Techstars

Techstars Atlanta

Techstars Atlanta

Techstars is an internationally recognized accelerator that supports entrepreneurs and helps boost their early-stage businesses and product development efforts through focused education, mentorship and funding.

Cox Enterprises President and CEO Alex Taylor had long wanted to establish a global technology hub in the already diverse and emerging Atlanta start-up ecosystem. And in 2016, the first cohort of Techstars Atlanta was born.

For 90 days, 10 startups work in a creative space in the heart of midtown Atlanta, receiving expert counsel and support from a network of more than 100 local mentors — including dozens of Cox employees. The program concludes with a Demo Day presentation, during which the companies pitched their business ideas to Cox executives and a crowd of more than 800.

Learn more about Techstars Atlanta and how to participate in its annual program.
 

Techstars Atlanta's 2018 Class

This year, 10 companies hailing from six U.S. states and Israel earned coveted spots in the startup accelerator program. Applications were received from 42 countries around the globe.

Techstars Atlanta's 2018 Class
BigTeam

BigTeam

BigTeam is a platform designed for business teams like marketers or customer experience professionals to help them generate feedback from employees, clients and stakeholders. Based on advice received from top executives around Atlanta during the Techstars program, the startup decided to broaden its target market to include product managers based on suggestions from several mentors.

According to Founder Trevor Wolfe, the Techstars process has been fantastic. “It’s been transformative not just for me, but the entire team.”

CaribShopper

Kadion and Tennyson Preston, brothers and entrepreneurs from Jamaica, are working to open the Caribbean to the global marketplace with their Miami-based startup business, CaribShopper.

Currently the process to order items online from the Caribbean is arduous and expensive because most online retailers won’t accept a Caribbean customer’s form of payment or deliver to the region. At CaribShopper, customers can shop once on the online platform, which calculates the full price and delivers the product straight to their door. Shoppers can use their local credit card or shop online using vouchers they’ve purchased with cash at one of 12,000 convenience stores scattered across the region.

CaribShopper
Case Status

Case Status

Sometimes a company’s best marketing comes not from dollars spent on advertising, but from satisfied customers.

Keeping customers happy — and making sure they tell others about their great experience — is what Case Status has set out to do for a very niche market: law firms. Founder Lauren Sturdivant said she observed the pain point of client communication when she was a practicing attorney. Case Status keeps clients up-to-date on what’s happening with their case in real-time, which saves attorneys time and creates a better client experience.

The cloud-based solution also helps attorneys capture client recommendations at a time of their choosing (when clients are most likely to share a positive review) and makes it easy for clients to share a referral with a click of a button. Clients download a mobile app that gives them instant access to the updates and information they need.

Cemento

Cemento is a commercial real estate construction collaboration application for general contractors and subcontractors that provides visibility to all stakeholders to ensure that projects are delivered on time and on budget.

Cemento
CommissionTrac

CommissionTrac

CommissionTrac takes the grunt work out of back-office administration with software that streamlines and automates all commission and accounting processes.

The company’s founder, Turner Levison, realized that there was no good solution for this issue at commercial real estate brokerages after he went to work with his father. Turner’s cofounder and father Daniel Levison had grown his own brokerage from three to 18 employees. But the biggest problem they had was managing the administrative work — which includes everything from managing receivables to invoicing to agent distributions.

So, Turner and his father decided to create one from scratch. Using feedback from Techstars mentors, the company is perfecting its product and its pitch in hopes of securing a total of $1 million from investors by the end of the year.

Motivo

Motivo is an online platform that helps mental health therapists receive their credentials in a faster, easier way — a “very niche, but very defined market,” explains Rachel McCrickard, the CEO and founder.

Mental health therapists (therapists, social workers and psychologists) are required to be under clinical supervision for two years after they graduate. The supervised hours with a seasoned clinician are designed to give the new mental health therapists guidance as they begin treating clients. But the supply of recent graduates in need of hours far exceeds the number of credentialed supervisors available to help them — particularly in rural areas. Fifty-five percent of counties have no practicing therapists, social workers or psychologists.

And that’s where Motivo fills the gap. The platform is a sort of Match.com for supervisors and the approximately 120,000 soon-to-graduate or recently graduated mental health therapists who are seeking credentials annually, which represents an estimated $1.4 billion market.

Motivo
Fixel

Fixel

Fixel helps marketers focus their efforts on the customers most likely to buy. Their platform uses artificial intelligence to help e-commerce websites, advertising agencies and listing sites like Autotrader identify which consumers are worth expending additional marketing dollars to attract. This information is based on how the consumers have interacted with their websites.

The company, cofounded by brothers Etgar and Hadar Shpivak, is already attracting attention in their target market. They just secured a deal to pilot their software with Autotrader, Cox Media Group and 360i, one of the leading advertising agencies in the U.S.

PadSplit

PadSplit is a solution for landlords that enables them to provide affordable shared living experiences to the workforce.

A PadSplit is a home or apartment that is divided into separate furnished bedrooms with a shared kitchen, and includes utilities, laundry and internet. PadSplits are designed and finished so that the homes are indistinguishable from any other modern and well-appointed home.

PadSplit
SAWA

SAWA

Consistent and recognizable branding is important to companies. But the smaller the company, the harder it is to achieve that brand consistency. SAWA is the solution. The intelligent graphic design platform creates worry-free designs for marketing teams.

It was an idea born from founder Francis Tao’s own experiences handling marketing communications for a Washington D.C.-based global nonprofit organization. The employees there urgently needed beautiful designs, but the marketing team didn’t have the capacity to produce all their projects.

SAWA — now a San Francisco-based company with five team members —  lets users upload their company’s preferred fonts, logos and color palette. It then uses that information along with “brand personality” information based on questions the user answers to automatically generate marketing assets (digital ads, email campaigns, website visuals and more).

PowerSpike

With the rise of ad blocking, the most tech-savvy and engaged computer users have become increasingly difficult for advertisers to reach. PowerSpike has a creative solution to that problem. The company matches the top creators on Twitch, a video game livestreaming platform, with sponsors who are willing to pay for their products to be promoted on the channel.

A.J. and Michael Paris, the product designers for Powerspike, know their audience well, because they were influencers themselves on YouTube. They created content around video games before transitioning to Twitch.

PowerSpike’s team of nine is working to retool the platform to make it more user-friendly, as well as preparing to scale the service and software to work with other livestreaming services.

PowerSpike