One startup -- Rosso & Flynn -- brings together the quality of old school butcher shops with the convenience of online ordering and delivery.
Another -- Milkful -- supports breastfeeding moms through community, education and healthy lactation snacks.
A third -- Locus -- uses eye tracking technology to provide real-time data on where users look on their phones.
These are three of the 10 startups chosen to participate in the Techstars Austin 2018 Accelerator. Organizers say this year’s class features a diverse set of companies led by founders who have already gained traction in their markets.
The three-month program kicked off on Monday at Techstars new offices at 220 S. Congress Ave. and will wrap up with a Demo Day on April 20.
Founded in 2006 by entrepreneur David Cohen, Techstars is based in Boulder, Colo., and runs programs in more than 15 cities worldwide including Seattle, Chicago, Atlanta, Cape Town and Berlin.
The accelerator provides founders with mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs and industry experts and the chance to pitch to angel investors and venture capitalists.
Of the 10 startups chosen, six are from the Carolinas and four were founded in Austin. For out-of-state companies to participate, founders must relocate to Austin for the duration of the program.
Techstars gets a 6 percent stake in exchange for $20,000 in funding. The companies also have the option to take up to $100,000 as a convertible note.
Last year, Techstars announced it would launch a new Austin accelerator for startups tackling social and environmental issues.
The Techstars Impact Accelerator, expected to kick off in June, will target “for-profit, mission-driven founders” who are building technology to solve pressing social programs.
Meanwhile, newly launched accelerator Sputnik ATX has announced its first four participants. Sputnik provides $100,000 to each company in exchange for future equity if the startup receives further funding.
Sputnik, which means partner in Russian, was co-founded by Oksana Malysheva, a Ukrainian-born physicist. Malysheva said the program will focus on product development and will use a network of business executives and investors to mentor the founders.
Meet the Techstars participants:
Allstacks: Quantifies productivity of a company’s software engineering, giving engineering managers visibility into team performance.
Locus Tracking: Uses proprietary eye tracking technology to provide real time data on where users look on their phones.
DocStation: Connects payers and pharmacists to decrease health benefit spending and improve outcomes.
Mesur: Enables growers (agriculture, golf, turf) to accurately water and fertilize seed by using real-time environmental measurements and analytics.
Milkful: Supports breastfeeding moms through education and wholesome lactation snacks.
Rosso & Flynn: Brings together the quality of old school butcher shops with the convenience of online ordering and delivery.
SkillPop: Makes in-person learning accessible through community-based pop-up classes.
Transmute: Enables traditional enterprises to develop on the blockchain.
Van Robotics: Develops smart robot tutors that deliver personalized instruction.
Waggle: Offers customizable dog walking services through a tech platform.
Meet the Sputnik ATX participants:
Pei Industries: Lets consumers get cash back, cryptocurrency and loyalty points for using credit cards at restaurants and retailers.
Redenim: Offers a personalized styling platform for women focused on finding jeans that match their style and size.
Backtracks: Gives podcast publishers and advertisers data and analytics on their audience.
Meowtel: Provided a platform that connects cat owners with verified, nearby cat sitters.
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