Meet the 11 Startups in Comcast’s New Lift Labs Accelerator Cohort
One-third of the companies selected have a female founder, while six focus on sports and fitness.
On Monday, Comcast announced the eleven startups taking part in its second annual Comcast NBCUniversal Lift Labs Accelerator, powered by Techstars. The 13-week program, which kicked off this week, gives companies an opportunity to work with product experts and advisors at Comcast, and eight out of the ten startups from last year’s class earned partnerships or pilot programs with NBCUniversal.
This year, hundreds of companies that focus on the next generation of connectivity, media, and entertainment applied from 46 different countries. One-third of the selected companies are lead by women, while six of the companies focus on sports and fitness. The four categories the companies represent are smart places, immersive and interactive experiences, digital-first customer engagement, and next-gen marketing.
The sports betting marketplace Sporttrade is the only Philly startup on the list.
“What stood out to us was the team,” said Danielle Cohn, executive director at Comcast. “[Sporttrade] has a great team and that is something we start with. The founders are strong and the tech is outstanding and can be applied to many areas. Comcast has been an investor in FanDuel since 2013 and we think this is a vertical that has great market potential,” she said.
Here are the 11 companies selected for the second class of the accelerator, according to Comcast:
Diana AI | San Francisco, CA
Diana AI is a conversational business intelligence and analytics tool that enables non-technical users to access enterprise data and analyze it easily, using natural language via voice or text.
Edisn.ai | Bangalore, India
Edisn.ai delivers interactive and personalized content to sports fans by applying its AI-powered player recognition engine to live video streams in real time.
GameOn | Brooklyn, NY
GameOn increases live sports engagement by turning complicated stats and odds into simple prediction games for the everyday fan.
Messy.fm | Los Angeles, CA
Messy.fm is the all-in-one podcasting solution for businesses, brands, and individuals to record, edit, and publish unlimited episodes for free.
NICKL | Brooklyn, NY
NICKL enables individuals and organizations to personalize and manage their digital content subscriptions in one place.
Pivan Interactive | Boulder, CO
Pivan provides advanced training and analytics for competitive gaming athletes, powered by computer vision and AI.
Respeecher | Kiev, Ukraine
Respeecher uses AI technology to transform voices, allowing one person to speak in the voice of another.
Sporttrade | Philadelphia, PA
Sporttrade is a peer-to-peer sports betting marketplace.
Struct Club | Los Angeles, CA
Struct Club elevates how music-inspired fitness instructors choreograph and deliver classes.
TakeShape | Brooklyn, NY
TakeShape enables one-click integrations that allow developers to easily combine data from the JAMstack without having to write new code.
The GIST | Toronto, Canada
The GIST provides sports content, experiences, and community for women.