Disney Accelerator Program 2015 Class Focuses on A.I., 3D Printing

Other tech startups selected for program include mobile ad optimization and real-time analytics

Disney Accelerator program (disneyaccelerator.com)

Disney has selected 10 startup companies to be part of its 2015 Accelerator program, the company announced Thursday.

Now in its second year, Disney Accelerator chooses startup companies to participate in a three-month mentorship and investment program, which begins July 9 this year and concludes with a demo day on October 6.

The companies selected for 2015 are:

Decisive: 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: a bioinformatics company that uses electroencephalography (EEG) to track mental performance, monitor emotions, and control virtual and physical objects with thoughts.

FEM Inc.: 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: 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: an artificial intelligence platform to help sports fans explore data using simple, natural language.

Participants receive up to $120,000 in investment capital to develop their ideas, along with mentor support from top Disney executives, including Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger, and leaders from Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, ESPN and Walt Disney Imagineering, among others. Mentors will also include other entertainment industry leaders, venture capitalists and Techstars’ extensive network of entrepreneurs, investors and executives.

The startups from the 2014 Disney Accelerator have either raised capital, been acquired or become profitable since the end of the program and many of the participating companies have launched products and programs in conjunction with The Walt Disney Company.