HTC’s Vive X Accelerator programme to help grow the global virtual reality (VR) ecosystem by supporting startups has begun its push into Europe. Earlier this month VRFocus reported on the first Vive X meetup in London, which took place last week. Today, the initiative has announced that signups have begun to join Vive X Europe.
Applications are open to any startups working in the fields of VR, augmented reality or mixed reality (MR) technology. On the HTC Vive blog Dave Haynes, Director of Vive X Europe notes that: “We’re especially interested in hearing from companies working on B2B and Enterprise applications, a market that we think European startups are especially well placed to address. Given the region’s startup track record in media (Spotify), fashion (Farfetch), gaming (Rovio), e-commerce (Deliveroo) we expect to see a broad range of startups apply.”
While London, UK will act as the European hub for Vive X, the Vive X team will be travelling to key cities next month to meet with local startups, their founders and supportive investors. These will be Helsinki, Paris (14th June), Madrid (15th June), Berlin (20th June) and Amsterdam (21st June), each of which will act as hubs for their own countries activities in the VR/AR ecosystem.
In Addition to its own events Vive X will also support other leading European-based programs supporting early stage VR/AR startups, including Augmentor and Nordic VR Startups.
Applications are open until 30th July 2018, with the official site offering further details on how to apply and what the programme offers.
London is Vive X’s sixth location, with the others being Beijing, San Francisco, Taipei, Shenzhen and Tel Aviv. Since inception the initiative has invested in over eighty companies worldwide across a range of strategic industry sectors including education, health, medicine and entertainment. VRFocus will continue its coverage of Vive X, reporting back with the latest announcements.