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The Pilot Pitch Prize is geared toward startups whose solutions serve broadcast and digital media

WASHINGTON — NAB’s Pilot is launching a competition for startups to receive seed funding and support.

The Pilot Pitch Prize is specifically for new companies focusing on technology that could help broadcasters, according to the announcement. Specifically, the “program is geared towards startups whose solutions serve broadcast and digital media through operational efficiency, audience engagement, measurement, content distribution or enhanced user experience,” Pilot says.

Companies will “be required to demonstrate initial progress with the product, a potential revenue model or customer base, along with a realistic plan for growth, credible financials and the right team to scale.”

The application window is open through the end of April, and Pilot will announce the five finalists in June. The finalists will receive mentoring.

Those selected will then go on to pitch their ideas live at NAB Show New York , Oct. 17-18 at the Javits Convention Center. Three winners will be chosen by judges who are business executives from digital media companies.

“NAB is committed to supporting innovation in the broadcast industry from the start of an idea through its development and proliferation throughout the marketplace,” Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Sam Matheny said in the announcement. “PILOT Pitch Prize is our latest approach to support budding startups.”

According to the release, winners will receive a Simple Agreement for Future Equity contract including $50,000 and the opportunity to participate at the 2019 NAB Show in Las Vegas, among other prizes. Also, the first 100 qualified applicants will receive a pass to NAB Show New York.

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Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis

WASHINGTON — Sprockit has once again reserved a spot in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center during the 2018 NAB Show to highlight a group of startups for its Innovation Pipeline and has announced the first batch of companies that will be taking up the space.

The selected startups will demonstrate their technologies alongside some alumni in the Innovation Pipeline at the new Destination NXT Theater. In addition, the companies will participate in Sprockit Sync, a series of private forums throughout the year where industry executives and entrepreneurs meet to discuss new technologies that could advance the industry. Sprockit corporate members, like Fox Networks Group, Google, Hearst Television, Samsung NEXT, Tegna, Univision and Verizon Digital Media Services, will be on hand as well to connect with participants.

Here is the first group of companies that will participate in Sprockit’s NAB Show event:

  • **Mobile help brands boost mobile engagement through strategic use of an omni-channel platform.
  • AlertMe uses artificial intelligence to drive audience and revenue growth for publications while reducing dependency on Facebook.
  • AppTek makes dark data more discoverable, usable and valuable for technology companies.
  • Apptimize accelerates data-driven mobile growth through A/B testing and release management.
  • Data+Math is an attribution platform that helps marketers connect business outcomes to advertising impressions.
  • Graphika turns network relationships into dynamic maps of social influence, enabling precise targeting and results.
  • LiftIgniter is a machine learning interface that helps improve click-through rates, engagement and conversion.
  • Limbik is a data studio that uses predictive analytics to make content recommendations for publishers, brands and agencies.
  • Seek is a network that allows a user to discover, share and experience augmented reality in one social platform.
  • Skreens uses a cloud platform to deliver personalized content and videos to realize new revenue and retention possibilities.
  • SocialFlow powers social distribution and revenue solutions for top publishers and media companies.
  • SpherePlay offers a customizable virtual reality media player that is easy to integrate in 8K quality.
  • SpokenLayer is a leader in voice content on Amazon Alexa, Google Home/Assistant and soon, Apple’s Siri.
  • SureWaves develops media convergence solutions that interweave television, digital displays, mobile and internet platforms.
  • Trint combines a text editor and audio/video player to quickly generate accurate and searchable transcripts of interviews and speeches.
  • VideoAmp is an integrated TV operating system for the convergence of the linear TV and digital video advertising ecosystems.
  • Vizbee creates mobile and TV continuity that addresses the distribution, marketing and advertising challenges of over-the-top video.
  • Wibbitz enables publishers and brands to produce videos for any platform quickly.

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