The second season of the L.A. Dodgers Sports Accelerator is in full swing with five new startups, including a local company from Silicon Beach.
The businesses in this second class are all growth-stage companies ranging from new platforms for creating real-time data, video and highlights for both amateur and professional sports teams, to community-based content creation tools for brands and organizations, to cleaning technology for sports apparel and gear.
The accelerator will once again take place in Los Angeles and be operated and supported by R/GA Ventures.
The content creation and distribution platform Greenfly is headquartered in Santa Monica, California, with the other businesses hailing from Westchester County, New York; Kansas; Ohio; and Israel.
The accelerator will focus on immediate business opportunities to help the companies scale, with the ultimate goal of category leadership. The program will be highly customized to each startup, including curated connections and relevant domain experts, as well as “in-depth engagement” with Dodger leadership, business units and industry networks, and R/GA’s strategic marketing, branding, design and technology services.
The Dodgers Accelerator made a few changes in its second season, halving the number of companies from 10 to five. In addition, the three-month program will conclude in early November with demo events for investors, industry leaders, and the sports, technology and entertainment communities in both Los Angeles and New York.
“We are confident that the combination of a smaller class of growth-stage companies, a customized approach, and the engagement of our partners, the Dodgers organization, and R/GA will drive significant results,” said Dodgers’ CFO Tucker Kain in a statement. “We also see immediate growth opportunities for the program companies through collaboration based on the complementary nature of their businesses.”
Last year’s class, including L.A. startups Appetize, Doorstat, FieldLevel and FocusMotion, received $20,000, plus an option on a $100,000 convertible debt note, as well as workspace at the R/GA’s office near Marina Del Rey, in addition to mentorship from the Dodgers and R/GA.
Here are the companies in the L.A. Dodgers Accelerator’s second class:
Greenfly: a platform that taps organizations’ networks for content creation and distribution
Keemotion: automated professional-quality HD video for broadcast partners, professional leagues and universities
Shot Tracker: real-time stats for basketball teams and analytics for coaches, players and fans
Renegade: Sweat X-branded sports detergent, stain and odor technologies for sports apparel and gear
WSC Technologies: automatic personalized sports videos in real time for sports leagues and broadcasters