Techstars Space Accelerator Announces Class of 2021

Jun 07, 2021

By Dr. Jonathan T. Fentzke, Managing Director of the Techstars Space Accelerator

Techstars is delighted to announce the incoming class for our deep tech focused Techstars Space Accelerator, a mostly-virtual program run in partnership with Arrow Electronics, SAIC, Lockheed Martin, Israel Aerospace Industries - North America and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The program focuses on the next generation of dual-use frontier technologies, including this year’s class of 10 companies focused on solutions in quantum, in-orbit services, autonomy, hypersonics, photonics, communications and cyber-physical security.  

This year’s companies continue our tradition of working with world-leading space and deep tech startups.  Alumni from our previous cohorts are launching space systems and infrastructure, raising 10s of millions of dollars in venture capital as well as receiving lucrative contracts from both government and commercial customers. 

By Demo Day on September 2nd, the class will have built strong relationships with our partners and leveraged a network of industry experts and investors to deepen their continued access to opportunity. Each startup will sharpen and grow product offerings to accelerate their traction with support from mentors in commercial, civil, and government roles across a number of industries and geographies.

Selection of the 2021 class was extremely competitive. The 10 selected companies represent teams from across the United States and Australia, all with global market access and international reach in the Techstars network. Now, we proudly present the companies joining the 2021 Techstars Space Accelerator.


San Clemente, CA

Hosted payload solution for early hypersonic alerts and multi-domain awareness with mesh network analytics in the ocean.

San Francisco, CA

Effortless vehicle autonomy enabled by real-time scene construction and cross view localization with efficient HD mapping at the edge.


Sydney, Australia

Modular photonics drivers and data acquistion for quantum computing and next generation optical solutions for data centers and faster internet at the speed of light.

Pierce Aerospace

Indianapolis, IN

Heterogeneous drone network identification software and integrated hardware for multi-domain IoT solutions at the edge.


Rockville, MD

An enterprise-ready data operating system for unstructured data flows with a suite of patented compression solutions for cloud and hybrid cloud environments.


San Mateo, CA

Leading software solutions providing Post-Quantum security for critical infrastructure and systems.


Alexandria, VA

Inspection and proximity operations systems and analytics for orbital and terrestrial assets.


San Diego, CA

Long duration modular autonomy and sensor fusion for man-portable unmanned surface vessels and things.


Denver, CO

Quantum secure precision timing anywhere on Earth 1000x more accurate and available in GPS-denied environments.


Boston, MA

Thermal management solutions powered by nano-materials for the most demanding environments.