October 17, 2014
Call it a place where technology and music will intersect. Tomorrow and October 19, the NewME Accelerator will be partnering with Revolt to present the Idea Lab at Revolt’s Music Conference in Miami, FL.
“We are excited about the partnership because I’ve noticed a convergence between a lot of different industries in tech, particularly in music. Tech was always in its own little bubble and now we are noticing other industries integrating with technology and music, television and movies and a lot of other forms of entertainment are starting to take advantage of technology and it will be interesting to see what kinds of businesses come out of that.”
The Idea Lab will give entrepreneurs the chance to showcase their businesses, learn from industry professionals, and even earn the chance to win the grand prize. Here’s what you should know:
- It’s a two-day series led by NewME, a Google entrepreneurs partner
- 100 will participate with the goal to grow their businesses and network
- It will include a pitch competition where entrepreneurs will pitch in front of a series of judges to be crowned “The Future Music of Tech”
- The winner will work at NewME in Silicon Valley to develop their idea, and receive a $45k prize pack from NewME technology partners.
While this event is putting NewME on the national stage, this isn’t the first time that the program has given entrepreneurs the platform they need to be successful. According to a press release, NewME has accelerated “over 300 startups and helped them raise over $17 million in venture capital funding.” The program originally began as a 12-week residential mentorship program in San Francisco but has quickly transformed into a platform for entrepreneurs to receive advice, resources and grow their businesses.
The Revolt Music Conference is the first of the pop-up tour this year that NewME is doing across the United States.
“We’re going to four cities this year,” says Benton. “We are kicking it off at the IdeaLab, but at all of the locations they will get access to the NewME platform, which will allow them to essentially participate in an accelerator wherever they are.”
More About Benton and NewME Accelerator
Benton’s success isn’t only in creating the NewME Accelerator, but she has a number of other accomplishments as well which include Goldman Sachs’ 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2013, in addition to Fast Company’s Most Influential Women In Technology, Business Insiders’ 25 Most Influential African-Americans in Technology, Marie Claire’s 50 Women Who Rule, Ebony Magazines’ Power 150, according to a press release. Additionally, she was inducted into the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) Hall of Fame in 10 at the age of 29, the youngest inducted member to this time.
During this weekend’s conference and throughout the next few months, Benton hopes to continue to provide resources to entrepreneurs from all walks of life, but especially minorities and women.
“We try to take everyone who is not being represented in the technology industry, that’s not just with the entrepreneurs we work with that’s with the speakers we work with as well,” says Benton. “One thing that is different for our programs is that while we are focused on diversifying the industry, we’re not exclusive, we are inclusive so we want to learn from any and every one.”
Attendees can register here and the Idea Lab schedule is as follows:
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