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10 Startups Unveil at Techstars Chicago Demo Day

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On Wednesday, Techstars Chicago held demo day for its Summer 2014 class of startups. Managing director Troy Henikoff and cofounder Sam Yagan referred to the ten presenting startups as the “best class ever,” according to a report by Built in Chicago.

Announced in May, the Techstars Chicago Summer 2014 class is made up of six companies from Chicago, one each from Miami and Nashville, and two international startups from Israel and India. Aside from receiving $118,000 in seed funding from Techstars, the ten companies also spent the summer getting mentorship from renowned industry leaders and innovators, including Amanda Lannert, Zach Kaplan, Jason Fried, Michael Burke, Chuck Templeton, and Steve Sanger.

The 10 startups that presented at Techstars Chicago demo day are:

Clutch Prep: An education platform targeted at college students that provides in-depth, textbook-specific videos and practice materials, presented by subject experts and tutors.

Data Everywhere: The company offers a platform that allows companies to safely build applications in Excel utilizing the company’s data.

GameWispA platform directed at gamers to discover and monetize premium gaming video content.

inRentive Listings: A platform for real estate professionals that allows them to efficiently manage their content, analyze listing performance, and market various property rentals across several listing services and social media platforms.

MartMobi: A platform that allows brands/companies to easily create high-quality mobile sites and apps for ecommerce stores.

NexLPOffers next-gen analytics and visualization technology that aims to reduce the enterprise costs related to eDiscovery, fraud investigations, and compliance.

Package ZenProvides a two-tap solution (via smartphone) to manage deliveries and packages.

TelnyxA platform-as-a-service company that delivers data-driven, highly scalable telephony services at a fraction of the cost of incumbents.

WeDeliver: Provides local businesses with fast, reliable, same-day deliver services by crowdsourcing the manpower of the community.

yRuler: Enables ecommerce brands and retailers to personalize product images, allowing users to visually try on merchandise before purchase.

For those who were unable to come to Demo Day, Techstars Chicago is holding a Community Demo Day on Tuesday, September 9th, where all ten startups will again make their pitches. Get your tickets now. 

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