Soon after the launch of its augmented reality tabletop game Beasts of Balance and a new funding round from UK angel investors worth US$1.8 million, Sensible Object has been chosen as the only UK developer to join Amazon’s all-new Alexa Accelerator program designed to drive voice-technology innovation.
As one of nine startups selected to the Techstars-powered programme, Sensible Object has now become a part of a 13-week schedule of mentorship training and collaboration in Seattle with technologists and product leaders from Amazon and Techstars.
The programme will end on October 17 with a demo day for the companies to present prototypes and meet with potential investors.
Alexa Accelerator is created by the Alexa Fund that provides up to US$100 million in VC funding to fuel voice-technology innovation.
Sensible Object’s participation in the programme follows its launch of new Beasts of Balance expansion packs on Kickstarter last week featuring new play pieces and a competitive mode for battling.
The crowd funding campaign has exceeded its goal of US$50,000 by US$150,000 with only 19 days remaining.
As for other kid-centric companies selected by Alexa Accelerator, Sweden’s Tinitell, maker of a wearable, voice-controlled phone for kids, also made the grade.