Urban | Sports | Accelerator

Urban Accelerator
UrbanX is a US-based start-up accelerator created by automaker Mini and accelerator UrbanUs. UrbanX makes investments in pre-seed startups and runs two cohorts per year with up to 10 startups per cohort. Each startup receives $150,000 in investment capital. The forthcoming UrbanX Cohort 10 program will be fully online and is open for application till 8 Apr 2021. Sample alumni:
  • Aquagenuity - Private water testing
  • Near Space - Geo imaging using high altitude balloons
  • Eva - Drone airport in a container
  • CoveTool - Built environment analysis
  • Hosta - Reverse engineer a CAD drawing from an image

Sports Accelerator
Tokyo 2021 is at a balance. The decision to go ahead must likely be made by March as athletes, officials, broadcasters have to book flights, resources and accommodation latest by then. At the rate bugzilla is stomping on, the odds aren't looking too great. There is a proposal for Tokyo to bid for the 2032 Olympics instead (after Paris 2024 and LA 2028). In a prelude to Tokyo 2020, Scrum Ventures ran a SportsTech accelerator, a sample of participants:
  • 3DDV - Virtualise the physical seat you bought for an event
  • 4DReplay - Close-up, multi-angle sports replay and highlights vid
  • ReellyAI - Automatically create sports highlights using AI
  • SportsCastr - Multiple event, live streaming, sports broadcasting
  • MSA - Display multiple, concurrent full screen videos on one screen