Accelerators, Incubators, and Start-up Information

IV Accelerators, Incubators, and Start-up Information

Disney Accelerator

Disney Accelerator, powered by Techstars, is helping today’s technology innovators turn their dreams for new media and entertainment experiences into reality. Through Disney Accelerator, select companies will gain access to the range of creative expertise and resources of The Walt Disney Company to help them develop their innovative new entertainment experiences and products. Disney Accelerator is a highly selective, immersive mentorship and investment program for technology-enabled startups in the media and entertainment space. Ten startup companies will be selected to gather in the Los Angeles area for three months to accelerate their ideas and build exciting consumer media and entertainment products. Each participating team will receive:

  • $120,000 in investment capital
  • Access to resources, relationships, and characters from across The Walt Disney Company, such as The Walt Disney Studios, Disney Animation, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, ESPN, ABC, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Disney Consumer Products, and Disney Interactive
  • Support from and access to Techstars’ vast global network of mentors and alumni — an amazing collection of entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators interested in helping participating companies succeed
  • Dedicated Disney Accelerator working space
  • Mentor support from key Disney executives and leaders, other entertainment industry leaders, venture capitalists, and the broader entrepreneurial community
  • An investor Demo Day in October, where each team will present their company and product to entertainment leaders and investors

Media Camp

Media Camp, a Turner/Warner Bros. initiative, is a comprehensive three month accelerator program that educates entrepreneurs and enables them to build innovative media businesses. Key features of Media Camp include presentations and workshops focused on media technology, formal mentorship, community events and knowledge sharing, as well as direct investments and access to executives across the media and entertainment industry. Each participating company will receive an initial $20,000 investment with no minimum percentage of equity, unlike other accelerators.

Make in LA

Make in LA is a hardware accelerator dedicated to de-risking, launching, and supporting product-focused businesses in LA. They have a diverse group of start-up mentors from across the country to share their expertise on building a successful business. You will have access to various business tools, resources, and engineers from their ecosystem as well as NEO Tech’s ecosystem. Additionally, they will provide you with a top notch workspace, complete with all the tools necessary to help design, develop, prototype, and manufacture your product. Their goal is to get you to a fundable prototype. They offer startups $150,000 in two rounds. On day one you receive $75,000, plus free range of their resource-jammed facility for 7.5% equity. Upon graduation, you will receive $75,000 at whatever terms your company is worth. Once accepted into their four month program, the clock is ticking. To fast track your business, you and your team will work full-time out of their Chatsworth facility where you will build the foundation of your company.

Bixel Exchange

Bixel Exchange helps technology entrepreneurs thrive. They do this by combining the power of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and L.A.’s dynamic tech community with the resources of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Development Center. Bixel Exchange offers programs and services that mentor, educate, and connect. They focus on the rapidly evolving segments of the high-tech eco-system, including adtech, clean tech, digital media, gaming, mobile and social media. They assist entrepreneurs by working with accelerators, incubators co-working spaces, venture capitalists, angel investors and private equity firms, universities, research institutions, innovation labs and government to optimize their business.

LA Dodgers Accelerator

With a sports, technology, and entertainment business focus, the LA Dodgers have their own accelerator located in Los Angeles. The fastest changing sports market in history is ushering in a new era for teams and their fans, creating unprecedented opportunities to innovate and shape industry growth. A rising generation of fans, athletes, teams, performers, media players, and sponsors are seeking innovative technologies that span from the stadiums to the streets. The result of the next wave will be more powerful consumer experiences and improved performance across all aspects of the industry. Their program will support companies not only in accelerating these great products and services, but also in building enduring customer experiences and valuable brands. Each business will receive:

  • $120,000 in funding for each start-up, with a 6% equity stake.
  • Co-workspace facilities provided in LA.
  • 80+ mentors from the Dodgers, R/GA, and their respective networks.
  • Partnership, distribution, & strategic support from the Dodgers organization.
  • Design, development, & branding services from R/GA.
  • On-site technology and design experts.
  • An invite-only Demo Day.

