OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--After three months of nonstop mentor meetings, pitch practicing and business strategizing, 10 startup companies will present their ideas at the 2016 Sprint Mobile Accelerator Program Demo Day on Tuesday, May 24, at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City.
The program began on Feb. 21 when 10 mobile technology startups from across the country and as far away as France and India made their home in the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City. These startups received advice from other entrepreneurs, investors and mentors from Sprint and Techstars to help guide them through the immersive program.
“I am an entrepreneur myself and I know firsthand how hard you have to work to make your dream a reality,” said Marcelo Claure, Sprint president and CEO. “I am very proud of what these 10 startups have accomplished and that they are part of the Sprint Accelerator Program powered by Techstars family. These companies have used creativity, innovation and forward thinking to provide mobile solutions.”
The goal of the Sprint Accelerator companies is to create and provide solutions that incorporate hardware, software platforms and mobile applications. The range of solutions vary, from:
- Interactive, multi-sensory robotic ball for special needs children.
- A mobile augmented reality platform that visualizes real world products in virtual spaces.
- Platform that enables automotive logistics companies to eliminate paperwork, manage loads, drivers, and billing all-in-one place.
- The first voice-driven, open source AI platform for the home and beyond.
The Sprint Accelerator Demo Day begins at 5:30 p.m. Central time and is free and open to the public. Register here.
“These entrepreneurs have worked hard this year to provide mobile solutions that will enhance our everyday lives,” said Kevin McGinnis, vice president of Pinsight Media+, powered by Sprint and executive sponsor of the Sprint Mobile Accelerator, powered by Techstars. “Sprint is proud to once again partner with Techstars to manage this program. These 10 startups will demonstrate how mobile technology offers a solution for every industry.”
“I am excited for this year’s Sprint Accelerator Demo Day,” said John Fein, managing director of Techstars. “The support from Sprint employees, their CEO Marcelo Claure, executives and the Kansas City community makes this event very special. I am eager to see what these 10 startups will present to us.”
What the companies say about their solutions...
|Backstitch||Detroit||Backstitch helps organizations to deliver more relevant, accessible, and actionable communications to employees, clients, and partners.|
|Karmies||Denver||Innovative AdTech platform that monetizes emojis by making them smart and branded.|
|Leka Smart Toys||Paris, France||Leka makes an interactive, multi-sensory robotic ball that greatly enhances therapy for special needs children.|
|Mycroft||Lawrence, Kansas||The first voice-driven, open source AI platform for the home and beyond.|
|Nozzle||Salt Lake City||A marketing analytics platform that provides on-demand customer acquisition reporting and timely alerts.|
|ResponsiveAds||New York||Reimagining the best possible fluid ad creatives for screen, user and context.|
|SocialCapital||San Francisco||SocialCapital automatically generates accurate personality profiles by applying AI to social and online behavior.|
|Spaceview||Portland, Oregon||A mobile augmented reality platform that visualizes real world products in virtual spaces.|
|Stride||Bangalore, India||Stride.AI uses advanced sentiment analysis to enable businesses to translate their textual data into actionable insights.|
|Super Dispatch||Kansas City||A platform that enables automotive logistics companies to eliminate paperwork, manage loads, drivers, and billing all in one place.|
About Sprint and its Support for Entrepreneurship
Sprint has a strong history of working with startups in Silicon Valley, Kansas City and around the globe, helping young companies navigate the corporate world and build momentum behind their new businesses. Sprint is committed to supporting the entrepreneurial movement across the country, delivering new business opportunities and spurring the startup spirit within the company. In 2014, Sprint opened the award-winning Sprint Accelerator in Kansas City – home to the Sprint Mobile Accelerator, powered by Techstars. The accelerator space is also used to deliver year-round programming, including mentor engagement, STEM programs, entrepreneurial community collaboration and co-working space for startup organizations. For more information, please visit www.sprintaccelerator.com.
Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served more than 58.8 million connections as of March 31, 2016, and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the past five years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
Techstars is a global ecosystem that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market wherever they choose to live. With dozens of mentorship-driven accelerator programs and thousands of startup programs worldwide, Techstars exists to support the world’s most promising entrepreneurs throughout their lifelong journey, from inspiration to IPO. Techstars provides access to tens of thousands of community leaders, founders, mentors, investors, and corporate partners, allowing entrepreneurs to accelerate the pace of innovation and Do More Faster™. Techstars supports every stage of the entrepreneurial journey – from early stage grassroots community development to more formal opportunities that provide education, experience, acceleration, funding, and beyond. For more information, visit www.techstars.com.