On Thursday, the Disney Accelerator announced their latest class. If you have not heard of the Disney Accelerator, it is a Powered by Techstars program that launched in 2014. The Powered by Techstars is more than just a moniker, and comes with a lot of added benefits. Mosy notably, the it provides the accelerator with access to the massive Techstars mentor network, including people such as Brad Feld, David Cohen, and Jason Calacanis among many, many others – full list of mentors here. Further, it being the Disney Accelerator, the companies get access to nearly the entire c-suite of executives, as well as various other Disney staff.
The accelerator itself is pretty narrowly focused on the film, entertainment, and distribution areas:
Disney Accelerator is looking for technology-powered startups from around the world with innovative ideas for products and services in the consumer entertainment and media space. We are looking for consumer entertainment experiences, not enterprise services – innovations that will transform entertainment and media. No scripts, screenplays or ideas for attractions, please.1
Anyhow, Disney announced their latest class today. Without any further ado, here is the 2015 Disney Accelerator Class, Via BusinessWire:
Decisive is a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform that uses real time data to enable advertisers to optimize mobile ad creative and targeting based on user engagement.
EMOTIV is a bioinformatics company that uses electroencephalography (EEG) to track mental performance, monitor emotions, and control virtual and physical objects with thoughts.
FEM Inc. has developed a personalized video engagement platform based on neuroscience and psychology that maps the emotional dimensions of how and why content resonates.
HYP3R enables businesses and brands to identify influential customers at their locations and engage them in real time, when it matters most.
imperson provides an artificial intelligence platform enabling fans to have conversations with their favorite movie and TV characters
Littlstar aggregates industry leading virtual reality content with its device agnostic discovery and distribution platform.
MakieLab lets kids bring toys to life by building their own customizable 3D-printed toys through creative games and apps.
Open Bionics is a robotics company creating affordable 3D-printed bionic hands for amputees, researchers and makers.
Pundit lets creators host audio Ask Me Anything (AMA’s) with their Twitter network, transforming the talk radio experience for the social media age.
StatMuse is developing an artificial intelligence platform to help sports fans explore data using simple, natural language.