Announcing the Newest Class of Techstars Oakland powered by J.P Morgan

Apr 03, 2023

Techstars Oakland powered by J.P. Morgan is excited to announce its inaugural cohort of twelve innovative startups. These promising companies were chosen from a pool of 1k+ applicants from around the globe building innovative solutions in the AI, Edtech, Proptech, Fintech, B2B SaaS, and Ecommerce spaces.

Over the next 13 weeks these founders will be relocating to the Bay Area where they will receive unprecedented access to mentorship, resources, and support from the Techstars network, the local program team including three partners in residence: Luke Erickson, Victoria Kennedy, and Alessandro Rinaldi.

This class highlights J.P. Morgan and Techstars’ dedication to supporting underrepresented and diverse founders. J.P. Morgan believes that diversity and inclusion are key drivers of innovation and growth, and will be offering an integrated suite of services to founders in the accelerator beyond the 13-week program, including banking, wealth management, and advisory solutions, to support their growth and success.

Demo Day is scheduled for June 29th, 2023! Follow us on LinkedIn and Instagram to stay up to date on news regarding this class, the overall program, and events.

Without further ado, let's meet the Techstars Oakland Spring Class of 2023:

Aravenda (Vienna, VA)

Carolyn Thompson 

Aravenda leads SaaS innovation in the fastest growing segment of retail - resale.

Bezomoney (Accra, Ghana)

Mubarak Sumalia

BezoMoney is a digital bank for the 650 million unbanked and underbanked in Africa. (Sunnyvale, CA)

Puneet Kohli | Nikita Gupta improves job placement outcomes for individuals and organizations through AI-assisted products and tooling, acting as a "copilot" in the job search journey.

chpter. (Nairobi, Kenya)

Mark Kiarie | Kuria Kevin

chpter. empowers businesses with the tools they need to manage online sales, communicate with their customers and automate marketing all in one place.

Matchplicity (Washington, D.C.)

Lauren Burke Silva | Jovan Silva

Matchplicity® creates equitable employment and networking opportunities by matching industry-leading companies seeking top talent with membership organizations comprised of skilled professionals.

Netta (Mexico City, Mexico)

Antonio "Nono" Darszon | Julio Pradera

Netta is a tech-enabled lending platform for middle-market landlords in Latin America - providing easy access to liquidity and professional property management tools.

PentoPix (San Francisco, CA)

Amit Pate | Volha Paulovich

PentoPix seamlessly transforms scripts into 3D animated storyboards and videos, saving film studios up to 80% of pre-production time and budget in creating unforgettable stories that captivate audiences.

ReviewPiper (Austin, TX)

Henry Stewart

Review Piper automates the detection of critical errors found in promotional materials, minimizing the operational and regulatory burdens life science teams face publishing and maintaining advertisements.

RxPlace (Irvine, CA)

Patty Bollenbach | Franklin Williams

RxPlace is the B2B marketplace for drugs - helping pharmacies buy drugs 20%-50% cheaper and giving pharmacists back 15+ hours/week to focus on patient care.

Spaciously (San Francisco, CA)

Laurent Baillot | Hanna Kanabiajeuskaja

Spaciously is an easy way for local brand owners to try physical retail and make a lasting impression on their customers and a way for venues to set up interactive events that attract customers.

TeeRead (Miami, FL)

Trini Bensusan Mille

TeeRead provides an automated English reading and speaking coach that accelerates students' outcomes; for schools and parents worldwide that don't have access to native English-speaking teachers.

The Host Co (Oakland, CA)

Annie Sloan | Mikel Hubbard

The Host Co adds instant amenities to short term rentals: massage, late checkout, in-rental shopping and more. It’s the “easy button” for hospitality upsells.

Meet the Author
Naji Barnes-McFarlane

Naji Barnes-McFarlane is the Investment Associate at Techstars Oakland powered by J.P. Morgan. Passionate about entrepreneurship, and the various ways tech can solve systemic social issues, he has a socially conscious mindset and is committed to finding and supporting companies and founders that contribute to social and environmental sustainability. He sees a successful and sustainable future in a world where diverse leaders can learn from one another to employ intersectional and systemic approaches that push humanity forward equitably.