With Techstars’ recent announcement of their 2018 accelerator classes, StartupCincy has spread its influence further than ever before — with three startups from Greater Cincinnati earning acceptance into the Techstars global accelerator network.
- Kai Coach — Techstars Chicago — Kai is a fitness coach that communicates entirely via text message. Powered by augmented intelligence (humans and machines working together), Kai engages you in daily conversation about your goals and how you’re doing — physically and emotionally.
- SAWA — Techstars Atlanta — a virtual graphic designer that allows teams to create consistent, branded designs for commonly needed communications.
- SoLo Funds — Techstars Kansas City — a mobile lending exchange that connects lenders and borrowers to provide access to affordable loans of less than $1,000.
All three accepted startups are current members of Cintrifuse and recently graduated from StartupCincy accelerators. Kai Coach and SAWA both graduated from the OCEAN Accelerator in April 2018. Solo Funds graduated from the Hillman Accelerator in October 2017 and received seed funding from Queen City Angels in April 2018. A fourth Cintrifuse member, Columbus-based PopCom, was also accepted into Techstars Los Angeles for their 2018 class.
Techstars accelerators have known for a while now that they can recruit high-quality startups from the Greater Cincinnati region. Beginning in 2014, Brandery alum Choremonster was accepted into Techstars’ Disney Accelerator in Los Angeles. Since then, managing directors from Techstars have recruited Greater Cincinnati companies 10 times, including the recent addition of three in 2018.
From Techstars Atlanta, Managing Director Michael Cohn and Director Rachel Ford told Hypepotamus they returned to many of the cities where they had seen success in the past, such as Chattanooga, TN; Cincinnati, OH; and Tel Aviv, Israel.
Previous Greater Cincinnati Techstars accelerator grads include:
- Choremonster/FamilyTech — Disney Accelerator, Los Angeles, 2014
- LISNR — R/GA Accelerator, New York City, 2014
- Losant — Techstars IoT, New York City, 2016
- Spatial — Techstars Mobility, Detroit, 2016
- CompleteSet — Techstars Chicago, 2016
- Monetizr — Techstars Atlanta, 2017
- Arajoy/Immersed — Techstars Chicago, 2017
Greater Cincinnati’s startup community has long been a friend and ally to the worldwide Techstars network. ConnXus, another StartupCincy company, closed a Series A funding round led by Techstars Ventures in 2014 and their CEO, Rod Robinson, sits on the board of the Techstars Foundation.
In 2016, Cincinnati played host to Techstars FounderCon, which brought the annual global conference to the heart of the Midwest. In 2017, Cintrifuse CEO Wendy Lea was added to the Techstars Board after serving as a Techstars mentor since 2006.
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Kai Coach, SAWA and Solo Funds will all conclude their time with Techstars 2018 programs in October as the three separate accelerators hold demo days throughout a two-week span at the beginning of the month.
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