Introducing the Inaugural Class of Techstars LA

We are excited to announce the ten companies that will be joining the Techstars Los Angeles Accelerator for the 2017 program, which kicks off today and concludes with Demo Day on October 10.  

We had a simple thesis for Techstars LA this year: going long on LA and southern California. Our hunt for great companies was focused on the rapidly expanding local startup ecosystem. Outreach activities took our team from Pasadena to El Segundo, from Santa Barbara to San Diego and everywhere in between.

One-third of the eventual applicants were based in SoCal.  Throughout the selection process, we have been impressed with both the breadth and depth of talent in the LA area. Of the companies we ultimately selected, nine are local to southern California.

Our class also reflects the diversity of Los Angeles. Half of the class includes a female co-founder, including three female CEOs, as well as diversity across a number of other dimensions. These teams are building great companies in e-commerce, media, retail, enterprise data, aerospace, AI, marketing and esports.  

Techstars is the Worldwide Network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. It’s worldwide, but also local, and we called on our local network for great referrals. We would like to thank LA investors Taylor Adams, Jesse Draper, Arlan Hamilton, Mark Mullen and Robyn Ward for referring companies that will be joining Techstars. Many others supported our search and we are very grateful; we can’t be successful without your support.  

Techstars LA joins two other programs here in Los Angeles: the Techstars Music Accelerator and the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator, Powered by Techstars. We are excited about Los Angeles’ vibrant tech scene and, most of all, thrilled to announce the ten companies joining Techstars LA:

Avisare

Avisare is the centralized network for all businesses to discover new contract opportunities, post their own, and bid on all opportunities using one universal profile.

Blue Fever

BLUE FEVER is a futuristic Netflix for millennial women focused on mood curation and community. The platform connects millions of fans with the best entertainment they haven’t seen yet – and the creators who make it.

DirecTech Labs

DirectTech labs uses machine learning and chatbots to help engage and retain millions of (75% female) direct selling micro-entrepreneurs around the world.

Heartbeat

Heartbeat is a marketing automation platform backed by 100,000+ female brand ambassadors.

LIV

Liv is a full-stack hardware + software solution that powers 6 degrees of freedom Mixed Reality (MR).

 

Maslo

Maslo builds technology companions to make better humans.  

Playfull

PlayFull is a marketing platform that helps the largest restaurant brands in the world engage their next generation of customers with games.

Slingshot Aerospace

Slingshot provides extensible access to geo-enriched insights through our sensor-to-decision software platform. Fueled by advanced machine learning and computer vision algorithms, our technology optimizes and automates the complexities of object classification, event discovery, change detection, and risk scoring for Insurance and Defense.

Solutions Vending International

SVI is an automated retail technology company providing software solutions for intelligent vending. We make vending machines smart.

Stackin’

Stackin’ champions financial fitness for all millennials by educating, informing and entertaining across relevant social platforms.

 








Demo Day: Techstars Music (Los Angeles)








Office Hours: Techstars LA (Santa Monica)

Who: Startups looking to apply to Techstars LA

What: Office hours

When: March 16

Where: Santa Monica, California

Details: Click here to register for office hours!








Info Session: Techstars LA (Santa Monica)

Who: Startups looking to apply to Techstars LA

What: Info session

When: March 16

Where: Santa Monica, California

Details: Click here to register for the event!

 

Join Techstars Los Angeles for an Alumni Panel and Q+A Session. This is a great opportunity to learn more about Techstars mentorship-driven accelerator programs, meet the teams, and hear from our alumni companies.








Info Session: Techstars IoT & Techstars LA (San Diego)

Who: Startups looking to apply to Techstars IoT and Techstars LA

What: Info Session

When: March 9

Where: San Diego

Details: Click here to register for the event!








Office Hours: Techstars Los Angeles (San Diego)

Who: Startups looking to apply to Techstars LA

What: Office Hours

When: March 9

Where: San Diego, California

Details: Click here to register for office hours!








Live Webinar: Applying to an Accelerator (Online)

Join us for a live, interactive Ask Me Anything session to get all your questions answered about applying to an accelerator program! We’ll go over tips for your application, how to best show your product and team, and anything else you’ve been wanting to know!

Answering your questions:

  • Anna Barber, Managing Director of Techstars Los Angeles
  • Michael Cohn, Managing Director of Techstars Atlanta, in partnership with Cox Enterprises

Techstars currently has applications open for 12 programs around the world. Join us in this AMA to learn more and get your application ready by April 9th.








Office Hours: Techstars LA (Los Angeles)

Who: Startups looking to apply to Techstars LA

What: Office hours

When: March 8

Where: Los Angeles

Details: Click here to register for office hours!








Info Session: Techstars LA (Los Angeles)

Who: Startups looking to apply to Techstars LA

What: Info session

When: March 8

Where: Los Angeles

Details: Click here to register for the event!

 

How much should you raise, when and from whom? What are the pros and cons of equity funding from angels, VC firms, crowdfunding and bank lending? Each panelist will share her own fundraising experience and the group will discuss the current funding climate and how to navigate it to get the capital you need. Hour discussion to be followed by refreshments and networking.








Office Hours: Techstars LA (Pasadena)

Who: Startups looking to apply to Techstars LA

What: Office hours

When: March 3

Where: Pasadena, California

Details: Click here to register for office hours!