On June 19th, Real Industry welcomed five teams of university based startups to San Francisco for Real Startup 2018. Real Startup is an intensive two-week accelerator program for student entrepreneurs pursuing ventures in music, media, and entertainment technology. The cohort spent each day of the program visiting industry-leading companies, connecting with world-class mentors, and progressing their ventures closer and closer to their next milestones. On the last day of the program, each team delivered final presentations, which included their pitches, their lessons learned from Real Startup, and their next steps as they move forward with their startups.
Here's some fast facts and figures on Real Startup 2018:
- 14 student attendees hailing from universities all over the world
13 fantastic host companies during site visits, including Google, Dolby, Pandora, Eventbrite, Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, and more
84 mentors from various and diverse areas of industry
Ventures across live ticketing, AR/VR for concerts, wearables for creative expression and performance, mobile music creation apps, and media distribution platforms for cultural institutions.
Real Startup is made possible thanks to our generous corporate sponsors. Thank you to LANDR, Reverb, Stashimi, iZotope, Pro Sound Effects, New York University Steinhardt, Jaunt, and Polsinelli, and to Olivann for supporting Real Industry through a philanthropic grant.
Real Startup included visits to over a dozen amazing companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our time spent with companies included facility tours, masterclasses, mentor Q&As, demos, and more. Keep reading for a day-by-day snap shot from our program. For even more detail on the daily activities of the cohort check out the full schedule here: https://realstartup2018.sched.com/
Intellectual Property for Startups; Marketing, Pitching and Storytelling with Dave Hill Jr.
Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center and Eventbrite
Milestones Makers Program; Industry Insights with Marty Ringlein, Mentor Meetings
Playgrounds and SUBPAC
Fireside Chat with Founders, Facility Tour, Product Demos, and Mini-Design Challenge
Masterclasses on Hardware, User-Generated Content, and the Music Ecosystem, Demos, and Mentor Sessions
Google and Pyramind
Fireside Chat, Mentor Q&A, Masterclass on the World of Outside Investment, and a session with Tribe VR
Mentor Madness - Teams meet with 17 of our expert mentors back to back, both in person and virtually
Pandora and Avid
Fireside Chat and Mentor Q&A; Masterclass on Avid's Path and Mentor Q&A with Ed Gray
Sennheiser and Brilliant Corners
Masterclasses on How R&D Becomes Product, The Basics of Working with Artists, and an Artist Manager and Mentor Q&A Session
CCRMA at Stanford University
Tour, Workshops, Mentor Meetings, and a Fireside Chat with Tim Westergren, Founder of Pandora
Final Reception with presentations from each team
Thank you to all of the fantastic hosts of Real Startup 2018!
Real Industry was thrilled by the engagement and focus the Real Startup 2018 Cohort displayed, and our mentors were similarly impressed. For a full list of the amazing mentors who participated in this program, click here: https://realstartup2018.sched.com/directory/speakers
The two-weeks of jam-packed experiential learning and networking went by fast, but this fantastic group of young entrepreneurs made every day count. Now it’s your turn to meet the cohort:
On June 29th, the last day of Real Startup, each team delivered final presentations at our closing reception. You can watch each pitch here: https://www.facebook.com/RealIndustry/videos/1053482388161432/
The Real Industry team could not be happier with the results of Real Startup 2018. Supporting young entrepreneurs is a task we passionately pursue, and doing so with our network of world-class mentors and fantastic partner companies during this program was exceptionally rewarding.
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