Techstars Announces its Austin 2019 Cohort


Techstars is one of Austin’s oldest and most recognized accelerator programs.

This week, Amos Schwartzfarb, its managing director, kicked off the 2019 program with 10 new startups. The companies come from Los Angeles, Chattanooga, TN, Toronto, Canada, Houston, TX, and Austin.

The three month long program culminates with Demo Day on April 10th.

Here are the companies (with descriptions provided by Techstars):


Countertop Smart(Austin) –CountertopSmart is an online marketplace that allows homeowners and construction trade professionals access to a little-known, secondary market of countertop remnants, the remaining unused portions of full stone slabs. Consumers use Countertop Smart to buy stone in smarter quantities, typically saving between 60%-80% on a broader design selection.


CPRWrap (Chattanooga, TN) – CPRWrap is a product that provides a CPR template and mouth piece so bystanders can successfully provide emergency CPR.


Dearduck (Houston) – Dear Duck provides retailers with tailored recommendations for consumers searching for gifts for another person, increasing the accuracy of buying for others.


Knocki (Austin) – Knocki makes the smart home easier to use by transforming a surface into a control interface. With Knocki installed, any wall or table becomes a remote control with a few taps. Users no longer need to open apps or use voice control to activate their smart home devices.


Livsn (Fayetteville, AR) – Livsn creates durable, innovative, and high-quality outdoor apparel created with sustainable materials that stand the test of time.


Pass It Down (Chattanooga, TN) – Pass It Down’s is a digital storytelling platform that allows museums, libraries, and companies to showcase their history and culture.


Slice of Sauce (Los Angeles, CA) – Slice of Sauce sells individually-wrapped condiment slices that are non-GMO, all-natural, gluten-free, and packed with all of the flavor of a sauce.


Succession Matching (Toronto, Canada) – Succession Matching connects small business owners that want to transition out of their businesses with resources, potential buyers, and other succession planning professionals.


Woorly (Chattanooga, TN) – Woorly is a mobile app that allows companies to reward customers that recommend their products and services to friends and family and earn rewards.