NEWS: Techstars LA Announces Class of 2020 Startups

Here are the ten companies comprising Techstars LA 2020. They were selected out of hundreds of applications from across the world.

But Techstars LA stuck with its commitment to invest in and support the “best companies in the greater LA region.” So, nine of the 10 companies chosen have their HQ in LA, with the final company being based in NYC.

For this year’s class, Techstars was specifically looking for resilient companies that it believes can grow in an economic downturn and thrive in a world where social distancing remains the reality. 

“We chose teams that have grit, curiosity, a learning mindset and a deep commitment to positive impact by way of a bold vision,” Anna Barber, managing director of Techstars LA, said in a press release on its website. “The enduring motif of Techstars LA is that personal growth drives company growth — and all of this year’s founders have shown the willingness to rise to the occasion that 2020 has presented by embracing growth and change.”

If there’s a strong theme to this year’s class, it’s heath and wellness.The startups selected are tackling teletherapy for intersectional communities, cancer care coordination, remote evaluation of ADHD and learning differences, and breast milk testing to optimize infant nutrition.

And since Techstars LA is always interested in media and e-commerce. yhis year’s class includes  an e-sports analytics platform, a leading marketplace for podcasting services, a marketplace for college creatives to connect with brands, and a leading fashion and beauty marketplace by Latinx, for Latinx.

The Techstars LA 2020 selected class also represents its ongoing commitment to investing in diverse teams, with nine of the companies including women, Black or Latinx founders, with six in the CEO seat. LatinX is a gender-neutral label, sometimes used instead of Latino or Latina to refer to people of Latin American cultural or ethnic identity in the U.S.

This year, there are seven mixed-gender founding teams, which is “pretty unusual,” according to Barber, “and we are looking forward to seeing how this affects the class dynamic,” she said.

“Research shows that mixed-gender teams perform better overall when compared to all-male teams specifically,” she noted.

Here are the 10 startups:

Ayana Therapy

Ayana Therapy provides online therapy for minorities with an emphasis on intersectionality.

CLLCTVE

CLLCTVE is a platform connecting college creatives with brands targeting Gen-Z consumers.

JoyHub

JoyHub‘s enterprise software integrates multifamily operator systems into a single, centralized data platform. 

Lactation Lab

Lactation Lab provides breast milk analysis and personalized recommendations for mothers to optimize their child’s health and nutrition.

Pod People

Pod People is a full-service podcast production and staffing agency with a network of over 700 audio professionals across the globe.

Preveta

Preveta is transforming cancer care by arming clinicians with data and insights to improve outcomes, and blazing a trail for providers to deliver value-based care.

Shop Latinx

Shop Latinx is the leading fashion and beauty lifestyle brand with products designed by and for the Latinx community.

Sike Insights

Sike Insights powers remote teams to work better together. Our first product, Kona, is an AI-powered Slackbot that helps you communicate.

StatsHelix

StatsHelix is a B2B gametech company focused on esports and streaming.

Thrive Education 

Thrive Education provides remote tele-assessments for learning differences (LDs) such as dyslexia, ADHD, and autism.

 

 

 

 

About The Author

Deirdre Newman is a long-time journalist, who's covered OC startups for a few years.

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