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Walt Disney announces the chosen nine tech startups for its 2016 Disney Accelerator

The Walt Disney Company has announced the tech startups chosen for its 2016 Disney Accelerator – a program helping entrepreneurs gain entry into the media and entertainment industry.

Disney Accelerator is a three-month program, launched in 2014, to connect startups globally with Disney’s community hub – aims to help them develop their products and consumer experiences.

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Opened to both early and venture-backed technology startups, this year’s chosen companies would be working out of its co-working space in Los Angeles, US.

The 2016 program includes nine startups and one internal project, and builds on Disney Accelerator’s previous success since its initial launch.

“We are evolving this year’s Disney Accelerator to include many later-stage start-ups, and for the first time, an internal project,” said Michael Abrams, senior vice president, Innovation, The Walt Disney Company. “This year’s Disney Accelerator program is designed to advance a broader spectrum of the strategic investments we make in innovation across all of our businesses.”

The nine selected companies are:

Ader – a marketplace connecting brands with eSports and gaming influencers.

Atom Tickets – a new mobile movie-ticketing app.

Hanson Robotics – creates human-like robots with a full range of facial expressions.

Jaunt – an end-to-end solutions for creating and publishing immersive cinematic virtual reality.

littleBits – a platform for building electronic blocks to empower kids into creating anything.

Noman online live-streaming video community for chefs and food lovers.

OTOY – a “holographic content” platform for virtual reality.

Playbuzz – a content-creation and audience-engagement platform.

Pley – a leading toy subscription company.