Techstars Kansas City unveils new cohort, including five local startups

Techstars Kansas City has unveiled the 10 companies of its latest cohort. The companies kicked off the three-month startup accelerator program Monday.

The selected companies come from a variety of industries. Of the 10 companies chosen, 40% are run by female CEOs, and 50% of them are from the Kansas City area, according to a blog post by Maria Flynn, managing director of the program.

In her introduction of the group, Flynn also highlighted “a strong artificial intelligence theme running through the cohort.”

The 10 companies are:

  • afloat (Kansas City), a gift-giving social media platform designed to connect people to community businesses they care about;
  • myAnIML (Overland Park, Kansas), an animal disease management tracker that uses artificial intelligence;
  • PlaBook (Kansas City), a reading technology that uses natural language processing, speech recognitions and artificial intelligence to teach reading;
  • PMI Rate Pro (Overland Park, Kansas), which compares private mortgage insurance for mortgage loan officers to assist homebuyers;
  • Telememory (Kansas City), a home health appliance and mobile memory app that connects seniors and their families to personalized cognitive care;
  • AlgenAir (Baltimore), which makes a natural air purifier designed to reduce carbon dioxide using an algae;
  • BuckUp (Baltimore), a short-term loan service that uses customers’ devices as collateral
  • GoodRoads (Charlotte), which makes technology designed to help cities capture data on their infrastructure needs;
  • Gradient Health (Durham, North Carolina), which has an open research platform for medical imaging designed to translate research into the clinical environment;
  • NeuroGeneces (Santa Fe, New Mexico), which makes technology designed to help users improve the memory consolidation process while they sleep

The companies will be provided mentoring and network support based on their individual needs, Flynn said.

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