Today, 13 young startups will present to a room filled with investors, industry analysts and media atÂ TechStars Demo Day in Boston.
In case you havenât heard of TechStars, it is an elite, mentorship-driven start-up accelerator, funded by more than 75 different venture capital firms and angel investors. The accelerator operates in 5 cities nationwide including Boulder, Boston, Seattle, New York and San Antonio, and now hasÂ 430 mentors, hundreds of investors and 116 alumni TechStars companies in its network.
Last year, TechStars received over 3,000 applications for approximately 50 positions, making the accelerator program harder to get into than Harvard or Yale with an acceptance rate of approximately 1.50%.
Hereâs a look at theÂ 13 startupsÂ â the second Boston class demoing this year â as we ready ourselves for the event.
BetterFitTechnologies is a medical startup that says itâs âcommitted to facilitating data-driven healthcare decisions for patients and providers.â The company claims it is different, because is considers âthe unique complexities of the individual, not just whatâs known about their drugs.â
By providing hospitals, patients and healthcare providers with a shared platform, Careport Healthâs web-based service apparently helps âpatients get the right post-hospital care without delay.â
CoachUpâs goal is to help athletes achieve their full potential, and it makes this possible by connecting them with private coaches.
Keeping quiet, Dashbell calls itself âOpenTable for independent hotels.
Fashion Project is bringing together fashion and charity, by allowing you to donate high-end clothing to the charity of your choice, sold directly on the site. Inversely, you can also shop for used high-end shirts, shoes and accessories, with the feel-good notion that âthe majority of the proceeds will go to a great cause.â
Fetchnotes wants to make âproductivity as easy as writing a tweet.â The startupâs app crossing note-taking, to do lists and hashtags to help you âforget less, do more and feel in control.â We highlighted them in the past for accidentally swearing in an email, which surprisingly turned out to help them in the longrun.
Impulsesave wants to help you save money to achieve your goals, like plan a wedding, take a trip or pay off debt.
NBD is able toÂ enhance water condensation by making use of what it calls âÂ a nano-scale surface.â Itâs technologyÂ mimicsÂ theÂ Namib Desert Beetle, and isÂ used to âcollect water in the most arid regions of the world.â
Ovuline serves an unusual role in the startup scene: to help couples conceive faster. Claiming to go âway beyond fertility calendars and period trackers,âÂ Ovulineâs tools tell users what to do to maximize their chances ofÂ pregnancy.
Saverr lets you scan your receipt for customized coupons. The company calls it the âquickest way for you to save money on your groceries.â
Yet another stealth startup, Urban Hero Sportâs current project, the âHero Board,âÂ is not public, but involves a piece of hardware that, if past projects are any indication, may augment the human body.
Wymsee (perhaps pronouncedÂ whimsy) says it is âdigitizing new areas of TV and Film production,â with the ultimate goal of changing how brands measure their reach through media.
Zeppelinâs goal is to âdeliver an amazing product that helps businesses become more successful by engaging their employees and leveraging their knowledge.â
As the second 2012 program comes to a close, applications for Bostonâs 2013 spring programÂ are now open.
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