As Accelerators, incubators, startup weekends, 1 semester startups and the like rapidly expand, the value of traditional university structures (from liberal arts colleges and MBA programs to engineering graduate degrees and technology transfer offices) is under siege. Segmentation in the accelerator space continues as Techstars and Microsoft partner on a Kinect focused accelerator. From Techcrunch:
The Kinect has proved fertile ground for hackers and innovators all over the world, from individuals to student teams to established researchers. But as yet there haven’t been many commercial applications. Microsoft and TechStars are hoping to turn the creativity and momentum associated with the Kinect into some functioning startups.
Applications are being taken through January 25th; ten will be chosen and given the opportunity to participate in a three-month incubation program at Microsoft — and get $20,000 in seed funding. Got an idea for a new device, service, or method of using the Kinect’s low-cost real-time depth sensor? This could be a good opportunity — if you can afford to move to Seattle for a while this Spring. Don’t worry: the program is in the downtown area, not Redmond.