Heddoko, Navut both head to Boston for Techstars


Montreal startups Heddoko and Navut have both revealed that they’ll be part of the Techstars Spring 2016 cohort.

Heddoko is the first smart compression suit that tracks full-body movement in 3D and gives you real-time feedback. Navut is a marketplace that connects people planning to relocate with local experts.

The two Montreal-based companies are part of 14 total ventures selected for the cohort. The others come from the US, the UK and Germany, and at least five of the companies have women in founding or CEO roles. The others focus on ideas like making it easier to fund indie films, to giving consumers the power to make awesome, customized high-tech tools and products, to scientifically measuring interest in events before they’re booked.

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Navut, meanwhile, announced its participation on founder Mauro Repacci’s Twitter.

The startups will receive $118,000 in funding, mentorship and office space in Downtown Boston in exchange for an equity stake of 7-10 per cent. The program officially began last week and will continue until the May 25th demo day.

According to Bostinno’s Kyle Alspach, Techstars executive director Semyon Dukach said the new class has “even more diversity, in every sense” than past groups. It’s the accelerator’s 10th cohort, and it will seek to build on a strong previous cohort, in which Bostinno wrote that all of the teams had shown significant traction by the program’s end.

According to Techstars 762 accelerator companies have gone through the Techstars program. Of those, 90 per cent are active or have been acquired. Notable Techstars alumni companies include ClassPass, Digital Ocean, Localytics, SendGrid, Contently, Occipital, Next Big Sound, Kapost, Synack, Ginger.io, Sphero, FullContact, Simple Energy, Mocavo, GrabCAD, Kinvey, Placester, Crowdtwist, OnSwipe, Everymove, Remitly, Romotive, Cloudability, Distil Networks, DataRobot, DoubleDub, Pivotdesk, Revolv, Coachup, Pillpack, Keen.io and Plated.

Here’s the rest of the cohort:

  • AirFox: Works to dramatically reduce the cost of mobile service for carriers and consumers around the world; ex-Googlers from San Francisco (and originally Brazil)
  • Daily Pnut: A daily email on international news that informs and entertains you; Harvard team
  • Danger!Awesome: Retail makerspaces bringing high tech tools and creative education to consumers; comes out of the MIT Media Lab, CEO Nadeem Mazen is a member of the Cambridge City Council
  • Grapevine: Platform connects consumer brands with the relevant and influential social media stars; MassChallenge grad, has revenue and funding already
  • Polis: Easy and scalable door-to-door outreach software for campaigns and organizations; based out of D.C.
  • Rare Pink: Engagement ring retailer helping clients across the globe design unique and meaningful engagement rings; English, South African and Bulgarian team, generating revenue
  • RocketBook: Magical pen-and-paper notebooks designed for our digital world; has run two successful crowdfunding campaigns
  • Seed&Spark: Crowdfunding and distribution platform for indie films; based in L.A.
  • Spoiler Alert: An online marketplace and brokerage tool for discounted food sales, food donations, and organic waste opportunities; MIT Sloan team, CTO Marty Sirkin was previously the CTO at Leaf
  • Strobe: We build technology that enables event organizers to create live experiences for the 21st century; Brown team, earning revenue from nightclub customers
  • TapGlue: A platform that easily turns every app into a social network; German team, customers include Localytics (a Techstars Boston alum, which introduced the startup to Techstars)
  • YayPay: Fast invoice collections and accounts receivables management; English/African team, founded by serial entrepreneurs

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