The Disney Accelerator is a programme designed to accelerate the growth of innovative companies from around the world.
Eight companies have been chosen to participate in the three-month mentorship programme, connecting them with the creativity, imagination and expertise of Disney, and providing unique access to Disney’s leadership team, and the team at Miko is delighted to be among them.
Rakesh Kakaya, chief sales officer at Miko, commented: “Miko is one of eight companies globally, and the only one in Asia, to be joining the Disney Accelerator programme. We are super excited to be a part of the 2021 cohort and look forward to working with Disney and identify new intersections of learning, entertainment and technology.”
Miko creates robots that are playful learning companions for children across 140+ countries and are utilized by parents, educators and technologists. The company has recently announced the appointment of Michael Beckett as director of licensing to further strengthen Miko’s leadership team and help the company’s stated mission to continue to build a global, deep-tech consumer company.
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“Since 2014, the Disney Accelerator has helped foster innovation within The Walt Disney Company and has made a significant impact on the future of technology and entertainment,” said David Min, vice president, Corporate Innovation, The Walt Disney Company. “The eight companies that we have chosen for this year’s programme are all incredible leaders in their respective industry verticals, and we look forward to working closely with them over the coming months.”
Companies joining Miko for the 2021 Disney Accelerator are: Attentive (mobile messaging platform with retail and eCommerce), Bambuser (live streamed shopping), Camp (experiential retail stores and online media destinations),
Holler (AI enhanced content for peer-to-peer messaging), Illumix (using augmented reality company to create immersive experiences), Mojo Vision (developing Mojo Lens augmented reality smart contact lens with a built-in display) and PlayOn! Sports (streaming live and on-demand high school sports and activities).
The Disney Accelerator provides participating companies with mentorship and support from top Disney executives and access to co-working space at Disney, among other benefits. Many companies that have been part of the initiative since its launch have collaborated with multiple divisions of The Walt Disney Company to bring innovative products and experiences to market.
For more information on the 2021 Disney Accelerator, visit the website here.