It’s Opening Day In Los Angeles For The Dodgers Accelerator Program

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The LA Dodgers Accelerator, an accelerator program in partnership with R/GA, is kicking off its first class today in the City of Angels with 10 sports-related tech startups.

In April, the Dodgers put out a call for all startups “at the intersection of sports, technology, entertainment and media,” which resulted in nearly 600 applications from companies based in 34 countries, Dodgers CFO Tucker Kain reports.

Different from your typical Silicon Valley (or Silicon Beach, I suppose) accelerator, the 10 companies in the Dodgers’ program vary widely in stage, funds raised, and revenue. Instead of shaping themselves up to close a seed round, these companies will be leveraging the network of the Dodgers and R/GA to run pilots, forge partnerships and ramp up sales.

The 10 companies selected also represent a broad range of industries, from stadium management and mobile ordering to wearables and connected health software.

“It’s not just about coming up with a better baseball…

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