Techstars partners with Pledge 1% to support entrepreneurial communities worldwide

Techstars is excited to announce a partnership with Pledge 1%: we have taken the pledge by donating 1% of our equity to Pledge 1%, and we’re encouraging our 500+ portfolio companies to get behind the movement as well.

As part of Techstars’ overall commitment to building a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem, Techstars has built a relationship with Pledge 1% to help build stronger companies and communities. Pledge 1% is a corporate philanthropy movement dedicated to making the community a key stakeholder in every business. Pledge 1% encourages and challenges individuals and companies to pledge 1% of equity, product, or employee time for their communities.

Pledge 1% founding partners include the Salesforce Foundation and Atlassian, two companies that know first-hand how pledging a small portion of future success today can have an enormous impact tomorrow. In 2014, they came together with the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado to accelerate a shared vision of every business around the globe integrating philanthropy into its corporate DNA. Nicole Glaros, Partner in Techstars Ventures, is on the board of Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado and has been closely involved in rolling out Pledge 1% nation-wide. Take a look at what she has to say about getting involved.

Why pledge?

Companies and their employees today want to be civically minded and aligned with a social mission that prioritizes having a positive impact on the world.

How does Pledge 1% Work?

Individuals and companies can go to to learn more about how to create a culture of giving through resources, case studies, and best practices. Visitors can also pledge equity, employee time and/or product directly on the website. Pledge 1% facilitates making an equity pledge easy to implement, connects companies with local resources to empower employee engagement programs, and helps companies to further define and respond to community needs.

Who benefits from the pledges?

Pledgees choose the cause, focus area and nonprofits to receive the realized value of their resources based on their community goals and company and employee interests. The Pledge 1% movement is fully funded by its founding partners, so all realized benefit from pledges goes to the causes that pledgees support.

Be part of the movement. Build giving into your culture today. Contact to learn more.

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Patriot Boot Camp, Presented by Techstars is coming to New York City from April 17 to 19, 2015.

Patriot Boot Camp, presented by Techstars (PBC) is an intensive 3-day event designed to engage, inspire, and mentor Veterans and the military spouses to start, innovate, and scale the next generation of technology-focused businesses. Over the course of the event, PBC provides participants with entrepreneurial education and mentoring to help them solidify a business idea, focus their fundraising pitch, and demonstrate progress along their entrepreneurial and employment path.

Patriot Boot Camp was started in partnership with Techstars as part of a broader effort to bring underrepresented populations into technology entrepreneurship.

The first Patriot Boot Camp (PBC) was held in July of 2012. Since that event in Washington DC, PBC events have been held 4 times and have helped more than 288 military Veterans and spouses along their startup journeys. In 2015, the PBC team has set an ambitious goal of reaching even more Veterans and military spouses by bringing PBC events to 4 cities, the first in New York City.

PBC is modeled after the three-month Techstars accelerator and is provided to Veterans, active service members, and/or their spouses at no cost. The application period is open now and will close on March 19, 2015.

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Techstars Opens Second Program in Berlin with the Techstars METRO Accelerator

Hot off the heels of launching Techstars Berlin, today we’re announcing the Techstars METRO Accelerator, a hospitality-focused accelerator based in Berlin. Berlin has a fast-growing ecosystem for entrepreneurs and we couldn’t be more excited to play a role in helping to establish this historic city as a burgeoning tech hub.

The Techstars METRO Accelerator will run in conjunction with our partners METRO AG and its sales line METRO Cash & Carry, a leading international player in wholesale trade, focusing on the restaurant, hotel, and catering industries. The wholesale company strives to be championing the passion, creativity and flexibility of independent business. Our second partner is the digital agency R/GA with whom Techstars has already run two accelerator programs.

Companies offering innovative technology applications for the restaurant, hotel and catering industries are a perfect fit for this program. Think hospitality start-ups who offer technology-based products and services that help to simplify, accelerate and digitize operations or enhance customer engagement.

The joint partnership between Techstars, METRO and R/GA provides companies with:

  • Techstars’ proven accelerator program (we now have 17 programs worldwide) and our network of over 3,000 mentors, investors, alumni, and corporate partners.
  • METRO’s hospitality expertise, with deep program engagement from procurement, sales, marketing, strategy, finance, legal and communication experts representing business operations that span 26 countries and 21 million customers.
  • R/GA’s worldwide brand strategy and brand creation services.

Applications for the Techstars METRO Accelerator program will open on April 27 but interested companies can sign-up for the latest news and updates at The three-month program kick-offs on October 12, 2015 and will be based out of the same location as our Techstars Berlin program at the German Tech Entrepreurship Center (GTEC) in the heart of Berlin.

Check out our video trailer to see what the program is all about!

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Congrats to Techstars founders named to Forbes’ 30 under 30!

Congratulations to the Techstars founders named to Forbes’ 30 under 30! Check out the full Forbes list here.


