Fiterator™

Did you go thru a startup accelerator only to find that scaling your business or finding true product/market fit was still a challenge?  You are not alone, thousands of startups are dealing with the same thing.

The UpRamp Fiterator, sponsored by CableLabs, is designed to bring your company true product fit within the global cable & broadband industry – helping you engage real new customers.

Applications open on March 10, 2016

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18 days over 3 months

Teams meet in Boulder Colorado every other week over the 3 month program, with a Demo/Launch Day event as part of the CableLabs Conference upon graduation.

The Goal is Customers

The Fiterator is not about raising venture money (although that is possible), it is all about perfecting your offering and graduating from the program with at least one deal, PoC or LoI from the cable & broadband industry.

We've got your back

UpRamp will cover all your costs for the program, including travel & lodging in Colorado.  In addition, CableLabs and the venture teams from many cable operators will offer every company a convertible note of up to $100,000 upon graduation.

A Non-Exclusive, Royalty-Free License to
All Patents in the CableLabs Portfolio

Yep, you read that correctly. Every company that enters the Fiterator will be granted a non-exclusive & royalty-free license to every patent in the CableLabs portfolio. Over the past 20+ years, CableLabs has worked hard to build an amazing and interesting family of patents related to the cable and broadband industry. By opening this portfolio to all UpRamp Fiterator companies, you will have “freedom to operate” in highly relevant areas of technology.

In addition, as a participant in the Fiterator, we will sponsor your membership in UnifiedPatents, an “anti-troll” entity, that will provide you with up to $50k in legal protection against patent troll lawsuits.

Small cohorts, big impact.

The Fiterator is limited to 4 companies per cohort, with only 2 groups per year.  This sharp focus allows us to work around the clock to ensure the success of each company in the program.

Active C-Level Mentors

At UpRamp, we know that mentorship is critical to the success of the Fiterator. So, in addition to the 250+ subject matter experts that are mentors in the program, every company in the program will be matched with a C-Level exec from CableLabs, and another C-level exec from a CableLabs member MSO.

Phil McKinney

Phil McKinney

President & CEO, CableLabs

Chris Lammers

Chris Lammers

COO, CableLabs

Ralph Brown

Ralph Brown

CTO, CableLabs

Ike Elliott

Ike Elliott

CSO, CableLabs

Ron Reuss

Ron Reuss

VP, Technology Strategy

Anju Ahuja

Anju Ahuja

VP Market Development & Product Management

Steve Glennon

Steve Glennon

Principal Architect

Mickie Calkins

Mickie Calkins

Director, Co-Innovation & Prototyping

Scott Brown

Scott Brown

Director - UpRamp

Satish Ramakrishnan

Satish Ramakrishnan

Chief Strategy Officer

Who Should Apply?

The bar is set high for companies looking to join The UpRamp Fiterator.  If you can answer YES to ALL of these questions, then you are a great candidate!

 

  • My company has raised more than $1.5M in financing within the last year
  • My company has a working product that is currently in market somewhere
  • My company has a product or service that could be a big win for the global cable & broadband industry
  • My company can commit at least 2 key people to attend every session of the program
    • A Product/Technology lead
    • A Sales/Marketing lead

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?

It’s really pretty simple. If your company meets or exceed the following, you re qualified to apply:

  • My company has raised more than $1.5M in financing within the last year
  • My company has a working product that is currently in market somewhere
  • My company has a product or service that could be a big win for the global cable & broadband industry
  • My company can commit at least 2 key people to attend every session of the program
    • A Product/Technology lead
    • A Sales/Marketing lead
What will it cost?

There is no cash cost to you at all. UpRamp will cover 100% of your expense to participate in the program, including airfare, lodging, etc.

Does UpRamp ask for an equity stake?

Yes. In exchange for the valuable access and opportunity, UpRamp requests 3% equity as warrants. The valuation and type of stock is going to be dependent on your company’s specific circumstance, however, we do not ask for anything crazy. No board seats, no RoFR, no madness.

Our goal is to align both of our interests by having both sides put some skin in the game.

What if we can't attend some of the sessions?

All sessions are required.

Over the time of the 3 month program, companies will meet every other week, for a few days. We have structured the program like an executive MBA course for startups. Each and every session is critical to your success.

Is there a demo day?

Yes, but it is not the same as you would expect from a traditional startup accelerator.

We will host 3 demo/showcase events for each cohort. The first one will happen as part of a CableLabs Conference and is designed to help you amplify your success in the program with more direct sales and business development opportunities with the global cable operators. The other two or more classic demo days, with VC, press and the general public invited. One public event will be hosted in Denver, the other in Sunnyvale.

What kind of outcomes can I expect?

Each company will graduate with one or more actual deals, PoC’s, LoI’s, pilot agreements or more from the 55 global cable operators that make up the CableLabs membership.

What if it doesn't work?

If you finish the program and don’t get at least one deal, you are welcome to keep your 3% equity. We believe so strongly in the program, that if you feel it didn’t work, you don’t give up anything. It’s an equity-back guarantee.

Who are the mentors?

Each company will be paired with a C-Level mentor from CableLabs, and a C-Level mentor from one of the global cable operators. In addition, you will have access to over 250 skilled and crazy-smart subject matter experts in your field.

You will never have to deal with mentors that don’t know your space, but you will certainly have the challenge of “mentor whiplash”. When ever you bring together strong opinions from seasoned experts, you will get differing opinions. We see this as part of the fun and certainly part of the challenge in finding strong product/market fit. The good news is that you will get to meet and talk with many of the key stakeholders and decision makers for your market. This will give you all the data/opinions you could ever hope for as you figure out how to best tackle the market.

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