Sprint Accelerator Broadens Appeal, Lands First Local Startups

By Mark Davis
The Kansas City Star

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) The Kansas City Star points out that many  local Kansas City companies were blocked in the previous two years from participating in Sprint’s Accelerator run by techstars because the accelerator’s original focus was on mobile technology and health. However, this year’s program was open to any mobile business model, something to keep in mind for women in business with a focus on mobile. While the 2016 class has already been chosen, here is a link to the accelerator for future applications. http://sprintaccel.com/

Kansas City

Bek Abdullayev played a long shot, and it hit.

The bet wasn’t on Super Dispatch. The Kansas City business he started in 2013 is growing rapidly, thanks to its mobile app that helps companies that transport cars to shed paperwork, stop false damage claims and get paid quicker for their hauls.

Abdullayev’s hit came when Super Dispatch landed a spot in the Sprint Accelerator run by Techstars. The local startup is among 10 young businesses moving to the accelerator Monday. They are in for 90 intense days aimed at accelerating their progress.

Super Dispatch also is the first locally based company chosen in the program’s three years.

“I’ve always been surprised they haven’t had a company from Kansas City,” Abdullayev said.

It hasn’t been for lack of trying.

The Sprint Accelerator attracts applicants to Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District from across the country and abroad.

“This year our program received applications from companies in 56 different countries,” said John Fein, managing director of Techstars at the Sprint Accelerator. “We evaluated all of them using the same criteria. We’re geography-agnostic.”

This year’s group includes companies from Paris and India.

Many local companies were blocked in the previous two years by the Sprint Accelerator’s original focus on mobile technology and health. This year’s program was open to any mobile business model, which is more in keeping with its sponsor, Sprint.

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