Techstars Central provides business training, mentorship and funding to startups during its three-month accelerator program.
The new 12-member class includes three L.A. companies: Westchester-based digital tax filing platform ComplYant; downtown-based commerce platform Lightbox Media Inc.; West Hollywood-based small claims assistant Courtam Inc., doing business as PeopleClerk.
“After an incredibly challenging year, we’re so excited to be back in person. Our applicant pool was remarkably strong this year, and the selected companies, chosen from nearly a thousand who applied, will be joining us from both near (LA, SF) and far (Toronto, Hyderabad, Kiev),” Matt Kozlov, managing director of Techstars Los Angeles Accelerator, wrote in a company blog post.
Kozlov said 10 of the 12 companies selected are led by underrepresented chief executives.
“Our 2021 class includes companies led by intensely passionate, mission-driven, and experienced founders who are laser-focused on solving societal challenges, making our communities healthier, happier, and more equitable,” Kozlov added.
Participants in the 2021 Techstars Los Angeles Accelerators class will receive mentorship from industry experts in the Techstar network. Techstar Central also invests $20,000 in each company in exchange for 6% equity, according to Techstar’s standard accelerator agreements.
Founded in 2006 in Boulder, Colo., Techstars Central has graduated 2,541 companies from its accelerator programs and provided $14.9 billion in total funding.
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