What Dip Patel recently described to me as "the most nerve-wracking experience" of his life, took place for 12 other entrepreneurs last night at the Back Bay Events Center as Techstars' Summer Class of 2015 took the stage to reveal to Boston's startup community what they've been working on since entering the accelerator on June 4th.
The companies in the class span across diverse spaces, including travel, mobile, edtech, enterprise software, SaaS, retail, 3-D printing, and food distribution tech. When Managing Director, Semyon Dukach, announced the class earlier this summer he said many of them were joining Techstars with substantial momentum and were all trying to solve big problems.
In a change of pace, Demo Day was held a night rather than the usual morning exhibition. Those in the room I spoke with embraced the switched, pointing to the extra attention on the presentations themselves.
Recent Techstars classes have produced some exciting tech companies in Boston, including Placester, Localytics, Ecovent and PillPack to name a few. Maybe, as of today, we don't know for sure which of these 12 will be the next to join that group, there is no doubt at least one will be added to long list of successful startups to come through Techstars Boston. Also in the house last night was Techstars Founder, David Cohen.
Here's a snap shot of the 12 startups that were on display last night, overcoming the nerves of the pitch, at Techstars Demo Day Boston:
doDOC automates regulatory documentation for the enterprise.
CartFresh is a white-label grocery delivery service.
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Co-founder Adam Blake being introduced by Grandfather and founder of Friendly Ice Cream, S. Priestly Blake