Introducing Techstars Boston’s Class of 2020 – Doubling down on What Makes Boston a World-Class Ecosystem

We are excited to introduce the 10 companies joining Techstars Boston in 2020 – the first class of the  second decade of Techstars Boston! We’ve selected a diverse group of companies uniquely positioned to take advantage of all the Boston entrepreneurial ecosystem has to offer, and look forward to everything the next three months has in store for these 10 companies.

Every year of our program at Techstars Boston has its own characteristics and takeaways.  For this year’s program, we have a global mix of founders and team members. But, for the first time since Techstars Boston’s inception in 2009, all of our 10 companies call the Greater Boston area home. 

There are other milestones too. Four of our companies are led by women CEOs, two have flipped the ratio and are majority women, and all boast inclusive rosters of employees. We’re also excited that the team and community supporting the 2020 program includes many Techstars Boston alumni, including a former associate, employee, and a handful of alumni founders. 

For this year’s class announcement, we wanted to shake things up. Instead of presenting a list of companies, I and the Techstars Boston team wanted to focus on how each of the participating startups represents four dominant tech sectors in Boston: Healthcare, Consumer, FinTech, and Deep Tech. Even better, in each sector, there are Techstars Boston and Techstars alumni companies who tread the path to provide advice and encouragement.

Every year, the class is selected thanks to mentors, community members, and alumni who are introducing us to amazing founding teams to support. This year we want to thank specifically Adam Blake & Max Faingezicht, Melissa Withers, Raj Aggarwal & Henry Cipolla, Mike Fenn, Will Sanchez, Jesse Bardo, Jeffrey Beir,  Kara O’Keefe, Max Blumenthal, Ty Harris & Matt Wielbut.

Healthcare

Boston is home to some of the best hospitals in the world, so it’s no wonder there is an enormous health tech ecosystem populating the city. Boston continues leading the industry, attracting $1 billion of venture capital health tech investment. Entrepreneurs and students interested in accelerating the life sciences and improving healthcare around the world flock to Boston. Our 2020 class includes three healthtech companies – one focused on accelerating drug discovery, another on accelerating access to care, and third on ensuring the transparency and predictability of clinical compensation. They can draw on the experience of Techstars alumni Careport and Ovia Health.

 

Kumuda

Kumuda’s powerful search platform expands  the small molecule druggable target space – predicting and identifying which proteins and pathways a molecule might work on – to efficiently push discovery efforts towards successful first-in-class drugs acting on novel targets in the clinic. This is how we will eventually be able to keep discovery ahead of drug resistance.  

https://www.kumuda.org/

Precavida

Precavida is a health tech marketplace with a personalized navigator that connects patients and healthcare services for timely, quality and affordable healthcare in Brazil and Latin America.

 https://www.precavida.com/

Statera

Statera is ushering in transparency, predictability, and simplicity to clinical compensation models.

http://hellostatera.com/

Consumer

Boston’s strength in consumer tech might be one of our best-kept secrets. Beyond the large brands we all know like Reebok, Bose, TripAdvisor and now Wayfair, Techstars Boston counts Pill Pack and Rocket Book among its alumni. But, let’s not make this a series of name drops, let’s introduce the consumer startups in Techstars’ 2020 class.

 

Cobu

Living in apartment buildings can be a very isolating experience; Cobu makes it easy for residents to connect with their neighbors and neighborhood, turning apartments into homes. By creating a strong sense of community, Cobu helps leading building owners to increase resident satisfaction and retention.

https://www.livecobu.com/

 

S/O/S

S/O/S introduces a network of interactive retail machines that deliver essential feminine care and beauty products from today’s top brands. The machines feature a large, engaging touchscreen and serve as a visually rich advertising platform. S/O/S delivers an innovative retail experience that women can finally trust and enjoy.

 https://www.worldofsos.com/

 

FinTech

FinTech refers to innovation as meant to transform the financial services and insurance industries. Our city is no stranger to innovation in financial services, from the first mutual fund to the Ethereum blockchain. Techstars Boston alumni like OwnUp and Openly come from the financial services and insurance markets respectively, which is good for our 2020 teams who address consumer finance and commercial insurance.

