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New Silicon Valley Reality Show to Debut on Syfy



    New Silicon Valley Reality Show to Debut on Syfy
    This photo released by HBO shows, from left, Martin Starr, Kumail Nanjiani, and Thomas Middleditch, in a scene from the television series, "Silicon Valley," episode 4. With the final episode looming on Sunday, June 1, 2014, “Silicon Valley” has been upped for a second season, good news for local techies who tweet, blog, chat and gather to tune in en masse to watch five of their doppelgangers awkwardly talk to women, seek venture capital and try to launch a startup called Pied Piper, which even has its own mock website. (AP Photo/HBO, Jaimie Trueblood)

    NBC Universal's Syfy channel, known for its courting of the geek crowd, has ordered six episodes of a reality TV show that will follow 12 startups as they navigate a Silicon Valley startup accelerator.

    The startups will be partaking in 500 Startups Accelerator and PCH International's Highway 1 program, according to TechCrunch. The show will focus on two startups each episodes and film the "ups and downs" of trying to create a winning product and get venture capital funds. The show is expected to start filming next year with the premiere following like in fall.

    Right now the application process is just starting, so it's likely that present-day startups could get picked up for the show. Dave McClure, founder of 500 startups, has been working with Zero Point Zero Production for the last two years to get the show off the ground. "We’re not making The Real Housewives of Silicon Valley," he told TechCrunch. "We have a fair shot to tell the real story and a fair shot to give these companies national exposure.”

    Some startups will succeed while others will not, McClure said, and it will be real. 
    The reality may be arguable, but McClure will definitely get the publicity he wants for his startup incubator.