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24th September 2013

Announcing the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator, powered by Techstars

Today we announce the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator, powered by Techstars, based in Kansas City. Technology companies focused on mobile health can apply today through December 6th for the opportunity to participate in a three-month intensive mentorship program starting in March 2014 and receive up to $120,000 in funding. I couldn’t be more excited about 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…

31st January 2013

Eugene Chung, Managing Director for TechStars in NYC

I’m thrilled to introduce our new Managing Director for our NYC program, Eugene Chung. Eugene was formerly with New Enterprise Associates where he was instrumental in several NYC-area investments, including BuzzFeed and Bedrocket. Prior to NEA, Eugene worked in film production at Pixar Animation Studios, energy private equity at Warburg Pincus, and investment banking at Morgan Stanley. He graduated in the Read more…

18th November 2012

TechStars is now accepting applications via AngelList also

Applications to TechStars will now be accepted two different ways. You can apply using our traditional method by visiting  Starting today, you can now use AngelList to apply to TechStars if you prefer. Our traditional online application has some specific questions that we may require you to answer at a later time if you choose to Read more…

14th September 2012

Apptentive: Traction and People, Not Users

Apptentive is in the current class of 2012 at TechStars in Seattle. They make it easy for app developers to communicate with their app customers for increased ratings and higher retention. On the backend, the service manages customer conversations, aggregates customer contacts and works to solve the volume challenge that faces anyone who has hundreds Read more…

4th June 2012

TechStars Announces Patriot Boot Camp

TechStars Patriot Boot Camp is an intense three-day program in July of 2012 that will educate and mentor Veterans and Service Members to innovate, build technology companies, and create jobs. Participation in the Patriot Boot Camp will be the catalyst for Veterans and Service Members to kickstart a company, find co-founders, and advance as entrepreneurs. Read more…

18th April 2012

TechStars strongly supports Twitter’s patent hack

Yesterday, Twitter announced something very important called the Innovators Patent Agreement which Fred Wilson calls the “Patent Hack.” With this mechanism, Twitter has said that it will not use assigned or acquired patents offensively, nor will any company that acquires patents from Twitter be able to use them offensively without the innovators consent. What does this Read more…

22nd March 2012

4 Keys to a TechStars-Worthy Demo

I write a monthly column for Inc Magazine called Dispatches from TechStars. Here’s an excerpt from a March 14, 2012 Inc Magazine article. 4 Keys to a TechStars-Worthy Demo Want to pitch TechStars Founder David Cohen? You better make sure your pitch looks like this. Last week I spent two full days watching approximately 50 Read more…