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Techstars announces 12 companies for its winter 2014 session in Boston

A poster available at Litographs, one of the companies chosen for Techstars’ Boston accelerator class.
A poster available at Litographs, one of the companies chosen for Techstars’ Boston accelerator class.Credit:

Techstars, a startup accelerator, has unveiled a new class of a dozen new companies, its seventh in the Boston area and the first at its new location in the Leather District.

The new class represents wide range of technology applications.

According to the Techstars website, it runs startup programs in several cities including Boston, Chicago, New York, and Seattle.

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“We have selection rates lower than the Ivy League, so you have to be among the best of the best to earn investment from us,” Techstars says on its website.

Among the dozen companies in the 2014 winter session for Boston are ecoVent, which makes a wireless, HVAC system that allows room by room temperature control in the home; Hermes, a platform designed to allow doctors to better manage their workflows; and Litographs, which helps authors connect with fans and produce literary merchandise.

“We continue to be extremely impressed with the quality of applications and love the diversity of their businesses,” managing director Katie Rae wrote in a blog post announcing the new class.

To read Rae’s post, please click here.

The startup accelerator program had been in a Microsoft building in Kendall Square since its launch in 2009, but now joins the burgeoning innovation scene in Boston proper. As our Scott Kirsner noted, back when the move was merely a rumor, Techstars’ new neighbors include Rest Devices, Ministry of Supply, TurningArt, SpreadShirt, and Uber Boston.

The winter session got underway this week and will conclude at the end of April.

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