Announcing the Boston Class of 2017

02/06/2017 | By Semyon Dukach

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I’m excited to announce the thirteen awesome companies participating in the 2017 Techstars accelerator in Boston. Our program begins today and culminates in a May 3rd Demo Day at 9am at the House of Blues.

We picked these companies out of applicants from around the world primarily for having the most passionate, talented, and driven founding teams. Ten of the companies in this year’s program are from the Boston area, one is from Italy, one from Canada, and one from New York City.

This is our eleventh program in Boston, and also my fourth and final one as Managing Director. I’m thrilled with the continuing growth and impact of our alumni companies, humbled by our supportive and growing mentor community, extremely excited about the new class, and especially proud of the fact that our continued efforts to increase diversity across the Techstars network are beginning to bear fruit, with six out of these 13 companies being led by female CEOs.

Below are the 13 Techstars Boston 2017 companies, in alphabetical order:

Alice's Table: Alice's Table provides women a scalable platform to build flexible businesses through flower arranging events.

BrainSpec: BrainSpec is a health-tech company that enables the accurate, efficient and non-invasive diagnosis of brain disorders.

Brizi: Remote-control Augmented Reality Camera Systems. Brizi helps to automate and monetize fan content in sports stadiums.

CareAcademy: CareAcademy educates professional caregivers online to provide excellent care.

Evolve: Advice in love, powered by machine learning. Evolve helps you learn from your dating habits so you can make smarter decisions.

Lorem: Your personal web developer, ready on-demand in WordPress and Squarespace.

Nix: Nix is developing a single use hydration sensor that informs athletes’ hydration strategy: when to drink, what to drink, and how much to drink.

OffGridBox: OffGridBox is an innovative, all-in-one, renewable energy and clean water system that enables independent living in any environment.

RateGravity: RateGravity is redefining how consumers finance their home with technology that eliminates the need for the mortgage sales person and pairs consumers with the optimal local lender.

SeaMachines: Autonomous Self-Driving Technology for Commercial & Recreational Boats.

Solstice: Solstice radically expands access to clean energy by providing community-shared solar power to the 80 percent of Americans that cannot install a system on their rooftop.

Tive: Tive provides companies with enhanced supply chain visibility and analysis of in-transit goods, powered by wireless sensors and cloud software.

Voatz: Voatz is a mobile election voting platform, secured via smart biometrics, real time ID verification and the blockchain for irrefutability.