The Alexa Fund and Techstars are excited to announce the third year of the Alexa Accelerator, powered by Techstars, a 13-week program built around the belief that voice will fundamentally improve the way we interact with technology.
Created in partnership between the Alexa Fund and Techstars and hosted in Amazon’s hometown of Seattle, the Alexa Accelerator, powered by Techstars gives early-stage startups the support they need to grow their network, gain traction, incorporate Alexa, and engage with investors.
Participants will have access to a broad network of mentors from across both Amazon and Techstars networks, all of whom devote their time to helping participants take their businesses to the next level.
Up to 10 startups will be invited to take part in the 2019 Alexa Accelerator, powered by Techstars. Builders from around the world who are enthusiastic about voice, AI and other enabling technologies - and their ability to transform customer and business experiences - are encouraged to apply.
Application window opens
Program hosted in Seattle, WA
“The Alexa Accelerator powered by Techstars has been the single most transformative experience for Pulse Labs as a company, and me as a founder. The program propelled Pulse Labs from a mere concept to a full fledged startup with a launched product, enterprise customers and top investors within a 12 week period. It's actually hard to communicate in words just the amount of actionable guidance and direct support we received from various teams at Amazon and Techstars to make Pulse Labs successful - they always looked at things through our lens and put us first. To all founders out there, you owe it to your team to give the Alexa Accelerator your best shot.”
Abhishek Suthan, CEO, Pulse Labs – 2017 cohort
Raised $2.5M seed round
“The Alexa Accelerator was a great experience for Aspinity, as it provided a pathway for a small, innovative, high-tech start-up such as Aspinity to work with experienced mentors and consumer product leaders to evolve a next generation solution. It was refreshing to see the breadth in type and location of companies coming together for the Alexa Accelerator, especially for us, as a semiconductor and machine learning software company out of the Midwest.”
Tom Doyle, CEO, Aspinity – 2017 cohort
Raised $2.9M seed round
“The Alexa Accelerator was transformative for Jargon, in that it significantly shaped who we are, what we do and how we do it. Having access to the expertise and networks of both Amazon and TechStars gave us a significant boost and enabled us to build lasting relationships. For startups advancing voice-powered technologies, the program offers a game-changing advantage.”
Milkana Brace, CEO, Jargon – 2018 cohort
“The Alexa Accelerator helped our team focus and prioritize the right things to execute our vision in launching Unruly Studios. While in the program, we were able to test and release our first mobile app, manufacture and deliver our first edtech toy, and set up an online direct sales channel allowing us to collect our first revenues -- all while finishing our $600K Pre-Seed round and building the foundation to raise our Seed Round. The mentors and Alexa Accelerator team were a wealth of knowledge and pushed us to improve our team processes to be more data-driven, which allowed us to hit all our goals. The influence from Amazon was an extra bonus - we learned from hands-on training with the Amazon team on leadership best practices and how their teams accomplish new initiatives.”
Bryanne Leeming, CEO, Unruly Studios – 2018 cohort
“Even as a serial entrepreneur with a business already generating revenue, the Alexa Accelerator proved to be a hugely valuable experience. From the very first day, the program directors and managers, both from Techstars and the Alexa Fund, made it their mission to bring success to our business and provided the guidance and advice needed to achieve that. The mentor network provided through the program, along some of the partnerships we formed along the way, have become one of our biggest competitive advantages today.”
Shilp Agawarl, CEO, Blutag – 2018 cohort