IVCA Feature: Techstars Chicago Announce Their Latest Class of Founders and Demo Day Date

December 9, 2020

Throughout the pandemic, Techstars Chicago has continued to move forward with their facilitation and mentorship of entrepreneurs, start-ups and emerging companies in twice-a-year classes of ten. On November 2nd, 2020, Managing Director Neal Sáles-Griffin announced the latest Class-of-Ten participants, and set a tentative date for the “graduation” Demo Day, February 11th, 2020.
Techstars Chicago is an annual mentorship course that allows those entrepreneurs, start-ups and companies to participate in a 13-week forum that teaches them how to improve and execute their business ideas. It culminates on Demo Day, an opportunity for the participants to pitch their businesses to interested investors based on what they’ve learned. Neal Salés-Griffin, an associate in Venture Capital and a Chicago founder, was named in July of 2019 to steer the program.
Techstars is based in Boulder, Colorado, and has a global footprint. The Chicago branch began locally as Excelerate Labs – which was the brainchild of Sandbox Industries, the I2A Fund, Sam Yagan (OK Cupid, Sparknotes) and Troy Henikoff – before it merged with Techstars in 2013. Troy Henikoff was the primary Managing Director until Logan LaHive took the reins in 2017. Salés-Griffin became the next in line, and coordinated his team and the participant companies to complete the April, 2020 Demo Day.
Regarding the latest Class, Sáles-Griffin told the IVCA in November, “They're addressing issues directly related to how people and systems have shifted in light of the pandemic ... social and racial justice, healthcare, education, automation, accessibility of technology, and more.”
The following is the new Class-of-Ten, with a link to more information by clicking their header names.

Script Health is enabling pharmacies to add new lines of business while providing easy access to healthcare. The company's SaaS platform allows pharmacists the ability to prescribe tests and treatments.
CAPE Inclusion, the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) company, offers a comprehensive platform to support achieving initiatives, simplifying the process, and increasing the ability to maximize DEI impact. Cut through the clutter of data with tailored and effective solutions that drive measurable DEI outcomes and strengthen leadership commitment to DEI initiatives.
Signal Cortex is the intelligent enterprise voice assistant for every employee. Employees can receive notifications, update tasks, and manage workflows without touching a single device.
The Next Generation Of Home Improvement Service Delivery. Improovy is the technological solution to make simple home renovations like interior painting easier than ever for both homeowners and contractors in this $400 Billion per year industry.
From quotes in 10 minutes to project starts in as little as 24 hours, the Improovy system covers the entire renovation cycle from idea to completion. It’s a revolutionary process that dramatically improves the experience for both the customer and the contractor. Simply, Improovy is Home Improvement, Made Groovy. 
HIKIHiki, meaning “able” in Hawaiian, is a friendship and dating social platform for the Autistic community. Every part of Hiki has been built in collaboration with Autistic adults to ensure the app is sensory aware and truly representative of neurodivergent needs. Hiki is the first-ever social eco-system built to enable neurodivergent adults to find friendship, love and community.
MoneyVerbs is a financial wellness app that creates a space where money doesn't have to be taboo. Users can join a community where they have the ability to share challenges, curiosities, and accomplishments, and grow on their journey towards achieving their financial goals.
Hairstylist created color for in-home use. A new way for women to access hair salon experience online, when convenient. We bring the salon to you!


Roadside Assistance Reimagined. Eemerg is an open marketplace app assisting in connecting customers directly to roadside service providers during a roadside emergency. Getting you the lowest prices and the quickest response times.


Solving the gap in the endurance sports market by bringing affordable, personalized coaching to more athletes. 


DocuMentor is an easy to use and affordable electronic visit verification (EVV) solution for in-home care providers, that simplifies compliance and streamlines operations so that you and your team can focus on delivering the best care.
Techstars Chicago continues to ask for mentorship guidance from the IVCA and the Chicago business/tech community. “Now is the time, more than any, for Chicago to rise up. We need to show the world what we are capable of, in coming together as a community,” said Sáles-Griffin. Contact [email protected] or Program Manager [email protected] directly.
For more information about Techstars Chicago, click here. The tentative date for Demo Day is February 11th, 2021.