BOULDER - Techstars on Monday morning released the names of the 13 companies that will participate in the Boulder-based startup accelerator's eighth cohort in its hometown.

It's a group with plenty of local flavor, as at least nine of the companies are based in the Boulder-Denver area.

The companies begin their 12-week run in Boulder this week, trying to fine-tune their business plans and learn from mentors in advance of an October Demo Day where they'll pitch their ideas to the community and investors.

Techstars companies receive $118,000 in seed investment in exchange for an equity stake of 7 percent to 10 percent. That's in addition to numerous other perks of the program.

Last year's Boulder cohort was highlighted by the acquisition of San Francisco-based GoodApril by Intuit, marking the first time in Techstars' history that a company had been acquired before graduating from the program.

The 13 companies in this year's cohort include:

All4Staff, a Boulder-based company that provides mobile solutions for human resources paperwork.

Bawte, based in Des Moines, Iowa, makes a mobile app that simplifies product support by keeping track of warranties, setup guides and customer support.

ExpenseBot, a Cleveland/Denver company that helps businesses simplify expense-report management.

FinalCard is the creator of a credit card touted as providing more security, control and flexibility for users.

Kapta, based in Boulder, helps companies communicate goals and track executive team objectives through a real-time dashboard.

The Lassy Project, led by former University of Colorado football player John Guydon, is an app that helps parents track their children and notify the community of missing children within seconds.

Loop Labs, based in Denver, makes a sensor for simplified home security.

QuotaDeck, a Salt Lake City-based company whose platform helps companies find, hire, train and pay freelance salespeople.

Shareable Social, based in Denver, provides social media content and training to businesses.

Sportsy is a mobile training platform that helps kids learn and practice skills in a variety of sports.

Varsity, a Boulder-based company that helps college students discover events clubs and classes based on their interests.

Wellhire, based in Boulder, helps companies reduce the time, cost and effort of finding job candidates by assessing candidates' knowledge and providing social media checks.

Wunder, a Boulder-based company whose platform crowdfunds commercial solar projects.