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Techstars Anywhere Returns for Second Startup Cohort

Local startup accelerator Techstars Anywhere returned this spring to welcome 10 companies for its second cohort. The three-month program is open to companies from across the U.S., though it is managed by San Diegans Ryan Kuder and Kendra Dixon. The program graduated its first cohort last April, including local startup Trust & Will, which raised $2 million for its efforts to digitize estate planning.

Tied to Boulder-based Techstars, the program offers companies a $100,000 convertible note and a $20,000 stipend in exchange for 6 percent of their common stock. The program also provides mentorship, web hosting, accounting and legal support, as well as access to Techstars’ network of alumni and investors.

This year’s cohort includes one San Diego company: QuickCarl, a company that allows homeowners to quickly diagnose maintenance problems over a video call.

Other participants include:

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Bloominous, a Los Angeles-based wedding flower company

• Civic Eagle, a company with offices in Atlanta, Minneapolis and Washington D.C. that uses AI to help companies identify and track legislation

• echoAR, a New York company that helps developers quickly build augmented reality apps

• EnrichHER, a crowdfunding platform for women-owned businesses with offices in Atlanta and Washington D.C.

• Events Locker, a company with offices in Los Angeles and Seattle that developed a platform for event exhibitors

• Gamefuly, a Newark-based company that connects players to e-sports coaches

• Parabol, a Los Angeles company that builds software to help company management improve processes and complete projects.

• Speedwell & Yarrow, a Columbus, Ohio, company that helps employees manage tasks outside of the office

• Summed, a company with offices in Denver and San Francisco that works like a credit card, but allows shoppers to repay their balance like a low-rate installment loan


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