The Disney Accelerator is a Los Angeles-based accelerator program managed by Techstars. As part of the Disney family of corporations, the Disney Accelerator's primary focus is on entertainment, specifically tech-based new media. They have, however, made some exceptions and worked with companies that fall outside that vertical, such as EdTech and clean power.
The Disney Accelerator Key Information:
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Recent News About the Disney Accelerator:
- January 29, 2019 - Disney to Develop New “Top Secret” VR Short Film Following Success of ‘Cycles’.
- December 19, 2018 - Kahoot Earns a $376M Valuation After Disney Investment—and Is Looking to Acquire.
- October 4, 2018 - Disney Invests in HQ Trivia’s Parent Company Amid Direct-to-Consumer Push.
The Disney Accelerator FAQs:
Does the Disney Accelerator only invest in entertainment companies?
While entertainment and new media is their main focus, the Disney Accelerator will accept startups that use tech to make the world a better place. For example, Disney's 2018 class included Uncharted Power, a renewable energy company; HopSkipDrive, a tech-enabled ride service for kids; and Unsupervised, an AI-driven data mining company.
What do I get for working with the Disney Accelerator?
If you're one of the few companies the Disney Accelerator accepts, you're provided $120 thousand in funding. Also, you not only work with Techstars and provided the benefit of their experience with accelerating successful startups but you're also given access to Disney's deep bench of entertainment executives.
If you're a tech-based entertainment or new media startup, you'll be in good hands.
Does the Disney Accelerator offer coworking space?
Yes, you can cowork in their Glendale, California offices.
Who are some of the companies that have gone through the Disney Accelerator program?
Some of the most well-recognized graduates of the Disney Accelerator are the following:
- Sphero - the connected play company, creators of app-enabled and controlled toys like Star Wars' BB-8 and R2D2.
- Hanson Robotics - the leader in designing and manufacturing human-like robots, including Sophia.
- Epic Games - creator of the Unreal, Gears of War, and Infinity Blade games series.
- The VOID - a fully-immersive location-based entertainment company.