Philadelphia, the U.S-based telecommunications conglomerate Comcast announced the selection of 12 startups for the fifth Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator. The accelerator program powered by Techstars revealed the names on August 15, 2022. 

The founders of the chosen companies will participate in this immersive 12-week program. Comcast Technology Center in Philadelphia intends to host the program. At Least one founder out of the One-half (50%) of selected companies is led by a person of colour or racial/ethnic minority in their home country. Meanwhile, one-third (33%) are led by a woman or gender-diverse founder.

2022 Class of Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator Program

Collectiv.TV – Led by Louis-Philippe Gauthier as founder and CEO, the platform aids creators as well as content owners distribute and monetize their content on free ad-supported streaming TV (FAST). The company is based in Montréal, Canada.

Eino is a New York, the U.S – based startup. It is a pioneer in AI solutions for consumer and enterprise network management. Besides, the startup offers a cloud-based platform for automated and efficient capacity planning and orchestration.

Lori Marion and Michelle Perkins launched Fade. Based in San Francisco, CA, it connects IP and Advertising content to commerce on OTT, SVOD, FAST streaming services, as well as digital publishing platforms. This, in turn, allows viewers to make in-video purchases directly.

Imaginario operates as an AI-powered platform and API that identifies specific moments in video and audio in seconds. Further, it aids content marketers and creators in discovering, finding, and clipping content faster. Jose M. Puga, who also serves as CEO, and Abdelhak Loukkal are the company’s founders. It is based in London, United Kingdom.

Kosmi, Founded by Haukur Rósinkranz (CEO) & Jim Rand, allows users to build their own virtual space. This enables the users to hang out, watch videos, play games, chat, as well as create together online. It is based in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Kyd Labs is a blockchain-enabled event ticketing platform. It unlocks long-term loyalty, and resale revenue for live event hosts and further ensures buyers get authentic resale tickets. Ahmed Nimale and David Barrick are the founders of the startups. The startup operates in New York, U.S.

Lluna, based in Philadelphia, caters as the TeamOS for modern employers. It combines personal operating profiles as well as smart dashboards to increase connection, effectiveness, and productivity for individuals, teams, and companies. Its Founders are Jess Podgajny (CEO) & Aaron Kamholtz.

Motion connects streamers with their fans through shared 3D experiences. Jeremy Hartmann is the founder of the startup and also serves as the CEO. The company is based in Toronto, Canada.

Neon, based in Miami, US., transforms any child into a custom avatar as the star of immersive stories and games. Matt Weckel, Stephanie Reaves, Matthew Kellough, and Carlos Ramos are the co-founders of the firm.

NNext operates as an open-source vector search database. It is tailored for ML apps that store the useful intermediate outputs of ML applications not captured by current database solutions. Peter Njenga is the founder and the CEO of the company. It is based in New York, U.S.

Gabe Zetter and Kris Layng found Parallux. The New York-based company makes it easy for brands as well as creators to design, build, and host 3D virtual spaces in the metaverse.

Visura serves as a marketplace for publishers to license visual content from freelancers. Adriana Letorney is the founder and the CEO of the company, which is based in New York. 

About the program

On November 2, 2022, Comcast Technology Center will host the pinnacle of the accelerator, Demo Day. Participants will present their businesses. Some of the world’s top venture capitalists, startup founders, business executives, startup community members, as well as media will witness the ideas and respective pitches. More than 100 experts and industry leaders from across Comcast, NBCUniversal and Sky, seek to serve as the mentor of this year’s startups.

Advisors include experts from the Xfinity technology, product, and experience teams; the NBC and Telemundo broadcast stations; NBCUniversal cable networks; Universal Studios; Universal Theme Parks; DreamWorks Animation; Comcast Business; Comcast Ventures; Strategic Development; and Sky; as well as mentors from Techstars’ expansive global network.

Cohn, Luke Butler, Executive Director, Startup Engagement, and KJ Singh, Managing Director, Techstars, who will lead the 2022 accelerator program, are also a part of the team. The startups will seek guidance through workshops on business model development, pilot as well as proof of concept development, fundraising, marketing, interacting with the media, and KPI setting.

What the officials have to say

Danielle Cohn, Vice President, Startup Engagement and Head of LIFT Labs, said, “Through LIFT Labs, Comcast collaborates directly with startups at the forefront of new technologies in connectivity, media, and entertainment, with a curated, comprehensive and engaging program. During the accelerator and beyond, these founders will have unmatched opportunities to develop their emerging businesses and gain access to industry leaders and experts. For the past five years, it’s been amazing to watch how these startups continue to cultivate a growth mindset and further inspire our innovative teams. Moreover, I look forward to seeing what emerges from this remarkable cohort of 2022.”

In addition, KJ Singh, Managing Director, Techstars, said, “Techstars is excited to continue our successful partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs and work in tandem to support this year’s class of innovative startups. Over the course of our long-standing relationship, we have created robust programming that provides companies with the skills and further connections they need to succeed.”

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