I'm excited to introduce Techstars Oakland powered by J.P. Morgan's newest class of startups. We're not just here to support these promising companies; we're also deeply committed to investing in Oakland and making a lasting impact on this emerging town.
Techstars Oakland provides unprecedented access to mentorship, resources, and support. We aim to not only accelerate the growth of these startups, but also contribute to the economic and social development of Oakland.
At Techstars Oakland, we understand the importance of fostering diversity and inclusion in the startup ecosystem. That's why we've made it a top priority to invest in underrepresented and often overlooked founders. True innovation knows no boundaries. Our dedication to supporting a diverse group of entrepreneurs reflects this commitment.
Our partnership with J.P. Morgan reinforces this commitment. They recognize that diversity and inclusion are essential drivers of innovation and growth and are offering an integrated suite of services. This includes banking, wealth management, and advisory solutions. Together, we're not just building successful startups; we're building a more inclusive and innovative future for Oakland and the entire entrepreneurial landscape.
Join us to see the outcome of our collective effort at our Demo Day on January 11th, 2024. Sign up here to be the first to receive an invite! Without further ado, let's meet the Techstars Oakland Spring Class of 2023:
Cadena (New York City, New York)
For people who feel overwhelmed learning about AI, Cadena provides fun snackable courses so you can upskill your self.
Chambr (San Francisco, California)
For sales teams that don't reach their targets, Chambr helps them practice their pitches so that they close more deals.
Coexist (San Francisco, California)
For busy families overwhelmed by managing life at home, Coexist is an all-in-one hub that makes home management fair and fun.
Cuál (Los Angeles, California)
CUAL is the Yelp for Hispanics. We provide a platform where Hispanics can share reviews about local businesses in their community.
Cut + Clarity (New York City, New York)
For people focused on conscious consumption, Cut + Clarity is revitalizing the jewelry industry with customizable fine jewelry sustainably made in NYC on a mission to create opportunities for women.
Fundwurx (New York City, New York)
For businesses that struggle to manage their Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, Fundwurx provides an all-in-one solution to streamline operations and workflows, facilitate connections to nonprofits, and track social impact data in real-time.
Grandstage (Brooklyn, New York)
Grandstage offers companies a content marketing copilot to help cut content creation time by 75%, freeing them up to focus on revenue generation.
Littl (Toronto, Canada)
For new parents overwhelmed by information overload and generic advice, Littl provides evidence-based, personalized guidance and companionship, ensuring they navigate parenthood confidently.
Nala (Miami, Florida)
For organizations battling with obsolete HR methodologies, Nala offers a SaaS solution, blending machine learning, predictive insights, and immediate recommendations to not only revolutionize talent management but also boost overall productivity.
PerformVu (Brooklyn, New York)
PerformVu is the global hub for streaming impactful performance & video art from the world's top artists and art institutions.
Skyblue Analytics (Montevideo, Uruguay)
For financial companies without the investment infrastructure and data analytics, we offer a customized whitelabel solution.
WXLLSPACE (Atlanta, Georgia)
For real estate developers who are looking for mural artists, we provide creatives who are available and within budget.
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.
Aaliyah Barker is an investment analyst at Techstars Oakland powered by J.P. Morgan. She has a background in marketing and a strong affinity for working with startups. Having participated in her second program on the Techstars Oakland team, her experience in venture capital equips her with valuable insights into identifying promising investment opportunities within the dynamic tech ecosystem.