HTC’s looking for VR startups to take part in its accelerators

HTC is looking for VR startups to enter its ViveX accelerator, where accepted applicants will receive a package of mentorship, support, office space and more.

Applications close tomorrow for the Beijing, Taipei and San Francisco-based accelerators and those interested need to fill in a few details online.

Those successful will receive from $50,000 to $200,000 in a convertible note or warrant depending on the stage and location of the startup.

It’s looking in particular for software and hardware startups; everything from apps to accessories and analytics companies. Essentially, anyone who can “enrich the VR ecosystem” and help HTC it “healthy and vibrant”.

In terms of funding, the program accepts Seed through Series A startups, but it’s  willing to look at post series A for more advanced VR startups.

It’s brought in some top VCs, and successful applicants can expect to get mentoring from the likes of the SVP of virtual reality at HTC, Rikard Steiber (formerly of Google), VP of global VR content for Vive Joel Breton and Szu Ming-Liu, director of TVBS’ program department.

Networking opportunities, support with accounting, finance and HR, as well as office space, engineering support and access to ViveX resources and demo days are other features the accelerator offers.

Successful applicants will hear back at least a month before the start, and while they’re not required to work from the HTC offices, dropping in and having a presence there are recommended.


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