Today, we are thrilled to announce Techstars Austin!
Forbes and Bloomberg have been calling Austin the No. 1 Boomtown and the best place for your startup for years now, and Google recently chose it as the second city to receive the fastest Internet on the planet. TechStars exists to put the best mentors and the best entrepreneurs together in the best startup communities so Austin is a natural next stop for us. We will run our first program starting this August and applications are open as of today!
Nominated by investors, rapidly growing startups like SpareFoot, Mass Relevance, MapMyFitness, and Spredfast are just a few of the city’s new promising companies recognized in the A-List, created twice a year since 2011 by The Austin Chamber of Commerce (now partnering for this effort with SXSW Interactive). You probably know all about great Austin area companies such as Indeed, HomeAway, Bazaarvoice, Spiceworks, and more. There is so much happening in Austin and we are grateful to be joining the ranks of an already strong community.
We have received enthusiastic support from the local tech groups in Austin and there are already many fantastic mentors and investors involved including Brett Hurt (Bazaarvoice), Tom Ball and Mike Dodd (Austin Ventures), Sam Decker (Mass Relevance), Jeff Dachis (Dachis Group), Kip McClanahan and Morgan Flager (Silverton), Josh Baer and Bill Boebel (Capital Factory), Ned Hill and Aziz Gilani (Mercury Fund), Rony Kahan (Indeed), Rob Taylor (Black Locus) Lori Knowlton (HomeAway), and many more.
The Managing Director of TechStars Austin is Jason Seats. Jason is a “techie” and entrepreneur. Rackspace acquired his company Slicehost in 2008 and then made him VP of Engineering. Jason is an active angel investor and has been with TechStars since 2011 with two very successful programs under his belt as Managing Director. He brings amazing technical chops, founder experience and a strong network of his own. Jason is moving down the road from San Antonio to Austin and we’re confident that he will be a big part of growing both TechStars and the startup community in his new home.
TechStars will operate out of Capital Factory in downtown Austin. This beautiful space is “the most inspiring office space in Austin” for startups, and we’re happy that it’s our new home too. The amazing folks behind Capital Factory (Josh Baer and Bill Boebel) have played a critical role in bringing TechStars to Austin and we’re thankful for all of their support.
Whether you’re a born and raised Longhorn or simply think you can contribute to keeping Austin weird, we’re ready to review your application. Find out for yourself what three months of intense mentorship, seed funding and a powerful network can do for your company. Start by seeing what it has done for our alumni.
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