July 19, 2021

Techstars Iowa Accelerator Announces 2021 Class

The inaugural cohort of Techstars Iowa officially kicked off its 3-month journey today at Gravitate Coworking in Downtown Des Moines. Ten companies from a variety of industries are joining the 2021 program.

Techstars Iowa is partnering with universities across the state including Grinnell College, Iowa State University and the University of Iowa. The investment office of Grinnell College is providing the initial funding for Techstars Iowa, committing enough money to support the program through its first three years.

Several new members are joining the Techstars Iowa Accelerator team this year. Ben McDougal has joined as an Entrepreneur in Residence. Aadira Aai-Arivudai has joined as Lead Operations Associate, Patrick Foster as Business Analyst Associate, and Alyx Sandbothe as Design/UI/UX Lead Associate.

The Demo Day for the program will take place Oct. 14.

Meet the 2021 Techstars Iowa Cohort

CaseCTRL (Houston, TX)

CaseCTRL, built by surgeons, is an AI surgical workflow instrument for efficient surgery management

Onward (Denver, CO)

Onward is a freight marketplace that connects retailers who need to ship heavy goods to underutilized trucks heading in the direction the load is going; Item hitchhiking

Small Packages (New York, NY)

Small Packages ends loneliness by helping people build, track, and celebrate relationships

LegalQ (Minneapolis, MN)

LegalQ provides access to legal services on-demand from anywhere, at anytime

Flyte (Seattle, WA)

Flyte is an AI-powered note taking platform that generates intuitive, well-organized meeting minutes and action items right after a call

Out Of The Box (Cambridge, MA)

Out Of The Box creates meaningful learning experiences for children, by combining hands-on hardware with software learning tools


QuickHire is a career discovery and development platform for new-collar workers

Sevelyn (Des Moines, IA)

Sevelyn provides the Latino population mental health support with accessible, inclusive and supportive services sensitive to language and cultural needs

Trend (Austin, TX)

Trend helps companies win at marketing by automating workflows with a wide network of creators and influencers who provide original, specifically targeted content  

Voxable (Austin, TX)

Voxable is the conversation design platform to build better voice and chat apps, with a streamlined system for creatives to improve their overall user experience

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