Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator now accepting applications for 2020

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Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, powered by Techstars, is now accepting applications for the next programme, which is looking for startups working on breakthroughs in connectivity, media and entertainment.

The focus of the third accelerator programme is on companies developing the next generation of connectivity, media and entertainment technologies.

Startups can apply now through April 5, with this year’s programme starting on July 13 at the Comcast Technology Center in Philadelphia.

The accelerator gives startups access to Comcast, NBCUniversal and Sky’s network of partners, brands and mentors.

Startups can apply to accelerator until April 5

Sam Schwartz, chief business development officer, said the accelerator gives startups “an exclusive opportunity to collaborate with mentors from across Comcast, NBCUniversal, and Sky through a variety of workshops, training sessions, and personalized business development plans”.

“In just two years, the program has produced phenomenal alumni companies who have gone on to secure pilot programs and venture capital funding, while building their independent businesses,” added Schwartz.

“Entrepreneurialism and innovation are embedded in what we do at Comcast NBCUniversal, and we are excited to discover this year’s class of founders.”

Focus areas for 2020 include advanced connectivity, future of work, interactive and immersive experiences, and personalised experiences.

2020 programme starts on July 13 in Philadelphia

The accelerator will look at startups using innovative technologies such as accessibility tech, enhanced broadband connectivity, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, blockchain, voice control, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality.

Comcast NBCUniversal and Techstars will choose up to 12 startups to take part in the immersive 13-week programme. Demo Day is scheduled for October 1.

Techstars’ KJ Singh will once again serve as managing director of this year’s accelerator. Singh will help lead the programme’s strategy, also recruiting, choosing, and elevating the class of 2020.

Singh will work in collaboration with the Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs team, led by Danielle Cohn, VP, entrepreneurial engagement and head of LIFT Labs.