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Disney Launches New Tech Accelerator

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Proving that you’re never too old to dream big, the Walt Disney Company announced on Wednesday the launch of its new Disney Accelerator program!

In a statement released on February 12, 2014, Disney’s Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development, Kevin Mayer, shared:

Disney Accelerator offers a unique collaboration between some of the best creative minds in the entertainment industry and the modern-day visionaries who are starting businesses on the strength of exciting new ideas. Disney Accelerator, a mentorship-driven seed-stage investment program—will tap ten early-stage companies with innovative consumer media and entertainment ideas to participate in the three-month program, which begins June 30.

Participants will receive up to $120,000 in investment capital to develop their ideas, along with mentor support from top Disney executives including Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, and leaders from Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, ESPN and Walt Disney Imagineering, among others. Additionally, entertainment industry leaders, venture capitalists and Techstars’ extensive network of entrepreneurs, investors and executives will team up as mentors for Disney Accelerator.

Along with unparalleled access to stories, characters, technology and other resources from across The Walt Disney Company, selected teams will also present their companies and products to industry leaders and investors during an Investor Demo Day in September.

Applications are being accepted through April 16. Visit DisneyAccelerator.com for more information.

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Tanisha Love Ramirez

Tanisha Love Ramirez

Tanisha is the Managing Editor at NEW LATINA, and a social commentary and pop-culture writer/blogger from New York City. She studied Sociology and Women's Studies at Bowdoin College, where she developed a strong interest women's issues and community advocacy. Tanisha has written for the Bowdoin Orient and has interned at BUST Magazine and Jezebel.com.

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