2021 Best Tech Startups in Boulder

Powered by CrunchbaseThe Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Boulder, Colorado. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to:

  1. Revenue potential
  2. Leadership team
  3. Brand/product traction
  4. Competitive landscape

Additionally, all companies must be independent (unacquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

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1. Inscripta, Inc

Inscripta, Inc

Founded: 2015

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“Inscripta is developing the world’s first benchtop platform for scalable digital genome engineering. The company’s advanced CRISPR-based platform, consisting of an instrument, consumables, software, and assays, offers a fully automated workflow that enables massively parallel, trackable editing of single cells at an unprecedented scale. Inscripta’s goal is to empower scientists whose gene editing research is stifled by current technical and licensing limitations. By providing this unique platform and engaging in collaborative business practices, such as making its MAD7™ CRISPR nuclease free for research and development purposes, the company enables scientists to realize a new era of biological discovery. Headquartered in Boulder, Colo., with offices in Pleasanton, Calif., and San Diego, Inscripta is backed by leading investors including Venrock, Foresite, Paladin Capital Group, Mérieux Développement, NanoDimension, MLS Capital, JS Capital Management LLC, and Oak HC/FT.”

2. Automox


Founded: 2015

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“Automox was founded to pursue a disruptive new vision: the complete automation of endpoint configuration, patching, management and inventory. Endpoint management is massive problem for IT organizations complicated by different operating systems, software, device types, and geographic locations.

Unpatched systems are simply not secure. Yet how can any person or team keep up with every patch, every time, everywhere? We built Automox to solve this very issue.”

3. Misty Robotics

Misty Robotics

Founded: 2017

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“Based in Boulder, CO, Misty Robotics, Inc. is building the robot for everyone. Misty Robotics’ vision is to put a personal robots in every home and office. These robots will be seen and treated as our friends, our teammates, and a part of our families — performing helpful tasks, providing safety, and interacting with humans in entertaining and friendly ways that have only been seen before in science fiction.”

4. Backbone PLM, Inc.

Backbone PLM, Inc.

Founded: 2014

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“Backbone is a next generation PLM solution that helps consumer goods companies manage complex design and product development processes from anywhere, on any device.”

5. Stream


Founded: 2014

“Stream powers activity feeds and chat for more than 500 million end-users. We provide product teams with everything they need to add activity feeds or chat to their app. This includes a UI kit, scalable APIs, frontend component for React, React Native, Flutter, iOS or Android, integrated machine learning/AI as well as a management dashboard.

Stream enables our customers to get to market faster, grow without worrying about scalability, and ship a higher quality user experience. Most importantly our customers focus on what makes their app unique instead of reinventing tech for chat & feeds.”

6. Unsupervised


Founded: 2017

“Unsupervised helps your team find hidden insights in your complex data. We have built the first AI based on unsupervised learning, which automatically discovers the most important patterns in your data without requiring human guidance or supervision.”

7. Stateless


Founded: 2016

Also honored in: 2020 Best Tech Startups in Boulder

“At Stateless, we are dedicated to relentlessly solving the network challenges others deem impossible.

Our revolutionary platform gives users the power to optimize existing network assets to control and connect every endpoint, including portfolio data centers, tenant sites and hyperscale clouds. Stateless is proudly based in Boulder, Colorado. Learn more at”

8. Bonusly


Founded: 2012

“Bonusly is the fun and easy way to engage all of your employees and improve retention and productivity at every level of your organization.

Bonusly helps you celebrate everyday contributions and key milestones, automate time-consuming HR admin processes, incentivize participation in company initiatives, and offer digital rewards your employees will love. With our efficient, effective, and enjoyable recognition and rewards solution, you can help people feel a greater sense of alignment and purpose, understand what it means to embody your company core values, and see how contributions of all kinds support your mission.”

9. Spark Grills

Spark Grills

Founded: 2017

“As the first charcoal grill that is as easy as gas, Spark is a design-forward charcoal grill that fires up in seconds and has oven-like temperature control, allowing grilling enthusiasts, and home chefs alike, to dial in their culinary creativity. Through the use of its proprietary wood and charcoal Briq system, loading and quick ignition is simple, while clean-up is seamless and mess-free. Spark Grills is founded by CEO Ben West, former founder of EcoZoom, a high-efficiency cookstove designed for developing countries.”

10. BDSA

BDS Analytics

Founded: 2015

Also honored in: 2020 Best Tech Startups in Boulder

“BDSA, formerly known as BDS Analytics, is a center of knowledge and market research with expertise in the current legal cannabis market, where it’s been, and where it’s headed. We collect, process, and present point of sale market share and consumer survey data for businesses in or impacted by the cannabis industry. BDSA can show you what is selling, who is buying, how the industry is performing, and what it means to your business with the hard data needed to support business decisions.”