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The new year is off to a great start, and we are excited to continue our commitment to changing the landscape for diversity in technology entrepreneurship. In the fall of 2015, the Techstars Foundation was born, a non-profit created to provide resources through grants and funding to organizations that will have a scalable impact on diversity in tech entrepreneurship.

We are thrilled to announce that grant applications are officially open for the foundation. Both nonprofit and for profit organizations worldwide are eligible to apply.

We look forward to making an impact in diversity in tech entrepreneurship together.

Request a Grant Today!

Application Criteria:
– Broadly impacting diversity in tech entrepreneurship
– This is not startup funding for startup founders of diverse backgrounds. These are grants for organizations which are impacting diversity in tech entrepreneurship in a positive and scalable way.
– You can be based anywhere in the world.
– Your organization can be nonprofit or for profit

Questions? Contact: foundation@techstars.com

Deadline for the first round of grant requests is 2/19/16. Requests are accepted anytime, however, requests received after this deadline will be considered for the next round.

Not interested in applying but want to support diversity in tech entrepreneurship? Donate today.


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Ali Berman
Ali is the Executive Assistant at Techstars and the Interim Director for the Techstars Foundation.



  • How long is the application period open?

    • Great question Irina! We will be accepting grant requests until 2/19 for the first round of funding. You can request a grant at any time, but it will be considered in the next round after February 19th. The next batch cutoff will probably be May.

  • Myles Pratt

    Hello, if possible, could you let us know what the grant amounts could potentially be? Any range or maximum would be super helpful. Thanks! 🙂

    • Ali Berman

      Hi Myles,
      We do not currently have grant amounts set, this will be decided once grant requests close for the first round. Feel free to email me at: foundation@techstars.com to discuss further. Thanks!

  • Shep

    Techstars team: I emailed foundation@techstars.com looking for some feedback on our mission and some pre-proposal questions back on Feb 8, 2016 as suggested in a previous post. A few days ago, I reached out on techstars.com through the contact us page. As the deadline is approaching tomorrow, I was hoping to have received feedback on our 3 questions. The email subject line was “Diversity Grant Applications: Question.” I am sure my email ended up in the spam folder or something of this nature so I hope you can consider giving feed back (even just letting me know if there is something you can’t comment on) in time for me to finish my submission.

  • Becca Lingley

    Will you be announcing grant recipients prior to May?

    • Ali Berman

      Hi Becca,
      Yes, we will be making a decision shortly. Stay tune for more info. Thanks!