Calling All EdTech Startups! Kaplan and Techstars are coming to a city near you…

We are kicking off the road show for the 2014 Kaplan EdTech Accelerator, powered by Techstars. The accelerator is a highly selective, immersive mentorship and seed-stage investment program for EdTech startups in the broadly defined learning and education space– including birth through life long learning, K-12, higher ed, work readiness, corporate training, summer camps, and after school programs in all forms of consumer education. Ten startup companies will be selected to gather in the New York City office for three months to build their products and businesses. Selected companies will receive up to $170,000 in funding for participating.

Separately, Don Burton (the Managing Director for the program) hosts open office hours which you can schedule online if you’d like to learn more about our program. You can also contact Don directly at don.burton@techstars.com.

Got an EdTech startup? Find out more about how Kaplan and Techstars can help you accelerate the development of your business, get traction and land deals and financing to take your startup to the next level. During the month of April, we’re hitting the road and we want to meet you! A team from the Kaplan EdTech Accelerator, powered by Techstars will be visiting London, New York, Washington, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, and Phoenix (at the GSV/ASU conference) to share more details about the program as well as meet some awesome founders and entrepreneurs in the education technology space. Is that you?

Representatives from both Kaplan and Techstars will be hosting events in several cities for interested entrepreneurs. Come join us to meet the accelerator team and ask any questions you have about the program and its benefits to you.

Just click on one of the below links to sign up to events in the city closest to you. We’ll send an email to confirm your RSVP.

April 1st – London, UK
April 7th  – New York City, NY
April 8th   – Washington, DC
April 14th  – Seattle, WA
April 15th – San Francisco, CA
April 21st – Phoenix, AR (Open Office Hours)
April 25th – Boston, MA (Open Office Hours)
April  28th – Toronto, Canada (Open Office Hours)

While in Phoenix during the GSV Education Innovation Summit, we’re hosting open office hours, giving founders a chance to meet with us one-on-one. We will also be up on Harvard Business School Campus for an event on the 25th, and in Toronto on April 28th where we will hold similar office hours. If you’ll be in Phoenix during the conference, click on the link below to schedule some time with us!

Sign up for Phoenix, Boston, or Toronto open office hours here.

Learn more and apply to Kaplan Accelerator by May 5th.

We look forward to reading your application!








[VIDEO] Quotes for Entrepreneurs: Yoda

If we told you that Brad Feld loves Star Wars and Yoda especially, would you be surprised?


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[VIDEO] Happy Valentine’s Day: How to Find a Partner


In the words of David Cohen: “Finding the right co-founder for your startup is crucial. Much like a marriage, you’re going to succeed and fail together at every turn.” Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Techstars. May you take the night off from doing more faster to enjoy your loved ones.

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[VIDEO] Quotes for Entrepreneurs: Cookie Monster

It’s Wednesday! Time for a quote with an entrepreneurial twist. This week we talk to one of Brad Feld’s alter egos, Cookie Monster. When Megan and I asked Brad if there was anything he wanted us to include with this blog post, he told us, “You can quote me as saying, ‘I love chocolate cookies.'” You heard it here first!

Click to tweet: [VIDEO] Cookie Monster reminds us to not take ourselves too seriously. /via @bfeld #quotes

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[VIDEO] Quotes for Entrepreneurs: Mark Solon

Every Wednesday we are sharing videos of people from across the Techstars network describing their favorite entrepreneurial-minded quotes. Today, Mark Solon, mentor and Managing Partner of Techstars, shares this quote by Steve Jobs.

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[VIDEO] Quotes for Entrepreneurs: Char Genevier

Every Wednesday (with the exception of the upcoming holidays), we are posting video clips of folks from across the Techstars network describing their favorite quotes. This quote was chosen by Charlotte Genevier, CEO and founder of The Cotery.

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[VIDEO] Startup Stories: Romotive Trailer

Startup Stories are a series of short documentaries about Techstars companies. We learn about the adventures, challenges and triumphs of building a startup. This is the story of Romotive, a team from our Seattle program building an educational robot.

Romotive is a group of nerds obsessed with building an affordable, fun robot named Romo. By combining smartphones with a mobile base, they create robots that do awesome things (telepresence, autonomous navigation, machine vision). Romo would make a great Christmas gift for the robot lover in your life. The full documentary will post on The Next Web early next year and you can check back here for the link. If you want to watch more videos in the meantime, subscribe to our YouTube channel and browse through Techstars.tv. We’re also sharing video clips on Instagram.








[VIDEO] London Calling! Apply to Techstars for 2014

Applications for Techstars in London are open for the 2014 program. Early application deadline is December 6, 2013 and final deadline is December 31, 2013 at 11:59 PST. Apply soon!








Applications Are Open for London and NYC 2014

Applications for the Spring 2014 sessions of Techstars in London and New York City open today, October 28th. You have until December 31st, 11:59 PST to apply but we encourage you to submit your application by our early deadline of December 6, 2013 so we have more time to get to know you and your team.

For details on why applying early is important and how to stand out from the vast pool of applicants, see Managing Director Nicole Glaros’ post from last year. If you’re wondering if you’re too far along and whether Techstars would be a good fit for you, we leave it to our founders to weigh in on their experiences with us.

Techstars companies average $1.5M in funding. In a world where startups are likely to fail, the majority of our 300+ portfolio companies are alive, well or acquired. We back the best startups with the most effective entrepreneurial network in the world.

Apply now.








[VIDEO] The Power of the Network: Occipital

Occipital makes the Structure Sensor, a beautiful and developer-friendly 3D sensor accessory for iPad. Venture-funded and backed by Techstars in 2008, Occipital is also known for developing Skanect and 360 Panorama, groundbreaking applications that made it easy to capture 3D models and panoramas, respectively.

Videographer Megan Sweeney checks in with the founders, Vikas Reddy and Jeff Powers, and illustrates how the power of belonging to the Techstars network, even five years post-program, has greatly benefitted both the team and its products. Check out their Kickstarter campaign here.