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We currently run 47 mentorship-driven accelerators in over 15 countries. If the accelerator of your choice doesn't have applications open, we encourage you to complete the General Interest form and we will let you know when applications open. This will also give you the opportunity to participate in Office Hours - a one-on-one session with a Techstars team member.

How It Works

Applications typically open four times a year for 12-weeks. Multiple applications do not increase your chances of acceptance, so pick the program that is the best fit for you. During the application period we may reach out to invite you to office hours or hope to meet you on the road at one of our Meet & Greet events.

After applications close, we’ll review applications for about seven weeks, and spend time getting to know even more about your team, market, progress and idea. Our goal is to notify the final group of companies being accepted within eight weeks from the application closing date.

What to Know Before Applying

Our applications are designed to better understand you, your team, market, progress and idea. Take your time to fill it out as best as you can. Your goal is demonstrate to Techstars your ability to execute on the idea. Don’t be sparse.

We are big on passion. We want our founders to be passionate about their startups. We want our Managing Directors and mentors to be passionate about the companies in the class. With passion being the uniting emotion, we believe magic can happen for a startup within the Techstars ecosystem. Show us your unbridled passion for your team and product.

It also helps to do research - look into each accelerator and the team behind it, and show us you’ve done your homework.

Preparing to Apply

  • Check out our FAQ.
  • Learn more about what we look for here.
  • Preview our application questions here.

Current Open Programs

Techstars Program

Application Deadline

Alexa Accelerator, Powered by Techstars

Program Starts: Jul 15, 2019 Program Ends: Oct 10, 2019

Seattle

The Alexa Accelerator, Powered by Techstars, is looking for entrepreneurs advancing voice-powered technologies such as connected home and car, wearables and hearables, communication devices and more.

Applications Deadline: Apr 7, 2019

Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, Powered by Techstars

Program Starts: Jul 15, 2019 Program Ends: Oct 10, 2019

Philadelphia

Based in Philadelphia, this program is designed to elevate media, entertainment and connectivity startups. In addition to Techstars’ global network, selected companies will work with experts from Comcast NBCUniversal. Companies focused on IoT/connected home and life, AI/ML, VR/AR, accessibility tech, wireless communication systems, direct-to-consumer products, robotics, next-gen marketing, digital wellness, voice, blockchain, and the future of entertainment are encouraged to apply.

Applications Deadline: Apr 7, 2019

MetLife Digital Accelerator, powered by Techstars

Program Starts: Jul 15, 2019 Program Ends: Oct 10, 2019

Cary

MetLife Digital Accelerator powered by Techstars focuses on innovating in the insurance industry - an industry of massive size & reach with global insurance premiums of $5 trillion in 2017. MetLife is a powerhouse as a Fortune 50 company & one of the world’s leading financial services companies with operations in nearly 50 countries. The 2019 program focuses on teams who are building insurtech ideas, especially those who are focused on reaching new customers, creating next generation products, and digitizing processes.

Applications Deadline: Apr 7, 2019

Stanley+Techstars Accelerator

Program Starts: Jul 15, 2019 Program Ends: Oct 10, 2019

Hartford

Global industry leader, Stanley Black & Decker and Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, have partnered to run the The STANLEY+Techstars Accelerator in Hartford, CT. Focused on additive manufacturing and eco-friendly sustainable packaging solutions, we are looking for companies developing innovative solutions in either of those two areas, and they may have software, hardware or material solutions. Some areas we are interested in exploring include 3D printing, rapid prototyping, generative design, tooling, direct digital manufacturing, layered manufacturing, additive fabrication, sustainable materials, improved consumer packaging solutions and more. If you think you have a disruptive solution we look forward to your application.

Applications Deadline: Apr 7, 2019

Techstars Atlanta, in partnership with Cox Enterprises

Program Starts: Jul 15, 2019 Program Ends: Oct 15, 2019

Atlanta

Techstars Atlanta, in partnership with Cox Enterprises, is located in the epicenter of startup activity in the Southeast, providing entrepreneurs with the resources and network to build meaningful enterprise technology companies and enduring consumer brands. Atlanta shines as a model startup community, with active and exited entrepreneurs, as well as corporate giants, engaging with founders to help build the next set of disruptive technology companies.

