Techstars Chicago Announces Its Fall 2015 Class

July 8, 2015

11:00 am

Yesterday, Techstars Chicago announced the 10 startups that will be participating in its Fall 2015 cohort.

According to the blog post written by Techstars managing director, Troy Henikoff, the majority of the companies selected for this year’s class fall into the B2B space – with seven companies from Chicago proper and three from abroad (India, Spain, and Canada).

Approximately 900 companies applied to participate in Techstars Chicago’s fall 2015 class. And, after hundreds of interviews, the following ten companies were chosen to participate. In mid-October, these companies will get the opportunity to pitch their ideas at Demo Day.

Here are the 10 startups in Techstars Chicago’s fall 2015 class:

Akouba Credit (Chicago, IL)

Founders: Chris Rentner (CEO, 32), Evan Hareras (COO, 29), Nick McMillan (CTO, 29)

AkoubaCredit provides lenders an algorithmic underwriting platform that reduces the cost and time required for banks to issue a small business loan. The platform, customized to each lender’s underwriting principles, allows small businesses to apply and track their application electronically, with results delivered within 48 hours. Banks that use Akouba love it because they get more happy borrowers faster

BetaOut (Noida, UP, India)

Founders: Ankit Maheshwari (CEO), Arjun Maheshwari (COO)

BetaOut is a customer intelligence and marketing automation platform built specifically for ecommerce businesses. We make it easy to track and segment users based on their interaction data, and arm our customers with smart marketing tools across email, sms, and on-site engagement, so that every user gets the right message at the right time every time.

Glidera (Chicago, IL)

Founders: David Ripley (CEO), Mike Xakellis (CPO)

Glidera enables developers to add bitcoin buying and selling services into their applications. Glidera brings USD-to-digital-currency-conversion capability to hundreds of digital currency wallets and applications, making it easy for any wallet developer to offer bitcoin buying and selling services directly in their applications. Using our straightforward and secure API, developers can integrate this functionality in just days, and we handle all of the compliance, banking, liquidity, and fraud challenges. Different than all other conversion services, Glidera never holds customer funds and is specifically built to work with any secure bitcoin wallet.

Growth Geeks (Chicago, IL)

Founders: Bronson Taylor (CEO), Mike Hardenbrook (CMO), Lucas Taylor (CTO)

Growth Geeks is a marketplace for growth hackers and marketers. We make it easy to discover and hire freelance marketing professionals to grow your business, on a hourly or project basis. With thousands of vetted geeks already on board, and our 100% money back guarantee on every project, Growth Geeks makes shopping for marketing talent fast and foolproof.

Hooks (Alicante, Spain)

Founders: Jose Luis Perez (CEO, 30), Oleg Kozynenko (CMO, 30), Miguel Ángel Ortuño Ortuño (CTO, 30)

Hooks lets you discover and create push notifications for just about anything, and configure the notifications based on your needs. Choose from thousands of subjects and types, from television, music, sports, social media, weather, and more. Hooks has already sent more than 30 MM notifications worldwide to more than 100K people just like you.

Infiniscene (Chicago, IL)

Founders: Stu Grubbs (CEO, 30), Dan Trocchio (CTO, 30), Ryan Forquer (CMO, 33), Aaron Hassell (COO, 34)

Infiniscene enables gamers to easily create beautiful live broadcasts in their web browser. Design, produce, and direct from anywhere with no experience or expensive hardware. Seamlessly connect game data and third party services – displaying stats and community updates live to your audience. Infiniscene puts every gamer just clicks away from becoming a streamer.

Routific (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Founders: Marc Kuo (CEO), Suzanne Ma (CMO)

Routific offers route optimization as a service for any business with deliveries, pick-ups or multiple stops a day. Our dashboard and mobile app enable business owners and fleet managers to plan their daily routes across an entire fleet and dispatch to their drivers in just minutes. Businesses using our platform save not only hours of time, but up to 40% in fuel costs. Routific’s mission is to cut waste in the trillion dollar transportation industry.

Specless (Chicago, IL)

Founders: Stephen Corby (CEO, 32), Shashank Sharma (CTO, 28)

Specless unlocks the potential of your advertising creative with richer, more effective advertising experiences that run anywhere imaginable. For publishers, Specless provides the freedom to easily test and deploy higher value custom ad formats. For advertisers and agencies, Specless means managing fewer creative assets, yet more flexibility to run campaigns in any type of media.

Tribe (Chicago, IL)

Founders: Henry Vasquez (CEO, 27), Sam Harris (CTO, 32)

Tribe makes it easy to get anything done with anyone, from anywhere, at any time. Tribe works naturally in emails, text, and chat so that coworkers, clients, and contractors can stay coordinated working in their tool of choice. Tribe is like a personal assistant who never forgets to keep you on task!

Urban Leash (Chicago, IL)

Founders: Lina Pakrosnyte (CEO), Demetri Maltsiniotis (CTO)

Urban Leash offers on-demand dog walking services for busy professionals. Use our mobile app to get instant notifications, GPS track your dog on the walk, read notes of what happened and see pictures of your pet. With fully vetted, trained, and insured professionals, you can rest assured your pet is in good hands.

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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