Introducing Techstars Austin Accelerator Class of 2017

After an amazing thirteen weeks, we are ecstatic to introduce the ten companies that have gone through Techstars Austin 2017.

Our founders are tackling some of the most compelling problems in their industries, and we couldn’t be more proud of what they’ve accomplished in a few short months and are equally excited about where they’re going to be in the future.

Our Austin 2017 program consists of four internationally based companies hailing from: France, Canada, Uruguay, and Colombia, companies from Arizona, North Carolina, three companies founded and based here in Austin, and one that has founders in both Silicon Valley and in Austin.

We are also really proud to have six companies lead by minority and female founders.

Our class accomplished a huge amount in a short time including closing three large seed rounds, hiring teams of talent, and growing revenues exponentially.

Without further ado, here is the Techstars Austin Accelerator Spring 2017 class:


Babbler (Paris, France)

Hannah Oiknine (CEO, Founder), Sarah Azan (COO, Founder)

Babbler is the first PR platform that uses machine learning to curate stories and deliver them to the most relevant reporters. Contact them and watch their pitch.

CityCop (Montevideo, Uruguay)

Nadim Curi (CEO, Founder), Marcelo Dotti (CTO, Founder)

CityCop is a social platform for community watch that enables you to fight crime and protect your loved ones by actively reporting crimes in your community and the areas you care about. Contact them and watch their pitch.

Invomatic (Bogotá, Colombia)

Javier Martínez S. (CEO, Founder), Mauricio David (CTO, Founder)

In LATAM, new regulations require businesses to send all invoices to the government. Invomatic helps them comply and reduce costs through process automation. Contact them and watch their pitch.

Nukern (Montreal, Canada)

Phil Rivard (CEO, Founder)

Nukern is a building automation tools for web hosting resellers. Contact them and watch their pitch.

Prospectify (Scottsdale, Arizona)

Noah Spirakus (CEO, Founder), Matt Ekstrom (CRO, Founder)

A platform that uses deep tech, machine learning and thousands of data points to provide B2B sales people with exactly the right leads at the moment their prospects are most likely to buy. Contact them and watch their pitch

ScaleFactor (Austin, Texas)

Kurt Rathmann (CEO, Founder), Corey Bach (CFO, Founder)

An automatic bookkeeping and cashflow management platform that analyzes everyday financial operations for the 29M SMB’s and 55M freelancers in the US. Contact them and watch their pitch.

Super (Palo Alto, California and Austin, Texas)

Chris Couhault (CEO, Founder), David Lemphers (CTO, Founder)

Super is a service that uses machine learning to help homeowners save time and money on their home maintenance. Contact them and watch their pitch

The Wed Clique (Charlotte, North Carolina)

Lisa Ganderson (CEO, Founder), Rachael Classi (COO, Founder)

A platform for wedding venues to sell curated vendor packages to their clients. Contact them and watch their pitch

ThreatCare (Austin, Texas)

Marcus Carey (CEO, Founder)

A SaaS platform that imitates hackers on your enterprise networks to provide preventative care against malicious attacks. Contact them and watch their pitch

WriterDuet (Austin, Texas)

Guy Goldstein (CEO, Founder)

A real-time collaboration platform for creative teams to build stories. Contact them and watch their pitch


Special thanks to our mentors, investors and network of advocates

Our teams wouldn’t be where they are today without the support and care from our network. Our mentors’ engagement with founders has been constant and incredible. We all appreciate everything they’ve done for our program and companies.


What Founders Learned During the Program

“We’ve learned how valuable it is to be a metrics-driven company and the importance of over-communicating (well), with our mentors, investors, customers, and especially as a team. Building a company is hard; don’t go at it alone, leverage people with more experience that have already gone down that path as much as you can.” – Javier Martinez, CEO of AppFlow 

“Techstars helped us get to the next level: becoming a company that leverages data to drive decision-making and a company that can structure processes around things that matter most. We learned how to be extremely focused on specific goals. We came in with assumptions and we left with convictions. Collaborating with talented people allowed us to learn new things about our own business every single day while validating a business opportunity that we no longer have any doubts about. It was very easy to learn from them because of smart programming and organization. It really saved us a lot of time, and nothing is more valuable than time when you’re a startup!” – Hannah Oiknine, CEO of Babbler

