Disney Accelerator 2015 Applications are Open

Today we are thrilled to announce that applications are open for the 2015 Disney Accelerator, powered by Techstars. The program will run in Los Angeles from July 6 through our Demo Day on October 6, 2015.

Now in its second year, the Disney Accelerator offers media and entertainment technology startups $120,000 in investment capital along with mentor support from top Disney executives, seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, and other notables from the entertainment and technology communities. In addition, all participants benefit from becoming part of the growing global Techstars network.

Here is Disney’s CEO, Robert A. Iger, along with Paul Berberian, CEO of Sphero, speaking about their experiences as mentor and mentee during last year’s Disney Accelerator program:

Visit www.disneyaccelerator.com for details on the program and apply by April 19, 2015.


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Disney Accelerator, powered by Techstars Demo Day 2014

On Tuesday of last week, ten amazing startup CEOs presented their companies to a theater filled with Disney executives, tech investors, and the entrepreneurial community of Los Angeles at Demo Day for Disney Accelerator, powered by Techstars. The event was a major milestone in the journeys of these remarkable startups, and it was a wonderful celebration of fifteen weeks of hard work and incredible progress.

All ten companies shared the details of pending business relationships with Disney, ranging from advertising campaigns to deep product development initiatives.

And most importantly, all ten companies completed Disney Accelerator having made substantial progress on their businesses. This progress was due in no small part to the efforts of the amazing mentors who participated in the program. More than 60 Disney executives and 70 entrepreneurs and investors from the business community gave their time to help coach and nurture the startups in Disney Accelerator, making a profound impact on each of the companies.

Here is Disney’s CEO, Bob Iger, speaking about his experience mentoring one of our companies:

You can watch each of the companies introduce themselves and their businesses here. I encourage you to dive deeply on each them below and get to know them. You’ll find that they are not only compelling companies, but they are also all wonderful people. My life is better for knowing them and I can’t wait to see what they accomplish next. Please join me in celebrating the 2014 companies of Disney Accelerator, powered by Techstars:


ChoreMonster unites parents and kids with the most ridiculously fun and motivating family framework, so every home is a joyful place.  choremonster.com    @choremonster
Codarica creates seriously fun games that teach kids to code. codarica.com    @codaricaHQ
Jogg is a mobile video platform that changes the direction of how we engage our audience.  joggapp.co   @joggapp
Naritiv is a marketing and analytics platform for micro-content, starting with Snapchat. naritiv.com   @naritiv
Sidelines is a people-powered content marketing platform that drives brand influence through discussions by expert fans. sidelinesapp.com    @sidelinesapp
Smart Toy is a learning toy that talks and listens to kids. Smart Toy can be customized to know your child’s name, teach lessons, and much more. smarttoylabs.com    @smarttoylabs
SnowShoe creates magic with a touch of plastic. SnowShoe-powered objects unlock digital content through your smartphone. snowshoestamp.com    @snowshoestamp
Sphero is the connected play company, fusing digital and physical play by creating toys and robots that you control with a smart device. gosphero.com    @gosphero
Twigtale builds happier families through personalization and expert-fueled storytelling. twigtale.com    @twigtale
TYFFON makes entertaining apps that put you in the center of the fun — founded by the creators of the ZombieBooth series, with over 30 million downloads. tyffon.com    @tyffoninc


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Meet the Companies Participating in Disney Accelerator, Powered by Techstars

Disney and Techstars are thrilled to announce the media and entertainment-focused technology startups that are gathering in Los Angeles this summer to participate in Disney Accelerator, powered by Techstars.

Disney Accelerator combines the magic of The Walt Disney Company with the mentorship-driven model and entrepreneurial network of Techstars to offer a game-changing advantage to startups in the media and entertainment space.  The breadth of impact that Disney provides to culture and business is incredible, and we are thrilled to help these companies leverage this influence and the business leaders, creatives, and technologists at Disney to each accelerate their progress and potential.

The companies we are announcing today represent a diverse cross-section of media and entertainment and join us in Los Angeles from a wide range of geographies.  We eagerly look forward to where they take their businesses next and are honored to be a part of this journey with them.


The Disney Accelerator Class of 2014:

Choremonster | @choremonster

Cincinnati, OH

ChoreMonster is a web and mobile platform that makes chores fun for kids and turns parents into superheroes.


Codarica | @CodaricaHQ

Stockholm, Sweden

Codarica serves as children’s first interaction into the world of code with help from characters Cody Coder and Holly Hacker.


Cogo | @Cogo_tv

Santa Monica, CA

Cogo provides video monetization solutions for content creators.


Jogg | @joggapp

Los Angeles, CA

Jogg simplifies the act of acquiring video from anyone. Users can gather, edit and share much more than just video from their own device.


Sidelines | @SidelinesApp

San Francisco, CA

Sidelines fixes the problem of substandard online discussions and comments by sourcing smart, high-quality discussions from its curated team of over 400 experts, and distributing these discussions to publishers based on relevance.


SnowShoe | @SnowShoeStamp

San Francisco, CA

SnowShoe makes simple, magical pieces of plastic that interact with touch screens to create the perfect bridge between physical items and digital media.


Sphero | @gosphero

Boulder, CO

Sphero is the connected play company, which fuses digital and physical play by creating robots that you control with a smart device.


Twigtale | @twigtale

Los Angeles, CA

Twigtale provides parents with personalized, high-quality, accessible expert advice for every major transition a child undergoes.


TYFFON | @tyffoninc

Tokyo, Japan

TYFFON is an entertainment app development company and creator of ZombieBooth series with more than 25 million total downloads.


Ubooly | @ubooly

Boulder, CO

Ubooly is a learning toy that talks and listens to kids. Ubooly can be customized to know your child’s name, teach lessons, and much more.

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Disney Accelerator Recruiting Event Schedule

As we announced recently,  we are thrilled to be working with The Walt Disney Company on Disney Accelerator, Powered by Techstars.  We’re now hitting the road to tell the world about it! In the coming weeks, a team from Disney Accelerator will be visiting Austin, Boston, New York, Palo Alto, London, and San Francisco to share more about the program and meet some awesome founders and entrepreneurs in the media and entertainment space.

Representatives from both Disney and Techstars will be hosting events in several cities for interested entrepreneurs. Please join us to hear about this exciting new program and ask any questions you have.

Click one of the links below to request an invite. We’ll send an email to confirm your RSVP. Due to limited space, we unfortunately won’t be able to accommodate everyone, but we’ll certainly do our best!

March 9th – Austin, TX (morning session)
March 9th – Austin, TX (afternoon session)
March 12th – Boston, MA
March 13th – New York City, NY
March 18th – Palo Alto, CA
March 19th – London, UK
March 20th – San Francisco, CA
April 7th – Los Angeles, CA

Additionally, while in Austin during SXSW, we’re hosting open office hours, giving founders a chance to meet with us one-on-one. If you’ll be in Austin during SXSW, click on the link below to schedule some time with us!

Office Hours on March 10
Office Hours on March 11

Learn more and apply to Disney Accelerator, powered by Techstars by the deadline of April 16: http://disneyaccelerator.com

We look forward to reading your application!

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