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The Walt Disney Company has announced the 2016 participants in its mentoring and investment program, Disney Accelerator.

Following Accelerator’s successful launch in 2014, nine start-ups from around with the world and one internal project have been chosen for the three-month program which will connect participants with Disney’s creative expertise and resources to help them develop their products and consumer experiences.

A fellow graduate of the Accelerator program is Sphero, best known for it’s top selling BB-8 robot that appeared on many Christmas wishlists last year.

“We are evolving this year’s Disney Accelerator to include many later-stage start-ups, and for the first time, an internal project,” Michael Abrams, The Walt Disney Company SVP Innovation said. “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.”

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The companies selected for the 2016 Disney Accelerator are:

Ader – a marketplace connecting brands with eSports and gaming influencers;
Atom Tickets – a new mobile, movie ticketing app where customers can buy movie tickets, pre-order concessions, invite friends without having to pay for them, discover new movies, browse trailers, read reviews and more;
Hanson Robotics – a creator of human-like robots with a full range of facial expressions;
Jaunt – a developer of the hardware, software, tools and applications that allows content creators to access the power of virtual reality;
littleBits – a platform of electronic building blocks that aim to empower kids to invent anything;
Nom – an online live streaming video community for chefs and food lovers to create, share, watch and participate in live videos while interacting with each other;
Otoy – a “holographic content” platform that brings light field rendering and network streaming to VR and augmented reality experiences;
Playbuzz – a content-creation and audience-engagement platform that allows publishers, marketers, bloggers and brands to easily create engaging content using mobile-friendly formats;
Pley – a toy subscription company that, for a monthly fee, allows members to receive their preferred toys from a catalog of more than 500 toys that they can play with, keep or return whenever they wish.

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