Demo Day: Techstars Austin (Austin)

Info Session: Q1 2017 Programs (Seattle)

Who: Startups interested in applying for the Austin, Barclays Cape Town, Barclays London, Barclays Tel Aviv, Berlin, Boston, Boulder, Cloud – San Antonio, Healthcare in Partnership with Cedars-Sinai (Los Angeles), New York City or Seattle Accelerator.

What: Info session

When: September 29

Where: Startup Hall – 1100 Northeast Campus Parkway #200, Seattle, WA 98105

Details: Click here to register for the event.

Office Hours: Techstars Austin (Santiago)

Who: Startups interested in applying for the Techstars Austin Accelerator

What: Office Hours

When: September 13-17

Where: Santiago, Chile

Details: Click here for more info!

Office Hours: Techstars Austin (Bogota)

Who: Startups interested in applying for the Techstars Austin Accelerator

What: Office Hours

When: September 12-13

Where: Bogota, Colombia

Details: Click here for more info!

Office Hours: Techstars Austin (Buenos Aires)

Who: Startups interested in applying for the Techstars Austin Accelerator

What: Office Hours

When: September 12-13

Where: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Details: Click here to register for the event.

Office Hours: Techstars Austin (Mexico City)

Who: Startups interested in applying for the Techstars Austin Accelerator

What: Office Hours

When: September 7-11

Where: Mexico City, Mexico

Details: Click here for more info!

Office Hours: Techstars Austin (Los Angeles)

Who: Startups interested in applying to the Techstars Austin Accelerator

What: Office Hours

When: August 29-31

Where: Los Angeles

Details: Click here to register for the event. 


Open House: Techstars Austin (Austin)

Who: Startups interested in applying for the 2017 Winter Session

What: Open House

When: August 25

Where: 412 Congress Avenue Second Floor, Austin, TX 78701

Details: Join us for the Techstars 2017 Open House! We will have multiple Managing Directors, program representatives, mentors and alumni available to discuss and answer your questions about all upcoming Techstars programs for the 2017 Winter Session.

Information will be available about the following programs:

Barclays Cape Town
Barclays London
Barclays Tel Aviv
Cloud – San Antonio
Healthcare, in Partnership with Cedars-Sinai (Los Angeles)
New York City

We’ll have an Ask Me Anything from 6:30-7:30PM and networking before and after.

If you’d like to schedule office hours with the Cloud program, sign up here.
If you’d like to schedule office hours with the Healthcare program, sign up here.

Techstars Startup Next: Austin Summer ’16

Andy Keil is the Product Manager at Waldo Photos, Director of Techstars Startup Next in Austin, Community at ATX Built and Program Manager of Finish Up Weekend. He’s always up for coffee, drinks or tacos so don’t hesitate to reach out @alwaysunday.


The Program
Startup Next is a “pre-accelerator” program that was recently acquired by Techstars. The program prepares companies for acceleration and/or seed investment by providing high quality mentorship and leveraging the global network of Techstars.

Since November, we’ve been talking with founders around Austin to determine whether the Next program would be filling a void or just adding to the noise. We started to observe a few patterns:

  • In the early stages, founders are often heads down building product and either overlook the importance of mentorship or don’t have easy access to mentors who can have a substantial impact on direction.
  • There’s a gap in education and support between the early formation of a company and being accepted into an accelerator.

That’s why we’re excited for Austin to be the 20th city to launch a Startup Next program. The first cohort gets underway on June 8 and culminates with Demo Day on July 27 at Galvanize. We hope you’re as excited as we are.

Meet the Companies
We reviewed over 40 applications for the first program and here are the teams…

Dojour is a self-service tool for creating and following event calendars.


Human Planet
Human Planet provides businesses and their customers the tools to ensure a personalized experience with every visit.


OnePay is your personal bill payment concierge service that improves your financial health, while saving you time and money.

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Ponos provides fully-automated, smart hydroponic systems you monitor and control with an easy-to-use app.

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Uplift Memorials
Uplift Memorials is the easiest way for anyone who has ever lost a loved one to discover, compare and book unique and meaningful life celebrations and lasting memorials.

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The Mentors
Startup Next wouldn’t be possible without these the mentors who are willing to donate their time and energy to helping these companies.

Gavin Gillis, Keith Casey, Niek Smit, Ryan Joy, John Kestner, Stu Smith, Amos Schwartzfarb, Sam Kapila, Ashley Hathaway, Joel Bush, David Lemphers, Evan Michner, Damon Clinkscales, Evan Baehr, Gregg Cochran, Moyo Oyelola.

