Celebrating 2019 Tech Innovations—and 10 years of Techstars Boston!

May 20, 2019

For the past decade at Techstars Boston, we have had the privilege of working, each year, with 10 different companies driving tech innovations across a variety of industries. Every year of our programs is special, and this year was no exception.

This year, our class was structured around the themes of B2B SaaS, Applied AI, Marketplaces, and Healthcare, with each company falling into one or more of these categories.

2019 also marked the 10-year anniversary of Techstars Boston, which our friends at TechCrunch and VentureFizz put in perspective nicely.

Additionally, our 2019 class marked a significant milestone for our program—a 400% improvement of diverse representation in our class! Looking at gender, race, country of origin, and background, growing diversity and inclusion in our accelerator have been a significant focus for us, and we are making progress. I believe cognitive diversity is fueled by human diversity. And while we are still far from being perfect, we are proud to have welcomed 4 female-led companies and many more encompassing aspects of diversity to this year’s class of Techstars Boston. Techstars alum Kendall Tucker recently profiled our commitment to diversity and inclusion in Forbes, addressing the strides we are making towards addressing this industry-wide issue.

All of the companies from this class were in stealth mode until the very end of the program,  working tirelessly for the past few months to get to where they are now, which gives us the distinct pleasure in officially announcing the 2019 class of Techstars Boston.

Jen Riedel, our fantastic program manager, Aaron O’Hearn, our director, and I are honored to welcome the following teams to our Techstars Boston alumni, after having had the opportunity to introduce them on stage at Demo Day in front of 1,000+ members of our local community. I present to you the Techstars Boston Class of 2019!

AceUp – Ace-up.com #B2B #Marketplace

For companies who want to do more for their people, AceUp delivers personalized executive coaching to connect employees at all levels with their full potential, through a tech-enabled framework that makes it impactful, scalable, and measurable.

Traction since joining Techstars: $500K GMV in Q1 2019, 10x growth compared to Q1 2018, above 90% retention rate, more than 30 companies in their portfolio.

adopets – Adopets.com #B2B #Marketplace

For pet lovers seeking a friend for life, Adopets provides the best online adoption for you, your pet, and your community.

Traction since joining Techstars: Partnered with the 2nd largest shelter software platform in the world, to become the largest payment processing in the world for pet adoption fees. With over 400,000 searches in the platform and 380,000 adoptable animals and clients in the U.S, Australia, and India.

DragApp – Dragapp.com #B2B

For companies that need lots of tools to get jobs done, Drag is the Everything Inbox for teams. One single place to support customers, manage tasks and close deals, from the place teams, love, email.

Traction since joining Techstars: 100,000+ downloads, 30,000 active users, 1,000+ paying customers. Users from larger companies like Uber, Spotify, HubSpot, and AirBnB. 4.5 to 5 star from over 800+ reviews.

HomeBinder – HomeBinder.com  #B2B #Marketplace

HomeBinder brings peace of mind to 1 in 25 new homebuyers in North America by helping them manage their home updated by a trusted network of service providers.

Traction since joining Techstars: Used by 4% of the new houses in North America, with 500k+ ARR, 200,000 new houses every year, 110,000 real estate agents and 12,000 home professionals.

LuminDx – LuminDx.com #AI #Healthcare

For generalist physicians addressing skin conditions affecting billions, LuminDx is building AI to elevate these doctors into expert dermatologists.

Traction since joining Techstars: Exclusive agreements with major hospitals in the U.S. for over 70,000 diagnosed images, to win in the space of AI applied to skin conditions.

Metrobi – Metrobi.com #B2B #AI

The mind behind city logistics. Metrobi helps wholesalers manage the last mile of their deliveries.

Traction since joining Techstars: We manage more than 5000 deliveries every day (one delivery every 10 seconds), empowering companies to do 23% more deliveries per vehicle

Pluto – heypluto.com #AI

A text-based social assistant to help you manage relationships you care about and be more intentional with the people in your life.

Traction since joining Techstars: Waitlist up from 400 to 7,000 in 2 months, currently gaining 1,000 members per week. Launching Summer 2019. Creating novel, humane AI that supports human-powered solutions to reviving true personal connection.   

UptimeHealth – Uptimehealth.com #B2B  #Marketplace #Healthcare

For healthcare executives who handle the medical equipment needs of their facility, UptimeHealth provides a software tool that will lower your cost of owning devices and help you plan for your next big purchases.

Traction since joining Techstars: Has built the largest marketplace of clinical technicians in the US (with 1,300 technicians). Over the past 3 months has doubled the number of customers (13 to 24) with a pipeline of 700 facilities.

VICI Sports – Playvici.com #B2B

For diehard fans who can’t be at the game, VICI’s TV network brings the stadium experience home through partnerships with the largest teams in the world.

Traction since joining Techstars: The $1B soccer team Paris Saint-Germain, the reigning NHL champions Washington Caps, and the most valuable NBA franchise NY Knicks all use VICI TV to broadcast video content and offers directly to fans in bars.

WorkAround Online – Workaround.online #AI #Marketplace

For companies who want to use machine learning to drive their business, WorkAround provides training data annotated by a skilled untapped workforce for the highest possible quality, trusted by world-class companies.

Traction since joining Techstars: Tagged over 2M tasks on its platform, secured a partnership with BigML, and has a 2000 person skilled workforce. Customers include WeWork and ZoomInfo.

We look forward to seeing what the next ten years of Techstars Boston have in store for us.

In the meantime, we couldn’t be more excited to work alongside all of you for the continued success of these ten teams, who encapsulate some of the best of Boston!

Jen, Aaron, Clement