Worthright

Worthright helps seniors live the life they want to live after they retire.

https://www.worthright.co/

Wunderite

Wunderite is building next-generation software for independent insurance agencies.

https://wunderite.com/


Deep Tech

Boston has a reputation for solving challenging, thorny problems like hard or deep tech – we work at the cutting edge in both software and hardware solving problems with and in artificial intelligence and machine learning, robotics, space, and materials. The 2020 class certainly has a collection of startups that are utilizing complex technology in creative and/or ingenious ways. From retrieving and repurposing rare minerals from waste, to using machine learning to help creatives understand visual design that resonates with consumers, to providing a compliance and audit trail so we can all rest more assured when an enterprise uses artificial intelligence to make a decision about us.

Cortex

Cortex’s enterprise SaaS platform is designed for brands to understand their visuals in order to make better creative decisions.

 

https://meetcortex.com/

Monitaur

Monitaur provides auditability, transparency and governance for companies using machine learning software.

 

http://monitaur.ai/

Phoenix Tailings

Phoenix Tailings provides an innovative carbon-free environmental solution by giving new life to metals mined out of industrial waste.

https://www.phoenixtailings.com/

And just like that, another group of entrepreneurs joins Techstars’ worldwide network and the team members who can guide and mentor them along the way. The next three months are going to be full of hard work, but there is no doubt that these teams are ready to rise to the challenge. They all represent the best of Boston tech, and the Techstars Boston team is proud to assist them in their journeys.

Jen & Clement








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Applying to Techstars Boston 2020: Leveraging 10 Years of Experience

“As an investor, Techstars is making sure that [we’re] tackling the right problems.” – Jinesh Patel, Co-founder, and CEO of Uptime Health, Techstars Boston 2019

It’s been 10 years since we launched Techstars Boston. Our Boston alumni have now collectively raised more than $1 Billion. They span from pre-seed to pre-IPO. Hundreds of world-class mentors are helping them.

We’ve had the time and opportunity to refine a program deeply ingrained in the local community. This enables startups playing to the strength of the Boston ecosystem to use us as a platform – a cofounder – to scale.

Boston is consistently viewed as a top technology and innovation hub for startups. Techstars Boston works with top talent from all over the world and has the reputation of churning out successful founding teams.  Boston boasts an intensely active startup ecosystem that enables hundreds of companies and successful exits each year.

Earlier this year we worked on a ten-year retrospective with our friends at Venture Fizz and Techcrunch. We are looking forward to the next ten years, and all the founders we will be helping.

For those we’ve not yet worked with, Jennifer Jordan, Mentor-in-Residence at Techstars Boston, says it best: “The way you [accelerate a company at Techstars] is diving in side by side. You get in the trenches with them and grab a shovel”. During our 2019 program, Jennifer spent upward of 20 hours every week working hand-in-hand with our founders, after a successful career in Venture Capital.  

How to Connect, Meet Us and Book Office Hours

We’re opening applications to our 2020 Class and would love to talk with you. 

We are available for virtual office hours and AMA events, as well as live, in-person meetings hosting various workshops, talks and office hours. 

Here’s what founders say about the program

What to Expect When We Meet?

In these Office Hours, our goal is to leverage what we’ve seen in thousands of companies and help you over the most challenging hurdles. As a founding team, you will get a 20 minute office hour session either in person or virtually. Feel free to come with your team, and ask questions, learnings from comparable companies we’ve helped to use this to grow your personal network.

Before or after meeting with us, check out our Toolkit where we’ve compiled some of our best resources to run a startup. Additionally, visit the application specific toolkit for answers to frequently asked questions about how it works and what we are looking for on an application.

