Twelve startups picked for new Comcast NBCU accelerator class

Fifth Labs Accelerator, which features FAST, AI, advanced advertising and metaverse tech startups, is being run in partnership with Techstars. #pressrelease

August 15, 2022

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PHILADELPHIA – Comcast today announced the startups selected for the fifth Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, powered by Techstars. These 12 companies, chosen from hundreds of applicants from over 30 countries, were identified for their potential to revolutionize industries across the core focus areas of the accelerator, including Connected Living, Immersive and Inclusive Experiences, and Smart, Sustainable Enterprise.

The 2022 class is creating breakthrough technologies and artificial intelligence (AI) applications poised to innovate entertainment, gaming, in-video purchasing, metaverse, visual content licensing, Web3 industries, connectivity, and the employee experience. Founders from Canada, France, the United Kingdom, and cities across the United States, from Philadelphia, Boston, New York City, and San Francisco, will participate in this immersive 12-week program run out of the Comcast Technology Center in Philadelphia. One-half (50%) of selected companies are led by at least one founder who self-identifies as a person of color or racial/ethnic minority in their home country while one-third (33%) are led by a woman or gender diverse founder.

Since the first class in 2018, 43 companies have completed the Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator and raised over $115 million combined. In addition, more than 70% have secured proofs of concepts, pilots, or commercial deals with Comcast, NBCUniversal, and Sky.

Meet the 2022 class of the Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, powered by Techstars:

Collectiv.TV Collectiv.TV's platform helps creators and content owners to distribute and monetize their content on free ad-supported streaming TV (FAST). Founder: Louis-Philippe Gauthier (CEO) | Montréal, Canada

eino The pioneer in AI solutions for consumer and enterprise network management, eino offers a cloud-based platform for automated and efficient capacity planning and orchestration. Founder: Payman Samadi (CEO) | New York, NY

Fade Fade Technology connects IP and Advertising content to commerce on OTT, SVOD, FAST streaming services, and digital publishing platforms allowing viewers to make in-video purchase directly.Founders: Lori Marion (CEO) & Michelle Perkins | San Francisco, CA

Imaginario Imaginario is an AI-powered platform and API that identifies specific moments in video and audio in seconds, allowing content marketers and creators to discover, find, and clip content faster. Founders: Jose M. Puga (CEO) & Abdelhak Loukkal | London, United Kingdom

Kosmi Kosmi enables users to build their own virtual space where they can hang out, watch videos, play games, chat, and create together online. Founders: Haukur Rósinkranz (CEO) & Jim Rand | Reykjavik, Iceland

Kyd Labs KYD is a blockchain-enabled event ticketing platform that unlocks long term loyalty, resale revenue for live event hosts and ensures buyers get authentic resale tickets. Founders: Ahmed Nimale (CEO) & David Barrick | New York, NY

Lluna LLUNA's technology is the TeamOS for modern employers, combining personal operating profiles and smart dashboards to increase connection, effectiveness, and productivity for individuals, teams, and companies. Founders: Jess Podgajny (CEO) & Aaron Kamholtz | Philadelphia, PA

Mtion Mtion connects streamers with their fans through shared 3D experiences. Founder: Jeremy Hartmann (CEO) | Toronto, Canada

NeonWild Neon Wild transforms any child into a custom avatar as the star of immersive stories and games. Founders: Matt Weckel (CEO), Stephanie Reaves, Matthew Kellough, and Carlos Ramos | Miami, FL NNext NNext is an open-source, vector search database tailored for ML apps that stores the useful intermediate outputs of ML applications not captured by current database solutions. Founder: Peter Njenga (CEO) | New York, NY

Parallux Parallux makes it easy for brands and creators to design, build, and host 3D virtual spaces in the metaverse. Founders: Gabe Zetter (CEO) & Kris Layng | New York, NY

Visura Visura is a marketplace for publishers to license visual content from freelancers. Founder: Adriana Letorney (CEO) | New York, NY

The pinnacle of the accelerator, Demo Day, will be held on November 2, 2022, at the Comcast Technology Center and virtually. Participants will present their businesses before some of the world’s top venture capitalists, startup founders, business executives, startup community members, and media.

Read the full announcement here.


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