CableLabs Launches ‘UpRamp’ Accelerator Program

Program Billed as ‘Executive MBA for Startups’

CableLabs has taken the wraps off UpRamp, a an accelerator program that’s designed as an “executive MBA for startups.”

Focused on the cable and broadband sector, UpRamp, sponsored by CabLabs and its global MSO members, is a three-month, non-resident program for companies that have a product in the market or have either raised capital or “built a sustaining revenue stream.”

CableLabs said the program will pair each company with a C-level executive from CableLabs and a C-level executive from one of the organization’s 55 CableLabs member operators from around the globe.

UpRamp is led by Scott Brown, managing director of the program, and head of technology Outreach at CableLabs, and by CableLabs CEO Phil McKinney.

UpRamp “is a new kind of accelerator designed to skillfully connect startups and cable operators to amplify innovation that improves people’s experience with cable,” Brown noted in this blog post about the program. “This is a new kind of accelerator for established startups and later stage emerging technology companies, designed to amplify startup success by guiding them to the world’s largest and most powerful broadband network.”

UpRamp, he said, will open applications in March.

“Unlike traditional accelerators, UpRamp is closer to an executive MBA for startups; something we like to call a “Fiterator,” Brown added. “While most accelerators close their program with a ‘demo day,’ the outcomes of a Fiterator accelerator are real deals and reference customers.  This highly selective program is limited to four startups per cohort, with each startup gaining access to our network of over 250 senior level mentors from CableLabs and our member operators.”

CableLabs piloted UpRamp over the past year with DeepField, a network performance analytics and security SaaS for service providers and enterprises. DeepField is now deployed in more than 85% of U.S. cable companies, CableLabs said.