Orange Fab Taps 6 Top Startups in Connected Devices, Payment Systems, Enterprise, Consumer App & 360 video for Season 7 of 12-Week Accelerator Program

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Companies join the 40+ startups that have graduated from the US accelerator of European telecommunications carrier Orange since 2013

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"We couldn't be happier with the impressive portfolio of startups in this season and the breadth of their ambition to bring social change and create new market value." -- Georges Nahon, CEO of Orange Silicon Valley

Orange Fab, the startup accelerator of Orange Silicon Valley (OSV), has announced the startups participating in Season 7 of its popular program. Selected from hundreds of applicants, this season's startups feature the latest advancements in connected devices, VR/360 video, payment systems, enterprise, and consumer IoT.

During the course of the 12-week program, the companies gain access to Orange Silicon Valley’s vast network of resources and international partners such as Hilton, Visa, Moët Hennessy, and other top global brands.

"We are excited to begin working with this dynamic and diverse roster of companies," said Georges Nahon, CEO of Orange Silicon Valley. "We know that each of these groups of talented innovators will use the experience to get to the next inflection point. We couldn't be happier with the impressive portfolio of startups in this season and the breadth of their ambition to bring social change and create new market value."

Season 7 startups are:

  •     Ava - App-based speech recognition empowering 24/7 accessible conversations between deaf/hard-of-hearing and hearing people.
  •     Flow Labs - Granular water insights for building managers via retrofit smart water meters.
  •     Pie - The best way to create and discover 360 video.
  •     Pixlee - Leading visual marketing platform that helps brands market and sell with real customer photos.
  •     Sutro - Smart-water chemistry monitor.
  •     Token - Modern payment infrastructure for the digital era.

This season, Orange Fab welcomes key influencers and serial entrepreneurs to an active portfolio of 40+ startups. The team behind Token consists of bank, payment and security experts from Google, Barclays, Citibank, MIT, Stanford, Amazon, Facebook, McKinsey and BancTec. Token’s CTO, Yobie Benjamin, was formerly the Global CTO at Citigroup. Current CEO, Steve Kirsch, previously founded InfoSeek (NYSE: SEEK) and Frame (acquired by Adobe for $500M). Industry expert Ray Curtis has joined Sutro to help guide its ambitious growth trajectory. Flow Labs made their debut at the 2016 Launch Festival, and continues to make waves in sustainability. Ava has been empowering thousands of deaf and hard of hearing individuals and won the 2015 UC Berkeley Startup Competition. In June, Pixlee released a Social CRM for digital marketers including a pilot with Charlotte Russe, a top fashion brand. Pie’s young founders, who first met at Harvard in 2014, are gearing up to launch the first 360 video platform aimed at the Snapchat generation on iOS later this year.

Orange Fab U.S is highly focused on connecting growth stage startups and large corporations. The program includes mentorship sessions with notable entrepreneurs, experienced designers, marketing experts and product specialists, along with workspace in the Orange Silicon Valley office, located in the heart of San Francisco. For more information on its Season 7 companies, please visit: http://www.orangefab.com

Orange Fab US is currently considering applicants for Season 8. The early application period will close September 15th, 2016 and Season 8 will take place January - March 2017. Any startup company incorporated in the United States with an existing product or an advanced beta version can apply via the new open enrollment process on the Orange Fab website.

About Orange
Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 40 billion euros in 2015 and 154,000 employees worldwide at 30 June 2016, including 96,000 employees in France. Present in 29 countries, the Group has a total customer base of 250 million customers worldwide at 30 June 2016, including 189 million mobile customers and 18 million fixed broadband customers. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services. In March 2015, the Group presented its new strategic plan “Essentials2020” which places customer experience at the heart of its strategy with the aim of allowing them to benefit fully from the digital universe and the power of its new generation networks.

Orange is listed on Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).

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