Announcing the 2019 Class of Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator

Today I’m excited to announce the 10 companies joining the inaugural class of the Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator in Los Angeles. Over the next three months these companies will rapidly accelerate their businesses by working closely with Techstars, Starburst, our network of expert mentors, and our formal sponsors from industry and government: NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Lockheed Martin, Maxar Technologies, SAIC, Israel Aerospace Industries North America, and the U.S. Air Force, with support from The Aerospace Corporation. Our Demo Day is on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.

From the very beginning, we set out to find world-class entrepreneurs solving big commercial problems with applications for space. The quality of the applicants this year was exceptionally high, and the selected companies represent a diversity of ideas, geographies, and industries. Our companies are tackling challenges in areas such as in-space propulsion and servicing, Earth observation, generative design, nuclear power, launch, solar cells, and autonomous vehicles and targeting industries including agriculture, automotive, mining, energy, and more.  

Without further ado, I present the 10 companies joining the 2019 Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator.


Hybird develops robotic solutions to digitise and inspect industrial assets for safer, faster, and cheaper maintenance


Hydrosat turns space imagery into vital products for agriculture and related industries

Leo Aerospace

Dedicated Launch Service for Microsatellites

Morpheus Space

Fusion between cutting edge electric propulsion & AI: Agile Constellations

Novo Space

High performance electronics for the space industry 

Orbit Fab

An on-orbit fuel supply company


Pixxel builds and operates cutting-edge imaging satellites 

Regher Solar

Solar cells to power the space economy 

SciArt Software

SciArt provides software tools for Generative Design when it matters most 

Zeno Power Systems

Next generation radioisotope power system 

The Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator: What We’re Looking For (TLDR: Not Just Space Companies)

Last month Techstars and Starburst announced the launch of the Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator in partnership with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, U.S. Air Force, Lockheed Martin, Maxar Technologies, SAIC, and Israel Aerospace Industries North America (IAI North America).  This program is the first of its kind, bringing together industrial, military, and civil space leaders to support entrepreneurs disrupting the space industry.

Venture funding for space tech companies is at a high point and still rising, federal funding and interest in space is strong, and thanks to rapid commercial innovation in launch capabilities, it’s never been easier for an entrepreneur to get their technology into orbit.

While this is the first space-focused accelerator program for Techstars, this isn’t our first time investing in space-oriented companies, such as Techstars portfolio companies like Slingshot Aerospace (Techstars LA), Kepler Communications (Techstars Seattle), and Skywatch (Techstars NYC).

If you’re an entrepreneur building a space tech company, we want to hear from you! Classic “NewSpace” categories we’re interested in include: SmallSats, Geospatial analytics, Robotics, Avionics, Communications, Earth Observation, In-Space Propulsion, Navigation, Perception, Systems on Chip Computing, Antennas, and Photonics.

Just as technologies developed for the space industry have found their way into other uses (velcro, GPS, freeze drying, LASIK, dustbusters), the space industry is similarly looking to adapt and partner with commercial technologies. We’re interested in relevant technologies developed for industries as diverse as automotive, agriculture, mining, energy, and industrial manufacturing. We’re especially excited to invest in companies with novel applications in artificial intelligence.

Examples of broader enabling technologies we’re looking to invest in include: AI, design and collaboration tools, autonomous systems, LIDAR, terrestrial navigation, drones/UAS, advanced manufacturing, edge computing and big data processing, sensors, and power systems (including energy generation, storage, and management).

Does the Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator sound like a good fit for your company? If so, we want to hear from you!

Applications are open now and are due on April 7, 2019.  

Want to learn more?

  • Join us on March 21 for an AMA (Ask Me Anything) to learn more about what you can expect during the first year of the Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator.
  • Request one-on-one time with me by scheduling in-person or virtual office hours.
  • Come to a Meet and Greet event on April 9 at the National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. If you’ll be in town, we’d love to see you there!

Presenting the Third Class of the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator, Powered by Techstars

We are excited to announce the ten companies joining us in Los Angeles for our Q4 2017 class of the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator, Powered by Techstars. Our program kicked off last week on September 12, and we are excited to help accelerate another generation of transformative healthcare technology companies. Our Demo Day will be held on December 6.

This is the third program of the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator, and we’re excited to continue the momentum built by our last two classes of extraordinary companies and founders. We’re thankful to have their support as well as the dedication and expertise of our mentors, whose #GiveFirst attitude and commitment to supporting our healthcare tech entrepreneurs not only drives the success of this program, but the future of patient care.

We are proud to be part of the thriving technology community here in Los Angeles, which now includes three Techstars programs (ours, Techstars Music, and Techstars LA)!

