Techstars Names New Los Angeles Accelerator Class

Techstars Los Angeles has just named the ten companies that will be joining the startup accelerator for its 2017 class, saying its theme this year was "going long on LA and southern California". According to Techstars, although just one third of the companies that applied to the Los Angeles program this year were in SoCal, it ultimately selected nine of the ten companies from the region. The companies in this class include Avisare (business networking), Blue Fever (Netflix for millennial women), DirecTech Labs (machine learning and chatbots); Heartbeat (marketing automation); Liv (mixed reality); Maslo (artificial intelligence); Playfull (brand engagement); Slingshot Aerospace (object classification, computer vision, and machine learning); Solutions Vending International (automated retailing technology); and Stackin' (financial fitness for millenials). Techstars noted that the class also "reflects the diversity of Los Angeles", with half of the class including a female co-founders, and diversity across many other dimensions.