October 15, 2016
Fall is in full-swing, and Techstars has been working hard with the addition of 64 new companies. Techstars recently had seven demo days across the globe in cities like Berlin, Detroit, London, Minneapolis, New York City and Chicago. What a ride it has been.
If you’re interested in checking out some of the highlights from these exciting demo days, feel free to peruse the specific demo days of your choice below:
Berlin Class of 2016
Techstars Berlin’s second Demo Day, held at the iconic Kino International, showcased 10 companies from six different countries with products ranging from machine learning and AI to SaaS and mobility.
Techstars Managing Director, Rob Johnson, opened the event and Executive Director, Greg Rogers, provided welcoming remarks. It was an exciting day to celebrate the 2016 class with investors, mentors and other founders from the Berlin startup community.
Techstars Mobility – Detroit Class of 2016
Techstars Mobility hosted its second annual demo day in downtown Detroit on September 8. It was a showcase of the growing collaboration between startups and the automotive industry.
Over 2,500 attendees from 12 different countries watched as 12 startups pitched their businesses impacting the future of automotive and transportation. These startups were building businesses around autonomous, connected vehicle, shared services, mapping, big data and analytic technologies. Three of the 12 companies announced partnerships with the program’s title sponsor, Ford Motor Company. The entire demo day was live streamed and can be watched on YouTube here.
Managing director, Ted Serbinski, announced that Techstars Mobility has brought two additional high-growth startups to Detroit: Mapbox and Polysync, the latter of which is a Techstars Ventures investment. These companies will be opening their Detroit offices out of the Techstars Mobility space, joining Oblong who opened their Detroit office last year.
Bob Caza, director of communications at the North American International Auto Show, expanded on Techstars Mobility mission to expose more startups to Detroit by announcing that they’re opening applications to bring 50+ mobility, automotive, and transportation startups to the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.
To capture this growth of the startup community, coupled with the entrepreneurial resurgence in Detroit, they debuted a trailer for Long Haul Films who is developing the documentary Restarting the Motor City. This is a feature-length documentary about the creators, innovators and entrepreneurs who are reimagining Detroit. They are breaking free from the shackles of 20th-century thinking to create a new model for cities across the globe.
Barclays New York Class of 2016
Techstars Barclays NYC’s second Demo Day Event was held at the Edison Ballroom in the heart of the Theater District. Ten cutting-edge fintech companies showcased products solving problems in real estate, capital markets, security, banking and the freelance economy.
Joe McGrath, the CEO of Barclays Americas, opened the evening with a warm welcome and recognition of the impact of Barclays’ programs around the world, which have seen collective valuations rise 190% from their pre-accelerator valuations.
Greg Rogers, Executive Director at Techstars, introduced the companies to the 600+ attendees including investors, mentors, Techstars alumni and community members. Jenny Fielding, the managing director, closed the event with a special thank you to mentors and Jon Zanoff, Entrepreneur in Residence, for their tireless devotion to this class and role in these companies’ success.
London Class of 2016
Led by Max Kelly, the managing director of Techstars London, the 2016 program kicked off with new offices, a new fund and a great new class. Within the class, one-third have PhDs and there are 19 separate nationalities! The variety of industries is astonishing – from grease to graph databases, from aid to artificial intelligence.
Each company presented their pitches to a packed venue during Demo Day, which took place on September 20 at the Royal Institution in London. It is always exciting to be in the front seat of this kind of innovation.
Techstars Retail – Target Class of 2016
Techstars Retail’s first Demo Day, held at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, showcased eleven companies with products ranging from voice search, machine forecasting, visual registries and retail experience bots. More importantly, all these teams were able to demonstrate their accomplishments they achieved over the summer.
Techstars managing director, Ryan Broshar, welcomed almost 1,000 attendees. Target’s chief strategy and innovation officer, Casey Carl, shared welcoming remarks and reflected on his experience as a mentor. It was an exciting day to celebrate the 2016 class and the broader Twin Cities startup community.
New York City Class of 2016
For the 2016 class, Techstars NYC experimented with a new take on Demo Day. Rather than live pitches Managing Director, Alex Iskold, introduced Exclusive Investor Preview and Investor Only Demo Day.
As with their previous classes, this was a diverse group of founders solving a wide range of problems. In addition to six teams from NYC, they had teams from Rochester, Atlanta, San Francisco, two teams from Philadelphia, a team from the UK, a team from France and two teams from Canada. Of these 15 companies, five have women CEOs.
The new Demo Day format was a hit among founders and mentors, and aligns with the spirit of innovation at Techstars.
Chicago Class of 2016
Techstars Chicago’s seventh Demo Day, held at House of Blues in Chicago, showcased the latest ten startups selected from a pool of thousands of applicants. Companies ranged from a wearable hardware device enabling parents to keep track of their kids to enterprise and B2B software solutions, and showed both the diversity and high potential of the midwest startup ecosystem.
Techstars’ managing directors, Troy Henikoff and Brian Luerssen, along with Excelerate Labs cofounder, Sam Yagan, welcomed a packed house filled with notable investors and entrepreneurs. Chris Gladwin opened the afternoon with a keynote on the need for grit in operating his business to the recent 1.3 billion dollar sale of Cleversafe to IBM. It was an exciting day to celebrate the 2016 class and the broader Chicago startup community!
This article is courtesy of Techstars, the best global ecosystem for entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market. From inspiration to IPO, Techstars empowers the world’s most promising entrepreneurs throughout their lifelong journey by providing a global ecosystem made up of tens of thousands of community leaders, founders, mentors, investors, and corporate partners.
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