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Disney Accelerator Virtual Reality company Tyffon takes $7.8 million in funding round

The Disney Accelerator program has another potential big winner emerging from its system. Tyffon, a leading immersive entertainment company that develops and operates high-end “free roam” VR location-based experiences, has announced a $7.8 million round of new financing led by Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS), with… Read More »Disney Accelerator Virtual Reality company Tyffon takes $7.8 million in funding round

Star Wars Hyper-Reality Experience now open at Disney Springs

It’s official you can now join in the rebellion as part of Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire hyper-reality experiene at Disney Springs. Brought to you by The Void and Luxasfilm’s ILMxLAB, the experience transports you deep into the beloved Star Wars universe where you… Read More »Star Wars Hyper-Reality Experience now open at Disney Springs

2017 Disney Accelerator teams demo day results

We already profiled The VOID virtual reality experience that will bring a Star Wars attraction to Downtown Disney in Anaheim, CA and Disney Springs in Orlando, FL, but there were 10 other participating companies in the 2017 Disney Accelerator program graduating class. Each company demoed… Read More »2017 Disney Accelerator teams demo day results

Disney re-animates its accelerator with new class of companies

Whether you call it a business incubator or an idea accelerator, these intensive mentoring and learning experiences are designed to help small companies grow into successful big ones. For a company like the Walt Disney Company, the Disney Accelerator is a crucial strategy to develop… Read More »Disney re-animates its accelerator with new class of companies

Disney Selects 11 Tech and Media Firms for 1st Startup Accelerator


The Walt Disney Company has finally selected the 11 startup companies that will participate in the first Disney Accelerator, a special mentorship and investment program. The program consists of a fifteen-week immersive program which gives companies access to mentorship from top Disney executives, up to $120,000 in investment capital to develop their companies as well as special access to resources from across The Walt Disney Company.

The selected companies represent a diverse cross-section of technology-driven media and entertainment from many different geographies. Some are focused on play, a few of marketing, and a few just want to make your life easier.

“With Disney Accelerator we are now bringing the creativity and imagination of Disney to early stage startups in a way we have never done before,” said Kevin A. Mayer, executive vice president, Corporate Strategy and Business Development, The Walt Disney Company. “We are thrilled by the response we’ve received and the high caliber of applicants to the program and we look forward to sharing our knowledge with this excellent group of creative entrepreneurs and really making a difference with these start-up companies.”

To kick off the program, participating companies will meet with various mentors including Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger, and leaders from Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, ABC, ESPN and Walt Disney Imagineering, as well as other entertainment industry leaders, investors, and Techstars’ extensive network of technology mentors.

Selected companies will develop mentorship relationships based on expertise, interest and background. Participating companies will meet with mentors regularly and work together to build and expand business plans, product launches, marketing campaigns, and formulate long-term strategies. The program culminates with a Demo Day in October, where each team will present their company to industry leaders, Disney executives, and the entrepreneurial community.

The list of 11 companies selected to participate in the Disney Accelerator program are below the jump:

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Disney Launches a Startup Accelerator

That mad clicking sound you hear is the keyboards of thousands of hopeful startup entrepreneurs filling out an application to be among the first crop of companies accepted into the new Disney Accelerator program. The oft-unspoken secret to both Walt Disney’s success was that he… Read More »Disney Launches a Startup Accelerator