Meet the companies – Techstars London 2019 starts here!

It seems appropriate that the applications for Techstars London 2019 opened up on International Programmer’s Day—January 7 of this year. I would link to the website to prove that fact, but ironically enough, it’s down.

Over the 90 days that followed—until applications closed on Empowered Women Entrepreneurs’ Day, April 7—we traveled around Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the U.S. meeting incredible companies at every stop. We received an overwhelming amount of applications at a frankly awe-inspiring level of quality. 

I’ve been involved in a lot of selection processes over the years – over 30- and this year was the toughest one yet. A few years back I wondered if we would ever hit a startup ‘law of diminishing returns’ in terms of quality of ideas and companies. I now realize the opposite is true. This year we saw compelling companies, amazing entrepreneurs, and brilliant applications from around the world. The competition for spots in this year’s program was fierce, which is why I’m so excited to share the ten companies we’ve selected for the program. 

Our 2019 class represents three continents—North America, Europe, and Africa—with founders from Nigeria, Slovenia, the U.S., Ireland, the U.K., and beyond. It’s one of our most gender and racially diverse groups yet, with founders from a variety of backgrounds that we believe reflect the greater diversity found in the world. I can’t wait for our mentors, partners, and friends to meet and work with them over the coming three months. If you’re interested in connecting with any of the companies or helping out, just let us know! 

Now to the real stars of the show—the Techstars London 2019 companies: 

Anything World

Anything World is a middleware platform that combines AI, voice computing, and 3D rendering with layers of behavioural intelligence. It enables users to request and play with any object imaginable.

https://anything.world/

Banjo Robinson

Banjo Robinson is your child’s new pen pal. Banjo is a magical, globetrotting cat who sends real, personalised letters, stickers, stories, and reply stationery to children, twice a month, from exciting destinations like the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, Indonesia, and Iceland. Banjo’s letters are personalised with details about each child’s interests, and he can respond at scale to the questions they ask him in return.

http://www.banjorobinson.com

Cledara

Cledara provides the building blocks for tech-forward companies to tailor, automate, and embed their banking inside business processes. Each company is unique; their banking should be too. 

https://www.cledara.com

Faster Than Light

Faster Than Light is the fastest way for enterprises to run static analysis tests on large codebases.

https://fasterthanlight.dev

myTamarin

myTamarin is tech-enabled childcare marketplace: a one stop-shop for all childcare needs.  

https://mytamarin.com/

Noir Food

Drink great wine, taste fine food, and learn from the best—all from the comfort of your home. Learn about the culinary world from the inside, with exclusive content packed with insider tips and behind-the-scenes videos. You’ll also get flights of wine shipped to your door, extensive expert tasting notes, gastronomic goodies, and, of course, members-only popup events.

https://www.noirfood.com

OHNE

We’re OHNE. We’re the bespoke, organic period product subscription service challenging the menstrual health industry and re-shaping the way people shop for their period products. OHNE subscriptions offer 100% organic period products customised to each customer’s unique cycle length, delivered in letterbox-sized packages right before they need them. We’re not only changing the way women shop for their periods, we’re changing the way they experience them.

https://ohne.co

Sees.ai

Sees.ai is a deep tech startup working to industrialise how big business captures data using drones, with the initial focus on increasing productivity & safety in construction—currently the fastest growing drone market and forecast to be worth £2.6bn globally.

http://www.sees.ai

Versus

Versus is solving the problem of lack of data on African consumers within the continent. It combines online and offline data for brands to have actionable and competitive insights into the African market. Through Versus, brands can now have a soft landing into doing business in Africa.

http://www.versus.ng

Vitrue Health

Vitrue Health is on a mission is to change the way people assess and treat musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions across healthcare through computer vision technology. Currently clinicians rely on their sight alone to measure patient motor function, leading to inaccurate and subjective information for them to base their decisions on. 

https://www.vitruehealth.com/








Machine Learning, VR and Fish Join the 2018 Techstars London Accelerator

After hundreds of meetings with incredible entrepreneurs from all over the world, visits to over 20 cities from New York to Dublin to Seoul and applications from all corners of the globe, I’m delighted to announce Techstars Class 138 – the ten companies joining us for the Techstars London Accelerator class of 2018.

