HTC Corporation’s Vive X Global VR Accelerator Program, launched in April of this year, has received 1,200 applications from over 30 countries, the company has revealed. The first batch of elected recipients will be announced later this month.
Approximately half of the applicants are located in China, with applications ranging from hardware to software, content to technologies. Accepted applicants will receive four months of intensive training and support in the Beijing, Taipei or San Francisco locations and are expected to deliver usable product upon graduation in October. Applications to Vive X Global VR Accelerator Program’s second batch will be accepted starting November and the program will kick off in January 2017.
In addition to the upcoming announcement of the accepted applications, HTC has revealed that the Vive X Global VR Accelerator Program and the recently announced Virtual Reality Venture Capital Alliance (VRVCA) invested startups have access to the unique go-to-market platform through Vive Port, HTC’s VR application store. Vive Port has been available to Chinese users for two months and has successfully launched approximately 100 VR titles. This summer, Vive Port will be ready to expand to additional countries and will also start to include mobile VR content.
HTC’s efforts to promote VR have resulted in a new subsidiary, HTC Vive Tech Corporation, to allow for more agile investment opportunities in VR. HTC Vive Tech Corporation remains wholly owned by HTC Corporation. VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest details on the Vive X Global VR Accelerator Program, VRVCA and other investments in VR from HTC.