Accelerators Kansas City Startups

Sprint Announces 2017 Corporate Accelerator Cohort

These 7 Startups Are In The 2017 Sprint Corporate Accelerator

Sprin-Acceleraetor-top Sprint Announces 2017 Corporate Accelerator Cohort

Sprint Accelerator’s 2016 demo day (photo: Instagram)

Sprint is in it’s fourth year of their Kansas City based accelerator program. With Sprint in the wireless business you would naturally think wireless technology companies, however in this fourth year they’ve restructured the program and added Dairy Farmer’s of America as a partner. With this new partnership, and Missouri’s roots in agriculture technology (agtech), this year’s corporate accelerator is a mix of agtech and digital startups.

The 90 day immersive startup and entrepreneurship program will help startups in either vertical grow their companies, and prepare them for investment, and the future.  Both Sprint and the DFA are hoping that these startups will grow and cultivate key partnerships and relationships while they’re in the program that runs through June.

“We are very excited for the launch of our restructured program so that the 2017 Corporate Accelerator program can better position our entrepreneurs to meet the needs of our corporate sponsors and, hopefully, develop long-term partnerships,” said Kevin McGinnis, vice president of Pinsight Media+ and managing executive of the Sprint Accelerator.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Sprint on the 2017 Accelerator program,” said Kevin Strathman, senior vice president of Finance at Dairy Farmers of America. “There is tremendous innovation happening in the agriculture space, and we’re looking forward to collaborating with and helping mentor these startup companies.”

“We’ve made some big changes to our program for the fourth year,” said Doug Dresslaer, managing director of the Corporate Accelerator. “Some of the goals and technologies of these two independent vertical programs are strikingly complementary, which means these entrepreneurs have more access to the resources they need to grow. And, with even more mentorship from experts than in the past, we expect the collaborations between the startups and corporations to be incredibly productive for both sides.”

“Our goal, is to deliver on strategic outcomes shared by both the corporation and the startup,” said McGinnis. “Together, we hope to bring innovations to market that will be transformational to digital and agricultural businesses.”

Four agtech startups and three digital startups were selected for the 2017 accelerator. Here they are:

AgTech Vertical Participants

  • AgVoice from Altanta, GA. AgVoice is a mobile voice-interaction service designed for food and agriculture professionals to capture insights on the go.
  • HerdDogg from Longmont, CO. HerdDogg builds state-of-the-art smart ear tags and readers for livestock ID and health monitoring.
  • My Dairy Dashboard from Frisco, TX. My Dairy Dashboard connects your data to simplify your dairy decisions through a visual dashboard of aggregated herd, feed, milk, and weather data.
  • TradeLanes from Miami, FL. TradeLanes digitizes and automates the supply chain for shippers, merchants, and traders.

Digital Vertical Participants

  • Centiment from New York, NY. Centiment is an advertising platform powered by second-generation artificial intelligence (AI) that analyzes emotion, going beyond the constraints of current sentiment analysis.
  • DART Technologies from New York, NY. A digital product studio at the intersection of new media (x) mobility, DART Technologies builds location-based solutions for modern transit and urban development.
  • Oodles Rewards from Austin, TX. A customer loyalty platform that connects brands and retailers with local shoppers.

You can check out the Sprint Corporate Accelerator here at sprintaccel.com