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Innovation in RTP | Video Game Accelerator Model




4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Research Triangle Park
Innovation in RTP series 


Speaker: John Austin, Managing Director, Joystick Labs

Joystick Labs is a seed-stage accelerator that launches the next generation video game entrepreneurs through a unique mix of early-stage seed funding, mentorship, education, services, and networking.

Founded in July, 2010 and based on the model of accelerators such as Y Combinator and Techstars, Joystick has now funded six companies. We will talk about what we have accomplished and what we have learned during our first year, and how we are adapting the typical accelerator model for video game development. 

John Austin is the Managing Director of Joystick Labs. From 1998-2005 he was CEO of Numerical Design, Ltd., one of the first providers of game engines and tools for video game developers. In 2005 the company was acquired by Emergent Game Technologies, where he continued on the executive team until 2010. John's previous experience includes engineering and management positions at HP, virtual reality pioneer Division, Inc., Sun Microsystems, and UNC-Chapel Hill.

Joystick Labs is an innovative accelerator program focused exclusively on identifying and launching the next generation of digitally distributed video game companies. We are looking for teams of 2-5 developers who are passionate about games and social media, have a clear vision for the type of experience they want to create, and who are entrepreneurs at heart.

Our mission is simple. Joystick Labs exists to identify, seed, accelerate, and launch the next generation of best and brightest digitally distributed video game entrepreneurs through a unique mix of early-stage seed funding, mentorship, education, and networking.

You bring a great idea and great people, and we provide the key ingredients to strengthen the potential for your video game studio: funding, support, mentoring, and networking.

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