While the WebFWD startup accelerator program lasts three months, the NephoScale Kick Start Program provides companies accepted into Mozilla’s program with $12,000 of free cloud hosting over a 12-month period. It also offers startups access to its systems engineers and developers.
A startup itself, NephoScale launched its cloud infrastructure services in January 2011, and recently launched a new public cloud infrastructure tool, called CloudScript, to address the application lifecycle management challenges organizations face.
NephoScale’s approach that “treats infrastructure as code” is particularly fitting in this partnership. WebFWD describes its startup accelerator model as different than the approach from traditional startup accelerator and incubators in that it is designed to “address the demands and advantages of open innovation.”
“Because the NephoScale cloud platform was built for developers by developers, serving the needs of companies developing open source software, such as those accepted to the WebFWD program, makes for a great business relationship,” Telemachus Luu, co-founder and CTO of NephoScale said in a statement. “With our developer-centric NephOS cloud infrastructure services platform, we help software developers develop features faster and deliver applications more reliably.”
According to the press release, the seven startups admitted to the latest WebFWD program include codebender, a web platform for developing new hardware-related and embedded projects; Harp Platform a development platform that leverages the power of Dropbox; Linklib an open, user generated library of video commentary that lets users add links to videos and send them to a second screen; Launcher.io an open and free marketplace for one-click web applications; Sketchfab a web service to publish interactive 3D content online in real-time without a plugin; Triv.io a cloud app that helps users store, transform and share data with others; and Wercker a continuous deployment SaaS platform that helps developers reduce risk and eliminate waste in their software development process.
“We are very supportive of and involved with the important work that WebFWD is doing in the open source startup community to accelerate the future of the web for the public good,” Bruce Templeton, co-founder and CEO of NephoScale said in a statement. “The WebFWD startup community is growing fast, and we are delighted to be supporters of this thriving group.”
The WebFWD program consists of weekly training and exercies, office hours with industry experts, ongoing coaching and guidance from technologists, and teams can qualify for follow-up funding from Mozilla.
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