Today, we’re excited to announce Techstars Connection, a new social experience accelerator that will foster innovation and new enterprise through the creation of products, services and experiences that help connect people to people, help connect people to product, and help connect people to place. Operating out of New York City, the program kicks-off in October and runs through January 2017. Applications open April 18, 2016.
Entrepreneurs in Techstars Connection will focus on solving challenging consumer problems and bring groundbreaking solutions to market that:
– Seamlessly connect and bring people together for enhanced social experiences
– Conveniently connect people to products with greater speed and efficiency
– Enhance consumption experiences through curation, personalization and localization
– Leverage the hidden benefits of raw materials, fermentation and brewing in products and systems that help people to live well
Techstars Connection is run in partnership with AB InBev. ZX Ventures, AB InBev’s global incubator and venture capital team, will also have a substantial role within Techstars Connection.
We are proud to partner with AB InBev on this new accelerator program because they bring incredible passion for helping consumers achieve the best possible social experiences. The recognition of the AB InBev brand will also help strengthen the Techstars global entrepreneur ecosystem, which aligns well with our current active investments in Techstars’ portfolio of social and immersive experience companies like Jukely, LiveLikeVR, Naritiv and LISNR.
This is the fourth Techstars program in New York City, building on the successful Techstars NYC, Techstars IoT (Internet of Things) and Barclays NYC. Companies going through Techstars Connection will be able to leverage the extensive network of investors and mentors in NYC as part of this new program.