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Thanks for stopping by! Here you’ll find a ton of information all about the exciting news that Techstars and UP Global have come together to strengthen and support startup communities around the world. We have FAQs, live chat, and forums for you to post Ideas, Concerns, or Questions.

We’ll also keep this area updated with all the stories, links, blog posts, and more that will go up throughout the day and next couple weeks.



View the recording from the LIVE address with: 

  • David Cohen and David Brown, Co-Founders and Managing Partners of Techstars
  • Marc Nager, now Chief Community Officer of Techstars
  • Brad Feld, Co-Founder of Techstars and Managing Director at Foundry Group
  • Trey Bowles, Dallas Community Leader


View our past Q&A sessions!

  • With Marc Nager, David Brown – View
  • With Marc Nager – View
  • With Marc Nager, David Brown – View
  • With Marc Nager, David Brown, David Cohen, Scott Case, and Brad Feld – View

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FAQ:

Community – U.S. Community Leader Agreement FAQ

What is the Community Leader Agreement (CLA)?
How can I use the Techstars brand in relation to my event or program?
What events does the CLA apply to?
Do I need to re-sign the CLA for each new event or year I organize?

What regions does this apply to?
What happens if I don’t accept the Community Leader Agreement (CLA)?

Why does the Community Leader Agreement only apply to the United States?

Do facilitators from outside the U.S. who facilitate in the U.S. need to sign the Community Leader Agreement?

How do I review and accept the Community Leader Agreement (CLA)?
If I make use of resources/processes I've developed previously and independently while organizing or running an event, am I relinquishing the rights to my work?
What about the Terms of Service (TOS) for using things like Community Leader Tools (CLT)?

Community – General

Why did Techstars acquire UP Global?
What aspects of UP Global will remain the same? What will change?
What are the major things that will change?
How does this make business sense for Techstars?
How does this make business sense for UP Global?
Does the mission change? How does this affect the efforts to support worldwide entrepreneurship?
What will happen to Startup Weekend?
Where will the profits from Startup Weekend go?
What will happen to Startup Week?
What will happen to Startup Next?
What will happen to Startup Digest?
Will Global Startup Battle still happen in 2015?
What will happen to Startup America?
What will happen to the Education Entrepreneurs community and programs?
What will happen to the UP Global brand?
Will Techstars open more programs in UP Global locations?
Will the current program structure of Techstars be affected?
Is Techstars now the only accelerator option for Startup Weekend and Startup Next teams?
Is UP Global being acquired because of financial constraints? Is this related to the recent layoffs?
How will Techstars and Startup Weekend work together in joint locations?
UP Global works with many other partners and organizations, so why Techstars?
Will the current UP Global sponsors be making the transition?
Was the UP Global Community sold to Techstars?
Why is UP Global turning from a nonprofit into a for-profit?
How does this acquisition affect UP Global international offices?

Community – Community Leaders

How will the acquisition affect current Community Leaders?
As a Community Leader, how will this help me continue to build my community? Are there new resources available?
As a Community Leader, how can I get involved in Techstars?
If, while organizing or running an event, I make use of resources/processes I've developed previously and independently, am I relinquishing the rights to my work?
As an UP Global Community Leader, what will my access be to the Techstars network?
As an UP Global Community Leader, will their be any new branding requirements from Techstars?
What will happen with UP Global tech assets (SWOOP, Blog posts, Community sites)?
As a Community Leader, do I now become an employee of Techstars?
As an UP Global Community Leader, do I have any new responsibilities? Do I have to promote the Techstars brand and programs?
As an UP Global Community Leader, how does this affect my interaction with local competitors of Techstars?
What will happen to the Community Chest model?
Why should I continue to serve as a Community Leader now that you’re a for-profit organization?
Now that programs are no longer part of a nonprofit organization, can I profit from being a Community Leader?
What if I have more questions or would like to talk to someone?
As an UP Global Community Leader, will my point of contact change?
As an UP Global Community Leader, if I'm not based in a location where Techstars is present, will that affect the support I receive? How?
How will this affect the global and regional summits UP Global has historically hosted?

Community – Attendees

As an attendee at an UP Global program, will there be anything different?

Community – HQ

Will there be layoffs?

General Public FAQ


Why did Techstars acquire UP Global? How are you better together?
How does this affect each organization’s mission/vision?
How does the for-profit / nonprofit designation work?
How does this make business sense for Techstars?
How does this merger extend the Techstars reach globally?
How does this make business sense for UP Global?
What aspects of UP Global will remain the same? What will change?
What aspects of Techstars will remain the same? What will change?
Where will the joint entity be headquartered?
Will Startup Weekend or Startup Week change?
Will Startup Next change?
Will Techstars open more programs in UP Global locations?
How will the acquisition affect employees?
What will the relationship with Google for Entrepreneurs and other partners be?
What will the new leadership team look like?
Will UP Global teams (from Startup Weekend, Startup Next) now be funneled into Techstars?
Where does the money from Startup Weekend now go?
Will Techstars now own my Startup Weekend idea?
Will Techstars change the UP Global business model for Startup Weekend?
Will Startup Weekend locations now be restricted in any way?
How will the two communities integrate with each other?
What is happening to the UP Global Board of Directors?
How does the acquisition affect the efforts to support worldwide entrepreneurship?
What are the combined milestones over the next year for the joint entity?
How do I get involved in Techstars?
What happens to the UP Global brand?
Will the current program structure of Techstars be affected?
Mitchell Cuevas
(@mcuevasm) I am the Sr. Marketing Director here at Techstars, am passionate about helping entrepreneurs, and am obsessed with finding, playing with, and implementing all the best new marketing (and other) technology I can get my hands on.