a16z Issues Third Iteration of Speedrun Program

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Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), a leading venture capital firm, has announced the launch of the third iteration of its highly successful Speedrun accelerator program, further cementing its commitment to fostering innovation in the gaming and technology sectors. 

Speedrun, which has allocated a staggering $75 million for this initiative, remains a beacon of opportunity for early-stage startups seeking to make their mark in the industry.

As reported earlier by TheCoinRise, a16z recently said that it doesn’t sell the tokens of the projects it invests in, but the portfolio of the companies revealed something entirely different.

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a16z General Partner Shares Insight

Andrew Chen, General Partner at a16z Games, shared insights into the upcoming Speedrun accelerator, emphasizing its mission to identify and nurture promising startup projects. This comprehensive program offers a myriad of benefits, including financial support, mentorship, exposure, and invaluable networking opportunities.

“We are investing at the intersection of TECH x GAMES which means AI/infra, 3D tools, VR/AR, web3 games, gamified consumer apps, and much more. For AI and B2B startups, there’s a huge advantage in being able to meet startups in your space as potential customers, and when you are working out product/market fit,” said Chen.

$600M Investment Pool

Operating in conjunction with a16z’s Game Fund One, which boasts a substantial $600 million investment pool, Speedrun has become a cornerstone for startups operating at the intersection of gaming and technology. 

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By focusing on areas such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, and web3 gaming, the program seeks to catalyze groundbreaking innovations that push the boundaries of what’s possible in the digital realm.

The third iteration of Speedrun, dubbed SR003, marks a significant milestone as it relocates from the San Francisco Bay Area to Los Angeles. This move not only expands the program’s reach but also underscores the vibrant ecosystem of talent and resources available in the city.

a16z and SR003

SR003 will offer a rigorous 12-week training program designed to accelerate the growth of participating startups. With an acceptance rate of approximately 1%, the program ensures that only the most promising ventures are selected for participation. 

Accepted startups stand to receive up to $750,000 in investment, along with access to industry experts, mentorship, and a supportive community of fellow founders.

The success of previous cohorts, exemplified by the recent Demo Day during GDC, underscores the transformative impact of the Speedrun accelerator. Drawing in over 370 investors with a combined $500 billion in assets under management, the event showcased the immense potential of startups nurtured through the program.

As the application deadline for SR003 approaches on May 19, 2024, aspiring entrepreneurs in the gaming and technology sectors are encouraged to seize this unparalleled opportunity. With the program set to commence on July 29, 2024, Speedrun continues to serve as a catalyst for innovation, propelling the next generation of visionary startups to unprecedented heights of success.

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