The next three months will see companies from India, South Korea, Ukraine (x2), US/Holland, Portugal/US, Finland, Hong Kong, Estonia and the UK working with the Techstars team and mentors to grow, scale and do amazing things.

In food terms, we have a smorgasbord of companies – from machine learning and computer vision to foodtech and fish, and from VR games to knowledge management and all points in between.


Here are the Techstars London Accelerator 2018 companies:

3co: We build augmented reality and artificial intelligence to help our users imagine a happier, healthier, more productive work space and ship the solution to their doorstep. Our focus is currently on spatial transformation through plants.

42Maru: 42Maru is building a QA(Question Answering) System based on deep learning which applies to Smart Speakers, Connected Cars, Chatbots and Data Warehouses, etc. Our system can give a Unique Correct Answer to any given question. We have core technologies in Information Retrieval, Triple Semantics, MRC(Machine Reading Comprehension), Paraphrasing, etc. We have the world’s first Korean commercial version with some major TELCOs and projects with big ship building industries and financial institutions. Save Time, Just Ask!

Auquan: Auquan is a platform to crowd-source data-driven trading strategies from a community of data scientists, developers and machine learning engineers. We restructure trading into a data and math problem by abstracting out finance knowledge. This way, anyone can discover patterns and build models using historical data without any experience in finance. Profitable strategies created by our users are used by our trading partners to trade live in the markets. We charge these trading firms a percentage cut in the profits and reward our users by splitting this fee with them.

Flawless App: Flawless App is a tool for developers to deliver polished design implementations. It compares expected design with the final app inside a development environment. We have a strong of over 400 paying customers from companies like Basecamp, Spotify, Uber, the Washington Post and many others.

HipFire Games: Hipfire Games is a team of former Supercell and Rovio folks building a platform that combines multiplayer VR games with social meeting elements and hubs. We’re building one of the biggest VR communities for gamers – think Supercell meets social in VR!

Kencko Foods: Kencko is a smart food company on a mission to simplify organic fruit & vegetables into convenient products that are hassle-free to consume. We do this by eliminating perishability, extending its shelf-life while preserving nutrition & properties of freshly organic harvested produce.

Kipwise: Kipwise is building a more automated knowledge management tool to help teams save, organize and utilize useful team knowledge in a more efficient way.

Let’s Enhance: Let’s Enhance is an AI-powered platform that helps businesses and graphic professionals to enhance and generate images in one click

Pesky Fish: Reinventing the seafood supply chain to create a more sustainable industry for fish, fishermen and consumers. Delivering London’s fastest, freshest fish (as little as 6 hours) while building the digital platform to trade directly from the boat.

School Space: School Space offers an ‘airbnb for schools’ – a service which allows them to rent their facilities to the community. Schools need money, community groups need space. We manage the end to end service to make out of hours lettings work for schools and our customers.

I can’t wait to bring all of these companies into the the Worldwide Network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and to work with our global and local partners, our brilliant mentors and friends of the program to help them grow, scale and do great things. All of us – companies and Techstars staff are unbelievably grateful for their support, time and guidance. We couldn’t do it without them.

If you’re interested in helping any of the companies, or if you just want to learn more, please feel free to DM me on Twitter or pop me an email.








AMA: Techstars London

https://www.crowdcast.io/e/TSLondon2018_5








Techstars Roadshow: London

Are you ready to accelerate your company? We currently have applications open for Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator programs around the world. Please join Eamonn Carey and Marko Srsan, Techstars London Managing Director and Program Manager, for an evening of networking at Huckletree Shoreditch in London. They will be there to meet you, he will do a keynote presentation, answer your questions and tell you more about our programs.

Office Hours will be held throughout the day before the session. If you’re interested, please request office hours here: http://bit.ly/TechstarsLondon2018OfficeHours

At Techstars, we are on a mission to help entrepreneurs succeed. Over the past 10 years we have helped over 1,200 companies grow and raise over $4 billion in funding, with a market cap of $10 billion. Now we’re on a search for the next wave of companies to join our worldwide network!

We are looking forward to seeing you!








Techstars Roadshow: Kiev

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Are you ready to accelerate your company? We currently have applications open for Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator programs around the world. Please join Eamonn Carey, Techstars London Managing Director, for an evening of networking at iHub in Kiev. Eamonn will be there to meet you, he will do a keynote presentation, answer your questions and tell you more about our programs.

