Diversity investment fund WINGS has announced the return of the ELEVATE Game Accelerator for 2023, this time with a focus on mobile games, delivered by Code Coven and sponsored by Netflix. And we urge any of our community involved in the mobile space to consider applying.

The WINGS ELEVATE Game Accelerator programme is a four-month global online accelerator that provides 10 teams of marginalised gender developers with the opportunity to progress a game prototype to a pitch-ready state. This year the programme is focused on mobile games.

WINGS ELEVATE provides development guidance, mentorship, business fundamentals and coaching for pitching to investors/publishers, as well as valuable industry connections and community support. The participating teams will also receive milestone-based financial stipends during the programme.

“At Netflix, our goal is to build a diverse portfolio of games, ensuring we have a game on Netflix that appeals to every one of our millions of members across the world. To achieve this we must partner with organisations that share the same mission and provide us opportunities to partner with diverse creators. Wings and Code Coven are two organisations that we admire for helping to change the way we think about game creators and provide ways to amplify creators. We are proud to partner with Wings and Code Coven on the Elevate game accelerator program to ensure diverse game creators are given the opportunity to thrive and be set up for success,” said Leanne Loombe, VP of External Game Development at Netflix.

“We are proud to announce the 2023 edition of the WINGS ELEVATE program, supported by Netflix and Code Coven. Our mission at Wings is to fund games from diverse creators, but we often meet teams with great potential that are not ready to pitch their games. This is why we created this program, to provide them with incubation and mentoring. We believe the most inspiring and successful games of tomorrow will come from teams with great diversity, and by creating opportunities like ELEVATE we can help bring their voices to the market,” offered Eliana Oikawa, COO of WINGS.

“We are excited to be once again partnering with WINGS, and to start a new partnership with Netflix, whose support to tell marginalised peoples’ stories has been felt throughout the industry and beyond. We’re looking forward to enabling the ELEVATE cohorts to have their voices heard, and give them the confidence needed to thrive in the games industry. We’re absolutely elated to be working on this with partners whose mission we are so aligned on, and cannot wait to see the output that will come out of the programs!” added Cinzia Musio, Interim CEO of Code Coven.

WINGS ELEVATE 2023 will run from Monday August 28th to Friday December 15th December. Women and other marginalised gender developers working on a mobile game can find complete details & apply at by Friday April 28th to be considered for the programme.