Jason Bornhorst – Patient IO

TJ Parker – PillPack

Jay Kaplan – Synack

Consumer Tech

Michael Kasparian, Peter Li – Atlas

Yifan Zhang – Pact

Enterprise Tech

Max Lynch – Drifty

Jilliene Helman – Realty Mogul


Dave Bisceglia – The Tap Lab

Jonas Piela – Avuba


Arian Radmand – CoachUp

Marketing & Advertising

Tom Coburn, Jonathon Lacoste – Jebbit

Manufacturing & Industry

Blake Sessions, Arron Acosta – Rise Robotics

Gabe Blanchet, Jamie Byron – Grove Labs

Dylan Reid –

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Applications Now Open for Boston and Boulder Summer 2015 Programs

Applications are now open for two great Techstars programs in Boston and Boulder for Summer 2015! Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in our three-month mentorship-driven accelerator program and become part of a lifetime network of over 3,000 founders, mentors, investors, and corporate partners.

Techstars is for all types of tech entrepreneurs. Check out our short video to learn more.

Stay tuned to our Program Schedule and apply today. Deadline for Boston, Boulder and Techstars Mobility (already announced) is 3/15/15.

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Web Summit Featuring Four Techstars Managing Directors

This week, four of our Managing Directors will be speaking at the Web Summit conference: Semyon Dukach, Managing Director of Techstars Boston; Jon Bradford, Managing Director of Techstars London; Cody Simms, Managing Director of the Disney Accelerator, powered by Techstars; and Greg Rogers, Managing Director of the Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars.

Web Summit is a world renowned tech conference where the tech world meets. It is all about celebrating and exploring how technology is changing all kinds of industries. Currently, 500 speakers and counting from Fortune 500 companies to revolutionary startups are signed up to participate in the event. Web Summit will take place on November 4-6th, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. If you’re going to Web Summit, please stop by and say hi!

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Techstars’ David Cohen Explains Everything You Need to Know About Accelerators

Techstars’ Managing Partner David Cohen sat down with Inc.’s Scott Gerber to discuss the hidden benefits of accelerators, how to get accepted to one, and what he sees for the future of tech talent.

Check out all the videos in the series!

Techstars Founder Explains Everything You Need to Know About Accelerators

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Come Join Us for the NewCo Session in Boulder!

Have you ever wondered what it’s like inside the Techstars’ Boulder office? On Tuesday November 18th, we’ll be opening our office to the community as part of NewCo, a new kind of event experience: a mash up of an open studio tour and a business conference, with the vibe of a music festival.


In a single day, NewCo Boulder will take participants to Boulder’s most innovative companies for a true behind-the-scenes look at our world and what it means to work here. Although this is the first year that NewCo will be in Boulder, they have had extreme success in the past with events in London, New York, San Francisco, and Detroit. 


Companies involved are those that have helped build Boulder’s diverse business community. Whether you’re interested in technology, nonprofits, or beer, you now have a chance to learn about it all!


While at Techstars, participants will experience an intimate tour of our contemporary work setting, hear from one of our own Managing Partners, David Cohen, and learn what makes Techstars, well…Techstars!

We are thrilled for you to hear our story and observe where we explore and create every day!

Register to participate in this free exposition of Boulder’s innovation!

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Techstars is for everyone

Thinking of applying to Techstars? Do it! You have nothing to lose. Being part of Techstars is not just a three month mentorship-driven accelerator program but a massive interconnected network — with over 3,000 founders, mentors, investors, and corporate partners – that you’re part of for life.

No matter what stage your company is in, we have a program to suit your needs. We now have 13 horizontal and vertical programs worldwide, including 5 vertical programs that we run in conjunction with corporate partners (R/GA for connected devices, Kaplan for EdTech, Disney for media and entertainment, Barclays for FinTech and Sprint for mobile health.)

Applications are currently open for Techstars in New York, our Cloud program in San Antonio, and for the Sprint Accelerator in Kansas City.  Apply today!

Here’s a video with highlights from some Techstars founders explaining why Techstars is so important to them.

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Techstars Descends Upon Austin, TX!

Techstars is descending upon Austin, TX next week for two back-to-back events – our Austin Demo Day on Wednesday, September 3rd, followed by FounderCon on the 4th and the 5th. Check out the list of companies who will be participating in Demo Day, and to the Techstars Austin 2014 class, best of luck!

FounderCon is our annual event for all Techstars companies past and present – with two full days of keynotes and breakout sessions, and tons of opportunity to network with almost 400 Techstars founders and alumni from across our 36 programs to date.

This year’s FounderCon theme is “Connect” and it’s all about helping companies in the Techstars network create new and deeper connections. What do we mean by Connect?

  • Showcasing the strength of the Techstars network – including over 3,000 founders, alumni, mentors, investors, and corporate partners.
  • Celebrating Techstars companies past and present by bringing together almost 400 people to share stories, high-five big wins, and learn from an impressive peer group of entrepreneurs.
  • Embedding ourselves in the Austin tech community, kicking off with Demo Day and then following on with a community networking event, community coffee meet-ups, and other opportunities to support the local market.

Check out the impressive list of speakers and sponsors helping to make FounderCon happen:


We can’t wait to meet those who will be in Austin next week! It’s not too late to join us for FounderCon, so if you’ve been through a Techstars program past or present, just pull the trigger – it promises to be a don’t miss! Reach out to for details.

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