The programme will also help the six selected startups raise investments up to $1 million each.

Anthill Ventures Suresh Productions select 6 startups for Anthill Studio programme
Atom Startups Friday, July 20, 2018 - 18:46

Anthill Ventures, an investment and speed-scaling platform for early growth stage startups, in partnership with film production company Suresh Productions has announced that it has shortlisted six startups for Anthill Studio. Anthill Studio is a market access programme focused on accelerating business growth of technology startups in the Media & Entertainment space.

A cohort of six startups that brings in innovative solutions for the media and entertainment industry have been selected out of over 150 applications received from across the world. The selected startups are ComicFlix, NewsPlus, Recosense, Saranyu, Scapic and Woodcutter.

The three-month programme, powered by Anthill Ventures and Suresh Productions, is designed to help startups in media and entertainment by providing them with support and mentorship. Anthill Studio will help the selected startups raise investments, increase their customer base and generate more revenues. 

The cohort of the latest generation of media and entertainment startups will benefit from smart capital up to $1 million through Anthill Venture Fund and investor ecosystem. They will have access to a diverse customer network through partnerships with corporates, content producers, brands, distribution channels and studio houses. They will also have the opportunity to work and scale up under the aegis of Prasad Vanga and Rana Daggubati.

Prasad Vanga, Founder and CEO of Anthill Ventures said, “We have been tracking the growth of emerging technologies in the media and entertainment industry that have huge potential to disrupt this space globally. We are excited to work with these startups. We will scale them with speed to the global markets as they will work on real use cases and deploy their products in real client engagements through our tailored accelerator programme.”  

Anthill Studio is focused on scouting for startups in the verticals of filmed entertainment, television, gaming and digital media. The six selected startups have the potential to enhance the media and entertainment innovation ecosystem. The entrepreneurs have developed solutions using key technologies such as Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality (AR / VR), Visual Effects (VFX), Cloud Rendering, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data.

“We have always  been looking at more entertaining ways of telling stories. Media like VFX that have amplified the way of storytelling has always interested us. The addition of recent technologies like AR/VR in the media & entertainment industry will help in elevating the level of entertainment. Anthill Studio is a bridge between the entertainment and technology industries,” Rana Daggubati, Indian Actor, Producer and Investor at Suresh Productions said.

Meet the startups:

COMICFLIX: ComicFlix is a technology platform that converts movies and videos to stunning graphic novels at a scale that can be printed or distributed digitally. Writing a graphic novel can take up to a year but by using their proprietary technology one can bring this down to a few days. They provide content owners with a new way to monetise their existing content, increase engagement and extend the reach of their content.

RecoSense: RecoSense is an AI-driven venture that uses data science stack to offer user personalisation, content recommendations and analytics aimed at boosting consumption, conversion and retention. They provide users with personalised content, a powerful search engine that understands user intent and produces results, personalised ads and works for content across multiple languages.

Woodcutter Media Technologies: Woodcutter leverages big data, machine learning and analytics  to help filmmakers understand how their audiences see their projects, where they stand compared to similar films and help them with their promotion strategies.  

They provide actionable insights with respect to content design and promotion strategy by analysing the buzz and the sentiment about a movie before its release.

NewPlus: NewsPlus brings you breaking news, local stories and personalised feeds on the topics  you follow. You can follow friends and share stories with them directly. Curate your favourite stories and videos into magazines for your followers to see. NewsPlus is the most comprehensive news app available in multiple languages.

Saranyu: Saranyu develops and delivers Over-the-top (OTT) TV/Video, digital news, enterprise  video products and solutions for content providers, aggregators, service providers (Telco/OTT) and enterprises. They can create an end-to-end OTT platform (like Netflix, Hotstar) for anyone who has a large content library in around six weeks’ time. 

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