Comcast selected 11 startup companies to join the fourth class of its LIFT Labs Accelerator, which is powered by Techstars . The startups – which were chosen from “hundreds” of applicants in more than 40 countries – were identified for their potential to revolutionize industries across accelerator areas such as connected living, next-gen entertainment, future of work and personalized experiences.
Over the course of the 12-week program, the class will work to develop technology to “shape the future of their industries” while under the mentorship of more than 100 experts and industry leaders from Comcast’s portfolio of companies. Founders will also participate in workshops on fundraising, working with corporations and communicating through the media.
“This Accelerator gives Comcast the opportunity to build long-term relationships with these carefully selected high-potential startups,” said Comcast Chief Business Development Officer, Sam Schwartz. “I am excited to welcome this diverse and talented group of entrepreneurs into our fourth class. We will work hand-in-hand with these companies to help them grow, learning as much from them as they learn from us.”
- Employee Cycle, which automates HR reporting and analytics processes.
- Hollo, an AI-enabled talent experience platform.
- Holdia, which offers the HOLOFIT immersive platform for merging gaming and fitness.
- HUSSLUP, a networked marketplace in the creative industry.
- LootLocker, a game Backend-as-a-Service that unlocks cross-platform services for development teams.
- Nagish, a mobile app for converting speech-to-text and text-to-speech.
- Paco, an intelligent workflow assistant.
- Peek, a social reading app.
- Sidewalk, which connects users to property and liability insurance resources.
- Think Confluent, an AI assistant that analyzes free-form text feedback for individualized action plans.
- Zoog, an asynchronous communications platform.
Techstars’ veteran KJ Singh will serve as the Managing Director of the 2021 accelerator, working alongside the Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs team.
Since the first class in 2018, 32 companies have completed the accelerator, with 75 percent of them having secured pilots or enterprise deals with a division or business unit of Comcast NBCUniversal.