Techstars Managing Director Andy Sacks at the 2013 Demo Day.
Techstars Managing Director Andy Sack at the 2013 Demo Day.

From Silicon Valley to Syracuse to Seattle, entrepreneurs from around the country will spend the next three months in the University District going through an intensive startup bootcamp.

Techstars Seattle today announced the ten new companies in its Class for 2014. The startups will spend the next 90 days receiving mentorship and grooming their business ideas before pitching to a group of investors on Nov. 6.

There were more than 600 companies that applied, with only 1.6 percent of the startups making the cut. There was also a big spike in the number of applicants from San Francisco — 67 percent more than last year, in fact. There were also 86 percent more applications from the Seattle area compared to 2013.

Here are the 10 companies, with information provided by Techstars:

  1. Colátris (Mountain View, CA): Contextual Localization as a service for mobile apps.
  2. Crowsnest (Syracuse, NY): Crowsnest is a software platform for the real world — simple code for controlling air conditioners, light bulbs, cameras and everything in between.
  3. Exploration Labs (San Francisco, CA): Exploration Labs is making a tool for B2B sales teams that provides a cheat sheet on leads.
  4. Garmentory (Seattle, WA): Garmentory offers curated collections and rich shopping experiences from independent fashion boutiques across the world.
  5. Live Stories (Seattle, WA): LiveStories builds data tools for non-technical people.
  6. MagikFlix (Seattle, WA): Magikflix is a safe, curated edutainment video service for kids, 12 years and younger available across all smart devices including iOS, Android, Microsoft app stores and leading kids tablets.
  7. Stand In (Portland, OR): Stand In redefines how mobile apps are designed. Stand In takes design beyond static screens with tools for designing mobile experiences.
  8. Streamline (Stanford, CA): Streamlining customer service: No more speaking to machines, no more wait time.
  9. Touchbase (Seattle, WA): TouchBase is a mobile platform that helps sales representatives manage and present the most effective marketing material.
  10. True Facet (New York, NY): is the authenticated luxury marketplace where you can shop and sell jewelry and watches with confidence. TrueFacet differentiates itself by offering buyers and sellers a trusted authentication process and best value guarantee.

Related: Techstars Demo Day 2013: Our favorite pitches and top business models 

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  • Will Mohammed Garcia

    Good Luck

  • Just Wondering

    The TechStars website claims “At Techstars, we believe in full transparency. Here is a complete list of all of the companies that we’ve ever funded. We’ve included their current status, funding raised, and more.”

    What they DON’T share (total transparency???) is what the return to TechStars is and what the return to Investors is for those investing in the companies…..

    Would be nice…especially since they are committed to “full transparency”.

  • guest

    Why are 6 of 10 companies from out of town? What exactly does it mean for this to be Techstars “Seattle”? I’m not just being snarky. Were there not enough local companies and what does that mean? Is it good for Seattle that Techstars has to import companies from other states? (Note: by Seattle, I mean greater Seattle.)

    • guest++

      It just means that Seattle doesn’t have good enough startups as compared to other places such as the Bay area (3).

    • Guest

      Techstars does what’s best for Techstars. It is naive to believe that they have some sort of philanthropic view of helping Seattle startups.

    • Vinay Patankar

      Seattle is where this particular techstars batch is held, it will have its own set of mentors and the location will be hosted in Seattle. it has no influence on where the companies are located, Techstars is a for profit venture and will pick companies that it thinks will generate the largest return, Seattle or not.

    • Alec Matias
      • guest

        Andy answers a slightly different question: “Why do companies outside Seattle want to apply to Techstars Seattle?” The question here is more along the lines “Why is Techstars Seattle taking companies from outside Seattle?” You could say 60% of applicants were from elsewhere resulting in 60% of chosen companies but that’s circular. Sure, Techstars is for profit and their own interests drive their decisions. But isn’t having companies temporarily move to another city expensive? That expense increases the chance of the company failing. And Techstars and other accelerators rely on the generosity of members of the local ecosystem who won’t benefit from companies that leave town when the program is over and that well can dry up. It just doesn’t all add up.

        • Alec Matias

          I bet Andy would LOVE if he could fill every spot with Seattle-area teams, but even with 600 applicants you’re not going have to 10 better-than-everyone-else companies from one city.

          Also, I’ve seen some of these out-of-state companies stay Seattle after the program ends, so it can end up helping Seattle, not hurting it.

  • Yikes

    I know at least one of those startups is a disaster… Which makes me wonder about all of them. Or about the ones that didn’t make the cut.

    • John B

      Well then do a start up and apply. It’s sure easy to sit back and bring people down.

    • Just Wondering

      Disaster? Or money maker? See comment #1.

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