Regardless of what company you’re building, if you’re working on a problem you have conviction for solving – we’re eager to hear more. Find us this summer or sign up directly for a virtual session. 








10 Teams Revolutionizing B2B SaaS, Applied AI, Healthcare, and Marketplaces—and 10 years of Techstars Boston!

For the past decade at Techstars Boston, we have had the privilege of working, each year, with 10 different companies driving tech innovations across a variety of industries. Every year of our programs is special, and this year was no exception.

This year, our class was structured around the themes of B2B SaaS, Applied AI, Marketplaces, and Healthcare, with each company falling into one or more of these categories.

2019 also marked the 10-year anniversary of Techstars Boston, which our friends at TechCrunch and VentureFizz put in perspective nicely.

Additionally, our 2019 class marked a significant milestone for our program—a 400% improvement of diverse representation in our class! Looking at gender, race, country of origin, and background, growing diversity and inclusion in our accelerator have been a significant focus for us, and we are making progress. I believe cognitive diversity is fueled by human diversity. And while we are still far from being perfect, we are proud to have welcomed 4 female-led companies and many more encompassing aspects of diversity to this year’s class of Techstars Boston. Techstars alum Kendall Tucker recently profiled our commitment to diversity and inclusion in Forbes, addressing the strides we are making towards addressing this industry-wide issue.

All of the companies from this class were in stealth mode until the very end of the program,  working tirelessly for the past few months to get to where they are now, which gives us the distinct pleasure in officially announcing the 2019 class of Techstars Boston.

Jen Riedel, our fantastic program manager, Aaron O’Hearn, our director, and I are honored to welcome the following teams to our Techstars Boston alumni, after having had the opportunity to introduce them on stage at Demo Day in front of 1,000+ members of our local community. I present to you the Techstars Boston Class of 2019!

AceUp – Ace-up.com #B2B #Marketplace

For companies who want to do more for their people, AceUp delivers personalized executive coaching to connect employees at all levels with their full potential, through a tech-enabled framework that makes it impactful, scalable, and measurable.

Traction since joining Techstars: $500K GMV in Q1 2019, 10x growth compared to Q1 2018, above 90% retention rate, more than 30 companies in their portfolio.

adopets – Adopets.com #B2B #Marketplace

For pet lovers seeking a friend for life, Adopets provides the best online adoption for you, your pet, and your community.

Traction since joining Techstars: Partnered with the 2nd largest shelter software platform in the world, to become the largest payment processing in the world for pet adoption fees. With over 400,000 searches in the platform and 380,000 adoptable animals and clients in the U.S, Australia, and India.

DragApp – Dragapp.com #B2B

For companies that need lots of tools to get jobs done, Drag is the Everything Inbox for teams. One single place to support customers, manage tasks and close deals, from the place teams, love, email.

Traction since joining Techstars: 100,000+ downloads, 30,000 active users, 1,000+ paying customers. Users from larger companies like Uber, Spotify, HubSpot, and AirBnB. 4.5 to 5 star from over 800+ reviews.

HomeBinder – HomeBinder.com  #B2B #Marketplace

HomeBinder brings peace of mind to 1 in 25 new homebuyers in North America by helping them manage their home updated by a trusted network of service providers.

Traction since joining Techstars: Used by 4% of the new houses in North America, with 500k+ ARR, 200,000 new houses every year, 110,000 real estate agents and 12,000 home professionals.

LuminDx – LuminDx.com #AI #Healthcare

For generalist physicians addressing skin conditions affecting billions, LuminDx is building AI to elevate these doctors into expert dermatologists.

Traction since joining Techstars: Exclusive agreements with major hospitals in the U.S. for over 70,000 diagnosed images, to win in the space of AI applied to skin conditions.

Metrobi – Metrobi.com #B2B #AI

The mind behind city logistics. Metrobi helps wholesalers manage the last mile of their deliveries.

