Techstars Boulder recently announced the 11 startups that will be participating in its 2021 accelerator program. For the next three months, these participants will work extensively with mentors, networking with potential investors and researching the industry. Similar to past years, the program will focus heavily on teaching business fundamentals, like how to figure out who your customer is and how to build a financial model and business plan.
The program will culminate in a demo day on April 22, where the class will present to the public. In the end, all of the entrepreneurs are granted access to Techstars’ resources for life, as well as its network of 10,000 mentors, 15,000 investors and 2,300 alumni companies.
Techstars Boulder’s Accelerator Program Class of 2021
- Porter Metrics
- Inspire Me World
This year’s program, like pretty much everything else right now, will be held entirely online. However, Andres Barreto, Techstars Boulder’s new managing director, sees this format as an opportunity rather than a hindrance.
“Operating our program in a remote format is allowing us to work with extraordinary founders regardless of their locations,” Barreto said in a statement, noting this year’s participants come from across North America, Latin America and East Asia. “We are also excited that over half of the companies are led by diverse founders from underrepresented backgrounds.”
He also says the industries covered in this year’s class are quite diverse as well, ranging from e-commerce and education to financial services and security.
The 2021 class is listed below. Descriptions were provided by Techstars but have been edited for length and clarity:
AtomChat: A platform that claims it can help companies increase their online sales by at much as 5x by using apps like WhatsApp and Messenger.
CodeInspector: An automated code review platform that combines academic research and static code analyzers to help software teams fix technical debt.
Defynance: On a mission to tackle the $1.6 trillion student debt crisis, the platform offers users a way to refinance student loans using debt-free income share agreements.
Floop: An app that helps teachers offer timely, relevant feedback to students more quickly.
Gales: The company has developed a new, anti-microbial, waterproof, slip-resistant shoe designed to support frontline healthcare workers through long and tiresome shifts.
Haekka: A platform that offers industry-leading compliance and security training to companies via Slack.
Immigo: An app that helps schools in countries like China and Korea source the best native English teachers.
Intelligems: A platform that uses A/B testing to help online stores find pricing, discount and merchandising strategies that will help maximize their profits.
Porter Metrics: A platform that automates the process of generating social media reports, potentially saving marketers hours of time compiling their online campaign data by hand.
Terraseed: A company offering vegan dietary supplements in, they claim, the world’s first fully compostable pill bottle.
Inspire Me World: A platform that offers monthly subscription boxes and an online community for those wanting to immerse themselves in Korean culture.