Office Hours will be held throughout the day before the session. If you’re interested, please request office hours here: http://bit.ly/TechstarsLondon2018OfficeHours

At Techstars, we are on a mission to help entrepreneurs succeed. Over the past 10 years we have helped over 1,200 companies grow and raise over $4 billion in funding, with a market cap of $10 billion. Now we’re on a search for the next wave of companies to join our worldwide network!

We are looking forward to seeing you!








Techstars Roadshow: Bucharest

Are you ready to accelerate your company? We currently have applications open for Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator programs around the world. Please join Eamonn Carey, Techstars London Managing Director, for an evening of networking at TechHub in Bucharest. Eamonn will be there to meet you, he will do a keynote presentation, answer your questions and tell you more about our programs.

Office Hours will be held throughout the day before the session. If you’re interested, please request office hours here: http://bit.ly/TechstarsLondon2018OfficeHours

At Techstars, we are on a mission to help entrepreneurs succeed. Over the past 10 years we have helped over 1,200 companies grow and raise over $4 billion in funding, with a market cap of $10 billion. Now we’re on a search for the next wave of companies to join our worldwide network!

We are looking forward to seeing you!








AMA: Techstars London

https://www.crowdcast.io/e/TSLondon2018_4








Techstars Roadshow: Sofia

Are you ready to accelerate your company? We currently have applications open for Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator programs around the world. Please join Eamonn Carey, Techstars London Managing Director, for an evening of networking at LaunchHub in Sofia. Eamonn will be there to meet you, he will do a keynote presentation, answer your questions and tell you more about our programs.

Office Hours will be held throughout the day before the session. If you’re interested, please request office hours here: http://bit.ly/TechstarsLondon2018OfficeHours

At Techstars, we are on a mission to help entrepreneurs succeed. Over the past 10 years we have helped over 1,200 companies grow and raise over $4 billion in funding, with a market cap of $10 billion. Now we’re on a search for the next wave of companies to join our worldwide network!

We are looking forward to seeing you!








Techstars Roadshow: Techstars London Meetup in Tallinn

Are you ready to accelerate your company? We currently have applications open for Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator programs around the world. Please join Eamonn Carey, Techstars London Managing Director, for an evening of networking at Tera Ventures in Tallinn, Estonia. Eamonn will be there to meet you, he will do a keynote presentation, answer your questions and tell you more about our programs.

Office Hours will be held throughout the day before the session. If you’re interested, please request office hours here: http://bit.ly/TechstarsLondon2018OfficeHours

At Techstars, we are on a mission to help entrepreneurs succeed. Over the past 10 years we have helped over 1,200 companies grow and raise over $4 billion in funding, with a market cap of $10 billion. Now we’re on a search for the next wave of companies to join our worldwide network!

We are looking forward to seeing you!








Global Applications for the Techstars Worldwide Network are Now Open!

There’s an often-repeated stat that 90 percent of startups fail. Not sure the source is, but no doubt that it scares entrepreneurs. At Techstars, we see the reverse in our accelerator portfolio – 90 percent of our startups are active or have successfully exited. Which statistic reflects your business? If you’re ready to succeed, take the next step and apply now to the Techstars worldwide network with more than 10,000 mentors, partners, investors and founders.

At Techstars, we are on a mission to help entrepreneurs succeed. Our mentorship-driven accelerator programs invest in founders to help them do more faster. Over the past 10 years we have helped over 1,274 companies grow and raise over $4.4 billion in funding, with a market cap of $11.4 billion. Now, we are excited to start the search for the next wave of companies to join our worldwide network!

We are reaching new regions and verticals around the world with our newest mentorship-driven accelerator programs. Applications are opening for five new programs:

Take the next step in your journey and apply to join the Techstars worldwide network with more than 10,000 mentors, partners, investors and founders.

This is more than a three month program, the Techstars worldwide network is for life. Listen to stories about our founders from Techstars alumni companies like SendGrid, ClassPass, and DigitalOcean.

Application deadline is April 8, 2018 for most programs. We will be announcing details for information sessions and online events where you can connect with Techstars founders and team, as well as mentors who have the experience and proven track record to help you succeed. Be on the lookout for more details soon!

When you apply, you can choose from any of the following locations and verticals:

For tips and resources on the application process, check out our Application Toolkit.