The Minnesota Twins on Monday morning announced the ten startups that will participate in the team’s inaugural accelerator program.
Formally known as the Minnesota Twins Accelerator by Techstars, the program will provide funding, mentorship, and development to participants as they set up a temporary HQ in the North Loop’s Ford Center.
Selected from more than 120 applicants, the ten startups will be the first to participate in an accelerator led by a Minnesota sports team. The Twins’ program is the second to be operated and funded by a Major League Baseball club; the Los Angeles Dodgers launched a similar accelerator program in 2015
Two of the startups are based in the Twin Cities: LeagueOS, a Minneapolis-based company that has developed a platform for esports registration, operation, engagement, and content sharing; and SoleSafe, a St. Paul-based a sneaker insurance tech company.
“We’re thrilled to welcome these talented and diverse startup founders to the Twin Cities and into the Twins family,” said Joe Pohlad, executive vice president of Brand Strategy and Growth for the Minnesota Twins, in a statement. “We are excited to watch these companies as they progress and ultimately work together to help advance the sports and entertainment business.”
The cohort will be headquartered in the North Loop’s Ford Center for the entirety of the three-month program, which will conclude with a “demo day” on February 15, when all ten startups will showcase their work. When the Twins first announced the program in April, execs said the goal was to “grow the overall Twins experience beyond what’s taking place on the field.”
Techstars is not a new entrant to the Twin Cities startup scene. In the past, the Colorado-based company has run accelerator programs in partnership with Target, Cargill, and others.
Below are the ten startups of the inaugural Minnesota Twins Accelerator by Techstars cohort:
- AWSM Sauce, based in West Chester, Penn., which bills itself as the “first zero-waste sauce and condiment company.”
- BeyondRanked, from Indianapolis, a marketplace for gamers to book esports commentators.
- EDGE Sound Research, from Los Angeles, which develops “experiential audio” products for gamers
- Happied, from Washington, D.C. an online team-building and client engagement platform
- Knoow, from New York City, a search and service engine for tourists
- LeagueOS, from Minneapolis, which sells a platform for esports registration, operation, engagement, and content sharing.
- Local Sports Network, from Austin, Texas, which has developed a platform to watch high school games and purchase fan merchandise
- Node, from Toronto, a marketplace for influencers
- Onescreen.ai, from Boston, a firm with the stated goal of “transforming offline advertising”
- SoleSafe, from St. Paul, a sneaker insurance tech company.