Startups are becoming increasingly common in the marketplace and on March 10, 2016, Virgin Media and Techstars will proudly reveal the ten digital startups chosen to participate in the inaugural Virgin Media Accelerator, powered by Techstars. The businesses included in the class span the globe from Dublin, Venice Beach, Milan and Berlin and all focus on a diverse products and services – VR treadmills, lot appliance usage monitors, and real-time sport stat crowdsourcing.
The 13-week mentorship accelerator program will kick off at the end of March, where the companies will be housed in a newly refurbished space in Aldgate East, London. The program culminates with Demo Day, where the Virgin Media + Techstars cohort will pitch their products/services to a crowd of investors. Along the with in-program companies, Virgin Media and Techstars will be announcing a pre-accelerator trip, where the ten chosen companies will tour San Francisco and Denver with Sir. Richard Branson and Techstars’ Managing Director David Cohen prior to the program kick-off in London. The tne companies selected to participate in the Virgin Media Accelerator, powered by Techstars are:
• Ecoisme – Poland. Ecoisme is a home energy monitoring solution. It is capable of recognising individual devices in households based on their signature within the electrical grid. It allows people to track any device’s energy usage and receive personalised tips to reduce consumption.
• GoalShouter – Italy. Connect supporters and football clubs of any size.
• KonnectAgain – Ireland. KonnectAgain provides an exclusive cloud-based platform to revolutionise the way organisations engage with their alumni
• Rally Networks – USA. Rally is a rapid charging network that helps developers and enterprises drive mobile app downloads and high-value ad engagements. Customers at retail locations can charge their phone for free after downloading an app or engaging with an interactive ad. Businesses gain insights into their customer base through a data and analytics platform.
• Repairly – UK. Repairly connects people with local engineers to fix their electricals on-demand. The company currently fixes smartphones, laptops, desktops and tablets.
• Sponsokit – Germany. An easy-to-use platform where companies learn how to collaborate with social media creators.
• Stepsize – UK. Stepsize’s mission is to make software development more accessible, efficient and powerful. Programmers can use Stepsize’s desktop app and website to find, reuse, and collaborate on code snippets so that they can be more productive.
• Synervoz – Canada. Synervoz develops always-on voice communications software. Its flagship app, TurnMeUp, uses voice activity detection to automatically adjust volumes when somebody speaks, allowing people to listen to music and talk at the same time while wearing headphones.
• TelToo – UK. A P2P CDN for video distribution.
• Wizdish – UK. WizDish manufacture an exercise platform, designed for Virtual Reality, called the ROVR. It allows a player to perform simulated walk and run in any direction without moving from the spot.
The companies listed above will be meeting in San Francisco on Monday, March 14, 2016, to tour a handful of SF-based companies with the entire Virgin + Techstars cohort, including:
• Google Campus
• Comcast Innovation Lab
• Cable Labs HQ
• Apple Campus
• SalesForce HQ (15-minute Sir. Richard Branson meet-and-greet)
The companies will then be flying from SFO to DIA on Tuesday, March 15 where Virgin will host a “Silicon Valley-Silicon Mountain”-themed send-off with a short speaking program with Sir. Richard Branson, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Virgin America CEO Dave Cush. The cohort will then board and host a live-streamed chat around the future of entrepreneurship with Sir Richard Branson, Michael Hancock and LinkedIn Exec Ryan Roslansky. Finally, the group will land in Denver and host a press conference with Michael Hancock, Sir. Richard Branson, DIA CEO Kim Daly and Virgin America CEO Dave Cush. To learn more visit the official Techstars website.