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A few weeks ago, we flew a group of 12 startups from 34 different countries to meet Techstars Managing Directors in Las Vegas.

Instead of a traditional pitch event, where there is usually little time to interact with investors, we opted for a more cozy format that allowed the founders to have in-depth discussions after the pitches. Startups did not pitch for an investment, but for advice (that’s how you get there!).

Founders addressed their top challenges and things they needed help with and got a great amount of valuable feedback, advice and intros from 15 Managing Directors of Techstars accelerators. Above all, they established relationships that we hope will remain meaningful throughout their entrepreneurial journey.

“Being in Vegas with Startup Next and Techstars was an incredible opportunity for MakerBloks, not only to gather direct feedback about our product, but also to meet numerous retailers, distributors and manufacturers.”
 – Francois, from MakerBloks (Montreal)

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Eight of the Startup Next alumni also made a presence at CES by showcasing their products at booths and pitching on the Techstars startup stage.

“In the last 30 minutes at CES we got introduced to two national financial education leaders, including one who has been a key advisor to three U.S. Presidents! Can it get any better than that?”
– Seamus, from 
PennyOwl (NYC)

So you wonder, have some of these teams already made it into Techstars? What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas! Stay tuned and apply to Startup Next.

Applications are officially open for 10 cities running Startup Next this spring: Apply now!

Karina Costa
Karina is the Global Director of Startup Next at Techstars, the #1 startup pre-acceleration program in the world, which prepares startups for accelerators and seed investment. @kpmcosta