Applications Deadline: Apr 7, 2019

Techstars Detroit Accelerator

Program Starts: Jul 15, 2019 Program Ends: Oct 8, 2019

Detroit

Since 2015, Techstars Detroit has helped founders around the world succeed in building transformational businesses across mobility, automotive, transportation, logistics, city infrastructure, manufacturing, IoT, and travel industries. Our extensive mentor network gives founders an unfair advantage in accessing these global industries across the Detroit ecosystem. Over 143 automotive and transportation organizations have supported the program. Our 44 alumni have raised over $80M and include Cargo, Wise, Donut Media, SEEVA, and SPLT (acquired by Bosch).

Applications Deadline: Apr 7, 2019

Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator

Program Starts: Jul 15, 2019 Program Ends: Oct 15, 2019

St. Paul

Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator is our first program focused on the tech/digital side of food and agriculture. Partnered with Cargill and Ecolab, the program is looking for the best entrepreneurs across the entire food value chain, from AgTech, manufacturing and supply chains, to food safety, waste reduction and traceability. The program is based in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.

Applications Deadline: Apr 7, 2019

Techstars Impact

Program Starts: Jul 8, 2019 Program Ends: Oct 3, 2019

Austin

Techstars Impact backs for-profit, mission-driven founders building tech to solve social & environmental problems. The program is based in Austin, an emerging leader in bridging tech & social innovation. The fund is backed by notable LPs Morgan Stanley Investment Management’s AIP Private Markets Team & Impact America Fund. We invest $120k into startups from around the world who believe solving pressing social & environmental problems can sit hand-in-hand with building a successful company.

Applications Deadline: Apr 7, 2019

Techstars London Accelerator

Program Starts: Jul 15, 2019 Program Ends: Oct 10, 2019

London

Home to a thriving international community of tech, founders, innovators and investors, London is an epicentre of startup activity. Ranked as the #6 strongest startup ecosystem in the world, London is known as a powerful location for startups. Founders are flocking to London to start their business and to learn from the incredible mentor community there.

Applications Deadline: Apr 7, 2019

Techstars Los Angeles Accelerator

Program Starts: Jul 15, 2019 Program Ends: Oct 10, 2019

Los Angeles

At Techstars LA we believe in investing in great founders who are committed to growing themselves as they grow their companies. We are looking for startups that are innovating across a wide range of industries and seeking to build their business and network in southern California. Applications for Techstars LA are open and the program will run beginning in July 2018. Follow me on twitter @annawbarber and see you in LA!

Applications Deadline: Apr 7, 2019

Techstars New York City Accelerator

Program Starts: Jul 15, 2019 Program Ends: Oct 10, 2019

New York

NYC is home to a thriving tech community --- ranked as the #2 strongest startup ecosystem in the world. Founders and innovators flock to NYC to start their companies and surround themselves with a deep bench of industry experts, talent, corporate partners, investors and mentors. Over 400 Techstars founders live in NYC, working to build the next generation of game changing companies.

Applications Deadline: Apr 7, 2019

Techstars Rakuten Accelerator

Program Starts: Jul 15, 2019 Program Ends: Oct 10, 2019

Singapore

Rakuten is one of the world’s most diversified digital companies with more than 1 billion customers spread across 30 countries in Asia, Europe and North America. Rakuten owns market leading businesses in ecommerce, banking, brokerage, insurance, advertising, marketing, instant messaging, logistics, travel, media, ebooks as well as being a telecom player. The Rakuten – Techstars program based in Singapore will invest in young tech companies whose founders are working on technologies that apply to any of the above-mentioned sectors. The program will open up the Rakuten network across the world to these founders, in addition to giving them access to the Techstars network (founders and investors across 1600 companies from around the world, 10,000+ industry specialists and mentors).

