Betaworks is excited to announce a number of new partners in voicecamp, our accelerator for voice-based interfaces, including co-investors Lightspeed Venture Partners and Launch Capital. With the new co-investment, each participating company will now receive $200k as part of voicecamp. In light of this new deal, the application window will remain open for two more weeks.

The program follows 2016’s botcamp, betaworks’ first accelerator program, which brought together eight founding teams working on conversational interfaces and chatbots. Similarly, voicecamp is designed to support early-stage companies working at the forefront of voice-controlled conversational software, including applications for emerging platforms such as the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, other native voice apps, and enabling software or hardware technologies.

Voice-based computing represents the evolution of conversational interfaces to a more natural and frictionless end user experience. In addition, as computers become more seamlessly installed into our daily lives, in connected homes, in automobiles, and in various wearable and augmenting devices, voice-based interfaces will become a staple of human-computer interaction.

Gunderson Dettmer and L’oreal are joining GE and the Google Assistant as program partners. Lightspeed Venture Partners, the global early stage venture capital firm focused on disruptive innovations in both the Enterprise and Consumer sectors, and Launch Capital, the bi-coastal seed stage consumer and mobile focused firm, are joining as co-investors.

In addition, leading players in the ecosystem are participating as mentors to help the development of participating companies. These include tech platforms such as Amazon, Microsoft, Slack, SoundHound, and IBM. Venture capitalists like Greylock, Benchmark, KPCB, Bessemer, Homebrew, ENIAC, NextView, SV Angel, and LocalGlobe. Related startups like Anchor, Gimlet, and IFTTT. And media companies like The Guardian, The New York Times, WNYC, and Quartz.

What is voicecamp?

Voicecamp is an eleven-week program for a select group of builders that begins April 17th and concludes June 30th. During that time participating companies will work with betaworks and leading thinkers on conversational interfaces, verbal computing, and AI. The betaworks team, along with industry partners, will work with you on product, platform integration, data science, branding and fundraising.

If selected, we’ll make an investment in your startup. We will consider teams who have already raised outside capital.

Who is voicecamp for?

Voicecamp is for anyone building within the ecosystem of voice-based conversational interfaces — whether an app, Google Action, or an enabling layer of NLU or machine learning. It is for builders in the early stages of product development, with either a beta or a working prototype of their product.

The Deal

8% of common stock in each company is allocated to betaworks. A $200,000 uncapped, SAFE note with a 25% discount is offered to all voicecamp companies. Each company selected into voicecamp gets:

  • Eleven weeks of programming at betaworks in New York City with optional office space for 1-2 cofounders.
  • Hands-on guidance from the betaworks team in areas such as product, platform integration, data science, branding, and fundraising.
  • Sessions on various aspects of building your company from user acquisition to NLU toolkits by the people who are building those platforms and tools.
  • Access to our early adopter network, openbeta.
  • Speakers from the top platforms supporting verbal computing
  • Work with mentors from VC funds actively investing in the category
  • Promotional credits from vendors such as AWS, Digital Ocean, Twilio, Azure, SVB, etc.

How to Apply

Applications for voicecamp remain open. The program will begin in April and last 11 weeks at the betaworks studio in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District.

Apply here. (Applications end 2/28.)

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