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I’m thrilled to announce the 11 companies that will be joining us for our first 2016 Techstars Retail Accelerator, in Partnership with Target in Minneapolis. Our program officially kicks off next week on Monday, June 20th, and are looking forward to three wild months of acceleration. Our program will be capped with our Demo Day at Orchestra Hall on Tuesday, September 20th during Twin Cities Startup Week.

When recruiting startups, we strived for diverse ideas and founders.  I think we nailed it as more than ½ of our startups have a female founder and two startups are from outside the United States. This aligns perfectly with both Techstars and Target’s sincere commitments to diversity.

This is the first year of our program and we’re fortunate to have over 150 incredible mentors from the Twin Cities startup community and Target. Thank you, mentors! We couldn’t do this without you.

It is going to be a great summer in Minneapolis and we can’t wait to kick things off next week. By leveraging the expertise, mentorship and resources that Techstars and Target have to offer, we are anticipating big things to come!

Follow all the action via twitter at #TSRetail.

Without further ado, here are the 11 companies joining the 2016 Techstars Retail Accelerator, in Partnership with Target:

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AddStructure: AddStructure helps consumers discover products across any retail search channel (organic, on-site, mobile, voice, chatbot) using their own unique voice.

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Blueprint Registry: Blueprint Registry is a life-event driven marketplace based on your home’s blueprint – shop or register for products from a variety of retailers in one native platform.

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Branch Messenger: Branch Messenger is an application that helps retailers reduce absences and increase productivity by improving company-wide communication.

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Inspectorio: Inspectorio is reinventing the way quality inspections are performed. Using data and machine learning to help retailers verify supplier compliances and bring transparency to their supply chains.

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Itsbyu: Itsbyu is the do-it-yourself wedding flower kit company; make your own wedding flowers and save up to 80%.

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MakerBloks: MakerBloks is a dual play experience that combines electronic building blocks with digital activity books.

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Makerskit: Inspiring creativity with online and in-store experiences paired with fun DIY kits and artisanally made goods sold in over six-thousand stores.

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Nexosis: Nexosis provides retailers an automated machine learning platform enabling better data driven decisions.

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Revolar: Revolar is a wearable safety device that encourages you to live a more vibrant and fulfilling life, knowing you can ask for help in a heartbeat by sending location-based alerts to trusted contacts.

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Spruce: Spruce has built a platform that allows brick-and-mortar retailers to customize the experience for their customers in the same way we’ve come to expect from online retailers.

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Good and Gather: Good and Gather is a food brand where transparency and responsibility meet.


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Ryan Broshar
(@rbroshar) Ryan is the Managing Director for Techstars Retail, in partnership with Target in Minneapolis. He is an entrepreneur at heart who has been working in and with startups for his entire career. Ryan is also the Founder and MD for Matchstick Ventures, and Co-Founder of Beta.MN and Twin Cities Startup Week. @rbroshar



  • John Stokman

    Woah, this is so great! Welcome to the Twin-Cities, we’re pumped to have you all here. Good luck!