“DO OR DO NOT,
THERE IS NO TRY”

Disney Accelerator, powered by Techstars, is helping today’s technology innovators turn their dreams for new media and entertainment experiences into reality.

The World of Disney

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Walt Disney had a dream, and the entrepreneurial will to make that dream come true. Combining creativity and innovation, he built a company that is forever inventing new ways to tell great stories. From the Multiplane camera and the first feature-length animated film, to Audio-Animatronics® and computer-generated animation, Disney has always been at the forefront of technology.

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.

Do You Dream Big?

Disney Accelerator brings together an amazing community of entrepreneurs, creatives, mentors, investors, and technologists, all with a common trait: the ability to dream big, and a vision for making an impact on the world of entertainment and technology.

10
COMPANIES

15
WEEKS

$120K
FUNDING PER TEAM

How it Works


Disney Accelerator is a highly selective, immersive mentorship and investment program for technology-enabled startups in the media and entertainment space. Ten startup companies are being selected to gather in the Los Angeles area for three months to incubate their ideas and build new consumer media and entertainment products.

Each participating company will receive:

$120,000 in investment capital

Access to stories, characters, resources and relationships 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 on October 14, where each company will present their team and product to entertainment leaders and investors

2014 Timeline

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February 12

Applications Open

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April 16

Applications Closed

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June 30

Program Begins

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October 14

Demo Day