By KJ Singh, Managing Director of the Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, powered by Techstars
Today marks the start of the 2022 Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, powered by Techstars. This is the fifth year that we are running the accelerator in partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal and the 14th accelerator program I am running at Techstars. Since the first class in 2018, 43 companies have completed the Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator and raised over $115 million combined. In addition, more than 70% have secured proof of concepts, pilots, or commercial deals with Comcast, NBCUniversal, and Sky.
We received applications from over 30 countries and ultimately selected a group of global founders that hail from the UK, France, Iceland, Canada and areas in the US including Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco, Boston, Miami, Colorado, and Vermont.
One-half (50%) of selected companies are led by at least one founder who self-identifies as a person of color or racial/ethnic minority in their home country, while one-third (33%) are led by a woman or gender-diverse founder.
We had a very competitive application pool and selecting these 12 companies was extremely difficult. As we settle into the new normal, the companies joining us in this year’s class are focused on key areas including: smart sustainable enterprise, connected living, immersive & inclusive experiences, and general connectivity, media, and entertainment.
I want to thank all of our mentors from Techstars and Comcast NBCUniversal who provided insight, time, and feedback throughout the selection process. Additionally, I’d like to thank the Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs team for their continued support and commitment to collaboration, diversity, and innovation.
We will be sharing more about each company in the weeks leading up to our Demo Day on November 2nd, but for now please join us in welcoming the Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, powered by Techstars, Class of 2022!
Collectiv.TV's platform helps creators and content owners to distribute and monetize their content on free ad-supported streaming TV (FAST).
The pioneer in AI solutions for consumer and enterprise network management, eino offers a cloud-based platform for automated and efficient capacity planning and orchestration.
Fade Technology connects IP and Advertising content to commerce on OTT, SVOD, FAST streaming services, and digital publishing platforms allowing viewers to make in-video purchases directly.
Imaginario is an AI-powered platform and API that identifies specific moments in video and audio in seconds, allowing content marketers and creators to discover, find, and clip content faster.
Kosmi enables users to build their own virtual space where they can hang out, watch videos, play games, chat, and create together online.
KYD is a blockchain-enabled event ticketing platform that unlocks long term loyalty, resale revenue for live event hosts and ensures buyers get authentic resale tickets.
LLUNA's technology is the TeamOS for modern employers, combining personal operating profiles and smart dashboards to increase connection, effectiveness, and productivity for individuals, teams, and companies.
Mtion connects streamers with their fans through shared 3D experiences.
Neon Wild transforms any child into a custom avatar as the star of immersive stories and games.
NNext is an open-source, vector search database tailored for ML apps that stores the useful intermediate outputs of ML applications not captured by current database solutions.
Parallux makes it easy for brands and creators to design, build, and host 3D virtual spaces in the metaverse.
Visura is a marketplace for publishers to license visual content from freelancers.
KJ serves as Managing Director of the Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, powered by Techstars and the Techstars New York City accelerator, Term 2. During his tenure, he has invested in over 100 companies that have collectively raised over $200MM in capital. He currently holds the record for running the most number of accelerator programs at Techstars. KJ holds a BBA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Columbia Business School.