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Andrew Cohen

Techstars has picked out the next 10 startups to participate in its Indianapolis sports accelerator program. The new class is made up of esports organizations F2K Gaming and Beastcoast, sports media brand Esportudo, content aggregation platform Locker, nutrition app Zonein, lab testing provider Fitnescity, footwear company REZA, event-related revenue platform Rebus, tennis ball collector Tennibot and swimming analysis platform SenSwim.

“In recruiting this year’s class, we searched world-wide to find not only the best founders—with tremendous determination, large visions, demonstrated in-depth knowledge of their particular markets, and the humor and humility to rally a team around them—but also startups that were relatively insulated from the risks of a prolonged battle against COVID-19 and/or which actually benefited from some of the pandemic’s effect on consumer behavior and its associated, likely long-term, implications,” said Jordan Fliegel, managing director of the Techstars Sports Accelerator, in an announcement.

Techstars plans to invest $120,000 into each of the startups in its Indianapolis accelerator. This year’s program will begin on July 13, and is scheduled to end with a demo day on Oct. 8.

The company’s other sports accelerator, the SportsTech Melbourne Accelerator, in Australia was supposed to start in March, but did not begin until June 1 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Six of the 10 startups selected for Indianapolis are based in the U.S., with the others coming from Germany, Ireland, Colombia and Israel. Techstars said in its announcement that it plans to bring them all to Indianapolis.