Meet the Techstars Economic Mobility Powered by Samvid Ventures Class of 2023

Sep 11, 2023

We are delighted to announce the Class of 2023 for the Techstars Economic Mobility Powered by Samvid Ventures Accelerator. This program is for talented entrepreneurs designing solutions that generate greater economic mobility for low- and moderate-income Americans, in areas including technical and skill-based education, financial inclusion, and economic resilience.

Samvid Ventures is a philanthropic foundation committed to improving lives of underserved individuals through education, entrepreneurship, and wellness. 

"My co-founder and I are immigrants. Education has played a starring role in our lives. With Edifii, we hope to bring the very best educational planning and content to all students, irrespective of their circumstances. We are excited to be part of the Techstars Economic Mobility program powered by Samvid Ventures to accomplish this ambitious goal."

- Izzat Jarudi, CEO of Edifii

For our inaugural program, we received hundreds of applications across multiple industries and after extensive review and interviews, we curated a cohort of talented founders representing a broad spectrum of innovative solutions in workforce development, financial inclusion, and economic resilience.

“We sought startups with extraordinary teams that were demonstrating promising early traction in solving problems that address large markets aligned with our program themes. And after an extremely competitive selection process, we couldn’t be more excited with the outstanding and highly diverse class of founders that will be joining us.”

- Keith Camhi, Techstars Managing Director

"The founders in this cohort are outliers in the ingenuity of their business models, and their generosity of spirit and ambition. We are proud to support these entrepreneurs and their transformative solutions."

- Gemma Lenowitz, Program Director at Samvid Ventures

Our class this year features startups addressing a wide array of pressing challenges. Whether it's supporting gig workers, bridging the education-employment gap, or simplifying the administration of government benefits, our founders are driven by their commitment to make an impact.

"Snappable is thrilled to be part of Techstars Economic Mobility Powered by Samvid Ventures — we’re ready to learn from mentors and fellow founders as we leverage a mix of boldness, scrappiness, and humility to move quickly and work toward becoming the industry standard for government nutrition benefits. We’re shaking things up because we believe that food security is a human right."

- Lulu Meza, CEO of Snappable

At the culmination of the three-month program, founders will have the opportunity to showcase their ventures at Demo Day on December 1st, 2023. This event offers a platform to highlight their progress and ideas to our dynamic community of investors and mentors, right here in New York City.

Please join us in welcoming the Techstars Economic Mobility Powered by Samvid Ventures 2023 Accelerator class!

Aura Finance — San Francisco, CA

Psychology-based financial wellness platform that combines behavioral coaching and wealth management.

Balance — Denver, CO

Financial forecasting software to help gig workers determine how much to work, spend, or save to reach their goals.

DEV.F — Mexico City, Mexico

Cohort-based educational program that trains Hispanic Americans in digital skills such as coding, data science, AI, and UX, and helps them secure a high-quality job.

Edifii — Cambridge, MA

AI and Neuroscience-powered chatbot to provide students world-class, individualized guidance counseling.

Hiveclass — Massapequa, NY

Digital platform for modern, whole-child wellness resources serving educational institutions.

Impactica Labs — New York, NY

Collects household financial data & documents so customers can successfully apply and maintain access to government benefits.

Laurels — Los Angeles, CA

Platform for pro bono programs enabling corporate employees to support local non profits. 

Making Space — Los Angeles, CA

Talent acquisition and learning experience platform for companies to access pre-qualified underrepresented talent pools.

MoneyStack — Pittsburgh, PA

Financial counseling platform for mental health therapy, starting with gambling addiction.

Snappable — Brooklyn, New York

A digital payment system to transact government nutrition incentive benefits.

Take2 — New York, NY

AI-powered virtual job experience platform that helps employers engage their job applicants and vet them for on-the-job skills.

Vero Learning — Fort Lauderdale, FL

Talent optimization and recruitment platform built for Gen Z’s transition from the classroom into the workforce.

Please follow the Techstars Economic Mobility Accelerator on LinkedIn and Twitter for updates and announcements. 

About Techstars

Techstars is the most active pre-seed investor in the world having invested through its accelerators in more than 4,000 companies. Founded in 2006, Techstars believes that entrepreneurs create a better future for everyone and great ideas can come from anywhere. Now we are on a mission to invest in an unprecedented number of startups per year enabling more capital to flow to more entrepreneurs around the world. We do this by operating accelerator programs and venture capital funds, as well as by connecting startups, investors, corporations, and cities to help build thriving startup communities.