The program was announced back in March, with the goal of helping Verizon find innovation in media and advertising. The company says startups will be connecting — and potentially partnering with — its teams at Oath (the digital media organization that owns TechCrunch), Go90, FiOS and elsewhere.
The venture studio will operate out of Verizon's new Alley co-working space in New York City. The startups will receive $100,000 in funding, and will participate in a demo day when the program ends in November.
Here are the companies:
- Ad Lightning offers monitoring software that notifies publishers of potentially harmful advertising.
- cognitiveVR helps brands and marketers record and analyze their virtual reality content, and to poll their users about the experience.
- GankStars is a mobile-first esports organization, with teams in Vainglory, Critical Ops and other titles.
- Imposium uses dynamic rendering to create marketing videos that are personalized to each user.
- ScoreStream is a platform for crowdsourced content around high school and local sports.
- Streamroot offers distribution tools to large online video broadcasters.
- Transmit.Live allows customers to send live video to multiple destinations and to promote their livestreams.
- Vidrovr is a video search startup focused on helping news organizations surface relevant content in their video libraries.
"We look forward to bringing R/GA’s award-winning services together with Verizon Ventures to help the chosen startup companies achieve meaningful scale,” said Stephen Plumlee, R/GA Global Chief Operating Officer and Managing Partner of R/GA Ventures, in the announcement.