Please welcome the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator, Powered by Techstars companies:


provides a voice assistant platform built for patient care and staff efficiency. Patients enjoy hands-free access to information, reminders and entertainment, while Aiva triages voice requests to the right caregiver’s mobile device leveraging artificial intelligence to reduce response times and greatly improve the patient experience.


is an app for oncology patients, caregivers and clinicians to improve the way cancer care is coordinated. The app offers patients personalized cancer information, organizes their journey, provides unique telemedicine and connects them to a community for support.


is a tool for clinicians and patients to engage in shared decision making about treatment options. Its software personalizes recommendations based on each patient’s clinical condition and personal preferences and provides providers a tool to best communicate and engage patients.


uses machine learning and AI to offer patients a triage tool that leads from symptoms to information to recommended next steps. Using a conversational agent, either through messaging or voice-enabled technology, GYANT uses clinically validated triage-protocols to ensure patients have immediate access to information and can appropriately access the right level of care.

Invio SourceDrive

is a cloud based, content management platform for managing clinical trial documents and workflows that replaces paper subject and regulatory binders. Regulatory documents can be distributed, controlled, and collected within SourceDrive, helping to ensure accuracy and completeness.


utilizes context-aware automation to engage patients and physicians to drive adherence to protocols. Lumeon’s Care Pathway Management (CPM) platform allows hospitals to create their own end-to- end workflows that use digital protocols to control all processes throughout the patient journey, from appointment generation through to follow-up.


is an artificial intelligence platform specifically for analyzing patient experience. Utilizing a cloud-based, HIPAA-compliant, healthcare-specific Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning platform, NarrativeDx collects, analyzes, and visualizes unstructured patient feedback from internal and external sources (CAHPS Surveys, grievance letters, social review sites, etc.).

Seremedi’s CareScriptions

service is a mobile care coordination solution. It enables remote care management for high-risk patients and connects patients and their caregivers to the care team during the most critical points of care.

Sway Health

helps providers rapidly deliver evidence-based preventative counseling at the point of care. Their software captures relevant patient medical history prior to a visit, enables providers to deliver brief, personalized preventative interventions during normal office visits, and ensures reliable reimbursement by automating notes and billing for preventive services.

Tasso’s HemoLink

is an easy-to-use, virtually painless, and wearable blood collection system that uses microfluidic technology which will allow patients to collect their own blood samples.  The blood collected by the HemoLink can be used by third-party labs across a broad range of diagnostic tests.



Applications for the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator powered by Techstars Are Open

There’s never been a more exciting time to be a healthcare tech entrepreneur. According to CB Insights, funding for digital health startups reached $6.6B in 2016, up from to $5.9B in 2015. But building a healthcare technology company is hard.

Though the opportunity is enormous, and you have the ability to literally save lives, the industry is complex, subject to shifts in political climate and not known for rapid change. Nothing is more valuable (and harder to obtain) than access to a large, engaged, health system that not only wants to provide resources to help your company grow but also potentially buy your product.

Last year, our first class graduated from the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator powered by Techstars and the outcomes were phenomenal. Through the program the companies created deep relationships with stakeholders and decision makers at Cedars-Sinai, which resulted in multiple long term commercial deals. Moreover, the companies collectively raised over 11 million dollars post program in VC financing from top VC’s.

Our second class (which is currently in program) is showing equally strong potential.

I am very excited to share that the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator powered by Techstars will be running its third class in Los Angeles starting September 12, 2017. Applications are now open and will close June 9th.

If your company is creating hardware, software, devices or services that empower patients and healthcare professionals to track, manage or improve healthcare delivery, we want to meet you.

We will update this page shortly with dates and locations for webinars, meetups and office hours. If you are in LA, the Bay Area, Chicago, Nashville, Toronto, New York, Boston, Seattle or Houston, we would love to meet you in person.

Pre-Recorded Webinar:

In-Person Office Hours:

In-Person Info Sessions:

Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Powered by Techstars in Los Angeles Kicks Off Year Two

We are excited to announce the six companies joining Techstars for our Cedars-Sinai Accelerator program in Los Angeles. We kicked off last week on January 17th and are excited to help accelerate another generation of transformative healthcare technology companies. Our Demo Day is on April 19.

This is the second program of the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator, and we’re excited to continue the momentum built by last class’s extraordinary companies and founders. We’re thankful to have their support as well as the dedication and expertise of our mentors, whose #GiveFirst attitude and commitment to supporting our healthcare tech entrepreneurs not only drives the success of this program but the future of patient care.

