BBC announces next crop of digital start-ups on Worldwide Labs accelerator programme

Six companies to receive package of mentoring, networking and support

Global broadcasting firm BBC Worldwide today announced the six digital start-ups selected to take part in the 2014 iteration of its BBC Worldwide Labs business accelerator programme.

Now entering its third year, the Worldwide Labs programme will see selected businesses move into BBC Worldwide’s London headquarters for a year, receiving guidance and support from dedicated mentors, given access to business infrastructure, and entering into deals with BBC Worldwide’s business partners.

Unlike other tech accelerator programmes, BBC Worldwide does not take a stake in companies selected for its scheme, instead focusing on developing commercial partnerships with participants.

BBC Worldwide said 2014’s participants would be working in areas previously unexplored by companies on the Labs scheme, including audience research, advertising and video search.

The selected companies are:

  • Rezonence: An advertising firm which allows publishers to monetise content by making consumers watch and interact with ads to unlock content
  • Seenit: A video-sharing platform which allows users to ‘crowdsource’ the shots they need for a campaign
  • CrowdEmotion: Software that uses a webcam to capture and respond to human emotions
  • BuddyBounce: A platform that allows fans to earn rewards by following their favourite celebrities
  • Verticly: A SaaS-based platform that delivers personalised multi-channel advertising to users based on social and location data
  • OP3Nvoice: A video and audio interpreter allowing users to search the actual content of digital formats

Daniel Heaf, chief digital officer of BBC Worldwide, said: “With a strong pool of Labs applicants, we’ve carefully selected six companies based on their compatibility with BBC Worldwide’s business values.

“Now comes the exciting part where we work to help these start-ups reach the next level of success.”

Jordy Osborn, founder of freelancer platform The Backscratchers and a 2013 Labs graduate, said: “From getting the chance to film a promotional video for Unilever to developing HTML templates for Time Out, major brands and media organisations are taking note of the work we’ve done with BBC Worldwide and have opened their doors to us.

“Having BBC Worldwide on our score card definitely made that happen!”

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