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|