Traction since joining Techstars: We manage more than 5000 deliveries every day (one delivery every 10 seconds), empowering companies to do 23% more deliveries per vehicle

Pluto – heypluto.com #AI

A text-based social assistant to help you manage relationships you care about and be more intentional with the people in your life.

Traction since joining Techstars: Waitlist up from 400 to 7,000 in 2 months, currently gaining 1,000 members per week. Launching Summer 2019. Creating novel, humane AI that supports human-powered solutions to reviving true personal connection.   

UptimeHealth – Uptimehealth.com #B2B  #Marketplace #Healthcare

For healthcare executives who handle the medical equipment needs of their facility, UptimeHealth provides a software tool that will lower your cost of owning devices and help you plan for your next big purchases.

Traction since joining Techstars: Has built the largest marketplace of clinical technicians in the US (with 1,300 technicians). Over the past 3 months has doubled the number of customers (13 to 24) with a pipeline of 700 facilities.

VICI Sports – Playvici.com #B2B

For diehard fans who can’t be at the game, VICI’s TV network brings the stadium experience home through partnerships with the largest teams in the world.

Traction since joining Techstars: The $1B soccer team Paris Saint-Germain, the reigning NHL champions Washington Caps, and the most valuable NBA franchise NY Knicks all use VICI TV to broadcast video content and offers directly to fans in bars.

WorkAround Online – Workaround.online #AI #Marketplace

For companies who want to use machine learning to drive their business, WorkAround provides training data annotated by a skilled untapped workforce for the highest possible quality, trusted by world-class companies.

Traction since joining Techstars: Tagged over 2M tasks on its platform, secured a partnership with BigML, and has a 2000 person skilled workforce. Customers include WeWork and ZoomInfo.

We look forward to seeing what the next ten years of Techstars Boston have in store for us.

In the meantime, we couldn’t be more excited to work alongside all of you for the continued success of these ten teams, who encapsulate some of the best of Boston!

Jen, Aaron, Clement








Techstars Boston Celebrates Its First Decade of Helping to Transform Massachusetts’ Technology Innovation Ecosystem

Ten-year anniversary marks Techstars accelerator’s key role in helping Boston
become a global innovation hub

BOSTON, April 16, 2019Techstars Boston Accelerator today announced a significant milestone: ten years of operations and growth in service to the Massachusetts’ technology community. From 2009 to 2019, Techstars Boston has played a pivotal role in contributing to the Boston region’s innovation ecosystem, through providing 155 startups access to experienced mentors and a powerful network for capital, business development, and recruitment.

Techstars mentorship-driven accelerator programs invest in founders to help them do more faster. Each year, Techstars Boston works with 10 select startups who are focused on innovation sectors including SaaS, Artificial Intelligence, Marketplaces, and more recently Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. The intensive three-month program culminates with a “demo day” where participating companies present their newly polished businesses to an audience of venture capitalists, corporate innovation leaders, and industry experts. Techstars Boston Demo Day 2019 will take place on May 7, 2019.

The success of Techstars Boston was a key driver in the creation of the now two-year-running Air Force Accelerator Powered by Techstars, another Boston-based accelerator program run in partnership with the U.S. Air Force, BAE Systems, and MD5. Focused specifically on autonomous technology, materials science, and AI/ML, the Air Force Accelerator Powered by Techstars’s demo day will be held on May 16, 2019, at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

“Since 2009, Boston has emerged as one of the best cities in the world in which tech, healthcare, and deep platform companies launch and grow their businesses,” said Clement Cazalot, Managing Director of Techstars Boston since 2017. “Back in 2012, I was an immigrant entrepreneur seeking help to build my startup from a concept into a solid business. Through Techstars accelerator program and connections, we not only secured funding from Boston-based investors Polaris Partners and Accomplice, but we were ultimately acquired by global technology provider Intralinks in just two years. Having seen first-hand how Techstars can significantly contribute to startup success, it’s now my privilege as Managing Director of Techstars Boston to help founders build and scale impactful, high-growth companies”.

