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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.

Rachelle Oribio
Rachelle is the Program Director of the Techstars++ program. She is an MBA and former management consultant who avidly supports responsible business and social enterprise. To date she has worked with entrepreneurs to build and grow 100+ organizations and has served on multiple boards. @RachelleOribio