The Program

Category: Chicago

7th May 2015

The Techstars Experience: GameWisp’s Story

What is it like to go through a Techstars program? Why choose our accelerator program over others? This is the third post in our new blog series, “The Techstars Experience,” with some thoughts from Michael Anderson, Co-Founder and CEO of GameWisp, a platform for gaming video creators and fans to interact around great content. Michael Read more…

27th April 2015

The Techstars Experience: SpotHero’s Story

At Techstars, we’re often asked what it’s like to go through our program. Founders want to know how our accelerator program is different than others – what makes it better? This is the second post in our new blog series called “The Techstars Experience” with some thoughts (originally posted on Medium) from Mark Lawrence, Co-Founder Read more…

27th February 2015

Techstars Brings the Developer Community Together with Meet-up in Chicago

Despite numerous events offering opportunities for companies to pitch and network with other startups, we are creating a night specifically targeting developers and coders to get together to show off their awesome technology chops.  Earlier this month, we kicked this year’s first night of Techstars Show-and-Tech with a group of leading Chicago technologists. In front Read more…

28th August 2014

The 10 Newest Techstars Alumni

Each year I look forward to Demo Day more than any other day of the year. Each year I am more and more amazed by the entrepreneurs and what they accomplish. Each year the bar is raised higher and higher. It cannot continue forever, but it certainly did yesterday, WOW! With the pressure on and Read more…

28th August 2013

Community Demo Day: Chicago

Today is #tsdemoday at Techstars in Chicago and our teams are pitching to a venue full of investors at the House of Blues. We were blown away by  how quickly tickets for this event became unavailable so we decided to do another one on September 9th from 6:00pm to 9:30pm at Northwestern. We open our doors Read more…

25th April 2013

Introducing the Inaugural Techstars Chicago Class

CaptureProof – The platform through which patients can securely and easily share photos and videos with their doctors. HIPOM – A cloud-based solution that gives parents total control of the Internet access on all devices in the home. Nexercise – A mobile app that makes fitness fun through the use of friendly competition, smart alerts Read more…

15th February 2013

[VIDEO] Excelerate Labs Becoming Techstars Chicago

 Troy Henikoff began his entrepreneurship class at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Managementwith an announcement. He told his students that Excelerate Labs — the Chicago-based accelerator that he and co-founder Sam Yagan had established, nurtured, and brought to national prominence, now had a new name. …read the full article on Blackline Review here.

1st February 2013

Announcing Techstars in Chicago

Excelerate Labs is a world-class accelerator in Chicago, led by accomplished entrepreneurs Troy Henikoff (SurePayroll) and Sam Yagan (OkCupid, SparkNotes, as well as two of the leading VCs in the Midwest, Sandbox Industries’ Nick Rosa, and New World Ventures’ Adam Koopersmith. In its first three years, it has already earned a place among the very Read more…