Applications Open for 2019 Corporate Accelerator Program

It’s that time again!  We are ready to find the best startups to join us for our 2019 Sprint & DFA Accelerator program.  This will be our sixth class and we are excited to find companies to come and build great partnerships with our corporate sponsors.

For 2019, Sprint’s 5G Development Team and Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) will be our corporate sponsors helping startups build and strengthen their businesses.

The program will begin April 1 and run through June 25. Selected startups will engage with mentors from the lead sponsor organizations and from the investor, business development and entrepreneurial communities while also learning from business-building informational sessions. Applications are open now at

The 2019 program will once again focus on increased collaboration among established companies and selected startups. Allowing these organizations to select startups that align with their strategic goals gives them increased access to innovative products and services. And, each startup selected for the program will receive unprecedented resources from the sponsors.

Sprint’s 5G Development Team will be selecting startups for the 2019 program. The Sprint team is excited to find companies that can utilize the  5G network that Sprint is building to bring great new products and services to customers.

Working with innovative entrepreneurs to deliver unique applications that can utilize a 5G network is a critical element of our 5G vision to develop new solutions that will transform the way businesses run their operations, serve their customers and how as society, we live, work, and play – Mishka Dehghan, vice president of 5G development for Sprint Business. 

DFA will once again be a lead sponsor of the 2019 Corporate Accelerator program. DFA is looking for entrepreneurs in the ag tech and dairy food product segments.

At DFA, we’re constantly searching for new ways to elevate and grow the dairy industry. For this reason, we are committed to connecting, mentoring and guiding rising entrepreneurs in food and ag. – Monica Massey, senior vice president and chief of staff at DFA.

2019 Program Specifics:

Sprint has an improved network today and is committed to making it even better for its millions of customers. With its Next-Gen Network investment, Sprint is unlocking the power of its spectrum assets to improve coverage, reliability and speed across its nationwide network and launch the first mobile 5G network in the United States in the first half of 2019. Sprint 5G will enable incredible new connections to people and things, services and opportunities that will allow our customers to live a better life.

The Sprint 5G Development Team is looking for startups in the following categories:

Consumer Gaming & Entertainment:  Applications, device features, and accessories that utilize the high-performance characteristics of the wireless 5G network to:

  • Enhance the mobile gaming experience
  • Facilitate deeper engagement for fans who view or create gaming content on mobile devices
  • Enrich mobile entertainment or social networking experiences

EnterpriseSearching for innovative applications that will leverage the increased capacity, low latency, and trailblazing speed of 5G technology to radically transform business operations and/or user experience in key industries including (but not limited to):

  • Mixed Reality / Immersive Simulations
  • Healthcare and Telemedicine
  • Smart Places (city, factory, building, corporate campus, etc.)
  • Digital infrastructures (security, asset management)
  • Tactile Internet

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) is a national cooperative owned by more than 8,500 dairy farm families from across the United States. DFA is committed to providing value to its farmer-owners through marketing members’ milk, providing services and resources on the farm and connecting our family farms with plants and brands such as Borden® Cheese, Plugrá® Butter and Kemps® to name a few.

DFA is looking for startups in ag tech with applications related to any portion of the dairy value chain including, but not limited to, product testing, data management, herd health and management, supply chain optimization, sustainability and traceability. DFA is also seeking early stage food product companies that are dairy-focused.

Learn more and apply now at

About the author: Doug Dresslaer

Director of Innovation, Dairy Farmers of America