Qualcomm and Techstars Establish Accelerator for Robotics Startups
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first 10 startups in Boulder in 2007, Techstars established its three-month accelerator programs in eight cities, including Boston, New York, Seattle, and Austin, TX. For startups admitted to its accelerators, Techstars provides $118,000 in seed funding, mentoring provided by experienced entrepreneurs, and access to Techstars’ network of mentors, alumni, and corporate partners for an ownership stake amounting to 7 to 10 percent of each company.
In late 2011, Techstars established its first corporate accelerator with Microsoft, and now operates specialized tech accelerators in conjunction with Disney, Nike, Barclays, Kaplan, Sprint, and R/GA.
With the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, Techstars is now overseeing seven corporate accelerators.
In the statement released today, Cohen is quoted as saying, “Robotics is a hugely untapped frontier that is quickly becoming a focus for Techstars given recent tech advances that let machines be prototyped faster and easier than ever before.”
For Qualcomm, the program aligns with its current strategy to develop new markets for its wireless chipsets by developing “smarter” and more efficient robotics platforms around its flagship Snapdragon processor and related technologies. For example, Qualcomm recently demonstrated how robots can use its brain-inspired Zeroth processor and machine vision technology to “learn” how to sort different objects and place them into bins marked with different patterns.
“The scale and pace of smartphone technology development is having a growing impact on many other technology sectors, and robotics is no exception,” said Matt Grob, CTO of Qualcomm Technologies (CTI), according to the statement released today.
Applications for the robotics accelerator will be accepted until February 22, 2015, and the program will begin next May and conclude in September with a Demo Day, where each team will have the opportunity to present their work to investors, industry leaders, and others.