Six-week immersive program featuring eight founders concludes with a Generative AI Summit
Today, Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs announced that each of the eight startups participating in their Generative AI Accelerator secured pilots or proofs of concepts with Comcast, NBCUniversal, and/or Sky. The startups will formally conclude the program during a Generative AI Summit held tomorrow at the Comcast Technology Center in Philadelphia.
“Given the caliber of the startups selected for the LIFT Labs Accelerator, it’s no surprise that we have identified growth opportunities for each one of them,” said Sam Schwartz, Chief Business Development Officer, Comcast. “We are excited to continue learning from these innovative startup founders to deepen our understanding of the potential of emerging technologies such as generative AI.”
During the six-week accelerator, the founders worked side-by-side with teams at Comcast, NBCUniversal, and Sky to share insights and scope out projects that demonstrate the power and relevance of their technology to large enterprises. They also met with leaders at other corporations to understand how those organizations are leveraging generative AI, pitched to a curated group of venture capitalists investing in this category, and worked with experts in media training, enterprise sales, and marketing to hone their pitches and go-to-market strategies.
“This is the most immersive enterprise accelerator program we could have ever hoped for,” said Andrei Papancea, CEO and Founder of NLX. “By week two we had already started the procurement process and by half-way through the program we had built a pilot side-by-side with the business units. Our Comcast partners have been nothing short of amazing in helping us navigate the complexities of the organization, while somehow squeezing in lots of fun networking events with the rest of the cohort companies.”
The startups are addressing a range of use cases including customer experience, video analytics, and deep fake detection. Chosen from hundreds of applicants from over twenty countries, the companies were identified for their relevance to Comcast NBCUniversal, quality of the founding team, and experience working with other major enterprises. Following the program the companies will continue working with Comcast NBCUniversal to execute their pilots and explore evolving them into long-term partnerships.
The Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator is hyper-focused on business development opportunities for startups at a variety of stages selling to enterprises. The program is led by Laura Plunkett and Luke Butler, Executive Directors of Startup Engagement at Comcast NBCUniversal, in partnership with VentureFuel – an organization that helps corporations around the world innovate through startup collaborations. Since LIFT Labs launched its first accelerator in 2018, 84% of the portfolio companies have landed a proof of concept, pilot, or commercial deal with Comcast NBCUniversal.
Meet the class of the Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator: Generative AI:
Founders: Guy Gadney & Annette Parry | Oxford, UK
Founders: Cody Coleman & William A. Gaviria Rojas | San Jose, CA
Founders: Ilya Gelfenbeyn & Michael Ermolenko | Mountain View, CA
Founders: Chun Jiang & Ben Kramer | Dublin, CA
Founders: Andrei Papancea, Vlad Papancea, & Peter Szerzo |
New York City, NY
Founders: Ben Colman, Ali Shahriyari, & Gaurav Bharaj |
New York City, NY
Founders: Ashray Malhotra, Shivam Mangla, & Nisheeth Lahoti |
San Francisco, CA
Founders: Ellie Jamen & Marine Haziza | New York City, NY