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We are thrilled to announce the nine companies participating in the second Alexa Accelerator, powered by Techstars taking place this summer in Seattle, WA. The program will once again be managed as a joint venture by Techstars and the Amazon Alexa Fund, and allow us to pursue a shared goal of supporting entrepreneurs in the voice space. Last year’s Alexa Accelerator companies have gone on to raise over $10 million in capital, and include:

Comet.ml: Comet.ml, which allows data scientists and developers to easily monitor, compare and optimize their machine learning models, completed a $2.3 million seed round led by Trilogy Equity partners in April 2018.

Novel Effect: Novel Effect enables voice interactive storytelling by adding music, sounds, and even characters voices simply by reading a book out loud with their app. They closed a $3 million Series A investment round co-led by Alpha Edison, TenOneTen Ventures, and Waverley Capital in May 2018.

Pulse Labs: Pulse Labs, which builds user experience testing solutions for voice developers, raised a $2.5 million seed round led by Madrona Venture Group in February 2018.

Sensible Object: Sensible Object raised $3.2 million in June 2018 alongside the launch of When in Rome, the first Alexa-powered board game.

Much like last year’s class, the companies selected showcase a wide range of voice innovation ranging from smart home technology to gaming, the enterprise, and more. This year’s program is already underway and will be packed with 12 weeks of hard work. The program culminates October 9th with Demo Night, giving participants an opportunity to pitch their business concept to top venture capitalists and angel investors and announce new Alexa product experiences.

Don’t miss your chance to join us for the fun. Reserve your ticket now!

We’re excited to welcome this second class to the Techstars community and look forward to the voice innovations they will bring to Seattle!


New York City, NY

Blutag – Helping retailers and brands deliver voice shopping experiences

Conservation Labs

Pittsburgh, PA

Conservation Labs – An affordable smart water meter to save money by reducing water use and detecting leaks


Atlanta, GA

HelixAI – Voice powered digital assistants for use in the laboratory sciences


Seattle, WA

Imageous – Comfort and smart facilities AI assistant for occupants of commercial buildings


Seattle, WA

Jargon – On demand conversational translation service to remove language barriers


London, UK

Novalia – Applying conductive print and microcontrollers to create immersive, touch-based experiences

Presence AI

San Francisco, CA

Presence AI – AI-powered conversations for small businesses to replace phone calls


Boston, MA

Unruly Studios – Bridging STEM and physical play to keep kids active while learning to code


Tel Aviv, Israel

Voiceitt – Automatic Speech Recognition technology enabling people with speech impairments to communicate and be understood by voice


Aviel Ginzburg Aviel Ginzburg
Aviel Ginzburg is a Seattle based entrepreneur and investor. He’s the Managing Director of The Alexa Accelerator, powered by Techstars, Co-Founder & President of Simply Measured, Board Partner at Founder’s Co-op, and an angel investor. When he’s not working on startups, you’ll either find him tending to his garden while listening to embarrassing music or bouncing his four month old on a yoga ball.