In 2010 we welcomed our first group of 10 companies to the Techstars Seattle Accelerator. This year, we’re opening our doors to our 10th class, bringing us to a total of 100 companies that have now joined us here in Seattle to accelerate their startup journey.
We’re proud to have played a small part in the success of previous program participants like Remitly, Outreach, Skilljar, and Bizible. Collectively, Techstars Seattle Accelerator alumni have raised over $700 million, and now employ thousands of talented people here in the Pacific Northwest and around the world. We fully expect this year’s group to add to that tradition of success and impact in the years to come.
As in recent years, this year’s class includes founders from a variety of backgrounds and underrepresented groups including female, African-American, Latinx and first-generation immigrant founders. We are proud of our program’s diversity and the small role we’re able to to play in the broader effort to increase access and success for diverse founders of venture-backed startups.
Our mission is to support world-class founders who are either based here in the Pacific Northwest, or who believe this is the best place in the world to build their company. This year we’ve attracted fantastic founding teams from Miami, Texas, Europe, Canada and India, in addition to our terrific local teams.
Techstars Seattle Accelerator would not have made it to its second class, much less its 10th, without the incredible support of so many people in our regional ecosystem, from the mentors and investors who coach the companies on their path to success, to the fund investors and program sponsors who have provided the capital needed to sustain the program over time. We are so grateful for your continued support and partnership over these past many years.
We’ll be sharing more about each of these companies in the weeks leading up to demo day on May 7th, but for now please join us in welcoming the Techstars Seattle Class of 2019!