The application deadline for HTC’s VR startup accelerator program is coming up quickly on September 30th. Now in its fifth batch of investments, the Vive X accelerator aims to help grow the global AR/VR ecosystem by providing tools, expertise, and investment to startups.
After kicking off in 2016, the Vive X accelerator now has presence in Asia, North America, Europe, and the Middle East, boasting hubs in Beijing, London, San Francisco, Taipei, Shenzhen, and Tel Aviv. HTC claims to have $100 million earmarked for investment in AR and VR startups through the accelerator.
On August 6th, Vive X opened applications through its website for its fifth and latest batch of startups; applications close on September 30th.
The accelerator is open to developers working in nearly every facet of the AR/VR industry, including entertainment, gaming, health, education, virtual commerce, hardware, media, and VR theme parks.
HTC has thus far invested in and mentored more than 100 AR/VR startups, with companies to its name such as the brain-computer interface startup Neurable, South Korean haptic wearable creators bHaptics, and mixed reality software startup LIV.