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We are excited to announce the ten companies that will be participating in the 2016 Sprint Accelerator powered by Techstars in Kansas City. We kick things off this week on February 22 and are looking forward to three months of amazing progress, capped off by Demo Day on May 24.

This is the third program in Kansas City and Sprint has continued to be a fantastic corporate partner. We’re also fortunate to have the support of both returning and new program mentors. We’re grateful for the time and guidance you provide to our companies. We couldn’t do it without you. Thank you mentors!

We love Kansas City and know 2016 is going to be an amazing year for Techstars and KC!  

Without further ado, here are the Sprint Accelerator 2016 Techstars companies:

Backstitch: Backstitch makes corporate intranet communications personalized, relevant and actionable. From Detroit, MI.

Karmies: Innovative AdTech platform that monetizes emojis by making them smart and branded. From Denver, CO.

Leka: Leka makes an interactive, multisensory robotic ball that greatly enhances therapies for special needs children. From Paris, France.

Mycroft: The first open source, voice-driven, AI platform for the connected home and beyond. From Lawrence, KS.

Nozzle: A marketing analytics platform that provides on-demand customer acquisition reporting and timely alerts. From Lehi, UT.

Responsive Ads: Reimagining the best possible fluid ad creatives for screen, user and context. From New York, NY.

SocialCapital: SocialCapital automatically generates accurate personality profiles by applying AI to social and online behavior. From San Francisco, CA.

SpaceView: A mobile augmented reality platform that visualizes real world products in virtual spaces. From Portland, OR.

Stride: Stride.AI uses advanced sentiment analysis to enable businesses to translate their textual data into actionable insights. From Bangalore, India.

Super Dispatch: A platform that enables automotive logistics companies to eliminate paperwork, manage loads, drivers, and billing all in one place. From Kansas City, MO.

John Fein John Fein
John is the founder and Managing Partner of Firebrand Ventures, one of the most active seed funds in the greater midwest. He has over 25 years experience in startups and tech. Prior to Firebrand John served as Managing Director for Techstars in Kansas City. While at Techstars he ran three accelerator programs, investing in 30 startups. John was previously part of five startups, including one he cofounded. He also spent nine years at UnitedHealth Group, managing multi-billion dollar projects and scaling their Kansas City operation from zero to 1,500 employees.

John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Clark University.

  • Nice work to Derek Perkins and the Nozzle Team!! So glad we have more UT representation in Techstars! Nice work guys. I have to admit, Techstars was one of the best things that happened to QuotaDeck (now OUTRO.com) – loved every crazy min of it. And for anyone wondering about applying, just do it, it is worth it.