The Valley Economic Alliance (TVEA) – Business Incubator

Are you a new or existing business looking to re-focus yourself and grow? TVEA provides coworking spaces for businesses, where they have opportunities to use all Alliance resources – including access to all partners and investors, events, new clients, and access to the many years of business assistance TVEA has. You’ll start off working here in our office at no cost to you, and then plan accordingly if you want on staying longer. There are even options to one day have your starting office within this building! TVEA can be a great way for you to start your business on the right foot. But whether you’re looking to start-up a new business, or grow your current business, TVEA provides a positive atmosphere to help your business take-off.

CleanTech Los Angeles iHub

The Clean Tech Los Angeles iHub is a partnership among business, academic and government institutions in the City of Los Angeles to develop a world class clean technology cluster. The overarching goal of the CleanTech L.A. iHub is to create and sustain a community of businesses that share common values of sustainability, quality employment opportunities, and innovation in design and manufacturing for the 21st century.

OfficeSlice

Officeslice Coworking is the space for inspiring, productive, and socially connected business owners and startups who want to “get it done!” There are many reasons to work in a shared environment, but the number one reason to choose OfficeSlice as your coworking space is because they care about you and your business!  If trying to get work done over the noise and lack of seating at the coffee house hasn’t worked out too well for you, then OfficeSlice is here for you.  If you’ve reached a level of unproductivity and isolation at home, they’re here for you.  If you no longer want to sit by yourself in your office, with no one to brainstorm with but your cat, then OfficeSlice is here for you. OfficeSlice offers large worktables, a spacious meeting room, office space, dedicated desk space, mail box service, free seminars, workshops, networking opportunities and so much more.

Applied Minds

Applied Minds is a small company in Glendale that invents, designs and prototypes breakthrough products and services for both industry and government. As a business incubator, they are comprised of an interdisciplinary group of artists, scientists and engineers, with skills in architecture, electronics, mechanics, physics, mathematics, software development, system engineering, and storytelling. Their projects range from toys to cancer treatments, from buildings to algorithms, and from off-road vehicles to high-resolution displays. Their team of world-class innovators enjoy building the next industry-changing technology ideas from concept to prototype.

Pacoima Entrepreneur Center

There are four main components that comprise the Pacoima Entrepreneur Center, which is run by the Valley Economic Development Center (VEDC).

  • Business Accelerator Program – For existing business, there will be three cohorts operated each year, with 8-10 business owners selected for each. The program has no charge, but those businesses chose must attend 11 of the 13 workshops, complete a Business Growth Plan, and access a minimum of 20 hours of one-on-one consulting services within 4 months of the date of the first workshop session.
  • Coworking Space – These spaces will be offered to both start-up and existing businesses on a membership bases.
  • North Valley BusinessSource Center – A City of Los Angeles Program, services are at no charge and include business workshops, one-on-one consulting, and access to debt financing.
  • Workshop Series – In addition to the Accelerator and BusinessSource Center workshops, a range of specialized business workshops will be presented at the Center. Presentations will be through an e-format with interactive opportunities offered after each workshop. They will cost $50 per workshop, and discounted for members of the Pacoima Entrepreneur Center.

HexLab Makerspace

HexLab Makerspace is a community workshop giving people access to learn new crafts and use of their specialized tools. In addition to classes, they offer public access to 3-D printing, laser cutting, CNC machines, and many more amazing tools. HexLab’s mission is to provide students, tinkerers and inventors access to emerging technologies and a place where like-minded “makers” can come together. They’re entrepreneurs who help other entrepreneurs and inventors grow. They guide, educate, and consult – helping others turn their dream designs into physical realities.

UGENESIS

UGENESIS is your beginning. Finally there is a place where you can go to get all components to start your business, and you can do it from the comfort of your home.  In an e-commerce style, you can shop around for every aspect of business you need, including: business set-up, permits, business licenses, design, print & promotional, construction, kiosk/vendor booth supply, equipment, uniforms & apparel, interior and exterior signage, photo-shoots, production services, web presence, social media design, trade show, conventions, converts, corporate mixers, team-building, walk/runs, family reunion, film/event locations, ticketed events, interior displays, custom art work, vehicle wrapping, and so much more. Whether you are starting your business for the first time from the ground-up, are looking to maximize your current business, cut your costs for your business, or are creating a franchising system for a business that you already have, UGENESIS has it all.

Startup Weekend – San Fernando Valley

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014. The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies. All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback. Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!