By Neal Sáles-Griffin, Managing Director of Techstars Chicago Powered by JP Morgan
The team here at Techstars Chicago powered by J.P. Morgan is excited to announce our next class of companies. The focus of this year’s program is helping companies strengthen their customer acquisition strategy. These founders endured an intensive application and due diligence process to demonstrate their passion and mastery of understanding their customers. Now it’s our job to help them find them all.
The companies themselves have more consumer-facing offerings than many prior Techstars Chicago classes. There’s a good chance at least a few of these businesses are building a solution to a problem you’ve experienced in your own life. An emerging theme among them is one of “care”: care for yourself, for your loved ones, your home, your finances, and taking care in other important aspects of your life. As we enter life after the global pandemic, care is now more important than ever.
During the program, we will continue our intensive training on financial modeling, customer discovery & acquisition, and data-driven sales. And you’ll get a chance to see the outcome of our collective effort on June 8th at our demo day in Chicago. You can be the first to know when registration for demo day opens by clicking here.
Please show our next class of companies some Chicago love!
Alleo.ai: Bring your life together in one AI driven life optimization experience
Apricotton: Bras that grow as she grows
Basil: One-click legal documents for contractors, builders, and tradespeople
The CryptoMom App: Crypto investment and gifting platform for women
Early Intervention Systems: Software focused on aging and memory care well-being
Flat: Oil Change, but for your House
LifeWeb 360: Helping communities celebrate a loved one who has died by sharing memories—and make meaning in their own lives in the process
Memby: App to keep the memories and lose the clutter
PainNavigator: Lifestyle-based coaching, education, and movement platform for chronic pain
Somnea Health: Intelligent care platform for sleep treatment success
Tactic.ly: Your Ransomware Readiness Solution
VacayHQ: Your ticket to free travel!
The Techstars worldwide network helps entrepreneurs succeed. 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. Techstars has invested in more than 3,800 companies with a combined market cap of $105B. www.techstars.com
Neal Sáles-Griffin has been the Managing Director of the Techstars Chicago Accelerator since 2019. Before Techstars, he made his name in the startup ecosystem when he founded the nation’s first coding bootcamp, Code Academy, in 2011. Since his exit, Neal has not stopped promoting change - running for mayor of Chicago, assisting several non-profit foundations, and now putting his efforts toward finding, teaching, and supporting the next generation of impactful entrepreneurs.