These startups will join the Next Techstars Chicago Accelerator program

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Chicago Tech Stars recently announced its latest cohort of primarily Chicago-based startups that will participate in the annual acceleration program.

Over the next three months, startups and their founders will benefit from the mentorship of other successful CEOs and entrepreneurs. Each company will also receive $120,000 in funding for participating in the program.

This year’s Techstars Chicago Accelerator Program includes eight Chicago-based startups, as well as startups based in Cleveland, Israel, and Nigeria.

“The true value of the Techstars experience is in the connections you have with the people around you. The lifelong connections that are formed throughout [the] program and long after are difficult to quantify, but are still the biggest benefit our founders say they get from the program,” Neal Sáles-Griffin, CEO of Techstars Chicago, said in a statement.

hereHere is an overview of the startups participating in the program this year.

BâKIT Box: The women-founded startup provides monthly cooking kits to subscribers. Chicago-based BāKIT focuses on sweet or savory kits meant to make baking fun and easy for customers.

Bekome: The Chicago-based direct-to-consumer nutrition startup sells all-natural products specially formulated to relieve anxiety. The company says its products are not intended to replace other forms of mental wellness, such as therapy or prescribed medication, but are intended to complement them.

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Bloomfilter: Cleveland-based Bloomfilter is a software startup that develops enterprise project management solutions. According to the company’s website, its software gives complete visibility into projects and can help guide teams to complete them.

broccoli: As an online learning platform for medical students, broccoli covers over 3,000 medical topics with interactive lessons and assessments. The platform, based in Israel, supports multiple languages ​​and is intended to help students pass licensing and board exams.

Cue the curves: Based in Chicago, this online shopping platform specializes in the sale of plus size clothing. The platform offers more than 200 brands and aims to help women find pieces that match their style and size and improve their relationship with clothes.

fs rocket: The fintech start-up helps non-profit organizations with their accounting and budgeting needs. The platform also helps process non-payroll transactions. Flare FS is a fully remote company.

Haylon Technologies: The Chicago-based startup is developing new battery technologies with better capacities than traditional lithium-ion batteries. Haylon’s batteries have been used in drones, electric scooters and power tools.

Village meal: Unlike other meal kit companies, Meal Village sells these kits without requiring a subscription or monthly contract. Kits from the Chicago-based startup starting at $6.95.

close to technology: The Chicago-based startup provides end-to-end technology solutions to help families stay connected with loved ones living in retirement communities.

Remote Gravity: This advertising platform helps marketers find physical advertising space and launch campaigns from an online platform. Remote Gravity is based in Nigeria and currently serves clients in Africa and other emerging markets.

Transfer thought: Based in Chicago, the no-code platform allows companies to create security training materials using pre-made templates. The documents, which feature VR integrations, can be sent to employees’ phones and laptops.

Zest: A Chicago-based mobile cooking app, Zest publishes weekly recipes with 10-minute videos. Recipes are created by two former Michelin star chefs and are taught using easy-to-follow methods.

Ryan H. Bowman