We’re excited to announce that TechStars is expanding to New York City, with our first program starting there in early 2011. As of today, applications for NYC are open and will close on November 21, 2010. The program will start in mid January, 2011 – see the schedule for full details.
We are so thrilled about coming to New York. The rapid growth and intensity of the New York tech scene has been well documented. We look forward to joining the movement and integrating a New York flavor of the TechStars program into this thriving entrepreneurial community.
I will be temporarily relocating to New York City during the program and will personally manage it there alongside David Tisch, a well known entrepreneur, angel investor and a native New Yorker. We will jointly run the program in 2011 to make sure it gets off to a great start.
We’re quite humbled by the welcome we have received so far. TechStars is built on a mentorship-driven approach and in New York, the biggest city in the world, there are lots of amazing mentors. Also, the way that both VC’s and angels in New York have come together is simply awesome.
TechStars mentors in NYC include Phin Barnes (First Round Capital), Alex Blum (KickApps), Matt Blumberg (Return Path), Brad Burnham (USV), Jeff Clavier, Dennis Crowley (FourSquare), Chris Dixon (Founder Collective), Roger Ehrenberg, Darren Herman (The Media Kitchen), Jennifer Hyman (Rent The Runway), Alex Iskold (Adaptive Blue), David Karp (Tumblr), Zach Klein (Boxee, Vimeo), Evan Korth (NYU/HackNY), Mike Lazerow (Buddy Media), Ben Lerer (ThrillList), Sam Lessin (Drop.io), Joey Levin (MindSpark, IAC), Howard Lindzon (StockTwits), Eric Litman (Medialets), John Maloney (Tumblr), Dave McClure, Hilary Mason (Bit.ly/HackNY), Jeremie Miller (Telehash), Howard Morgan (First Round Capital), Charlie O’Donnell (First Round Capital), Eric Paley (Founder Collective), Raphael Poplock (ESPN), Alex Rainert (FourSquare), Avner Ronen (Boxee), Naveen Selvadurai (FourSquare), Justin Shaffer (HotPotato), Tim Shey (NextNewNetworks), Andy Smith (Daily Burn), Rex Sorgatz (Kinda Sorta Media), Jon Steinberg (BuzzFeed), Vinicius Vacanti (YipIt), Albert Wenger (USV), Fred Wilson (USV) and many more.
We’re pleased to have incredibly wide support from the New York venture and angel community as well. We’re still finalizing the investing group, which already includes AOL Ventures, DFJ Gotham Ventures, FirstMark Capital, First Round Capital, Foundry Group, IA Ventures, Jove Ventures, Lerer Ventures, RRE Ventures, Social Leverage, Village Ventures, Zelkova Ventures, Peter Hershberg, Josh Stylman, David Tisch, Nate Westheimer, Kal Vepuri and more.
This is what we mean by community! We are absolutely elated to have all of these amazing people involved and supporting TechStars in NYC. It seems as though we’re getting a warm welcome not only from these investors, but from the NYC community in general.
Here are some of the early blogs that covered our NYC announcement today:
Silicon Alley Insider
Renowned Startup Factory TechStars Opens New York City Branch
TechStars Comes to the Big Apple
TechStars Expands to NYC
We hope you will join in our excitement in making New York the next home for TechStars. Applications for the New York program are open, so please help us spread the word! Tweet this post!