By Maria Flynn, Managing Director of Techstars Kansas City Accelerator
We are excited to announce the 2021 class of the Techstars Kansas City Accelerator. Leveraging the power of the Techstars network, each company in the program will expedite their growth over the course of the three month accelerator program and post program support.
Furthering Techstars’ mission of helping entrepreneurs succeed, the program will focus on mentoring, applying key learnings to each company’s specific needs, and investor readiness. The mentor network supports our founders and includes experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and business executives. The cohort will dive deep into their revenue formula, product roadmap, and financials to emerge as stronger companies having tested their hypothesis and assumptions in the program. We will dedicate considerable time into our communication of their businesses for investor readiness.
This year, we’re excited to welcome companies to our 2021 class from the Kansas City region as well as Baltimore, Charlotte, Raleigh, and Sante Fe. The companies represent the animal health, financial, education, environmental, healthcare, transportation and consumer marketplace industries, with a strong artificial intelligence theme running through the cohort. We are proud of the diverse backgrounds represented in the class, and four of our companies are led by women CEOs.
Ultimately, we’re thrilled to welcome a group of entrepreneurs with an eagerness to work on their businesses and an urgency to bring their products to market. Knowing the importance of peer support through my own company’s journey, I am most excited for these entrepreneurs to find support in each other as we work together to build incredible companies. Earmark these companies and watch for their compounded success.
It is my privilege to announce the following companies in the Techstars Kansas City Accelerator class of 2021:
A gifting marketplace that connects trusted networks to the local businesses they love
The first natural air purifier that reduces CO2 using an algae subscription service
Instant short-term loans, collateralized by users' devices for $1 a day
Animal disease management through the power of AI
Solves the aging roads crisis by providing data-driven solutions to communities
AI for medical imaging diagnostics, including the necessary infrastructure and computer vision models for our hospitals, researchers, and CROs to be part of the $20B+ future
Automated teacher addresses reading disparities through artificial intelligence, natural language processing and speech recognition
Helping mortgage loan officers shop and compare private mortgage insurance for homebuyers that put less than 20% down to buy a home.
Improves your memory while you sleep
Memory health platform connecting seniors and their families to personalized cognitive care