Over the past decade (2009 to 2019), Techstars Boston has consistently backed and supported founders as a unique breed of early-stage investor. Techstars Boston acts more like a cofounder to the companies, with its successes over the past decade including:

  • Graduating 155 companies from the Techstars Boston program
  • Bringing 50 Techstars companies to the Boston region, and calling it home
  • Helping 31 Techstars Boston alumni in achieving acquisitions
  • Claiming 11 of the Techstars top 50 alumni companies as Techstars Boston graduates, including PillPack, Placester, Localytics, Snyack, Amino, GrabCAD, Zagster, Bevi, Ginger.io, Lovepop, and Kinvey
  • Funding to Techstars Boston companies in over $1B
  • Cultivating a network of over 1,000 Techstars Boston mentors, including angel investors, venture capitalists, and investment bankers; entrepreneurs including co-founders of Avid Technology, Constant Contact, HubSpot, iRobot, and RunKeeper; as well as leaders from Amazon, Google, TripAdvisor, and local universities such as MIT, Harvard, Northeastern, Babson, and Olin.
  • Creation of nearly 3,000 jobs by Techstars companies in the Greater Boston area
  • Helping over 75% of Techstars Boston portfolio companies maintain active operating status or achieve acquisition.

Furthering Massachusetts’ as a global hub for innovation, the Techstars portfolio in Boston is comprised of companies ranging from enterprise SaaS – where Boston is a world leader – to artificial intelligence and other deep technology applied to healthcare, cybersecurity, logistics, wellness, finance, and social impact. The portfolio is a representation of Boston’s core strengths as an ecosystem; often representing companies focused on big problems end up driving the future of our society.

About Techstars Boston Accelerator

Techstars Boston Accelerator is a program from Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Since its founding in 2009, Techstars Boston has helped startups connect with other entrepreneurs, experts, mentors, alumni, investors, community leaders, and corporations to grow their companies. With worldwide operations on every continent, Techstars comprises three divisions: Techstars Startup Programs, Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator Programs, and Techstars Corporate Innovation Partnerships. The global Techstars accelerator portfolio includes more than 1,700 companies with a market cap of $19.1 Billion.  www.techstars.com

For more information about Techstars Boston, visit https://www.techstars.com/programs/boston-program/#.

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For Techstars Boston Accelerator: techstars@scratchmm.com

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Techstars Boston: Help Us Get More Diverse Founders Applying

Challenging the bro-grammer stereotype

The first day of Techstars Boston, I was impressed by all the thoughtful, kind, and honest people I met. There was little in the group that resembled the stereotype of a mansplaining bro-grammer. Except for the fact that people said the word “awesome” a lot and nearly everyone was a straight, white man.

There was just a small handful of women and even fewer people of color. One female-led startup. Two founders of color.

But within that first day, both Clement Cazalot, the managing director, and Aaron O’Hearn the director of Techstars Boston, stood up in front of the entire class and told us that this lack of diversity was their fault. They called this their personal failure to recruit more women and people with diverse backgrounds.

They didn’t make excuses or get defensive. They acknowledged it and took responsibility. The program tracked hundreds and hundreds of companies from applications and referrals from the network: only 18 percent of teams had a female founder n and just 48 percent self-identified as non-white (although only a fraction of the applicants shared this information, and empirical data would suggest a very different ratio where non-white applicants are a minority).

Since that day a few weeks ago, by opening the conversation about the very visible diversity gap, Aaron and Clement have already taken the first step towards changing it. This conversation is just the start.

What can we do to change this?

In short, I can see at least three huge obstacles.

  1. Fighting the bad reputation of an entire industry

On that first day, Aaron and Clement also set the tone for three months of a startup accelerator focused on personal development and propelling these startup ideas forward. They laid out the core values of giving first, acting with integrity, and treating each other with respect. They didn’t skip over a single bullet of the Techstars’ Code of Conduct, putting serious weight behind their statements that they would not tolerate any harassment or violence.

