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We are excited to announce Techstars Class 135 – the 10 companies that will be joining us in Philadelphia for our inaugural Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, powered by Techstars.

While they all collectively fall into this program’s overarching media, entertainment and connectivity focus areas, these companies range widely in their angle —from gaming, to augmented reality, to IoT. And their founders, who were selected from a diverse pool of applicants spanning 38 countries, will be joining us from all over the world —from Philadelphia to Singapore.

Starting today, we kick off this Techstars mentorship-driven accelerator program, which will conclude with Demo Day on October 11th. While in Philadelphia, these companies will have access to a curated range of over 140 mentors from both the greater Techstars community — the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed — and from across Comcast NBCUniversal’s businesses, including the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, film studios, cable networks, Comcast Ventures, and Xfinity products and services. These mentors were hand selected for their unique interest and ability to help these companies grow.

Techstars is proud to have an incredible partner in Comcast NBCUniversal, who we have worked closely with to craft a one-of-a-kind program I am thrilled to share with our companies. This is going to be an amazing year for our program and the Philadelphia startup community!

Here are the companies participating in the Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, Powered by Techstars:

Portl Media

Portl Media is a network of personalized media and entertainment experiences for rideshare vehicles.

Toronto, Canada

Trapica Labs

Trapica allows marketing campaigns on social networks to reach the right audiences at the right time by leveraging an artificial intelligence algorithm that autonomously optimizes targeting decisions in real time.

New York City

Pium

Pium is an IoT-powered platform for a personalized olfactory experience.

New York City

Thinker Tinker

Thinker Tinker creates companions that engage children through an innovative blend of traditional hands-on tactile play and digital interaction.

Los Angeles, CA

Polycade

Polycade is a modern arcade gaming console powered by a platform through which developers can build and sell games.

Los Angeles, CA

Tally Interactive

Tally is a mobile platform for live interactive game shows.

Toronto, Canada

WiARframe

WiARframe is a prototyping tool that allows creatives to effortlessly craft interactive augmented reality content, without any coding, 3D knowledge, or expensive equipment.

Singapore

eyecandylab

Eyecandylab is a platform of immersive, augmented reality experiences for linear TV.

Munich, Germany

Orai

Orai is an artificial intelligence speech coach that helps people improve their public speaking skills with personalized coaching.

Philadelphia, PA

Alive5

Alive5 provides businesses with PCI-compliant chat software that allows them to engage and seamlessly accept payments from customers via website, social-media accounts and text messaging.

Austin, TX

 


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Maya Baratz Maya Baratz
Maya is the Managing Director of the Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, Powered by Techstars. Previously, Maya was the New Products Lead for the Wall Street Journal and the Head of New Products for Disney’s ABC News.