The news has not yet had echo in the Italian press (which is not surprising), but recently in the US Rothenberg Ventures, venture capital company specialized in “seed” investments built up just 3 years ago, in 2012, by the then 28-year old Mike Rothenberg starting from 5 million dollars, and since then has started to fund over sixty startups (as for instance AltspaceVR, Matterport and MergeVR), launched an initiative dedicated to start-ups involved in the development of virtual reality technologies, River programme.
What is River? Is an accelerator, i.e. a a program lasting 3 months in addition to providing $ 100,000 to startups selected (about ten per course) and spaces of coworking at Rothenberg Ventures Coworking in San Francisco, includes a series of mentorship by entrepreneurs already very well known in the field, weekly meetings with Rothenberg’s mentors and industry luminaries, as well as a day for the final presentation of the developed projects to an audience of potential investors. San Francisco means, for those unaware, Second Life‘s cradle and indeed Philip Rosedale, founder of Linden Lab (developer of Second Life) and High Fidelity is one of the mentors, together with Tony Parisi (Third Eye founder), Matt Bell (Matterport founder ) and Eric Romo (AltspaceVR founder), as well as David Holz (Leap Motion founder), Brad Herman (head of DreamLab at Dreamworks Animation) and Stefano Corazza (Mixamo founder).
For the first edition of the accelerator, from February to April (which will end with a demonstration at the At&t Park in San Francisco) have already been selected 13 startups coming from US, Japan, France and Spain: Fove, DeepStreamVR, Emblematic Group, Psious, Sdk, Solirax, EmergentVR, Vantage VR, Triggar, Reload Studios, Innerspace, Discovr and Thotwise. Find more information on the same site of Rothenberg. No Italian name at the moment but, be careful: it is already possible to submit an application to the summer edition of River by next May 25.
Who can apply? All but particularly innovative startups focused on the development of infrastructure (hardware and physical elements that constitute the virtual reality system), platforms (outlets for creators and innovators to build on), apps (communications, e-commerce, travel, healthcare, education and training) and contents (gaming, cinema, interactive media). Waiting to see if anything a day some venture capitalists try to organize a similar program in Italy, why don’t you try to candidate your startup?
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