Sprint Accelerator Announces 2019 Class

Nine startups selected for 6th accelerator program

It’s finally here!  Today, Sprint and Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) welcomed the nine companies participating in the sixth annual corporate accelerator program. The 90-day immersive program launches today and runs through June. Startups in three verticals — 5G Technology, Ag Tech and Dairy Food Products — will work directly with leaders from Sprint, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), CoBank and other industry experts and mentors to create strategic, long-term partnerships.

So we know you’re all excited to learn about these nine companies, so without further adieu… drumroll…

The 2019 Class of the Corporate Accelerator

5G Technology

  • Nodecraft (Oklahoma City, Okla.). Nodecraft is a cloud platform that enables Game Developers, E-sports tournaments, and direct-to-consumer (gamers) the ability to instantly create unforgettable online multiplayer experiences.
  • Portl Media (Toronto, Canada). Portl Media eliminates idle time by providing education and entertainment options to users through a network of strategically placed media and entertainment screens starting off in rideshare cars.

Ag Tech

  • Bezoar Laboratories (Bryan, Texas). Bezoar’s current innovation is a patent-pending probiotic for cattle that, when paired with nitrate, decreases their methane production by 50%, while providing additional benefits.
  • Cattle Care (San Francisco, Calif.). Using low-cost video cameras Cattle Care detects, recognizes and tracks every cow as well as business processes and makes decisions for the farmer about the treatment of a particular cow or a whole barn.
  • Healthy Cow (Toronto, Canada). Healthy Cow is an ag-biotech helping dairy farmers to produce more wholesome, natural, and nutritious milk while simultaneously reducing their dependence on antibiotics and hormones.
  • Labby, Inc (Boston, Mass.). Labby is an AI-powered smartphone platform for food and agro analytics.

Dairy Food Products

  • Brooklyn Buttery (Brooklyn, N.Y.). Brooklyn Buttery is reimagining butter for the 21st century as a fun convenient product for home cooks to turn up the flavor on their dishes using sustainably sourced ingredients.
  • Numa (Bridgewater, N.J.). Numa makes all-natural sweet, chewy milk treat with just 6 natural ingredients and four grams of protein.
  • RifRaf (Brooklyn, N.Y.).  RifRaf offers cool, creamy ricotta cups that are one part cheese and one part unexpectedly delicious flavor.

You may be interested in meeting the founders and teams of these companies, so please keep the evening of May 15th on your radar for our Community Event — you’ll see an Eventbrite invitation a few weeks before the event. You can also see them at 1 Million Cups on May 15th.  Since 2014, the Sprint Accelerator has worked with 45 startup companies. These companies have raised an aggregate of over $36 million since participating in the program. The Sprint Accelerator program culminates on Demo Day, June 27 at the WWI Museum, in which the startups showcase their companies and experience in the program.

About the author: Ari DeGrote