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A16Z GAMES Opens Applications for Third SPEEDRUN Tech x Games Accelerator

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A16Z GAMES has opened applications for the next iteration of its SPEEDRUN Tech x Games accelerator for startups.

SR003, the third iteration of the intensive 12 week program, which will take place in Los Angeles, will run for 12 weeks beginning on July 29, 2024, and conclude with a Demo Day during SF Tech Week in October 2024.

As part of its commitment to invest up to $75m in some pre-seed startups across the games industry, A16Z GAMES is raising its investment to $750k in each selected company. 

Commenting on the launch, Josh Lu, Investing Partner for A16Z GAMES, said: “…SPEEDRUN program not only provides capital support, but also a team of operators and partners who have worked across the games industry and can equip them with the knowledge that help them go from zero to launch.”

A16Z GAMES recently concluded its second edition of SPEEDRUN, SR002, with a Demo Day during GDC that saw more than 370 investors in attendance, representing more than $500 billion AUM. SR002 saw a diverse selection of early-stage companies disrupting the Tech x Games industry, spanning across verticals including: 

  • 43% infrastructure + tools, with alums from top tech companies such as Discord, Zynga, Google, Apple, Square, Palantir, Magic Leap and Xsolla
  • 35% games studios, founded by both newcomers and veterans in the space from companies including Rocket League, Blizzard, Epic Games, Jam City, King, and Supercell
  • 25% consumer apps/platforms, creating community and safe spaces for players online, led by veterans from Magic Leap, Crunchyroll, Dapper Labs, Canva, and Snap
  • 49% AI, led by by PhDs from Stanford, MIT, and Oxford

Applications are open beginning today until May 19, 2024 at sr.a16z.com.

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01/04/2024