Wearables, digital advertising, enterprise services, education and in-home convergence are among the mobile technology areas encouraged to apply
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. and BOULDER, Colo., September 1, 2015 – In 2016, the Sprint Accelerator, powered by Techstars, will expand its scope from mobile health care to mobile technology of all types. Sprint (NYSE:S, news, filings) and Techstars announced today that innovative startups from around the U.S. and the world are welcome to apply to the 2016 program. Ten startups will be selected.
In its third year, the three-month, immersive, mentor-driven program for startups will be conducted at the award-winning Sprint Accelerator facility in Kansas City. Participating companies relocate to Kansas City for the duration of the program to build and strengthen their businesses. Each company receives up to $120,000 in funding. The 2016 session will begin February 22 and conclude with Demo Day on May 24.
“Sprint and Techstars are committed to helping the best minds in the startup world introduce new, game-changing mobile tech solutions – that’s what the Sprint Accelerator is all about,” said Kevin McGinnis, vice president, Sprint/Pinsight Media+. “We are seeking amazing high-growth mobile tech companies to help infuse the entrepreneurial spirit within our company. In turn, Sprint offers insightful mentorship and resources for device engineering, product development, retail distribution, app monetization, digital analytics and more, to the select startups that earn a spot in the program.”
While the 2014 and 2015 Sprint Accelerator programs were focused on mobile heath, the 2016 Sprint Accelerator class will be open to all types of mobile services, including:
- Mobile Apps
- Digital services
- Mobile commerce
- Enterprise Services
- In-home convergence
- Multi-screen connectivity
"We're excited to kick off our third program working with Sprint, which is focused specifically on mobile technology and the only Techstars program of its kind," said David Cohen, Founder and Managing Partner of Techstars. "Sprint has been a great to work with in that they provide added value to companies by giving them the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with Sprint executives, the company's extensive mobile network, and the local Kansas City community."
About Sprint and Its Support for Entrepreneurship
Sprint has a strong history of working with startups in Silicon Valley, Kansas City and around the globe, helping young companies navigate the corporate world and build momentum behind their new businesses. Sprint is committed to supporting the entrepreneurial movement across the country, delivering new business opportunities and spurring the startup spirit within the company. In 2014, Sprint opened the Sprint Accelerator facility in Kansas City – home to the Sprint Accelerator, Powered by Techstars. The accelerator space also is used to deliver year-round programming, including mentor engagement, STEM programs, entrepreneurial community collaboration and co-working space for startup organizations.
Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served more than 57 million connections as of June 30, 2015, and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the past four years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
Techstars is a global ecosystem that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market wherever they choose to live. With dozens of mentorship-driven accelerator programs and thousands of community programs worldwide, Techstars exists to support the world’s most promising entrepreneurs throughout their lifelong journey, from inspiration to IPO. Techstars provides access to tens of thousands of community leaders, founders, mentors, investors, and corporate partners, allowing entrepreneurs to accelerate the pace of innovation and do more faster. Techstars supports every stage of the entrepreneurial journey – from early stage grassroots community development to more formal opportunities that provide education, experience, acceleration, funding, and beyond.