Nike Announces Nike+ Accelerator Program
Nike has announced its first Nike+ Accelerator program, aimed at cultivating companies interested in leveraging Nike+ technology.
Nike has teamed up with TechStars for the program. TechStars provides seed funding from over 75 top venture capital firms and angel investors. Nike+ Accelerator will host 10 companies for a three-month, mentor-driven acceleration program.
The API and the mobile SDK will be launched in March 2013. But this won’t be publicly published. Nike will only share its technology to a small, selected group of of software developers. Which companies that will be
Nike says the Nike+ Accelerator will accept applications from ‘companies aiming to use Nike+ technology to create products and services that will inspire athletes across a broad range of activity and health goals including training, coaching, gaming, data visualization and quantified self’.
The program kicks off mid-March 2013 and will last three months, with the accelerator located just outside Nike’s World Headquarters in Portland, Oregon.
Mentors like Nike’s Vice President of Digital Sport Stefan Olander, TechStars founder David Cohen, and Foursquare co-founder Naveen Selvadurai will guide 10 companies in creating products using the Nike+ API and SDK. Obviously, almost all of these products will be focused on physical training, coaching, exercise and sports in general.
Applications are due on February 3, and can be found here. Looking for some inspiration? Check out Nike’s most recent development of their own technology: FuelBand
The Nike+ Accelerator is a real win for consumers who own the Nike+ FuelBand or other Nike+ products. These products will become even cooler for your fitness-tracking goals when the inventors of the Nike-connected gadgets roll out their ideas.
Nike already has created a great community for its Nike+ products, this collaboration can bring the community even to a much higher level.
What about you?
Do you use any of the Nike+ products? And if so, what would you like to see your fitness-tracking gadgets be able to do?
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