Techstars Announces Second Twins Accelerator Cohort
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Techstars Announces Second Twins Accelerator Cohort

Ten startups have been selected for the second cohort of The Minnesota Twins Accelerator program.

The Minnesota Twins Accelerator by Techstars is stepping up to the plate again with a new cohort of startups. 

The team announced today the second iteration of its Techstars accelerator, which launched in 2021. Techstars partners with companies and organizations around the world to create targeted accelerator programs for early-stage entrepreneurs. 

“In the fast-evolving industries of sports and entertainment, fans continuously change the ways they engage. This creates a unique opportunity for innovators,” Brett Bohl, Managing Director of the Minnesota Twins Accelerator by Techstars, said in a news release announcing the new class. “We can’t wait to support the entrepreneurs in this class and help drive their journey disrupting and pioneering in the space. You won’t want to miss this year’s lineup of startups.”

Headquartered in the historic Ford Center,  Minnesota Twins Accelerator by Techstars provides mentors and resources for the 10 startups in each class. The program brings to the Twin Cities startup innovators from across the nation, and beyond. In a recent interview with Techstars CEO Maëlle Gavet, she talked about the program’s role in thinking about the future of sports and entertainment. “How do we keep that sport relevant and keep the relationships with fans strong for a new generation? How do we create new sources of revenue? At the end of the day, it’s a business.”

In its first year, 70% participating companies graduated with proof of concept and meaningful engagements with future partners, according to the release. Two of the companies – AWSM Sauce and EDGE Sound Research – were integrated into the Target Field fan experience during the 2022 Major League Baseball season. 

The next cohort of companies includes:

Backr: sports media platform for following athletes, not teams, Backr covers every moment of the athlete journey, from recruitment through retirement.

Biiah: This new app based out of England creates a daily singing routine for each unique individual to develop their voice. Accessible from anywhere and for all levels, Biiah supports well-being and self-confidence through music, while also partnering with established communities to encourage social cohesion through singing together.

Brave Virtual Worlds: This company uses wearable sensors to help professional sports organizations assess movement quality to prevent and rehabilitate injuries. Brave Virtual Worlds’ product, ValorTM, takes less than two minutes to put on and works wirelessly with smartphones over Bluetooth. 

FanBantsFanBants makes life more exciting for African fans by creating fantasy gaming experiences across sports and entertainment and building community.

Flustr: This interactive entertainment platform embeds gaming concepts into short-form videos and live-streaming. Flustr enables players to compete directly against each other in real-time using their smartphones.

TicketRev: This platform lets sports and music fans name their price for their preferred seating location, enabling resellers and teams to sell their inventory faster.

United Market: This global platform connects music creatives and executives to help rising stars get discovered.

Vesta: Vesta streamlines event registration and the local promotion process for over 400 event organizers across the country, making it easy for people to find events. 

Virtual Tables: A live event experience that provides fan-engagement solutions through digital event platforms, DigiSign x Virtual Tables can reach fans from all locations at all times by eliminating the logistics of in-person events.

Whitebalance: This AI-powered virtual production studio helps video teams work faster and do more with an AI-powered workflow. 

Techstars CEO Maelle Gavet talked about the Twins program in TCB’s newest issue of StartMN.