We are proud of the innovation here in Los Angeles (#LongLA!) and are excited to be contributing to the tech ecosystem alongside our two new programs, Techstars Music and Techstars LA. 2017 is going to be an amazing year.

Please welcome the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator powered by Techstars companies:


Cerebro: Cerebro’s SaaS platform helps healthcare organizations more efficiently manage their labor spend by providing tools to manage internal and contingent clinicians, while also providing insight and forecasts into labor demands.


Noteworth: Noteworth bridges the data gap in healthcare by seamlessly uniting smart medical devices, data and support together into a single, interoperable platform that positions physicians to deliver more informed, efficient and proactive care.


HealthcareTTU: HealthcareTTU provides predictive analytics around cashflows and AR valuation for hospital health systems, increasing financing efficiencies between hospitals and their banking partners.


ReferralMD: ReferralMD is a cloud-based patient access, referral management and collaboration platform that helps health systems reduce patient leakage, increase revenue and drive operational efficiency.


FrameHealth: Frame Health, through advanced personality analysis, identifies high cost, non-adherent patients and creates tailored treatment plans that improve adherence and outcome.


HealthTensor: HealthTensor uses machine learning and predictive analytics to build artificially intelligent systems that reduce hospital costs and improve patient outcomes.


Announcing the 2016 Class of Techstars Healthcare, in Partnership with Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles

We are excited to announce the 11 companies that will be joining our 2016 Techstars Healthcare Accelerator, in Partnership with Cedars-Sinai, in Los Angeles. We officially kicked off last week on Monday, March 28, and are looking forward to three months of doing more faster. Our Demo Day is on Thursday, June 23.

This is the first year that Techstars has partnered with Cedars-Sinai, and we’re fortunate to have over 100 incredible mentors. Thank you, mentors! We’re grateful for your support, time and guidance. We couldn’t do it without you.

We know that 2016 is going to be an amazing year for Techstars, Cedars-Sinai and Los Angeles.

Without further ado, here are the 11 companies joining the 2016 Techstars Healthcare Accelerator, in Partnership with Cedars-Sinai:

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Applied VR: AppliedVR offers the first mobile VR platform for enhanced patient experience in healthcare around pain and anxiety management.


Deep6: Deep 6 analyzes unstructured data to build cutting-edge artificial intelligence applications for healthcare and the US intelligence community.


Ella: Ella is a mindfulness-based mobile platform that reduces healthcare costs by helping patients manage their chronic pain.

Grace: Grace is a comprehensive, technology-driven platform providing end-of-life management solutions for both consumers and healthcare providers.


HomeHero: HomeHero is one of the largest non-medical home care providers in California.


Inscope Medical Solutions: Inscope Medical has developed an innovative technology that optimizes intubation, improving this high-risk procedure’s efficiency, speed and safety — saving lives and lowering costs to healthcare providers.


Silversheet: Silversheet is a talent management platform, empowering healthcare facilities and medical staff to work together and connect.


Stasis: Stasis Labs has built a health monitoring system that allows doctors to catch declining patients and intervene before a critical event.


WELL: WELL is a secure communication platform that helps admins and care coordinators reach patients between visits.


Yosko: Yosko is a care coordination platform for hospitals that improves team collaboration, transitions of care and efficiency in procedural areas.


ZendyHealth: ZendyHealth is a Priceline-like digital health marketplace where patients can bid and pick their own price on standardized health and dental services to get quality, affordable care with top Providers.

The Inside Scoop on Applying to the Techstars Healthcare Accelerator, in partnership with Cedars-Sinai

Techstars Healthcare, in partnership with Cedars-Sinai is dedicated to helping startups and great founders disrupt and innovate healthcare technology. If your company is creating hardware, software, devices, or services that empower patients and healthcare professionals to track, manage, or improve healthcare delivery, we want to meet you  – check out our upcoming info session and webinars.

I am excited to join Techstars as the new Managing Director for this program! My background includes roles as Head of Corporate Development, CEO, and VP of products for companies including Telesign, Moonshark, Sony Music and Yahoo! I’ve also been an advisor to several LA-based companies including Chromatik, Vyng, Rattleback Rye, and Alpha Edison. I look forward to bringing all of this experience to bear in my new role with Techstars and Cedars! Healthcare founders – I hope to meet you at an event below.

Techstars Q&A

Techstars and Cedars-Sinai will be on hand to answer questions and tell you more about the program. We’ll also have alumni of past Techstars programs available so you can hear directly from founders about what it’s like to go through Techstars.


Techstars will lead a live online overview of the program with time for Q&A from participants.

Final application deadline: January 8, 2016

Program begins: March 28, 2016

Demo Day: June 23, 2016

Apply now!