Techstars Kansas City unveils 10 startups of its first class

Ten tech startups, including five from Missouri and Kansas, will participate in the inaugural class of the the Techstars Kansas City Accelerator, the program announced Monday.

From artificial intelligence to food production, there is a diverse array of products and services represented in the first cohort of the program, which aims to help startups rapidly accelerate their growth.

The 10 startups are:

  • Ampogee (Greensboro, N.C.), a management platform that tracks manufacturing processes in real-time;
  • CasalQ (Kansas City, Mo.), a smart home service for multifamily properties;
  • GRIT Virtual Construction (Wichita, Kan.), a company that builds VR-native software to simulate building construction;
  • Hanzo (Kansas City, Mo.), an e-commerce platform that helps companies to grow and get funds;
  • NexusEdge Career (Santa Monica, Calif.), a platform for online learning and career development;
  • Planetarians (Kansas City, Mo.), a firm that produces high fiber protein food from food waste;
  • REP AI (San Francisco, Calif.), an AI-powered tool for sports and physical rehabilitation;
  • Somatic Labs (Phoenix, Ariz.), a company that offers software and devices to change or improve human sense;
  • TeacherTalent (Austin, Texas), a company that matches teachers with client schools;
  • Vector Legal Method (Kansas City, Mo.), a litigation case management provider that facilitates caseloads management

The companies will each receive $120,000, participation in a three-month program and access to Techstars resources, in exchange for 6 percent common stock.

The cohort begins the program on Monday and is scheduled to have a demo day on Oct. 12.

Techstars, the Boulder, Coloardo-based organization that works to accelerate the growth of startups with similar programs across the world, announced Techstars Kansas City last October. Previously, Techstars had partnered with Sprint for three years to offer a mobile tech accelerator in Kansas City.

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