Applications Deadline: Apr 7, 2019

Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator

Program Starts: Jul 15, 2019 Program Ends: Oct 10, 2019

Los Angeles

The Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator, a new Los Angeles-based program, focuses on the next generation of space technology companies and related frontier technologies. Startup companies in commercial space or that are developing related technologies are encouraged to apply. The program consortium includes: NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, U.S. Air Force, Lockheed Martin, Maxar Technologies, SAIC, and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).

Applications Deadline: Apr 7, 2019

Techstars Sustainability, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy

Program Starts: Jul 29, 2019 Program Ends: Oct 30, 2019

Denver

The Techstars Sustainability Accelerator, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, will ensure that we innovate to make the world a better place to live. Techstars and The Nature Conservancy are seeking for-profit entrepreneurs with commercially viable technologies that can rapidly scale to help sustainably provide food and water and address global issues like climate change.

Applications Deadline: Apr 7, 2019

Barclays Accelerator, Powered by Techstars - New York

Program Starts: Sep 9, 2019 Program Ends: Dec 5, 2019

New York

The Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars in NYC focuses on founders building: Financial Technology, Cyber Security and Enterprise Software.

Applications Deadline: May 12, 2019

Techstars Energy Accelerator in Partnership with Equinor

Program Starts: Sep 9, 2019 Program Ends: Dec 5, 2019

Oslo

Based in Oslo, Techstars Energy Accelerator in Partnership with Equinor is focused on progressing and integrating new businesses and developing potentially transformative technologies and business models across the energy sector to improve safety, security, capital efficiency, operational performance and sustainability.

Applications Deadline: May 12, 2019

Techstars Montreal AI Accelerator

Program Starts: Sep 9, 2019 Program Ends: Dec 5, 2019

Montreal

Techstars Montreal AI Accelerator will select startups that advance the development and application of artificial intelligence across all industries and markets.

Applications Deadline: May 12, 2019

Techstars Paris Accelerator

Program Starts: Sep 9, 2019 Program Ends: Dec 5, 2019

Paris

Techstars Paris Accelerator looks for startups that can leverage the use of data in the real world, focusing on the data-driven transformation of entire industries, including AI & machine learning, blockchain & token-based economies, customer experience, customer & asset management, cybersecurity & intelligent objects.

Applications Deadline: May 12, 2019

The Heritage Group Accelerator Powered by Techstars

Program Starts: Sep 9, 2019 Program Ends: Dec 5, 2019

Indianapolis

Techstars & The Heritage Group have created a mentorship-driven accelerator in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Heritage Group Accelerator Powered by Techstars will run in September 2019. The accelerator will focus on solving problems & challenges affecting highway construction & materials.

Applications Deadline: May 12, 2019

UnitedHealthcare Accelerator Powered by Techstars

Program Starts: Sep 9, 2019 Program Ends: Dec 5, 2019

Minneapolis

Based in Minneapolis, this accelerator will focus on payer-tech and payment-tech solutions across the healthcare industry. Innovative startups focused on digital health and wellness technologies are encouraged to apply and join us for the first class of the program which will run during Q3 2019. UnitedHealthcare is the largest healthcare company in the world, ranking fifth on the Fortune 500 of the largest United States corporations by total revenue.

Applications Deadline: May 12, 2019

Techstars Proptech Accelerator in partnership with Colliers

Program Starts: Sep 9, 2019 Program Ends: Dec 5, 2019

Toronto

Colliers Proptech Accelerator Powered by Techstars is based in Toronto and will focus on solving problems across the property & commercial real estate industry.

Applications Deadline: May 26, 2019

Upcoming Techstars Applications

Techstars Program

Application Opens

Application Closes

EPS MaritimeTech Accelerator Powered by Techstars

2019

Applications Open: Apr 8, 2019

Applications Close: Jul 7, 2019

Techstars Chicago Accelerator

2020

Applications Open: Jul 22, 2019

Applications Close: Oct 13, 2019

Techstars Kansas City Accelerator

2020

Applications Open: Jul 22, 2019

Applications Close: Oct 13, 2019