Techstars Companies Explore the Federal Space

We are thrilled to announce the inaugural class of Techstars++ in Partnership with Dcode42. This revolutionary program connects startups with the public sector to bring cutting-edge technologies to the US government, while providing new business opportunities to post accelerator program entrepreneurs.

The program will take place at the new Manhattan Laundry WeWork location in Washington, D.C., and will culminate with a “Product Showcase” at the Booz Allen Innovation Center on Thursday, September 29, 2016. We will hear from both the participating Techstars alumni and accomplished guest speakers, such as Department of Labor’s Chief Innovation Officer, Xavier Hughes.

As a native Washingtonian and Navy brat, this program is near and dear to my heart. My early technology career was spent in the annals of DoD and federal office buildings. Although I enjoyed systems engineering and enterprise architecture, especially in the context of civil service, I became disillusioned by the red tape, long lifecycles, and seemingly inadvisable edicts. When I left to pursue an M.B.A., I did so with the intent of learning enough to better co-develop solutions from both business and technology perspectives and essentially do more faster.

In this program, we hope to do just that by providing Techstars’ alumni access to a strategic and rewarding market: government. Founders will receive a one-of-a-kind experience with mentorship from both industry and government leaders who can benefit from each other’s solutions. It is my hope that together we will rapidly forge mutually beneficial relationships that help fill public sector needs and encourage other technology companies to do the same.

The following companies have been selected to participate in the program. They will spend two weeks working alongside key stakeholders and leaders from government agencies such as the NGA, FCC, DHS, CBP, US Digital Services, FAA, DOI and The White House:

  • DroneSeedAn efficient, cost-competitive fleet of drones to reduce reliance on manual labor for the full life-cycle of forestry management, from planting to spraying and harvesting.  
  • Kepler CommunicationsKepler Communications is a satellite communications company that provides connectivity services to remote internet of things devices.
  • MARK LabsAn analytics platform that uses data to help organizations determine the social impact and outcomes of investments in the community.
  • New KnowledgeA.I meets data science to automate advanced data analysis, visualization and model selection. Engineering teams use the API to go from raw data to live, interactive embeddable dashboards in minutes (not weeks). Business teams use the Studio to visually explore insights, discover meaning and get predictions in an instant.
  • NexLPA predictive intelligence software solution that turns electronic data into patterns and stories. NexLP uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to derive actionable insight from unstructured and structured data.
  • PROXXI – An industrial wearable that keeps watch over people working near medium and high voltage. It is designed to prevent injury or death by alerting the wearer before they enter the ‘limits of approach’ of a high voltage electrical field.
  • Stabilitas – Helps travelers stay safe, connected and informed about what is happening around them. They support organizations in taking care of their people and they give loved ones peace of mind.
  • SPIDRTechBringing law enforcement into the 21st century with the world’s first community relationship management platform.

 

This program is possible thanks to sponsorship from Amazon Web Services, WeWork and Booz Allen Hamilton. We applaud their support of the startup ecosystem. Gauging from the excitement of the community and the diligence of the amazing founders, we expect great things!

Click here for more details about the Techstars++ in Partnership with Dcode42 program.








Announcing the June 2015 Techstars++ Class

We are pleased to announce the June Techstars++ class! These companies will be traveling to Rochester to spend two weeks working at the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator on the Mayo Clinic campus. Through Techstars++ we will investigate the fit between these four companies and Mayo Clinic for the purposes of using innovative solutions to overcome significant problems in healthcare. The foundations for potential long-term partnerships will be built during these next two weeks.

The kickoff will be hosted by Mayo Clinic Center For Innovation with leadership and dignitaries from the city of Rochester, MN. We have a packed schedule ahead of us meeting with thought leaders and medical experts. Gauging from the excitement of the community and the diligence of the amazing founders, we expect great things!

Telespine is an online system of care accessible via phone, tablet or computer – The Telespine program is simple, easy to do, highly effective and costs 96% less than traditional care. Telespine provides personalized treatment through web-based content, streaming video exercises and online consults with our LBP specialists. The Telespine program guides patients through a proven step-by-step process to improve their back health. @Telespine
Jintronix is a tele-rehabilitation platform designed to improve patient outcomes and enhance patient experience using state of the art motion capture and network technology. Harnessing the engaging power of gamification, Jintronix provides patients with personalized exercises giving real-time feedback, while allowing healthcare professionals to monitor patient progress from anywhere. @Jintronix
Owlet is a “Smart Sock” that uses pulse oximetry to monitor an infant’s vital signs. What used to take up a whole hospital table with cords and wires is now appropriate for the home and convenient for medical professionals. Owlet was designed with parents in mind, it simplifies the user experience to a glowing light and allows parents to feel much needed peace of mind. Owlet is also wifi connected so the information from the sock is aggregated for remote monitoring. Owlet bridges the gap between the hospital and the home. Healthcare is being personalized for the home and Owlet intends to become the health platform for infants 0-3 years old that will connect parents to pediatricians and revolutionize the way we care for children. @owletbabycare







Announcing the First Ever Techstars++ Cohort!

I’m pleased to announce the first ever Techstars++ cohort! Companies traveled to Rochester to spend two weeks working at the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator on the Mayo Clinic campus, with a mutual option to stay an additional four weeks. Through Techstars++ we will investigate the fit between these four companies and Mayo Clinic for the purposes of using innovative solutions to overcome significant problems in healthcare. The foundations for potential long-term partnerships will be built during these next two weeks.

The kickoff was well attended by Mayo Clinic leadership and dignitaries from the city of Rochester, MN, including Mayor Brede. We have a packed schedule ahead of us meeting with thought leaders and medical experts. Gauging from the excitement of the community and the diligence of the amazing founders, we expect great things!

Bitfinder is dedicated to helping people understand the impact of the air they breathe and make healthier lifestyle decisions.  The company’s first product, Awair, monitors air in the home and at the office. It analyzes air quality and provides users with actionable tips to improve their environment.
For health systems and hospitals that want to deliver home health services, Medicast is a logistics and management platform that automates and optimizes remote care delivery.  We provide a complete solution that includes mobile point of care tools, intelligent dispatch and routing, streamlined charting, and data analytics—all within an easy to use experience.
Ovuline is a consumer health company that uses machine learning, big data, wearable devices and clinical guidelines to help women conceive naturally and have healthy pregnancies.
Patient IO is a care coordination platform that helps patients adhere to their care plan outside the clinic.  Patient IO turns care plans into daily tasks patients consume on their mobile phone or via email. Care teams can monitor adherence & coordinate care using the Patient IO dashboard.
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