WASHINGTON, D.C. — NAB Show today announced the program schedule for the second annual SPROCKIT, a year-round startup program that will kick-off once again at the 2014 NAB Show, April 5-10, in Las Vegas. SPROCKIT gives up-and-coming startups the opportunity to present their solutions to and collaborate with dozens of decision-makers and influencers at leading media and entertainment companies.

The SPROCKIT Hub (booth #C2455) – a dedicated space on the show floor for participants – will feature lively panel sessions on the changing industry landscape and the innovative products and solutions that are powering the future of media and entertainment. On Monday, April 7 at 2:00 p.m., the Hub will feature a special live interview with Daymond John of “Shark Tank.” NAB Show attendees can join Wall Street Journal reporter Lee Hawkins as he sits down with John to learn about the entrepreneur’s latest pursuits and get his insights on the growth of the industry. Read More

SPROCKIT Welcomes Several Top Companies and Industry Experts as Collaborators at the 2014 NAB Show

Washington, D.C. – NAB Show today announced that AARP, Cox Media Group, Gannett Broadcasting and Tribune Broadcasting have joined SPROCKIT 2014 as founding corporate and nonprofit members. New to this year’s program, industry-leading organizational members will further the SPROCKIT mission by working alongside participating startups to collaboratively shape the future of media and entertainment.

SPROCKIT corporate members also include Univision and Hearst Television. Companies will engage with startups in a week-long series of events at the 2014 NAB Show in Las Vegas, April 5-10, and throughout the year in day-long SPROCKIT Sync meetings. Executives from the organizations will work side-by-side with SPROCKIT startups to address challenges and find solutions to problems facing the industry today. They will meet with participating startups to discuss the products, services and technologies that can improve the media and entertainment industry. In addition, AARP’s role will be to represent and advocate for the wants and needs of the 50+ consumer in the marketplace.

NAB Show also today announced that Google and Monster Worldwide have joined Convergent Wealth Advisors as sponsors of SPROCKIT at the 2014 NAB Show. This year, the program has also introduced SPROCKIT Thought Leaders – experts who will engage with partners, startups, nonprofit and corporate members onstage at NAB Show and throughout the year, as well as act as mentors and advisors for the 2014 SPROCKIT participants. SPROCKIT Thought Leaders include:

  • Thomas J. Connolly, global media and entertainment leader, Transaction Advisory Services of Ernst & Young
  • Seth Geiger, president and founder of SmithGeiger, LLC
  • Larry Irving, CEO of the Irving Group
  • John Rose, senior partner and managing director, Global Media and Entertainment and U.S. Private Equity Practices of The Boston Consulting Group
  • Lew Rose, senior advertising partner and former practice chair, managing partner, Washington,D.C., Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
  • Kenneth Williams, executive director and CEO of Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California

“It’s extraordinary to have such an amazing lineup of companies and industry experts on board to support SPROCKIT,” said Harry Glazer, founder and CEO of World Series of Start-Ups, LLC and the creator and co-producer of SPROCKIT. “Through these relationships, we are able to further showcase how media and entertainment companies and leaders are championing and advocating for innovation that can advance and strengthen the industry.”

SPROCKIT is a year-round program that goes beyond showcasing market-ready startups by making introductions to and fostering relationships with influencers and decision-makers. Created in partnership with World Series of Start-Ups, LLC and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), SPROCKIT is supported by Springboard Enterprises, LLC and New Vantage Group. Additional SPROCKIT collaborators include: Angel Capital Association, infoDev, Interactive Television Alliance and the National Science Foundation.

For more information about SPROCKIT, please visit http://sprockitglory.com.


About NAB Show
NAB Show, held April 5-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, is the world’s largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. With more than 93,000 attendees from 156 countries and 1,550+ exhibitors, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for digital media and entertainment. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is home to the solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways. Complete details are available at www.nabshow.com.

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In addition to being one of the easiest SPROCKIT classes to explain (the first pro sports network for young fans), we’ve had a particularly great start to 2014 – launching the first sports Multi Channel Network on YouTube on Jan 1 with over two million subscribers.  

In the few weeks that followed, we added several new top-tier channel partners, added an additional one million subscribers and were proud to add Major League Baseball as our latest pro league equity partner, joining the NFL, PGA Tour and NASCAR and a half dozen others.

Washington, D.C. – NAB Show organizers today announced the first round of startups selected to participate inSPROCKIT 2014. These startup companies will collaborate with and present before influencers and decision-makers in media and entertainment at the 2014 NAB Show, the world’s leading convention for professionals who create, manage and distribute entertainment across all media platforms, scheduled for April 5-10 2014 in Las Vegas. Read More

When their Harvard dorm room lacked cable TV, seniors Nicholas Krasney and Tuan Ho plastered the walls with Reynolds Wrap on the hunch that the makeshift satellite dish could pick up TV signals and deliver them wirelessly to their laptops via a jerry-rigged server. Remarkably, it worked. “Our friends saw what we were doing and said, ‘That’s cool–can we have access to that too?'” Ho says. Read More

Multi-Media Company Partners with Startup Program to Promote Industry Innovation 

Washington, D.C.NAB Show today announced that Hearst Television Inc., parent of one of the country’s largest television station groups, has joined SPROCKIT 2014 as a corporate member. Through this partnership, Hearst will play an active role in SPROCKIT, a startup program that brings together entrepreneurs and industry leaders to spur innovation in media and entertainment.   Read More

– Media Company Partners with Startup Program to Promote Entrepreneurs and Innovation –

WASHINGTON, D.C. — NAB Show and Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, today announced that it has joined SPROCKIT 2014 as a founding corporate member. Through this partnership, Univision will play an active role in the startup program that brings together entrepreneurs and industry leaders to spur innovation in media and entertainment. Read More

SPROCKIT has announced it is now accepting applications for the NAB 2014 show, taking place April 5-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV. There announcement says:

SPROCKIT will showcase up to 30 market-ready companies at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, April 5-10, 2014. At the NAB Show, inside the SPROCKIT  “Hub,”companies have dedicated space to showcase their products and technologies. Each SPROCKIT company presents on-stage in front of NAB Show attendees, and has access to private corner-office suites, in the SPROCKIT , for one-on-one meetings with leading executives.  Additionally, there is a SPROCKIT Awards Ceremony and VIP Reception. Read More