“There are a lot of advices, including a lot of bad ones. Nobody knows your company as you do, and remember it’s your company so you call the shots. At the end, what will make the difference is a strong and powerful vision, and the hustle with absolute conviction towards it.” – Nadim Curi, CEO of CityCop

“Techstars is like the most amazing adoptive family a company could wish for. Everyone, including alumnus, mentors, associates and directors, go out of their way to help. Whatever happened during our journey, we knew we could always count on the support of our peers. They helped us building a stronger company, be better founders and all-around human beings. We’re looking forward to the day we’ll be able to give back. We couldn’t be prouder to wear that logo on our backs everyday!” – Philippe Rivard, CEO of Nukern

“Techstars gave us the structure to expedite a year’s worth of learning and development into only 3 months. We emerged with a network that rivals most people’s lifetimes and the knowledge distilled from thousands successes and failures of those mentors and advisors we worked with. Not a doubt in my mind it was the best decision for me and our company.” – Noah Spirakus, CEO of Prospectify

“I learned so much during the first month of Techstars alone that it more than paid back the exchange in equity. Learning to seek feedback from smart and proven mentors, learning how to carefully reflect on that feedback, and learning how to focus on what matters most for the business has improved our potential.” – Chris Couhault, CEO of Super

“I learned to articulate what we do not in product features but the benefits that we provide to the customer. I retrained my entire organization around this concept.” – Kurt Rathmann, CEO of ScaleFactor

“There is a difference between vanity metrics and the indicators that actually tell you if you have a business. Learn what metrics are most important to your business and obsess over them.” – Lisa Ganderson, CEO of The Wed Clique

“I am the master of my own destiny.” – Marcus Carey, CEO of Threatcare

“We learned how to effectively use metrics. Coming into Techstars, we made decisions based on customer feedback and our intuition, which was working well for us. But a few sessions into the weekly KPI meetings we started seriously evaluating metrics, and the results were immediate. Thanks to the Techstars staff and companies around us, our new metrics-driven approach more than doubled key conversion rates. This mindset has impacted how we communicate and evaluate every problem. It’s become impossible to imagine making decisions any other way.” – Guy Goldstein, CEO of WriterDuet

GOOD LUCK, TECHSTARS AUSTIN ACCELERATOR CLASS OF SPRING 2017!








Announcing the Techstars 2016 Austin Class

We are excited to announce the companies joining Techstars for our 2016 program in Austin! The program kicks off on February 15th and we are looking forward to three months of awesomeness with 10 great companies. Demo Day is scheduled for May 19th, so save the date! More info to come soon.

This is the fourth program in Austin, and we’re looking forward to an action-packed program led by a new Techstars team. We’re fortunate to have many of our past Austin alumni on the ground as well as ~100 incredible mentors. We’d like to extend a huge thank you to all of our mentors. We’re grateful for your support over the last couple of years and your continued time and guidance. We couldn’t do it without you.

Without further ado, here’s the Techstars 2016 Austin class!

  AUTHORS.me (Austin, TX)

AUTHORS.me is revolutionizing the publishing industry where book deals are made.

  Bamba Group (Toronto, Canada & Nairobi, Kenya)

Bamba is a web-based data collection tool that pays individuals to submit data over SMS, Mobile & Web.

  CarServ (Austin, TX)

Carserv is a platform that transforms communication and workflow in the automotive repair industry.

 

  Casabots (San Jose, CA)

Casabots is a general-purpose cooking robot meant for restaurants.

   FieldVine (Myrtle Beach, SC)

FieldVine is a task management tool that helps communication and compliance between contractors and property managers.

  The Helper Bees (Georgetown, TX)

The Helper Bees connects seniors with local helpers to assist with a variety of tasks within their home.

   Kandid.ly (Austin, TX)

Kandid.ly empowers semi-professional photographers to provide photography services.

  PenPal Schools (Austin, TX)

PenPal Schools connects people from around the world to learn together.

 

Popup Play (Austin, TX)

PopUp Play creates technology for kids that blends virtual world creativity and real world play.

 

  Remidi (Turin, Italy & Austin, TX)

Remidi is the first wearable musical instrument.