What if we told you, you can not only get someone you care about an awesome and unique gift this season, but you could also keep it in the Techstars family and ‘shop startup’ this season? With the Techstars Holiday Gift Guide, you can!
We’ve put together a list of Techstars’ companies that have some cool products for sale and sorted them into a few categories to make things a little easier. We even have you covered on the cards (Check out Lovepop) if you want to say something nice to someone in an epic way.
In the guide you’ll find everything from fitness products, to everyone’s favorite droid, to candy, devices for the connected home, and even something for your pets.
Jump to a category below or dive right into the guide.
- Health & Fitness
- Toys & Games
- Apparel and Lifestyle
- Food (& Treats)
- Smart Home
We’ve already moved quickly into 2016, but wanted to pause for a moment and look back at the year that set the stage for what’s happening now. The theme of growing stronger together took on a new and exciting meaning throughout the course of 2015. With the help and support of a community of now over one million people dedicated to entrepreneurship, this global ecosystem has hit some incredible milestones:
- UP Global officially became part of the Techstars family as Startup Programs
- The Techstars Foundation launched
- The Ventures team made some big bets
- 10 new Accelerators opened around the world from Atlanta to Tel Aviv to Cape Town
- Sphero gave life to the most popular new Star Wars character, BB-8
- Owlet’s infant wearable stole the show at CES
- FounderCon broke attendance records as it headed home to Boulder
- Startup Programs’ Community Leaders put on over a thousand events in more than 600 cities
You’ll find these stories, numbers, and more in this year’s Impact Report. We created this report because we wanted to:
- Highlight the accomplishments of the global ecosystem (that’s you);
- Get you (or an aspiring entrepreneur you know) excited about joining us around the world;
- Thank you, most importantly!
Take a look, give yourself a pat on the back, and then share it with a fellow entrepreneurial spirit!
Thank you for making us part of your Entrepreneurial Journey, we’re humbled to continue it with you into what’s already been a great 2016!
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“Several years ago the show outgrew the massive Las Vegas Convention Center and started using part of the Sands Expo Center several blocks away. They called it Eureka Park and made the exhibit space less expensive in a bid to attract startups to the show. It worked. And it’s bigger than ever with startups filling both levels of the Sands.”
CES is now a startup show.
— MATT BURNS, TECHCRUNCH
Did you miss CES? More importantly, did you miss all the awesome Techstars teams representing from the main floor to Eureka Park and everywhere in between?
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! We visited all the teams we could track down, took a few pictures, and collected the information for you all in one convenient location.
Startups were the main attraction this year, putting Eureka Park on the map for all CES attendees. People from far and wide came to see how startups are changing their respective games. We wanted to know the same thing, so we went and asked.
Open the interactive below and browse through every Techstars company or alum represented at CES!
Gamechangers @ CES | What’s Your Game & How Are You Changing It?
Busy booth bees!Miss all the #StartupStage action at #CES2016? We've got you covered, meet all the @Techstars #startups that made a… Click To Tweet
Don’t miss our super in-depth CES 2016 Recap coming tomorrow! Follow us on Twitter.
— Abby Knight (@abbyknight19) January 9, 2016
The Winner Is:
Congratulations to all the teams that pitched in our third and final Pitch Competition here at the Startup Stage at Eureka Park! Lifestyle and Digital Health teams from all over gathered to try to pitch our judges. Nervana takes home $120K in Azure Cloud Services and a Sphero 2.0.
The Runner-Up Is:
Nervana won the Pitch Competition, but 14 year old Taylor or RecMed won our hearts with his pitch for RecMed. Learn more about his company in the video below.
RecMed’s goal is to ensure first aid kits are always nearby – no matter where you are. Perfectly packaged for kids and adults alike, RecMed First Aid Kits offer a revolutionary new way to purchase critical emergency supplies when you need them the most!
We’re wrapping up from Vegas tomorrow, but there is still time to come visit Techstars teams in Eureka Park and see our awesome engagement with Ford Mobility in the main hall.
Startups are all the rage here at CES 2016. Specifically, Eureka Park is the home of all the startup action and where you’ll find Startup Next teams as well as some really exciting Techstars Accelerator alums (more on those teams coming soon!). In all, there are over 40 teams associated with either a Techstars Accelerator class or one of the Startup Programs!Meet the @StartupNext teams that are taking over Eureka Park at #StartupStage #CES2016 #innovation #startups Click To Tweet
We’re excited these Startup Next teams have the opportunity to show the world their stuff here at the global stage that is CES and if you’ve never met them before, please take a look through and see some of the fascinating things they are building and doing.
Follow all the #StartupStage action on Twitter.
The Winner Is:
Congratulations to all the teams that pitched in our second Pitch Competition here at the Startup Stage at Eureka Park! IoT and wearable teams from all over gathered to try to win the love of our judges in just 60 seconds. After pitches, questions, and a lot of fun, Sphericam was left on top, be sure to check them out!
“Sphericam is the world’s only full spherical professional 360º video camera that records in 4K. You can film everything around you and play it back in amazing resolution on your PC, tablet, or VR headset.”
If you’re at CES, come by today’s (final) pitch competition on Lifestyle and Digital Health at 3pm in the Sands or come by Eureka Park’s Startup Stage for everything startup at CES! (more info). If you’re not able to make it, follow our programming on Twitter.
The Winner Is:
Congratulations to all the teams that pitched today, a close contest left TJ Evarts standing with his innovative and life-saving wheel. Learn more about SMARTwheel below or visit their site and see what Shark Tank had to say about this product and team.
SMARTwheel is technology with a mission—to make the roads safe by helping to prevent distracted driving. Our goal is to see SMARTwheel in cars everywhere, where it can do what it’s meant to do: save lives.
SMARTwheel was recognized as a CES 2016 Innovation Awards honoree in the Vehicle Intelligence product category at Consumer Electronics Show’s Unveiled event in NYC.
If you’re at CES, come by tomorrow’s pitch competition on IoT and Wearables at 3pm in the Sands or come by Eureka Park’s Startup Stage for everything startup at CES! (more info). If you’re not able to make it, follow our programming on Twitter.
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I just really like alliteration, so please know that I recognize not everyone celebrates with stockings or Christmas, feel free to adapt the title in your own mind to fit your holiday of choice :). Awaken your gift giving force powers with BB-8, newest star of Star Wars from Sphero, a team out of Techstars’ program with Disney.