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Broadway Tech Accelerator

The Silicon Valley-style accelerator building the next generation of technology for the live performing arts

About the Program

Broadway Tech Accelerator: A new start-up accelerator partnership established by The Shubert Organization Exponential Creativity Ventures, and IT Mentors.  An environment for entrepreneurs in technology to accelerate early-stage startups in the live entertainment sector, Broadway Tech Accelerator proudly opens applications for our first cohort. From candle footlights to holograms, Broadway embraces new technology. However, a number complexities in our ecosystem prove daunting to many startups and notoriously challenging to break through. With high barriers to entry, and a relatively small number of venues, live entertainment remains one of the true remaining frontiers for technologists to have a major impact. Broadway Tech Accelerator provides a unique environment to fast track business development by connecting entrepreneurs to industry leaders, major institutions, infrastructure and real-world testing environments.

Broadway tech works with founders to enhance their businesses through in-depth training and curriculum in product development, market fit, customer acquisition scalability and profitability. Using live sandbox environments, startup participants will also learn from client implementations in the real world.

About the Program

An environment for entrepreneurs in technology to accelerate early-stage startups in the live entertainment sector, Broadway Tech Accelerator proudly opens applications for our first cohort. From candle footlights to holograms, Broadway embraces new technology. However, a number complexities in our ecosystem prove daunting to many startups and notoriously challenging to break through. With high barriers to entry, and a relatively small number of venues, live entertainment remains one of the true remaining frontiers for technologists to have a major impact. Broadway Tech Accelerator provides a unique environment to fast track business development by connecting entrepreneurs to industry leaders, major institutions, infrastructure and real-world testing environments.

Broadway tech works with founders to enhance their businesses through in-depth training and curriculum in product development, market fit, customer acquisition scalability and profitability. Using live sandbox environments, startup participants will also learn from client implementations in the real world.

Major program components include*:

  • $140,000 cash and in kind investment
  • 4 weeks on site in NYC, working in the famed Sardis building on Broadway
  • 13 weeks of in-person and virtual curriculum spanning product development, honing market fit, pitch development, Lean Startup methodology and more
  • Mentor relationships with experts in both the technology and live entertainment fields
  • Demo day exposure to press and follow-on capital
  • Subject to availability, Pilot program in live sandbox environment

*Additional terms and conditions may apply

Broadway Tech Accelerator invests in the next generation of live entertainment professionals and connects the fast-paced world of technology innovation with the inspiring universe of live entertainment.  Curtain’s up!

Mentors

We’ve gathered the best talent in theater and technology to get your ideas through the “rehearsal” process.

Bruce Amick

Damian Bazadona

Alex Birsh

Pat Blute

Drew Cohen

Alisa Cohn

Charles Flateman

Deeksha Gaur

Alexander Libby

Frank Kavanaugh

Tero Kuittinen

Tom Melcher

Lauren Reid

Jonathan Rebell

Einar Saevarsson

Jennifer Tattenbaum

Townsend Teague

Brisa Trinchero

Adaora Udoji

Steve Yanovsky

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the crucial dates for Broadway Tech Accelerator?

April 1st: Applications open
May 6th: Applications close
May 8th: Shortlist notification for live presentation
May 13th: Live presentation in person in NYC or via Zoom
May: 17th: Notifications of acceptance
May 28th: Virtual Welcome call and pre-work material distributed
June 10th – 21st: Part one in NYC
June 24th – August 23th: Part Two – Virtual with option NYC sections
August 26th – September 9th: Part Three in NYC
September 10th: Demo Day

Q: What are the investment terms?

Participants in the accelerator program receive $140K in combined in-kind and cash investment. In exchange, Broadway Tech venturers receive the equivalent of 7% equity in participating companies in the form of a SAFE.   Additional documents and requirements for participation will apply.

Q: Why would I choose Broadway Tech over any of the hundreds of other accelerator programs out there?

Seems like a new accelerator launches each day. Some prove fantastic; others may not be the best fit for either party. Broadway Tech focuses exclusively on technology companies working in the live performing arts. We educate and navigate through both charted and uncharted waters in our ever-evolving landscape. We face head on the myriad quirks and challenges by empowering founders with an asset toolkit that massively accelerates growth potential. In addition to industry-specific educational content, participants engage with an extraordinary professional network in the performing arts. Perhaps most importantly, participants in Broadway Tech have opportunities to test or pilot their products with the Shubert Organization and its unique assets, including 17 Broadway theaters, Telecharge, and more.  

Q: What happens after the program?

Fame and fortune, of course! Actually, we can’t promise that, but we can promise to get your company in front of some pretty influential people, both throughout the program and especially on Demo Day. We help you make the most of those opportunities, but it’s ultimately your journey. With respect to Broadway Tech itself, after the program the three partner organizations (Shubert Organization, Exponential Creativity Ventures, and IT Mentors) remain investors in your company.

​Have a new idea to make Broadway even better through technology?  Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to “audition” your great idea to make Broadway even better.

Applications open through May 6th