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By Troy Henikoff, Managing Director, Chicago

It’s been another year, and we’re back at it again with the Techstars Summer 2014 class in Chicago. This is fifth year running the accelerator and second season as Techstars.  Each year it gets better and better and I could not be more proud to present the ten companies that will be joining us this summer.

The incoming class features a unique makeup. More than half of the companies are Chicago-based, which doubles the amount of local representation we had last year and is a testament to the power Techstars has to further establish a city like Chicago as a destination for tech startups. Of the 10 companies, six hail from Chicago, with international startups representing Israel and India. Two other U.S. startups, based in Miami and Nashville, round out the list.

The summer 2014 Techstars Chicago class:

Clutch Prep – Clutch’s expert tutors simplify your studying with in-depth, textbook-specific videos and practice materials that improve grades for college students.

Data Everywhere is a solution that connects your company’s data, making it safe to run your business on the spreadsheets you build.

GameWisp is a platform for gamers to discover and monetize gaming video content.

inRentive Listings provides real estate professionals a streamlined way to manage their content, analyze listing performance and market apartment units, condos and single-family rentals across multiple listing services and social media platforms.

MartMobi is a platform for brands to seamlessly create beautiful mobile sites and apps for e-commerce stores.

 NexLP’s next-generation analytics and visualization technology dramatically reduce enterprise costs related to eDiscovery, fraud investigations and compliance.

Package Zen makes managing deliveries and packages simple for front desk staff, doormen and mailrooms.

Telnyx is a platform-as-a-service company that delivers data-driven, highly scalable telephony services at a fraction of the cost of incumbents.

WeDeliver helps local businesses increase sales by offering a fast, reliable, same-day delivery experience.

yRuler enables e-commerce brands and retailers to personalize product images, allowing users to visually try on merchandise before purchase.

I know that I speak for the entire Techstars staff when I express how excited we are to see what these 10 companies will bring to the table.   We hit the ground running on May 27th and it will be a three month sprint to Demo Day from there!


David Cohen
(@davidcohen) Founder & Managing Partner of Techstars, previously founder of several technology companies. David is an active startup advocate, advisor, board member, and technology advisor who comments on these topics on his blog at DavidGCohen.com