On a recent sunny morning in Seattle, nine startups walked into the University of Washington’s Startup Hall for day one of the 2019 Alexa Accelerator, powered by Techstars. Created in 2017 and run by the Alexa Fund and Techstars, the accelerator is a three-month program that gives early-stage startups the support they need to grow their network, gain traction, incorporate Alexa, and engage with investors. Over the next three months, the founders of these startups will have the opportunity to meet with a diverse group of mentors from Amazon and the Pacific Northwest tech community all while forging lifelong connection with each other.

Whether its grocery shopping and recipes, augmented reality, executive coaching, or turning videos into conversations, the 2019 Alexa Accelerator, powered by Techstars class offers another glimpse into how Alexa can make customers' lives easier, more productive and more entertaining.

Founders of companies selected for the 2019 program include: