The Walt Disney Company has unveiled participants in the 2016 Disney Accelerator.
Selected companies include:
– Ader, a marketplace connecting brands with eSports and gaming influencers.
– Hanson Robotics, a Hong Kong-based creator of human-like robots with a full range of facial expressions.
– Jaunt, a developer of solutions for creating and publishing cinematic virtual reality, which has raised over $100m and launched Jaunt China, a virtual reality joint venture with China Media Capital and Shanghai Media Group in May.
– littleBits, a platform of electronic building blocks that empowers kids to invent anything, from a remote controlled car to a dancing robot to a smart home device. It has raised over $60m in funding.
– Nom, an online live streaming video community for chefs and food lovers.
– OTOY, a holographic content platform with investors including Autodesk.
– Playbuzz, a content-creation and audience-engagement platform that empowers tens of thousands of publishers, marketers, bloggers and brands to create content using mobile-friendly formats that are optimized for social sharing. With headquarters in New York and Tel Aviv, the company has raised $31 million in funding.
– Pley, a subscription company that gives members – for a monthly fee – toys from a catalog of 500+ products. It has raised more than $16 million in funding.
Based in Burbank, CA, the three-month program provides entrepreneurs with capital, mentorship, creative expertise and resources to develop their products and consumer experiences.
Launched in 2014, the Disney Accelerator has already helped startups from across the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia launch their robotics, artificial intelligence, e-commerce, wearables, messaging and virtual reality solutions.
Past participants include Sphero Statmuse, imperson, etc.