LaunchKC welcomes 13 startups to new accelerator programs

Thirteen technology startups from across the country have been chosen for LaunchKC accelerators and will look to grow their businesses in Kansas City this fall. The companies will each receive $50,000 grants and two-and-a-half months of training, among other benefits.

This is the first year of a new approach for LaunchKC, a nonprofit organization that runs tech accelerator programs. LaunchKC now has three programs focused on specific verticals — “clean” technology, financial technology and health technology. Previously, the organization had one accelerator that didn’t focus on any particular vertical.

The health and clean technology accelerators both announced their new cohorts this week.

The health accelerator is powered by LaunchKC and Nueterra Capital, a venture capital firm investing in early-stage health care companies.

Six startups will join the health accelerator, which is designed to help startups disrupt and improve the current health care system, according to an announcement from LaunchKC.

Those startups are:

  • Healium by Story UP (Columbia)
  • MedZERO (Kansas City)
  • Sickweather (Kansas City)
  • Spoke Health (Denver)
  • TheraWe Connect (Kansas City)
  • WellBrain (San Francisco)

The clean technology accelerator, called the IgniteX Cleantech Accelerator, is a collaboration between Black & Veatch, the Overland Park, Kansas-based engineering firm, and LaunchKC. The program aims to drive sustainability gains through advances in renewable and distributed energy, mobility, machine learning and AI, according to a Black & Veatch press release.

Seven startups across the U.S. have were selected to join the program:

  • Aware Vehicles (Kansas City)
  • Built Robotics (San Francisco)
  • ecoSPEARS (Altamone Springs, Florida)
  • Electriphi (San Francisco)
  • Extensible Energy (Berkeley, California)
  • InfraLytiks (Urbandale, Iowa)
  • NovoNutrients (Sunnyvale, California)


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