It all sounds like common sense, but they are fighting against the reputation of the entire tech/startup ecosystem that is rightly and publicly criticized for having a gender-discrimination problem, an even worse racial disparity, and a track record of sexual harassment.

This bad reputation has a major impact on many potential founders, who might have an amazing idea for a new startup. How many women want to be in a group of dudes mansplaining tech? How many people of color want to feel like the token black friend? Or worse, discriminated against when the investors come around later?

Those fears are real.

Fighting this reputation only starts with words and conversations. Statements that set Techstars as a safe place for not just all kinds of business ideas, but all kind of people. Aaron, Clement, and all the others here who go out of their way to make sure that every person here is treated with respect.

Then those words must be backed up with action.

  1. If you’re actually biased towards actions

It’s not enough to say you care about diversity. You have to follow your words with real actions. This is the supposed mindset of every entrepreneur: see a problem, search out solutions, and take action.

In taking action, Techstars publishes data on diversity and established a foundation exclusively for giving grants to organizations with programs focused on improving diversity in entrepreneurship. Locally, the Techstars Boston is searching for more actionable steps.

“We’re being explicit and looking for solutions,” Clement says. “There is no ‘silver bullet’ and we have to have a long-term approach.”

Clement wants to improve diversity in the application pipeline and make the program known for attracting a diverse mix of potential founders. Last fall, he and Aaron put the word out to people they knew in the community, made the rounds to venture capitalists, and held office hours to recruiting potential founders. Those actions weren’t enough.

In a similar vein, the managing director of Techstars Seattle, Chris Devore, wrote a blog post last year after the program had only one female-led startup that accepted a slot in the program. Chris wrote he was frustrated that he failed to recruit diverse startups and asked for ideas from the Seattle community. Following Chris’ request for help, the diversity in the Seattle program has improved – with the press calling it one of Seattle’s most diverse classes yet.

Some Techstars programs, including in Boston, have had a more equal gender mix (or completely equal) among their startup founders. It takes planning and intentional effort, the long-term approach to get the word out before 2019 applications even open in the summer.

  1. Change starts with all of us

We need all of Boston engaging in this conversation and looking for solutions. More diversity in early stage startups is the fastest way to challenge the reputation that afflicts this industry. To make steps toward better, safer, more respectful workplaces for everyone.

This takes getting the new Techstars founders, the alumni, the mentors, and community partners all involved. For all of us in the Boston community too — in tech, education, finance, marketing, whatever — we can help change this.

Demo Day is at the end of April. Tell your friends, family, or students to come, meet the Techstar team, and the founders. Applications open for the 2019 program in the summer and stay open until the fall.

Help us recruit, encourage, and support all those founders who don’t look like the bro-grammer stereotype.








Preview of Boston Demo Day 2018

Focusing on companies leveraging what Boston is world class at

This is an exciting time for Techstars in Boston. Most of the companies are coming from our local ecosystem in New England, and this is a pleasure to see such innovation being fostered here!

On April 26th, we will host an exclusive event showcasing the companies. Stay tuned for updates. If you want to request an invite, we are curating the list of people invited. If you want to join, let’s talk! Sign up here to be kept in the loop about dates, location and timings.

We are now one month into the program, the companies are out of a few weeks of intense meetings with key mentors from their respective industries, enabling them to put their recent achievements in perspective.

In September I wrote about Boston’s Ecosystem Investment Trends, and the focus for this Techstars class. Our focus was going to be on supporting mostly companies focussed on SaaS transition or Data/AI – and the Boston did not fail to deliver. We have a remarkable class of startups about to embark on their vision, or continue pioneering in their industry. Here’s how they fit in with what we had planned.

Below is a non-exhaustive list of the companies, we have one other company that will be revealed later.

