As we near the launch of Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, powered by Techstars (yes, applications open January 2018!), we’re excited to begin introducing the team that will run the intensive entrepreneurial program in the new Comcast Technology Center.
We are proud to announce that Maya Baratz will be Managing Director of the Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator Powered by Techstars in Philadelphia.
Maya brings experience developing innovative products for both hungry, young startups and historic media companies. As a Techstars mentor, she’s familiar with the Techstars accelerator model and the unique needs of ambitious, early stage entrepreneurs.
“Maya’s record of product development speaks for itself,” Techstars co-CEO David Brown said. “I am proud to have her lead the unique accelerator program we’ve built with Comcast NBCUniversal.”
Maya will lead accelerator strategy and identify, challenge, and guide young companies toward profound growth and new markets.
“Our goal is for Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs to be a model of partnering for innovation in Philadelphia and across the country; a true partner for startup founders,” said Comcast Chief Business Development Officer Sam Schwartz. “Coupled with Techstars’ extensive global network, Maya has the startup know-how, and substantial product and media experience, to recruit, select and elevate our first LIFT Labs Accelerator powered by Techstars class.”
The accelerator will be a three-month mentorship-driven program that pushes founders to reach short-term growth milestones, like gaining market traction, acquiring funding, and scaling.
After a recent tour, Maya shared the following sentiment, “I was impressed by not only the breadth of Comcast NBCU’s technology stack, but also the acute human focus of it. This rare combination of access to the most influential leaders in media as well as a core, people-centered technology backbone is what gets me excited about our partnership and what will fuel the growth of the most talented teams around the country and the world who join us in Philadelphia.”
The LIFT Labs Accelerator is one part of Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs’ mission to support and cultivate entrepreneurs’ intent on developing the next generation of game-changing media, entertainment, and connectivity products.
The LIFT Labs ecosystem, located in the company’s hometown of Philadelphia, also includes the Virtual Entrepreneur Center, on-site Entrepreneurs Center and other programs that provide resources and access for startups at all stages will connect founders to Comcast NBCUniversal’s network of leaders in media, entertainment and connectivity for product development.
I’m proud to be part of the team creating an immersive environment that gives talented founders access to the resources and mentors that can provide the crucial spark which leads to innovation breakthroughs.
I am excited to partner with Maya and Techstars and look forward to the innovations that grow and emerge from the programs here.
If you want to work with Maya and the special entrepreneurial community we’re building at LIFT Labs, applications for the accelerator program open in January 2018.