Techstars, Air Force Reveal First Boston Accelerator Investments

February 6, 2018

Techstars today announced the companies participating in the inaugural session of its new autonomous technology startup accelerator program in Boston, and, as advertised, there are a lot of drones involved.

Six of the 10 participating companies are focused on unmanned aerial vehicles, including businesses focused on designing and making drones, helping them avoid collisions, securing and boosting their communications capabilities, and tracking their activities. And one of the companies makes graphene, a material that can be used in the production of a drone’s hull, says Warren Katz, the program’s managing director.

“I had a fantasy of having some ‘super drone’ created out of my whole class, where every company would have [contributed] a little piece of it,” Katz says. “There’s still a chance of that happening.”

The accelerator is run by Techstars in partnership with the U.S. Air Force, hence the emphasis on drone tech.

“They want to get access to the most state-of-the-art technology coming out of startup companies in this new, hot area,” Katz says of the Air Force.

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