Calling All Dreamers: Disney Is Launching a Startup Accelerator Program

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Beginning this summer at The Company, it’s a small (business) world, after all.

In keeping with its commitment to innovative technology and visionary works, the company will sponsor 10 startups for a three-month program, whereby participants will receive $120,000 in investment capital and mentoring from top Disney execs.

The incubation initiative, called Disney Accelerator, will be powered by leading seed-stage investment program . Applications, due April 16, are available now, with the program slated to begin in June.

Disney is seeking tech-powered startups, it said, with products and services in the consumer entertainment and media space -- “no scripts, screenplays or ideas for attractions, please.”

Related: Disney Adds Jack Dorsey to Its Board

In addition to access to Disney stories, characters, resources and relationships, winners will receive support from Techstars’ vast global network of entrepreneurs.

The -based program will culminate in late September with a demo day, during which participants will present their companies to industry luminaries including Disney’s chairman and CEO, Robert Iger, as well as leaders from , Marvel, Lucasfilm, ESPN, Walt Disney Imagineering and more.

The Disney Accelerator is very much a testament to the legacy of its founder, the company said.

“Walt Disney had a dream, and the entrepreneurial will to make that dream come true,” said Disney. “Combining creativity and innovation, he built a company that is forever inventing new ways to tell stories.”

Related: Feel This: Disney Wants to Bring Virtual Objects Into the Real World. Sort Of.

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