ideaBOOST, the Canadian Film Centre’s (CFC) “business accelerator with a difference” has announced 11 shortlisted candidates for its third cohort of entertainment technology startups.
The 11 teams will now pitch their visions in front of ideaBOOST founding partners Shaw Media, Google and Chorus Entertainment on November 4.
Companies selected to participate in ideaBOOST get the budget ($30,000 interest-free loan), tools, training, and mentorship designed to help bring their product to market and improve their chances of success with audiences, investors, and partners. It’s based out of the CFC’s headquarters in Toronto.
Teams generally fall under one of these umbrellas: consumer engagement platforms focusing upon content, innovations in content curation, collection, discovery, and distribution, tools to help content creators or to monetize content, mobile applications, second screen applications for mobile devices and hybrid content models, games, or e-commerce sites for content and content-related products.
The eleven finalists for ideaBOOST’s third cohort are as follows:
Bublcam, a consumer ready camera that captures everything through spherical photos and videos.
Codename: HotSlime, private communities for sharing, or the third incarnation of the Bulletin Board System (BBS).
L.A.R.G.E. (Location based A.R. Gaming Engine), a tool kit for the creation of location-based and augmented reality experiences.
LongStory, a progressive and queer-positive romantic adventure game for tweens.
Poesis, an aerial robotics company focused on providing high resolution images and video captured by a low-altitude, custom-designed UAV’s with fully stabilized, full tilt/pan/360 control equipped for the RED EPIC, ALEXA M or DSL cameras.
RadioMogul, where users can create, customize & curate their own monetizable Internet radio station.
Soothsayer, a 3D previsualization tool for filmmakers to prototype their movies.
StoryTrigger, a mobile app enabling the package to release info to the consumer’s smartphone.
Think Dirty, a mobile app that makes reading beauty and body care product labels simple, easy and fun.
uMentioned, a location app that allows you to anonymously flirt and make new friends with people nearby.
Weirdwood Manor, a unique storytelling experience—a novel brought to life through interaction and animation.
ideaBOOST’s third cohort will be formally announced on November 20th at its “Launch Pad event” at Steam Whistle Brewing, Toronto.
On a separate note, tonight is the last chance for developers to apply for the ideaBOOST/Mind Pirate Production Lab, a three-month accelerator for teams building mobile wearable technologies. Created in partnership by the CFC Media Lab and Silicon Valley-based Mind Pirate, the ideaBOOST/Mind Pirate Production Lab marks the first-ever program focused on developing games and consumer apps for the emerging smart glass consumer market.
Potential applicants have until 11:59 pm tonight to submit their applications.