The 12th class for the city, 147 companies have been through Techstars Boston, and this is the 122nd class overall for Techstars as a global accelerator. Boston is proud to have helped bring PillPack, Localytics, Placester and Synack to market – just to name a few.

We are also proud to have an incredible mentor network, stretching from alumni, to some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the Boston. Its with the help of this Techstars community that makes the experience what it is today. So thank you all. Thank You mentors for your continuous empowerment of entrepreneurs. Thank You to the community for your support of our founders and their startup ideas. And Thank You to all the startups which applied and didn’t get in – we’re all on the same path to greatness, and we have no doubt you will do Boston proud either way.

So without further ado, here are the companies in more detail, in alphabetical order.

Brio

Brio Systems, a direct to consumer healthcare company. Brio Systems puts preventative health within reach of consumers. Using a monthly health check service in the form of a painless blood test aimed to give a person access to their health status and trends on where they are headed. Anonymized datasets provide corporations with insight on their population health and effective ways to optimize their costs of healthcare expenditure.

Chameleon

Banks in the U.S. spend $7.5B per year managing their existing commercial loans, which they could be spending on generating new loans. Managing this backlog of data is a time-consuming, manual process. Chameleon enables commercial lenders to generate more loans by unlocking the $7.5B tied up on data entry. Lenders can spend more time underwriting and sourcing new deals.

Fazta

In today’s digital era, contractors have no good way to deliver an experience that meets consumers expectations. With Fazta, Contractors get a mobile app that instantly digitizes their business with a website, online billing, and a business phone number.  We put an end to running a business on the back of an envelope, and give contractors an online operation that builds loyal customer relationships.

Meenta

Meenta eliminates researchers purchasing problems when mapping their experimental design to instruments. Consequently, when it’s easier to buy, scientists buy more often, instruments run more often and the cost to own and operate instruments decreases. We eliminate 80% of the project consultation costs normally associated with educating new users.

Noria

We solve every pain point users experience with window air conditioners and create value through design, premium fit and finish and smart home integration. Noria’s launch product is a 5,000 BTU connected window air conditioner that’s just 7” tall and twice as quiet as existing units. It installs securely and safely in minutes and is easy to move and store. It works with Alexa, Nest, and Google Home or via iOS or Android app.

Openly

Openly, an insurance carrier, will offer superior insurance products that innovate on the coverage terms and the experience of quoting and buying insurance–for example, enabling a sellable quote in under 60 seconds. We will leverage advanced statistical models at every decision point to reduce expenses and offer the best rates to win high value consumers.

Securicy

Cyber security is a complex and evolving discipline. Cyber attacks and data breaches are threatening the bottom line. Securicy is a complete solution that’s tailored to small to medium-sized organizations that  enables the user to efficiently build, implement, maintain and enforce a compliant cyber security program in their organization.

Sophia

Sophia, a marketplace for therapy. Patients fill out a simple form on their needs, then Sophia provides the top predicted matches from their therapist network, making it easy to set up the first appointment, and follow up to ensure a good fit. Over time, the plan is to expand into additional services (payment, scheduling, outcome tracking) to improve therapeutic outcomes.

SparkCharge

SparkCharge makes Portable Modular Ultra Fast Charging Stations for electric vehicles that go in your trunk. For the first time EV owners will be able to charge their car anytime and anywhere they want. Now, EV owners can seamlessly connect and extend range by swapping out addition 10 mile range battery packs as they see fit. Our rapid chargers can charge electric vehicles at 1 mile every 60 seconds, which makes charging fast and convenient.

There you have it. The companies ready to #domorefaster with the support of the Techstars ecosystem. Stay tuned for updates, and we hope to see you at Demo Day. Sign up here to be kept in the loop about dates, location and timings.

And as always, if you have a good idea. We’d love to know about it. Come hang out with us at one of our action-oriented programs such as Startup Weekend by staying up to date here, or see if there’s an accelerator Program that suits you.

Stay Motivated,

Clement, Aaron, Nick & Saba