The Techstars class of 2017 had 13 new startups.

Techstars debuts its 10th anniversary class by focusing on the community

BOULDER — For its 10th anniversary, 13 startups ranging from information technology to health care to finding a babysitter presented at Techstars’ annual public demo day on Wednesday night.

Among those 13 startups included the first nonprofit to go through Techstars Boulder: Global EIR, an organization that helps immigrant startup founders get H1B visas by partnering with universities.

With a theme of “community,” Boulder mentors, investors, Techstars alumni and others spoke at the Boulder Theater about the importance of supporting entrepreneurship in the area and the role that accelerators play in the community.

The 13 companies in the Techstars Boulder Class of 2017 represented a variety of fields.

  • Apostrophe is a health-care savings as a service platform where employers and members can pay a monthly fee to Apostrophe, plus a cut of savings, to have Apostrophe pay for medical bills upfront at a lower rate than insurance providers.
  • Attentive US uses its algorithm to generate leads for sales teams, saving them time on research to focus on sales.
  • Blank Slate is a design tool that collaborates with 3D printers through the cloud to makes it easier for makers and manufacturers to bring their product from the tablet to life.
  • Candl is a marketplace that lets international travelers easily select a carrier for their mobile phone to eliminate roaming fees. The Army veteran-founded startup also lets users donate data to refugees who need their smartphones to reach safety.
  • Data Nerds described itself as “Carfax for houses,” providing a detailed but easy to understand home history for potential buyers.
  • Global EIR helps international founders who want to base their startup in the United States get visas by pairing them universities seeking “entrepreneurs in residence.”
  • Hardbound is looking to transform reading, creating illustrated and interactive explainers of bestselling nonfiction books.
  • Ironcore Labs provides encryption as a service for the cloud, customized to a company’s needs with a flexible way to decide who can have access and who can’t.
  • Monday revolutionizes recruiting by connecting employers with potential employees with a system that lets other professionals in their network make referrals.
  • PreFix looks to simplify home maintenance by letting homeowners pay a fee to have PreFix home managers handle any and all maintenance checks consistently and repairs as needed.
  • Rodin is creating better virtual reality through apps.
  • Sitter provides parents with a better online market of babysitters, letting them tap into their friend’s pool of babysitters and offering an ever-expanding list of babysitters they can trust.
  • Stateless is an appliance-free and cloud-based way for networks to provide more reliable and consistent service.



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