By Neal Sáles-Griffin, Managing Director of Techstars Chicago
On behalf of Techstars Chicago, I couldn’t be more excited to introduce our Fall class of 2023, which kicks off today, September 11th!
This is the year of hometown talent with 9 of our 12 teams hailing from the great city of Chicago. We also have teams joining us from Nashville (TuneHatch), New Haven (OTTO), and Dubai (ViewIt).
As always, each of the companies you’ll read about below went through a rigorous journey to get here. They all have a deep connection to the problem they are solving, are obsessed with helping their customers, and are life-long learners willing to test hundreds of assumptions.
At Techstars Chicago, our primary goal remains forging significant connections for our founders with mentors, customers, partners, and their fellow program participants. In the upcoming thirteen weeks, our founders will embark on a journey to master customer discovery, they will refine their skills to accelerate sales, and they will be well-prepared to secure their next round of funding if necessary. Moreover, they will grasp their key growth levers to prioritize as they scale an early-stage business.
As one of their initial and earliest backers, I'm thrilled to support each of them in leaving a mark on our local ecosystem. You'll have the opportunity to see the results of our next 13 weeks on December 7th, at Demo Day here in Chicago. Be among the first to receive notifications when registration for Demo Day becomes available by clicking here.
Let's extend a warm welcome to the newest cohort of tech companies joining our Chicago community, a community that exemplifies the fundamental principle of #givefirst at Techstars!
For organizations subject to the ADA, Echo Labs is making accessibility affordable and effortless with low-cost, high-accuracy transcription.
For clinical trials struggling to find eligible patients, and for medical patients looking for alternative treatment, Third Opinion increases access and efficiency in clinical trial enrollment.
For humanities teachers looking to keep their students engaged, immersionED creates immersive learning video games tailored to the AP curriculum.
For EV fleet managers looking to reduce costs of operation, Gridlink provides intelligent charging management software to streamline operations and save on charging.
For real-estate agents looking to create stunning video tours of their listings, and for buyers/tenants looking for a realistic view of properties, Viewit is the ultimate video real estate platform.
For beginner music students, Overture makes audio-responsive video gaming with real-time feedback to make music practicing fun
For eCommerce companies that ship perishable products looking for an easy and affordable fulfillment solution, Orca provides logistics services to reduce costs and improve management.
For college athletes looking to grow their personal brand, Syndacart empowers them to mobilize and monetize their NIL.
For musicians, producers, and DJs looking to create high-quality music videos to increase engagement at low cost, VisualLabs AI enables effortless generation of audio-reactive visuals.
For music venue managers and showrunners who feel overwhelmed, TuneHatch offers a turnkey platform that allows them to book, promote, and ticket their shows, and manage payouts, all in one streamlined interface.
For art aficionados looking to update their personal space in a meaningful way, Perennial House connects visions to artists to generate bespoke pieces.
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For homeowners looking to collect offers on their home without any expense or commitment, OTTO hosts a self-service marketplace to get real offers from qualified buyers online.
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