Sprint Accelerator Announces 2017 Program & Sponsors


The Sprint Accelerator today announced plans and new corporate sponsors for the 2017 Accelerator program, which will begin on April 3. The 90-day program will feature mentors from the lead sponsor organizations and from the investor, business development and entrepreneurial communities, as well as business building informational sessions. Applications are open now at sprintaccelerator.com.

As Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure announced at the 2016 Sprint Mobile Accelerator Demo Day last spring, the Sprint Accelerator will join with other businesses for the next evolution of its program to offer increased collaboration among established companies and startups. The Spring 2017 program will be focused on industry clusters that are strengths of the Kansas City region – Digital and Ag Tech. Allowing organizations to select startups that align with their strategic goals gives them increased access to innovative products and services. And, each startup selected for the program, will receive unprecedented resources from these sponsors.

”Joining with other organizations allows us to expand the Accelerator program and offer even more access and opportunities to startup companies,” said Kevin McGinnis, CEO, Pinsight Media+, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sprint and founder of the Sprint Accelerator. “These partnerships are a win-win for all participants. They give entrepreneurs the chance to learn from an established, successful business, and give sponsor companies access to new technologies and innovative products.”

DFA is looking for startups in AgTech with applications related to any portion of the dairy value chain including, but not limited to, product testing, data management, herd health and management, supply chain optimization, sustainability and traceability.

“New developments in agriculture and food production are key to ensure we continue delivering nutritious dairy to consumers around the world in a safe, sustainable and efficient manner,” said Monica Massey, senior vice president and chief of staff for DFA. “This partnership with the Sprint Accelerator offers us a unique opportunity to connect with Ag Tech entrepreneurs who have ideas on how technology can bring greater value to our dairy farmer-owners — whether it’s on the dairy farm, in the transportation network, in our plants, even connecting with consumers in grocery stores, farmer’s markets or at the dinner table.”

New highlights of the 2017 Accelerator program include:

Targeted, strategic meetings with the corporate partner teams to discuss business development, pilots and potential sponsorships;
Mentors from the Corporate Sponsors and their networks, as well as from the investor, business development and entrepreneurial communities;
Business building sessions around product, brand, marketing and entrepreneurship;
State-of-the-art workspace facilities provided at Sprint Accelerator in Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District.
More details are available at sprintaccelerator.com.

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