
Visura Visura is a marketplace for publishers to license visual content from freelancers.
Founder: Adriana Letorney (CEO) | New York, NY
The pinnacle of the accelerator, Demo Day, will be held on November 2, 2022, at the Comcast Technology Center and virtually. Participants will pitch their companies to some of the top venture capitalists, startup founders, business executives, members of the startup community, and media.
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people in the moments that matter. We are primarily focused on connectivity, aggregation and streaming with 57 million customer relationships in the US and Europe. We provide broadband, wireless and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business and Sky brands; create, distribute and broadcast premier entertainment, sports and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks, Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News and Sky Sports; and deliver memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.
The global Techstars network helps entrepreneurs succeed. Founded in 2006, Techstars started with three simple ideas: entrepreneurs create a better future for everyone, collaboration drives innovation, and great ideas can come from anywhere. We are now on a mission to empower every person on the planet to contribute to and benefit from successful entrepreneurs. In addition to tapping into accelerator programs and venture capital funds, we do this by connecting startups, investors, companies, and cities to help build thriving startup communities. Techstars has invested in over 3,100 companies with a combined market capitalization of over $140 billion. Visit www.techstars.com for more information.