Citrix Innovators Program Introduces New Accelerator Model to Enable User-Focused Innovation



Citrix has announced that have launched a new program as part of the Citrix Startup Accelerator, which has been successfully funding early-stage companies for the last three years. The Citrix Innovators Program introduces a new accelerator model that blends cutting-edge Silicon Valley approaches in design thinking and Steve Blank’s Lean LaunchPad to support startups in developing and bringing to market enterprise technology offerings that focus on user needs and help people work better.

Participants have received seed funding, formal training and guidance from an Innovators Council comprised of CIOs and CTOs from AMD, Bosch, Citrix, Coca-Cola and Ricoh, as well as investors from top Silicon Valley VC firms. Today, select members of this inaugural class will present their products and services and report on their latest progress at the Innovators Day taking place at the Citrix Silicon Valley headquarters in Santa Clara. Some of the concepts to be presented include:

·         a new way for marketers to extract intelligence from data

·         a revolutionary sales tool created by four former Google sales executives

·         a cloud solution for mobile carriers and wireless networks that will further enable the “Internet of Things”

·         an on-the-job learning system for employees and real-time performance pulse for managers

·         an intelligent information aggregator

·         a corporate cloud-based video platform

One of the participating companies, 3TEN8, has been selected to join the Citrix Startup Accelerator Seed Program, benefitting from $250k in funding, office workspace, and mentoring for the next twelve months. The 3TEN8 solution makes it easy to identify and fix network issues by enabling mobile carriers to optimize their wireless networks.

According to Martin Duursma, CTO office chair and vice president of Citrix Labs @Citrix, they “This unique program invests in and helps to cultivate the most promising ideas and transformative solutions. The focus of the Innovators Program is on accelerating leading-edge business solutions and openly sharing approaches that have been integral to the Citrix culture of innovation.”

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