Techstars and XPRIZE Announce Partnership

Techstars and XPRIZE are launching a partnership to support the 150 teams in the IBM Watson™ AI XPRIZE competition and connect the XPRIZE and Techstars mentor communities. Techstars mentors, executives, managing directors and others will work with the teams through mentorship, webinars, and in-person workshops with the goal of supporting the commercialization of the ideas.

XPRIZE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the global leader in designing and implementing innovative competition models to solve the world’s grandest challenges. XPRIZE’s philosophy is that—under the right circumstances— igniting rapid experimentation from a variety of diverse lenses is the most efficient and effective method to driving exponential impact and solutions to grand challenges.

We are excited to build relationships with the XPRIZE teams and see how they are using technology to solve the world’s most pressing problems. The IBM Watson AI teams have an entrepreneurial vision that aligns with the mission of Techstars. We help entrepreneurs succeed and we’re using our worldwide network to support this program.








Siemens Startup Unit, next47, Joins Techstars Mobility and Techstars IoT

Techstars welcomes next47 to Techstars Mobility and Techstars IoT as a corporate partner. next47 is Siemen’s new corporate venture unit focused on startups. Techstars partners with corporate leaders from around the world to help startups develop their businesses and deploy solutions as quickly as possible.

next47 joins PWC, SAP, GE and Verizon in Techstars IoT, which is based in New York City. Techstars Mobility is located in Detroit and its roster of partners includes Ford, Verizon, Honda, Dana, Munich RE, Michelin, and DTX. Entrepreneurs looking to work with these global industry leaders should apply today.

next47 will join the other partners in the programs in mentoring the programs’ entrepreneurs and will bring their wealth of experiences to the founders in each program.

About next47

next47, launched in October 2016, seeks to partner with innovative minds and turn big ideas into viable businesses. The dynamic next47 team acts as a venture capitalist, advisor and catalyst into Siemens for external start-ups and creative entrepreneurs, including Siemens employees. Its global presence in Silicon Valley, Shanghai and Tel Aviv – positions next47 close to the major innovation ecosystems to identify, shape and grow future businesses for Siemens. For more information see www.next47.com








Startup Weekend Partners with appear.in

We are excited to announce a new global partnership between Techstars’ Startup Weekend and appear.in.

appear.in is building a tool for the next generation of global startups to make it easy to collaborate from anywhere. appear.in provides a platform to start a video meeting with a group of people on both mobile and desktop computers. Its long-term vision is to create a global communication service that users love and use often.

The Startup Weekend community is tying together startup communities across the world and appear.in will now be a part of this global movement making it easier for entrepreneurs to collaborate from multiple distributed locations.

Through this new partnership, Startup Weekend participants will have six months free access to the premium version of appear.in, which supports up to 12 people in a conversation. The premium version includes:

  • Support for 12 people in video conversation
  • Server boost: Improved stability and quality of calls, reduced CPU usage
  • Branding of your room with custom logo and background image
  • Share your screen while presenting


Users can create their own video room directly in the browser, without having to download or install anything.

Once you have a room, you can just send the link to people you want to invite, and once they click it, they will instantly join the conversation without having to register.  

appear.in is a perfect tool to use during Startup Weekend, if you find that you need to interview customers about your product idea – just send them a link to a room on chat, email or SMS and then interview them over video!

appear.in was built to help founders and entrepreneurs collaborate easily through video. We believe founders are going to find great value in this partnership and we look forward to continuing to help entrepreneurs all over the world with appear.in.

As a special offer to the Startup Weekend community, readers of this blog post also get a coupon for one month free trial of appear.in premium! This coupon will be available for the first 1000 people and can be redeemed until Friday November 18th: SW+APPEAR:IN=TRUE

Redeem your coupon, find more information about the partnership and sign up for updates from appear.in at https://appear.in/information/startupweekend/

 

 








Techstars and Google for Entrepreneurs: Bringing More Resources to Entrepreneurs

Techstars connects entrepreneurs to the best global ecosystem of community leaders, founders, mentors, investors and corporate partners who work together to create a worldwide network of entrepreneurial support.

The strength of our network is even stronger thanks to the shared commitment of our partners, which is why I am proud to announce that Google for Entrepreneurs and Techstars are expanding our partnership.

As the global sponsor of Startup Weekend, Google for Entrepreneurs extends its commitment of these inspiring programs — which have grown to provide an immersive experience into entrepreneurship and innovative thinking — to nearly 70K participants in 120 countries around the world each year.

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Building on its support of Techstars’ Startup Programs, Google for Entrepreneurs will expand its support of Techstars’ Accelerator Programs around the globe by connecting founders with Google product teams, Google experts for technical mentoring and valuable offers, such as the Google Cloud Platform for Startups program.

Techstars will continue to be part of the Google for Entrepreneurs Partner Network, which connects us to a community of 50+ partners and 6 Campuses around the world. This network exists as both a refuge and a resource for the entrepreneurs working to grow their startups around the world.

Techstars and Google for Entrepreneurs are working together to:

  • Make expert content and mentor resources from Google available to founders participating in Techstars programs
  • Equip founders with Google technology and applications to speed development
  • Connect founders with working spaces in international locations
  • Facilitate more introductions for founders to the global network of Google for Entrepreneurs partners

Finally, we are proud to announce that Google for Entrepreneurs is the first corporate partner to contribute to the Techstars Foundation.

The Techstars Foundation is committed to improving diversity in tech entrepreneurship by investing in organizations with grant money and leveraging the Techstars network to empower these organizations to accelerate their mission forward.

Few organizations put diversity and inclusion at the forefront of their work in the way that Google for Entrepreneurs does, and we’re thrilled to be working with them to change the face of our industry.

As the first corporate partner to contribute, they once again demonstrate their leadership and passion to #givefirst and build a stronger ecosystem.








Startup Weekend Partners with Vimeo

We are excited to announce a new global partnership between Techstars’ Startup Weekend and Vimeo. Vimeo is an ideal partner for Startup Weekend because they have been supporting startups and the entrepreneurial journey for many years. Now with the newly launched product, Vimeo Business, Vimeo provides a platform for startups to be able to showcase and market their business through the use of video. At the same time, Vimeo provides a variety of other video marketing tools that can help businesses as they grow from early-stage startups to high-performing companies.

Through this new partnership, Startup Weekend participants will have access to these professional video hosting and marketing tools at a reduced cost. Both participants and Community Leaders of the program will receive a discounted Vimeo Business account. As a video partner, Vimeo will work alongside Techstars to provide educational support and materials on video marketing best practices to entrepreneurs.

Vimeo Business was built to help founders and entrepreneurs visually share and grow their ideas through video. We believe founders are going to find great value in this partnership and we look forward to continuing to help entrepreneurs all over the world with Vimeo.

Check out this video to learn more about Techstars’ Startup Programs:

Get to Know Techstars Startup Programs from Techstars on Vimeo.

At Techstars, we fully believe in the idea that no one is “too far along” for Techstars. Inversely, nothing is too early. Techstars has a program for every step of the entrepreneurial journey – from startup programs like Startup DigestStartup WeekStartup Weekend and Startup Next to later stage offerings, including the accelerator program and venture capital for add-on funding.