Demo Day Round Up: May 2016

We are kicking off the summer here at Techstars with the addition of 54 new companies! This past May, Techstars had five Demo Days across the U.S., including Seattle, Boulder, Austin, Boston and the Sprint Accelerator in Kansas City. Here’s a quick recap of the highlights:

Seattle Class of 2016


Techstars Seattle’s seventh Demo Night, held at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), showcased nine companies with diverse product offerings ranging from satellites, drones, bots and interactive game-streaming, to SaaS and mobile apps. Julep Founder and CEO, Jane Park, opened the evening with an inspiring keynote, while Techstars’ Managing Director, Chris DeVore, and Executive Director, Cody Simms, welcomed the crowd. It was an exciting night to celebrate the 2016 class and the broader Seattle startup community!

Congratulations to the Seattle Class of 2016!

Austin Class of 2016


Techstars Austin’s fourth Demo Day kicked off in the historic downtown Paramount Theatre with presentations from 10 eclectic companies, including everything from salad-making robots and music-making gloves, to SaaS products and unique marketplaces. Managing Director, Amos Schwartzfarb, hosted the show, and Techstars’ co-founder and Managing Partner, David Brown, and Ventures Partner, Jason Seats, welcomed the community with opening remarks. It was a great celebration for the 2016 class, mentors, alumni as well as for the broader local startup community in Austin.

Congratulations to the Austin Class of 2016!

Boulder Class of 2016


Hundreds of entrepreneurs, investors and aspiring founders descended on Boulder the week of May 16 for Boulder Startup Week and to celebrate 10 years of Techstars Boulder. Techstars Boulder’s Demo Day on May 18 marks the 10th year of the Boulder program, the original Techstars program that has exploded  into a global ecosystem with more than 20 accelerator programs in 17 cities on 4 continents.

Techstars Boulder Demo Day was hosted at the Boulder Theater, a rite of passage for the 110 companies that have graduated from the accelerator in Boulder since 2007. Attendees were welcomed by Managing Director Natty Zola who said:

“Ten years ago, the founders of Techstars realized that the Boulder community was the perfect environment to model how mentorship, education and camaraderie can transform ideas into companies that can change the world. That remains true today. The energy and ‘give first’ mantra of the Boulder community sparked something special that transformed Techstars into a global ecosystem that to date has launched more than 800 companies. We’re proud to be the first.”

This year’s Boulder class encompassed a portfolio of eleven companies that spanned intelligent hardware, genealogy, healthcare and language learning, among others. The event also included an exciting announcement that Foundry Group, Colorado Impact Fund, and Greenmont Capital are now certified B corporations.

Demo Day also included TeamTap, a social app that event attendees played with to raise over $1,500 for the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado (EFCO) and the Boulder Community Foundation.

Congratulations to the Boulder Class of 2016!

Boston Class of 2016


Techstars Boston 2016 Demo Day event gathered over a thousand investors, mentors and other members of the startup community at the Back Bay Events Center in downtown Boston.  Fourteen companies who are tackling real problems took to the stage to celebrate Techstars Boston 10th class, with very special guest Brad Feld reminding the audience of the early days.

Alumni founders Raj Aggarwal from Localytics and Matt Barba from Placester introduced two of the companies in the class, indicating just how strong the Techstars network has become. The evening included the first edition of the Mentor Awards and was closed with the meet-the-teams-on-stage invitation to investors.      

Congratulations to the Boston Class of 2016!

Sprint Class of 2016


The Sprint Accelerator’s third demo day took place May 24 at the beautiful Kauffman Center for Performing Arts in Kansas City. This class was the first to go through the Sprint Accelerator after the expansion to include more than just mobile health companies, which brought more diversity to the program. The event opened with remarks from Marcelo Claure, the CEO of Sprint, Kevin McGinnis, the VP of Pinsight Media+ (Sprint) and David Brown, followed by ten powerful pitches by ten amazing CEOs.

John Fein, Managing Director, closed the show with all the founders on stage. Hundreds from the community attended and showed their support for Techstars in KC. And post Demo Day, four of the 10 companies will be based out of KC.

Congratulations to the Sprint Accelerator Class of 2016!


Founder Spotlight: Nadya Nguyen of HidrateSpark

Nadya Nguyen of HidrateSpark (Sprint ’15) has had a unique entrepreneur’s journey: she first traveled through the Techstars network as a participant in a Twin Cities Startup Weekend and then continued when she was accepted into the Sprint Accelerator in 2015.

HidrateSpark is a connected water bottle that syncs with your phone to track your daily water intake. It’s been called “the water bottle of the future” and has been covered by Fast Company, Forbes, Mashable and Buzzfeed.

Nadya, a 2014 business graduate from University of Minnesota, has entrepreneurship in her blood. Her parents were entrepreneurs in Russia with the mission to help give their children the best opportunities possible.

Now, Nadya and her team at Hidrate are building ways to help people improve their health starting with the HidrateSpark water bottle. Order your water bottle here and check out this 60 second video on Nadya below!

You can learn more and watch Techstars Founder Spotlights here.

Announcing the 2016 Class of the Sprint Accelerator Powered by Techstars!

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.