Amos Schwartzfarb, managing director of Techstars Austin

Techstars Austin announced its 2020 class this week, including five Austin-based startups among the ten participating in the program.

Another startup comes from Dallas and the remaining ones from New York, Florida, Ohio, and India.

Also, this is the 10th Techstars program in Austin since it kicked off in 2014 and the fifth being run by Amos Schwartzfarb, Techstars Austin managing director.

“We love experimenting in the Austin program and are constantly figuring out how to optimize and continually provide better and better experiences for our founders,” Schwartzfarb wrote in a Techstars blog post.

This year, Techstars Austin will use two new tools, Maslo, a smart companion for coaches, and Flexdocs, a collaboration tool for businesses created by WriterDuet. Both tools were created by Techstars Alumni companies.

Techstars Austin also changed the date of its program to start on Dec. 2nd and end on March 11th. That’s so its companies can be prepared to fully participate in South by Southwest, according to Schwartzfarb.

The following companies are participating in the Techstars Austin 2020 program: (descriptions provided by Techstars)

8base, Coral Gables, FL: a backend as a service that combines computing, application services and integrations for building SaaS and market-facing applications.

Aquifer Motion, Austin, TX: a SaaS platform that combines augmented reality and machine learning to make professional 3D animation accessible for all creators.

Binaize, Bangalore, India: a network intelligence software product for industrial IoT that helps minimize machine downtime and increase the operational efficiency of industrial control systems.

Boutiq, Austin, TX: Boutiq uses data science to buy and manage luxury vacation rentals.

Crave Retail, Austin, TX: Crave is a SaaS platform purpose-built to enhance the fitting rooms of premium enterprise retailers with modern digital experiences and analytics to optimize conversion opportunities.

EarBuds, Austin, TX: EarBuds allows people to listen along live with their favorite music curators in key moments.

Homebuyer, Cincinnati, OH: Homebuyer is a lead nurture system for mortgage lenders that reduces customer acquisition costs and increases per-loan profits.

Jolly, Austin, TX: Jolly is a professional social network for the gig economy, where freelancers and businesses connect to grow their networks, work together freely and build their reputations.

Propertymate, Brooklyn, NY: Propertymate is a SaaS platform that allows real estate agents to predict which property is most likely to be purchased by a client and helps to make deals within a brokerage or network.

SURVIVR, Dallas, TX: SURVIVR is a VR training platform to help first responders improve decision-making and response times.