UpRamp is sponsored by CableLabs, a non-profit Innovation and R&D Lab founded nearly three decades ago by members of the cable television industry
UpRamp, the platform on a mission to connect emerging tech startups with multi-system operators, is searching for companies to join its accelerator program, the FiteratorTM . Designed for later-stage companies, the Fiterator amplifies startup success to foster innovation in the $500 billion cable, broadband and wireless industry.
The three month, non-resident startup accelerator focuses on real customer deals and opens the door to 57 of the world’s leading cable operators. UpRamp launched their first Fiterator program last fall, and after its first four teams saw so much success – the emerging tech companies now have 18 engagements with cable and broadband operators – UpRamp has set out on a mission to find more companies that could significantly impact the industry.
“This is all about connectivity. Technological advancements in the cable and broadband industry are moving at such a rapid pace, and it’s important the innovation cycle continues to thrive,” said UpRamp Managing Director Scott Brown. “We’re absolutely thrilled about our second search for emerging tech companies, and we can’t wait to see what magic they create to push the industry forward.”
The Fiterator is limited to 4-6 companies per session; this sharp focus helps the accelerator to customize each team’s experience to ensure success – that is, each company will graduate with one or more actual deals, PoC, Lol, pilot, or trial from global enterprise players in connectivity.
The first half of the accelerator will focus on industry immersion, mentorship matching, and solution validation, and will then laser in on testing, negotiations, and closing deals. Participants will have access to tech and connectivity C-levels from big players like Comcast, Charter, Cox, and Virgin Media. UpRamp pays for all travel, lodging, meals, and entertainment associated with the program.
While mentorship and networking opportunities can certainly advance companies, the Fiterator accelerator goes a step beyond to offer participants immediate value. The cohort will have direct access to UpRamp partner organizations’ end users, mentors with honed cable and broadband industry experience, and investors who know the market, as well at the obstacles these companies are up against.
“Our ultimate goal is to connect startups and emerging tech companies to this powerful eco-system, in order to foster innovation and help the smaller companies flourish,” said Lisa Schwab, Program Director at UpRamp. “Based on the success we saw with Fiterator’s last cohort, we have no doubt the companies selected will go on to seriously impact this industry.”
The selected teams will join UpRamp in Louisville, Colorado bi-weekly from August-November, as well as for one session in New York City, and another in Sunnyvale, California. To be considered, companies must have more than $1.5 million in financing or sustainable revenue, and a working product or service that could be a big win for the global cable-broadband-wireless industry. Fiterator is looking for later stage companies in Machine Learning, AR/VR, Blockchain, IT Infrastructure, Network Management, Data/Analytics, HR/Education, CyberSecurity, the IoT, Smart Homes & Security, HealthTech, WiFi, Wireless, Optical Networking and Customer Experience.
Applications close May 5th. Interested companies may apply here