Startups aim to disrupt existing linear markets in education, rehabilitation, social gaming and analytics.
Sacramento, CA, April 13, 2019 — The Capital Region AR VR Accelerator, the only program in the nine-county area exclusively dedicated to the advancement of virtual, augmented and mixed reality, announces its inaugural Demo Day to be held on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at the McClatchy New Ventures Lab in Sacramento.
Demo Day will showcase live virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) innovations by the seven startups in its first cohort and will feature a panel discussion with leaders in the VR and AR markets. In addition, a presentation on the state of VR/AR will be given by Amy Peck, Accelerator Venture Partner and CEO of EndeavorVR.
VR in education, social gaming and hardware are among the live demonstrations that will be available to experience on site. Each startup in the cohort will deliver their pitches to a panel of esteemed judges from companies heavily invested in VR and AR such as HTC, Samsung Next, Flextronics, Applied Materials and McClatchy. The winning pitch will be announced during the Networking Reception hosted by Five Star Bank. The VR and AR demonstrations will be available throughout the event.
The Capital Region AR VR Accelerator is built on existing relationships with sports and entertainment corporations, venture capital funds, healthcare institutions, technology companies and governmental entities, all of whom, provide unique testing grounds for participating cohort startups as they look to secure early pilot customers or partners.
— Jon Gregory / General Partner at Capital Region AR VR Accelerator
The Capital Region AR VR Accelerator is an intensive 12-week program that incorporates on-site and virtual components with investment capital, mentors and strategic partners to the VR and AR startups in the program.
The afternoon kicks off at 1:30 p.m with the panel discussion and ends with the announcement of the winning startup pitch during the Five Star Bank Networking Reception, which starts at 5 p.m. McClatchy New Ventures Lab is located at 401 I Street in Sacramento 95814.
The Start-Ups in the First Cohort
SAMA Learning is a platform providing interactive, engaging and fun academic lessons for students in virtual reality. SAMA Learning combines VR, artificial intelligence and the science of learning to disrupt the current education system, encouraging more problem solvers and inventors in the future.
Adventure Lab is redefining entertainment through VR. Adventure Lab is a platform for online creators such as Twitch streamers, YouTube influencers and others to host and monitor group events for fans, followers and friends. It takes community building by digital natives to a new, virtual level.
Altwork is a patented workstation combining the comforts of a chair, desk and monitors all in one convenient footprint. With the push of a button, users can seamlessly utilize their computers, mobile devices and game consoles in any of four key positions. It is a business class experience for the home or office.
Cognivive, founded by an accomplished neuroscientist and an experienced game designer, is angling to disrupt the neurorehabiliation market for patients, insurers and providers. Cognivive’s brand of digital medicine uses proprietary VR games and experiences to aid survivors of strokes and other neurological trauma in their rehabilitation.
Meedia is a mobile app and platform with the functionality of a high cost public relations firms but made for anyone on a tight budget. Meedia is a tool for individuals in the public space who want full control over their brand messaging.
Observer Analytics is an analytics platform devoted to VR and AR. Observer Analytics gathers valuable data on user engagement in immersive experiences such as 3D interactions and eye tracking to inform content creators and managers on users’ behavior in applications such as gaming and employee training.
Tesuji’s VRumble combines VR and AR on its mobile device platform to redefine social experiences across live streams, gaming and group chat in realtime. Users can video chat in a group while playing interactive games and livestreaming simultaneously on their mobile phones.
Esteemed Judges and Panelists
- Jim Sperlazza
- John Peters and Bret Engelkemier of Sacramento Angels
- Jeff Smith of Tech Futures Group
- Jordan Lafaro of McClatchy
- Sabya Das of Moneta Ventures
- Jack Crawford of Impact Venture Capital
- David Anderman, Formerly of Lucas Film
- Joe Hill of Lucid
- Wayman Harris of Applied Materials
- Gil Alvarado of Sierra Health Foundation
- Scott Armanini of Samsung Next
- Frank Black and Praveen Gupta of HTC Vive
- Alexander Haque of Lumiere VR
- Jay Shukla of Nivagen Pharmaceuticals
- Fred Penney of Penney and Associates
- Robert Meyer of California Employment Training Panel
- Geene Alhady of Clark Pacific
- Kevin Atkin, private investor
Participating Capital Region AR VR Accelerator Partners
- Capital Region-based Five Star Bank
- Sacramento Kings
- Clark Pacific
- Haney Biz
- Tech Futures Group
- Moneta Ventures