Startups

  • Walt Disney Co. reveals 9 new startups in the Disney Accelerator spanning robotics, cinematic VR and AI

    Walt Disney Co. reveals 9 new startups in the Disney Accelerator spanning robotics, cinematic VR and AI

    The Walt Disney Co. is kicking off the third session of its corporate accelerator this week, and revealed 9 new companies admitted to the program. A full list follows at the end of this post. The companies are developing everything from cinematic virtual reality and holographic content, to robots with human-like facial expressions. Because alumni of the Disney Accelerator have scored big… Read More

  • Impact Engine closes its accelerator and a $10 million impact fund

    Impact Engine closes its accelerator and a $10 million impact fund

    An accelerator that backed for-profit, for-good ventures, Impact Engine, is abandoning the bootcamp approach and shifting its focus to investing in these startups as a seed fund, according to CEO and Partner Jessica Droste Yagan. Based in Chicago’s 1871 startup hub, Impact Engine also closed a $10 million fund to support this pivot. The fund is its fourth, but now Impact Engine will… Read More

  • Iris Automation is bringing eyes, and situational awareness, to drones

    Iris Automation is bringing eyes, and situational awareness, to drones

    New drone regulations in the U.S. ostensibly make it easier for companies to put flying robots to work whether that’s in media, construction or agriculture. But drones are still limited to flying within the “line of sight,” or the range where a human operator can see them. So we can’t have pizzas, or prescriptions, delivered by drones as a going concern, yet. And… Read More

  • Homescreen.me returns with a new site for sharing your favorite apps

    Homescreen.me returns with a new site for sharing your favorite apps

    One of the early startups in the app discovery space, Homescreen.me, is relaunching its service that lets you browse which apps others have installed on their iPhone, and now, Apple Watch, too. Despite valiant efforts at creating social networks around apps and app recommendations, one of the best ways to discover those you’ll really like is by word-of-mouth — a friend tells… Read More

  • Only in Norway: Fish food company wins startup pitch competition

    Only in Norway: Fish food company wins startup pitch competition

    Imagine for a moment that you are a tech journalist. You’re traveling to Norway, a country dear to your heart, and you really want to come back reporting positive news about the startup scene there. You are invited, among other things, to the final round of a pitch competition. The winning company, MiniPro, doesn’t have an internet presence. At all. Its product? Baby food for… Read More

  • This app builder is letting students turn their ideas into apps for free

    This app builder is letting students turn their ideas into apps for free

    “We just need a technical co-founder!” “We have the idea, we’re just trying to find a CS major to build it!” In 2016, everyone and their mother has an idea for an app. This is especially true on college campuses, where starting an app has seemingly replaced beer pong as the most popular extracurricular activity. The only problem is that there are far fewer… Read More

  • Tile raises $18 million to make personal belongings easy to find

    Tile raises $18 million to make personal belongings easy to find

    To help people find lost, stolen or misplaced personal effects with the proverbial touch of a button, a startup called Tile has raised $18 million in a Series B funding round led by Bessemer Venture Partners. For the unfamiliar, Tile makes square, waterproof tags that employ Bluetooth low-energy radio and GPS technology to find objects they’re attached to, like wallets, keychains, purses… Read More

  • Microsoft confirms Microsoft Ventures VC arm, renames old one ‘Microsoft Accelerator’

    Microsoft confirms Microsoft Ventures VC arm, renames old one ‘Microsoft Accelerator’

    As Google moves ahead to develop its Area 120 in-house incubator program, Microsoft is also looking to get more of its startup ducks in a row. On Monday, the company quietly, officially unveiled Microsoft Ventures — a new arm that will focus on “Series A and beyond” investments in North America and Israel, with the first investments to be revealed in the coming weeks. If… Read More

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