10 startups to meet Richard Branson as part of new Virgin Media and Techstars accelerator

Richard Branson

Virgin Media and Techstars have revealed the 10 tech startups chosen to take part in a new accelerator based in London.

The chosen businesses come from cities across the globe, including Dublin, Venice Beach, Milan and Berlin and their products and services include a virtual reality treadmill; an Internet of Things device; P2P real-time video streaming; and a crowdsourcing tool for real-time sporting event stats.

The ‘Virgin Media Accelerator powered by Techstars’ comprises an intense 13-week mentorship and guidance programme, with funding for the programme being provided by Virgin Media Business’ parent company Liberty Global.

It begins at the end of March in a newly refurbished space in Aldgate East, London, but the selected startups are visiting Silicon Valley next week to meet tech companies such as Google, Facebook and Cable Labs. They will then meet Sir Richard Branson on a flight to Denver, on which they will take part in a discussion on the future of entrepreneurship.

At the end of the 13-week programme, the startups will take part in a demo day, where they will pitch to some of the world’s leading investors for the chance to raise capital.

Ryan Kuder, managing director at Virgin Media Accelerator powered by Techstars, said: “We can’t wait to start helping these truly innovative startups grow and develop their business – it’s what we do best. With the backing of Virgin Media, Techstars and Liberty Global these startups will have access to some of the best business knowledge and expertise as well as a global network of contacts to help them rise above competitors.”

The ten startups joining this cohort of the accelerator programme are:

Ecoisme – Poland
A home energy monitoring solution capable of recognising individual devices in households. Allows people to track any device’s energy usage.

GoalShouter – Italy
Connects supporters and football clubs of any size.

KonnectAgain – Ireland
Helps organisations keep up to date with ex-employees.

Synervoz – Canada
Provides always-on voice communication applications.

Rally Networks – USA
A rapid charging network that helps developers and enterprises drive mobile app downloads and high-value ad engagements. Customers at retail locations can charge their phone for free after downloading an app or engaging with an interactive ad.

Repairly – UK
Connects people with local engineers to fix their electricals on-demand.

Sponsokit – Germany
Platform for companies to learn how to collaborate with social media creators.

Stepsize – UK
Makes software development more accessible, efficient and powerful. It helps programmers find, reuse and collaborate on code snippets.

TelToo – UK
A P2P content delivery network for video distribution.

Wizdish – UK
Manufactures an exercise platform, designed for virtual reality, called the ROVR. It allows players to perform simulated walk and run in any direction without moving from the spot.

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