By Jag Singh, Managing Director of Techstars Berlin Accelerator
This past January, we opened the doors of the Techstars Berlin Accelerator to ten handpicked companies. I’d spoken to over a thousand companies in the months after our applications opened, and narrowing down to our final ten required the help of mentors and colleagues from across the Techstars network. We keep raising the bar for quality each year so it’s no surprise that we’re incredibly selective.
In last year’s accelerator announcement, I pointed to the increasingly important role that Techstars plays in the Berlin ecosystem, and I’m pleased that for the second consecutive year, we’re accelerating a company that won the grand prize at a Techstars Startup Weekend
It’s a year of many seconds — this is the second time I’ve taken the helm of the Techstars Berlin Accelerator (my fourth overall Techstars program), and this is also the second year in a row where one of our founders’ families welcomed a baby in the middle of the program. As a nod to Techstars’ commitment to enriching the entrepreneurial ecosystem with diverse talent, this is the second year in a row that a majority of the companies on the program have at least one female co-founder.
And on a related note, we’ve got two teams of founders comprising identical twins with us on our journey. On a serious note, the companies we’re backing in 2020 have proven themselves in many ways — from the number of awards won, to their prior successes in fundraising, and most importantly, to their track record with satisfied customers. You’ll get to see the progress they’ll have made, when they present at our April 28th Techstars Berlin Virtual Demo Day.
I am pleased to introduce the 10 companies we’re accelerating:
Award-winning language learning app using audiobooks, music, and an innovative side-by-side language method.
bestselfy pocket coach for new managers and employees to make the best work happen.
Bitback is the cashback rewards app that puts money into the pockets of young people across Africa and around the globe.
Grandpal is helping families look after their older loved ones through tough times. Keeping everyone on the same page means peace of mind and a team focus on the wellbeing of your family's older loved one.
Next generation online career event platform that brings career opportunities and affords role models to young talent, no matter where they are.
Enabling agencies & in-house performance marketers to automate their repetitive work flows, and scale with ease through our no-code automation platform.
Helping people with Parkinson’s track their symptoms and optimize their treatments with Flytta, our wearable and app combination.
Recroot is a video-based hiring tool for high-churn hospitality chains and franchises, where jobseekers apply to hourly job openings by recording a 30-second video.
The first sharing economy app for childcare in Europe, where parents can easily meet other parents nearby, plan playdates, and even organise spontaneous babysitting swaps.
A machine learning system that uses legacy, real-time, and location to deliver targeted messages to guests and staff.