Techstars Future of Ecommerce Powered by eBay Announces Inaugural Cohort

Oct 09, 2023

I'm delighted to introduce the inaugural Fall Class of 2023 for Techstars Future of Ecommerce powered by eBay in San Francisco. Techstars is committed to expanding our presence in the Bay Area, a global epicenter for startups and venture capital. This is a new endeavor for Techstars, and we are excited to unlock the opportunities that await our founders in the world’s largest market for entrepreneurs.

We’re taking a focused approach to helping our founders succeed through our influential partnership with eBay. Combining their prowess with our own experience as one of the largest pre-seed investors in the world will be instrumental in ensuring the success of this class and beyond.

Our cohort consists of 12 startups at the forefront of the ecommerce industry - spanning AI, Web3, privacy, security, and infrastructure. Each of these companies has undergone a rigorous selection process, demonstrating a deep understanding of the problems they're addressing, a dedication to serving their customers, and a continuous appetite for learning and testing assumptions. 

We’re grateful for our new partnership with the pioneers of ecommerce themselves. Each team has the opportunity to build a relationship with eBay and receive their mentorship and leverage their vast network. Our primary goal at Techstars Future of Ecommerce powered by eBay remains to help our founders succeed by connecting them with mentors, customers, partners, and fellow program participants. 

Over the next thirteen weeks, our founders will focus on mastering customer discovery, refining sales strategies, and preparing for potential future funding rounds. They'll also identify key growth drivers as they scale their early-stage businesses.

We’re looking forward to seeing the progress our founders will make over the next three months, and we’re excited to invite you to demo day in San Francisco in January.

Sign up here to be the first to receive an invite! Join us as we launch this new chapter for Techstars! #givefirst #futureofecommerce



Abingdon, United Kingdom

For ecommerce apparel companies with costly returns, Aistetic's AI-powered size recommendations increase shopper conversion and loyalty.


Oakland, California

Clutch unites marketing visionaries with niche creators to drive authentic customer engagement across e-commerce and social channels.


Pasig City, Philippines

ChatGenie is an In-App Commerce Platform that enables businesses to create their very own In-App Stores within popular messaging platforms and digital wallets.


San Francisco, California

For ecommerce sellers with 1,000s of product listings, Ecomtent generates and continuously optimize product listings across marketplaces, and drives ‘unpaid’ traffic to them across channels all on autopilot


San Francisco, California

GolferX provides personalized recommendations using AI to take the guesswork out of buying sports equipment online.


Bogotá, Columbia

For businesses of the health sector that experience friction, inefficiencies and cost overruns when getting their medical inventory, Jelt is a B2B platform for easy acquisition and management of medical supplies.


Melbourne, Australia

Harnessing AI for retailers to reduce costs, improve product discovery and drive sales with insightful automation and personalization.


Paris, France 

For Fashion Resale Businesses, who need to list and manage their catalog across different online channels manually, we provide a saas platform to centralize and enable their business to grow.


San Francisco, California

For dev teams with secret chao anxiety, Onboardbase makes it easy to work with engineers and infrastructure without worrying about security risk.

Brooklyn, New York helps advertisers reclaim wasted time and media spend by automating the analysis and production of ad creatives using artificial intelligence.


Los Angeles, California

For construction industry professional burdened with excess materials, we provide a marketplace to resell them.

WorkDone Inc. 

Los Angeles, California 

WorkDone streamlines a client back office by remotely creating a custom Corporate Memory, identifying AI opportunities & deploying enterprise optimizations with no disruption to staff.

About the Authors
Neal Sáles-Griffin

Neal Sales-Griffin is an entrepreneur, investor and educator. He is currently the Managing Director of Techstars accelerator programs across San Francisco (powered by eBay), Oakland (powered by J.P. Morgan), and Chicago. Over the past 4 years, he has made 100+ investments in early-stage technology startups. He made his name in the startup world back in 2011, when he founded Code Academy, the nation’s first coding bootcamp. Since his exit, Neal has continued to promote change — from running for Mayor of Chicago, to serving on the board of several non-profit foundations. Neal also teaches entrepreneurship at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and McCormick School of Engineering.