Build in Tulsa Techstars Announces Spring 2024 Class

Mar 11, 2024

We are pleased to announce the 12 trailblazing companies that will participate in Build in Tulsa Techstars’ spring term. At Techstars, our vision is clear and resolute: we are committed to fostering an environment where entrepreneurs thrive & innovation knows no bounds. We celebrate the arrival of a cohort of brilliant minds, each a beacon of creativity and ambition in the ever-evolving landscape of entrepreneurship. 

For the next 13 weeks, in the heart of Tulsa, OK, each company will do the work of reshaping industries.

"Build in Tulsa is excited to welcome another cohort of Techstars to Tulsa. Here in the historic home of Black Wall Street, we are determined to remove barriers for founders who have been overlooked far too often. We want Build in Tulsa Techstars Spring 2024 class to build their skills, build their networks, and build capital, so they can achieve their startup dreams. Along with the Techstars team, we, at Build in Tulsa, are here to help bridge the opportunity gap and help them succeed" Ashli Sims, Managing Director, Build in Tulsa.  

Reaching a plethora of industries like healthcare tech, Marketing Tech, AR/VR, Insurtech, AI and Machine Learning and PropTech; the Spring 2024 Techstars Tulsa Accelerator is poised for major victories. 

“We celebrate with Techstars on the selection of their fourth class. This is a significant step forward in fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in Oklahoma. As a key component of the Oklahoma Accelerator Program, their continued commitment is pivotal in driving technological advancements and economic growth across our state” Jennifer McGrail, Executive Director, Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.

The Techstars Tulsa team & partners will stand as their steadfast ally, dedicated to providing unwavering support, invaluable resources, and unparalleled mentorship every step of the way. Come alongside our founders as they embrace the challenges, celebrate the victories, and dare to scale during the challenge of acceleration. 

“Atento Capital is excited by the arrival of this new Techstars class. We hope that many of the startups get funded in Tulsa and many of the founders make Tulsa home over the long term” Lawrence Watkins, Head of Local Investments, Atento Capital.

With boundless optimism and unwavering confidence we welcome our Spring Class of 2024 to the Build In Tulsa Techstars Accelerator Program: 

bTECH- With wound care technology, called the Halcyon SMART Patch (HSP), bTECH prevents lower extremity amputations from chronic non-healing wounds using far-infrared wavelengths beneath the surface of the skin to promote rapid tissue repair and strengthening from the "inside out." Founder: Dr. Wendy Slone

Clinispan- CliniSpan Health has built an Influencer Relationship Management Platform (IRM) for clinical research. We are helping Pharma companies maximize the power of social media  and influencer marketing for diversity in clinical trials through our Influencer Matching Algorithm. Founder: Dezbee McDaniel 

Complya- Complya helps government-regulated businesses in the care economy automate their compliance journey from start to inspection-ready. We are on a mission to build trust across the care economy. Founder: Idris Mohamed

Gilly- Gilly uses generative AI to capture first-party and zero-party consumer data that businesses otherwise lose by empowering brands and consumers to have a stake in data-sharing. Gilly is changing the way we interact with the world around us. Founder: Laraib Ali Khan

Glitch- Glitch is a performance-based influencer marketing platform specifically for gaming in which gaming publishers can work with creators based on the results they produce when creating content for a title and not just flat fees. Founder: Devin Dixon 

HBCUMADE- HBCUMADE is the heartbeat of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Our platform connects students, alumni, and faculty, creating a vibrant digital space to celebrate shared experiences, foster collaboration, and amplify voices within the HBCU community building connections and embracing the rich culture that defines HBCUs. Founder: Skania Florestal 

IQLAND- IQLAND is a dual-use platform offering developers precise planning tools, instant access to parcel data, cost estimations, and zoning compliance, while providing municipalities with an AI copilot to streamline planning departments and speed up the permitting process, effectively mitigating development bottlenecks. Founder: Phillip Boykin 

Reality Trail- Empowering businesses to create captivating augmented reality experiences that shape consumer behavior in alignment with their goals, Reality Trail is capturing real-time data from every guest interaction tackling data collection challenges, streamlining staff, and enhancing accessibility. Founder: Jaslyn Ferguson 

SkinnyTax- Providing customers with affordable tax planning through an automated tax planning software solution that generates personalized tax planning reports and executable documents helping consumers gain a deeper understanding of unique tax obligations, resulting in greater savings annually with affordable support for our customers. Founder: Cathyana Jean-Baptiste

SOTRO- Revolutionizing at-home hair care with its flagship, collapsible 2-in-1 hair steamer and hooded hair dryer, SOTRO is pioneering salon-quality results for the curly hair consumer with a commitment to excellence that shines through in its iconic design and accessible professional-grade functionality. Founder: Stephanie Louis 

Valuables- Valuables makes it easier for professionals to activate their personal brand at work with personalized recommendations and thought leadership tools. Founder: Dr. Talaya Waller

ValueBuddy- ValueBuddy provides a streamlined valuation and risk management platform for banks and SBA lenders who have a slow, expensive underwriting process. Founder Ace McGill 

The Build in Tulsa Techstars program is made possible through our continued partnership with the George Kaiser Family Foundation, Build In Tulsa, and Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology

About Techstars: Founded in 2006, Techstars began with three simple ideas—entrepreneurs create a better future for everyone, collaboration drives innovation, and great ideas can come from anywhere. Now we are on a mission to enable every person on the planet to contribute to, and benefit from, the success of entrepreneurs. In addition to operating accelerator programs and venture capital funds, we do this by connecting startups, investors, corporations, and cities to help build thriving startup communities.

About Build in Tulsa: The mission of Build in Tulsa is to close the racial wealth gap in America by catalyzing the creation of multi-generational Black wealth through tech and entrepreneurship. Rooted in the legacy of Black Wall Street, Build in Tulsa is committed to providing opportunity for minority entrepreneurs who have historically been denied resources and funding.

About OCAST: The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) was established in 1987 by the Oklahoma legislature. OCAST’s vision is continued growth and vitality through facilitating collaboration between state government, universities, start-up companies and established large-scale firms to develop an entrepreneurial environment that supports technology-based economic development