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 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.

Major program components include*:

  • $140,000 in kind and potential cash investment
  • 3 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!

 

Our Team

Kyle Wright

Digital Projects Director – Shubert Organization

In his role as Digital Projects Director at The Shubert Organization, Kyle works on using technology to build inclusive, relevant and delightful experiences for ALL audiences regardless of background or ability. He is responsible for overseeing strategy, data integration, analytics and partnership development for digital marketing and emerging in-venue technologies. In service to this focus, Kyle recently launched Broadway Tech Accelerator, a boutique startup accelerator aimed at fostering innovation in the live entertainment sector.  Kyle serves on the board of directors at CO/LAB Theater Group, a non-profit organization offering individuals with developmental disabilities a creative and social outlet through theater arts.

 

Tim Kashani

Founder – IT Mentors

As co-founder of IT Mentors and of Apples and Oranges Studios/Arts with his wife, Broadway actress Pamela Winslow Kashani, Tim creates work environments where people with diverse artistic and technical skills unite to create innovative and entertaining products in business and the arts. Tim treats artists as entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs as artists, empowering them with the resources to succeed.

With IT Mentors, his global technology training company, Tim travels all over the world training and designing systems for some of the world’s largest technical and financial corporations. With Apples and Oranges, Tim produced the Tony Award winning Broadway productions of HAIR, Memphis and An American in Paris. Apples and Oranges recently released two feature film musicals, EMMA and No One Called Ahead that Tim directed. 

2020 Cohort Mentors

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

Candi Adams

David Andrews

Jim Augustine

Tory Bailey

Dawn Barber

Deborah Barrera

Paul Bausch

Damian Bazadona

Alex Birsh

Pat Blute

Matt Britten

Kristin Caskey

Drew Cohen

Alisa Cohn

Charles Flateman

Deeksha Gaur

Jim Glaub

Susan Hobbs

Micah Hollingworth

Ciera Iveson

Rich Jaffe

Frank Kavanaugh

Tero Kuittinen

Susan Lee

Ken Lesnik

Alexander Libby

Tom Melcher

Shani Peled

Ian Philp

Jonathan Rebell

Lauren Reid

Doug Reside

Stephanie Riggs

Einar Saevarsson

Jim Scheinman

Howie Singer

Brisa Trinchero

Adaora Udoji

Steve Yanovsky

Randi Zuckerberg

Frequently Asked Questions

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

September 10th, 2019: Applications open
December 20th: Applications close
December 2019/January 2020: Due Diligence, Vetting, and Selection
February 10th, 2020: Cohort Start Date (4 participants)
May 11th, 2020: 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 and IT Mentors) remain investors in your company.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

September 10th, 2019: Applications open
December 20th: Applications close
December 2019/January 2020: Due Diligence, Vetting, and Selection
February 10th, 2020: Cohort Start Date (4 participants)
May 11th, 2020: 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 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.
​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 currently closed.
New applications opening September 10th.