Meet the 10 Chicago Startups in Techstars Class of 2016

Accelerators are designed to foster growth in early stage companies. They provide founders and employees with funding, coworking spaces, and, perhaps most importantly, sage advice. At Techstars, the startups that come out of their program are primed and ready to take on the world. And their Demo Day in Chicago has shown that this model is not going to change any time soon.

I had the pleasure of attending the exciting event at the House of Blues in downtown Chicago yesterday afternoon. While the spreads were plentiful and the alcohol enjoyable, the most impressive asset on display was the incredibly prepared and refreshingly unique startups that pitched their companies to investors and influencers alike. Not only were they cock full of qualified employees and founders that can absolutely get the job done, they were also pitching great ideas that any respectable entrepreneur would get excited about.

So who were these impressive startups of the Techstars Class of 2016? Meet them below and check out their websites to get involved in their exciting startup journey:

Arena – Arena is the go-to place for sports fans to watch and chat about the best moments from live events.

Bright – Bright helps companies quickly understand the health of their business and gives them the tools to grow faster.

BrightWork – Brightwork reduces the time it takes to develop, scale, manage, and support mobile applications.

CompleteSet – CompleteSet is a shop-able knowledge base of collectibles that helps collectors find their next prized possession.

ConvertFlow – ConvertFlow is a new way to convert more website visitors into customers. From one platform, marketers can automate and personalize the customer journey on their website using a suite of engagement tools.

Eat Pak’d – Eat Pak’d is modernizing school lunch by creating healthy, customizable, kid-approved lunches that are delivered directly to your door.

Fitbot – Fitbot helps personal trainers save time and make more money through scheduling and remote work-out services.

Jio – Jio’s flagship product, Jiobit, is the world’s smallest and longest lasting smart tag that keeps track of your most precious assets: your kids. No matter where they are, this always-on system could change wearables forever.

LogicGate – LogicGate empowers businesses to automate disorganized  risk and compliance operations, reducing their exposure to fines and compliance violations.

PartySlate – PartySlate is a beautifully simple marketing platform that gives event professional a new way to share their work with the world, build their brand, and drive leads.

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Conor is the Lead Writer for For the last six years, he’s covered everything from tech news and product reviews to digital marketing trends and business tech innovations. He's written guest posts for the likes of Forbes, Chase, WeWork, and many others, covering tech trends, business resources, and everything in between. He's also participated in events for SXSW, Tech in Motion, and General Assembly, to name a few. He also cannot pronounce the word "colloquially" correctly. You can email Conor at
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