Backstage Los Angeles Cohort 1

Introducing 6 New LA Accelerator Companies

Anastasia Tarpeh-Ellis
Mar 8 · 3 min read

Anastasia Tarpeh-Ellis is the Managing Director of Backstage Los Angeles, a 3-month program designed to give underrepresented founders the support they need to reach their next critical milestone.

Our Accelerator team is honored and proud to announce the 6 companies chosen to participate in the first Backstage Los Angeles cohort. Keep in mind, there were over 1800 applications from all over the world and only 25 spots across 4 cities, which means the acceptance rate was about 1%. It would be an understatement to say we’re impressed by the progress the selected companies have made to date. Our inaugural cohort creates solutions that will disrupt the travel, beauty, pleasure, solar energy, business housing, and animation industries. We’re beyond eager to support and work alongside them throughout their journeys.

Please join us in welcoming these amazing companies to the Backstage family!


The ultimate one-stop-shop for solo travelers making travel more fun and memorable. The app allows solo travelers to connect with other tourists in popular destinations, safely.


A feminist focused salon experience that’s powered by their elite nail technician education platform, Lacquerbar U, overhauling the $20B antiquated nail salon industry.


Ultra-thin, natural latex wearables for oral sex that’s designed to look like silk lingerie. They’re driven by a mission to close the pleasure gap.

Optimal Solar

The most efficient solar module available, providing optimal clean, affordable, and reliable electric solutions.

Optimal Solar founder (center) and advisors.


A marketplace of thousands of furnished homes for business travelers — professionally managed with great value and available coast-to-coast.


SaaS for animators and video game developers. Their mission is to automate the most complex tasks in the digital content creation industry.

Example work by Deloffre Vincent, Jade Rober, and Lucile Fourniet. Artist: Phillip Johnson. Courtesy of Unomi.

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Anastasia Tarpeh-Ellis

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Managing Director @BackstageLAX @Backstage_Cap | co-founder @bosa_life | alum @uofcincy + @USC/@USCPrice

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Welcome to the Green Room blog. Go behind the scenes at Backstage Capital, where we're betting big on underrepresented tech startup founders.

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