Snap Announces New Class of Yellow Accelerator Program

Tami Abdollah

Tami Abdollah was dot.LA's senior technology reporter. She was previously a national security and cybersecurity reporter for The Associated Press in Washington, D.C. She's been a reporter for the AP in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times and for L.A.'s NPR affiliate KPCC. Abdollah spent nearly a year in Iraq as a U.S. government contractor. A native Angeleno, she's traveled the world on $5 a day, taught trad climbing safety classes and is an avid mountaineer. Follow her on Twitter.

Snap Announces New Class of Yellow Accelerator Program
Courtesy of Snap Inc.

Snap Inc. unveiled its third class of its "Yellow" accelerator program on Wednesday, which includes companies based in Lithuania, South Korea, London, Mexico, as well as Los Angeles.

The ten selected companies include a digital community for blue-collar workers, a media platform for Black millennial entrepreneurs, an AI-based mobile app to teach drawing using augmented reality, and a one-tap short-form film-making app.


The 14-week program, started in 2018, provides companies with $150,000 in funding in exchange for 6% of equity as well as office space in Santa Monica, where Snap is based, among mentorship opportunities, networking events and commercial support and partnerships that also includes an opportunity for distribution on Snapchat.

"This new class approaches mobile creativity through the diverse lenses of augmented reality, platforms, commerce and media, yet each company has a clear vision to bring their products to life," said Mike Su, director of Yellow, in a statement. "This class shows us that there's no shortage of innovation at the intersection of creativity and technology, and we're excited to be part of each company's journey."

Per Snap, the new class is made up of the following companies: Brightly based in Oakland, Calif.; Charli Cohen based out of London, UK; Hardworkers based in Cambridge, Mass.; Mogul Millennial based in Dallas, Texas; Nuggetverse based in Los Angeles, Calif; SketchAR based in Vilnius, Lithuania; Stipop based in Seoul, South Korea; TRASH based in Los Angeles, Calif.; Veam based in Seoul, South Korea; and Wabisabi Design, Inc. based in Mexico City, Mexico

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Los Angeles’ Wage Growth Outpaced Inflation. Here’s What That Means for Tech Jobs

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Samson Amore is a reporter for dot.LA. He holds a degree in journalism from Emerson College and previously covered technology and entertainment for TheWrap and reported on the SoCal startup scene for the Los Angeles Business Journal. Send tips or pitches to samsonamore@dot.la and find him on Twitter @Samsonamore.

Los Angeles’ Wage Growth Outpaced Inflation. Here’s What That Means for Tech Jobs

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Energy Shares Gears Up To Bring Equity Crowdfunding to Retail Investors

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David Shultz reports on clean technology and electric vehicles, among other industries, for dot.LA. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Outside, Nautilus and many other publications.

Energy Shares Gears Up To Bring Equity Crowdfunding to Retail Investors
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The Inflation Reduction Act contains almost $400 billion in funding for clean energy initiatives. There’s $250 billion for energy projects. $23 billion for transportation and EVs. $46 billion for environment. $21 billion for agriculture, and so on. With so much cash flowing into the sector, the possibilities for investment and growth are gigantic.

These investment opportunities, however, have typically been inaccessible for everyday retail investors until much later in a company’s development–after an IPO, usually. Meaning that the best returns are likely to be captured by banks and other institutions who have the capital and financing to invest large sums of money earlier in the process.

That’s where Pasadena-based Energy Shares comes in. The company wants to help democratize access to these investment opportunities and simultaneously give early-stage utility-scale energy projects another revenue stream.

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Why These Ukrainian Entrepreneurs Are Making LA Their Home

Aisha Counts
Aisha Counts is a business reporter covering the technology industry. She has written extensively about tech giants, emerging technologies, startups and venture capital. Before becoming a journalist she spent several years as a management consultant at Ernst & Young.
Why These Ukrainian Entrepreneurs Are Making LA Their Home
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