Agora Debuts Program to Help Startups Accelerate Time-to-Market and Create Engaging Experiences for Customers
Startup Program to provide founders from across the globe with exclusive support and access to select accelerators, incubators and venture capital firms
To drive success of the new program, Agora has also hired three key team members with extensive knowledge and experience in the startup space:
Tony Blank, who will spearhead initiatives as director of startup programs, joins the team after running similar startup programs for Twilio and Sendgridwhere he helped over 5,000 startups find their place in the market and grow their customer base. Todd Embley, joining the team as a senior startup advocate, most recently served as the director of the Founder Institutein Western Canada-- the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator. Blaise Thomas, coming on board as a startup advocate, brings unique on-the-ground experience to the table as a former founder himself. He dreamed up Splashmob, a platform that allows end-users to create live mobile sites in story format across connected devices, which was part of the 2020 Techstars Music Class.
"I couldn't be more excited to supercharge Agora's startup ecosystem and provide critical resources to entrepreneurs around the world," said
Some of the exclusive benefits of the Agora Startup Program include:
- Free kickstarter packages: Agora will provide cohorts up to 1 million free minutes of use for Agora's proprietary Software-Defined Real-Time Network (SD-RTN™), which delivers extremely low latency and high availability voice, video and live streaming. The program also includes free access to Agora Analytics to help developers analyze call usage and quality.
- Discounted HIPAA support: It's crucial for healthcare startups to build on secure and compliant infrastructure. Relevant startups in the program will get discounted HIPAA Business Associate Agreements (BAA).
- Constant backend guidance: It takes a village to build an app or platform and Agora's deep bench of expert developers and RTE evangelists will be on call to support founders the whole way through.
- Virtual show-and-tells with VCs and founders: On a monthly basis, Agora will host virtual show-and-tells for founders to present their app or platform to other founders for feedback and collaboration, as well as virtual show-and-tells with prominent VCs, incubators and accelerators to maximize exposure for funding opportunities.
"GAN's community of accelerators, studios and investors has supported over 13,000 startups in the last decade, and every single one of these startups has needed to conserve cash and build an amazing customer experience," said
The Agora Startup Program welcomes an impressive inaugural group of startups including: Mixpose, a platform that offers daily free yoga classes online with AI pose estimation; Remotion, a video workspace that helps remote teams move faster and feel connected; and AirMeet, an all-in-one, secure, simple and scalable virtual events hosting platform.
"Techstars Toronto is incredibly excited to welcome Mixpose -- an Agora Startup Program cohort and
To learn more about the Agora Startup Program and how to apply, visit www.agora.io/en/startups/. For more information about Agora's partners or its live interactive video and voice SDKs for mobile, web or desktop apps, visit www.agora.io.
Agora's mission is to make real-time engagement ubiquitous, allowing everyone to interact with anyone, in any application, anytime and anywhere. Agora's platform provides developers simple, flexible and powerful application programming interfaces, or APIs, to embed real-time video and voice engagement experiences into their applications.
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Taylor Maurits, Matter Communications for Agora, firstname.lastname@example.org, 916-690-0956