September 1, 2015

Boston Startups Reveal It All at Techstars Demo Day

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.

           David Cohen Techstars Boston

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: 

SmackHigh is the place for teens to express themselves and be heard. @smackhighteam

          SmackHigh Techstars

AdmitHub optimizes the admissions process for students, counselors and colleges. @admithub

doDOC automates regulatory documentation for the enterprise.

CartFresh is a white-label grocery delivery service.

          CartFresh Techstars. Russo's

Hot offers last minute hotel bookings for global markets. @hot_app

Cuseum is the museum engagement platform. @cuseum

                               *** Related: Cuseum: Q&A with Founder, Brendan Ciecko ***

LovePop creates intricate paper art that pops. @lovepopcards

          LovePop Techstars

Netra makes machine vision and deep learning for multi-camera video intelligence. @netraSystems

Provender is a marketplace for growers and buyers of fresh food. @provender

Shearwater keeps international students enrolled and engaged. @shearwaterintl

Kwambio is a platform for creating unique, personalized products on 3D printers. @kwamb_io

ThriveHive offers guided marketing for small businesses. @thrive_hive

           ThriveHive Techstars. S. Priestly Blake
            Co-founder Adam Blake being introduced by Grandfather and founder of Friendly Ice Cream, S. Priestly Blake

       *** Related: Julia Austin: Tech Veteran Playing an Integral Role in Boston’s Startup Community ***

     Semyon Dukach Techstars

Josh Boyle is Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz.  You can follow him on Twitter @jb_sid
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