SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Orange Fab, the US startup accelerator for French telecommunication carrier Orange, announced today the expansion of its Fab Force program with the addition of AXA, Airbus, and Total. These companies join Visa, Moet Hennessey, LG Electronics, Hilton, Fnac, and Morpho and will have access to Orange Fab's resources.
In addition, Orange Fab US is announcing that Ersatz Labs,tubeScience,IUNU,ivee,Owner Listens,Syntonic, and MxHero were selected to participate in its fourth season. The seven selected startups will be the first to access both Orange Silicon Valley's vast network and the resources of Fab Force partners, which include expertise and distribution from some of the world's largest and most respected brands.
"We're proud to partner with leading tech accelerators such as Orange Fab to identify startups that can help make our guests' lives easier through innovation," said Rich DiStefano, senior director of Web and Mobile Product Management at Hilton Worldwide. "Working with startups helps fuel our robust innovation pipeline, ensuring we always stay one step ahead of our guests' digital desires."
Season 4 kicked off January 19 and the next 12 weeks will be filled with mentoring events with notable entrepreneurs, experienced designers, and technical engineers. The startups will also have the opportunity to travel to Paris for one of two Demo Days (the second will be in San Francisco). In addition, $20,000 in funding is made available to some of the startups along with work space at Orange Silicon Valley's office in San Francisco.
"Season Four's class will have the benefit of not only working with our talented team in San Francisco and across Orange, but will also have access to our Fab Force partners, which now include executives from AXA, Airbus and Total. Working together all of us will innovate, learn and expand our businesses to meet the needs of today's fast moving global market," said Georges Nahon, CEO of Orange Silicon Valley and President of Orange Institute.
Season Four's class is made up of seven companies set to disrupt the markets in which they compete. They are:
Ersatz Labs: Ersatz Labs is a GPU-backed platform for building machine learning and deep learning algorithms. Learn more about Ersatz Labs here: http://www.ersatzlabs.com/
IUNU: IUNU provides energy efficient plasma lighting and control systems for horticulture applications. Learn more about IUNU here: http://www.iunu.com/
ivee: ivee is a voice-activated assistant for the home, which integrates with Nest, Hue, WeMo, SmartThings, Staples Connect, Spotify and others. ivee is available nationwide in Best Buy, Home Depot and Lowe's. Learn more about ivee here: http://helloivee.com/
MxHero: MxHero's Mail2Cloud radically improves the email experience by seamlessly connecting email to the cloud, enabling unparalleled productivity gains. Learn more about MxHero here: http://www.mxhero.com/
Owner Listens: Owner Listens is a platform for real-time customer service over SMS and IM. With Owner Listens, customers safely and securely text or instant message with a business. The message is routed to the right employee for an immediate reply from their mobile phone or email. Learn more about Owner Listens here:http://ownerlistens.com/
Syntonic: Syntonic is a platform service provider that bundles 4G access with web services, content, and applications to enable new products, services and alternative business models for monetizing access to the mobile Internet. Learn more about Syntonic here: http://www.syntonic.com/
tubeScience: tubeScience is an audience network powered by deep statistical models of viewer and YouTube algorithm behavior. Working with tubeScience, brands can accurately predict which video ads and influencer campaigns will generate peak audience engagement, and deliver them at scale. Learn more at tubescience.com
Applications for season 5 will re-open in the near future. Any start-up company with an existing product or an advanced beta version can apply; learn more about Orange Fab here:http://orangefab.com/
Orange Fab began two years ago and since its inception 22 companies have successfully completed the accelerator program. Among them, TrackR has shipped over 350,000 devices to their customers,Fiverun's retail platform is now live in over 11 countries, 2600hz is expanding into international markets, 1-Page has recently been recognized as one of the top 3 HR Technologies in the U.S. and Fenix International has shipped over 25,000 units and recently announced a $12.6 million dollar round of funding.
Extending Orange's commitment to entrepreneurship, Orange launched last month Orange Digital Ventures, a $23 million "early stage" investment fund to support startups transforming the telecom and digital sectors.
Orange is one of the world's leading telecommunications operators with sales of 39 billion euros in 2014 and 156,000 employees worldwide at 31 December 2014, including 99 400 employees in France. Present in 29 countries, the Group has a total customer base of 244 million customers worldwide at 31 December 2014, including 185 million mobile customers and 16 million fixed broadband customers. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services.
Orange is listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).
Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trade marks of Orange Brand Services Limited.
SOURCE Orange Fab