Want to help?
Here’s how you can help the teams or get involved with the Startup Next program itself:

Join us at Demo Day
Each company will highlight the problem(s) they’re solving and the progress they’ve made during Demo Day on July 27 at Galvanize. Join us.

Sharing this post (and the companies) with those who may be interested is a small gesture that goes a long way.

This is going to going to be a lot of fun.

Thanks for your support!


This post was originally published on Medium.

Demo Day Round Up: May 2016

We are kicking off the summer here at Techstars with the addition of 54 new companies! This past May, Techstars had five Demo Days across the U.S., including Seattle, Boulder, Austin, Boston and the Sprint Accelerator in Kansas City. Here’s a quick recap of the highlights:

Seattle Class of 2016


Techstars Seattle’s seventh Demo Night, held at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), showcased nine companies with diverse product offerings ranging from satellites, drones, bots and interactive game-streaming, to SaaS and mobile apps. Julep Founder and CEO, Jane Park, opened the evening with an inspiring keynote, while Techstars’ Managing Director, Chris DeVore, and Executive Director, Cody Simms, welcomed the crowd. It was an exciting night to celebrate the 2016 class and the broader Seattle startup community!

Congratulations to the Seattle Class of 2016!

Austin Class of 2016


Techstars Austin’s fourth Demo Day kicked off in the historic downtown Paramount Theatre with presentations from 10 eclectic companies, including everything from salad-making robots and music-making gloves, to SaaS products and unique marketplaces. Managing Director, Amos Schwartzfarb, hosted the show, and Techstars’ co-founder and Managing Partner, David Brown, and Ventures Partner, Jason Seats, welcomed the community with opening remarks. It was a great celebration for the 2016 class, mentors, alumni as well as for the broader local startup community in Austin.

Congratulations to the Austin Class of 2016!

Boulder Class of 2016


Hundreds of entrepreneurs, investors and aspiring founders descended on Boulder the week of May 16 for Boulder Startup Week and to celebrate 10 years of Techstars Boulder. Techstars Boulder’s Demo Day on May 18 marks the 10th year of the Boulder program, the original Techstars program that has exploded  into a global ecosystem with more than 20 accelerator programs in 17 cities on 4 continents.

Techstars Boulder Demo Day was hosted at the Boulder Theater, a rite of passage for the 110 companies that have graduated from the accelerator in Boulder since 2007. Attendees were welcomed by Managing Director Natty Zola who said:

“Ten years ago, the founders of Techstars realized that the Boulder community was the perfect environment to model how mentorship, education and camaraderie can transform ideas into companies that can change the world. That remains true today. The energy and ‘give first’ mantra of the Boulder community sparked something special that transformed Techstars into a global ecosystem that to date has launched more than 800 companies. We’re proud to be the first.”

This year’s Boulder class encompassed a portfolio of eleven companies that spanned intelligent hardware, genealogy, healthcare and language learning, among others. The event also included an exciting announcement that Foundry Group, Colorado Impact Fund, and Greenmont Capital are now certified B corporations.

Demo Day also included TeamTap, a social app that event attendees played with to raise over $1,500 for the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado (EFCO) and the Boulder Community Foundation.

Congratulations to the Boulder Class of 2016!

Boston Class of 2016


Techstars Boston 2016 Demo Day event gathered over a thousand investors, mentors and other members of the startup community at the Back Bay Events Center in downtown Boston.  Fourteen companies who are tackling real problems took to the stage to celebrate Techstars Boston 10th class, with very special guest Brad Feld reminding the audience of the early days.

Alumni founders Raj Aggarwal from Localytics and Matt Barba from Placester introduced two of the companies in the class, indicating just how strong the Techstars network has become. The evening included the first edition of the Mentor Awards and was closed with the meet-the-teams-on-stage invitation to investors.      

Congratulations to the Boston Class of 2016!

Sprint Class of 2016


The Sprint Accelerator’s third demo day took place May 24 at the beautiful Kauffman Center for Performing Arts in Kansas City. This class was the first to go through the Sprint Accelerator after the expansion to include more than just mobile health companies, which brought more diversity to the program. The event opened with remarks from Marcelo Claure, the CEO of Sprint, Kevin McGinnis, the VP of Pinsight Media+ (Sprint) and David Brown, followed by ten powerful pitches by ten amazing CEOs.

John Fein, Managing Director, closed the show with all the founders on stage. Hundreds from the community attended and showed their support for Techstars in KC. And post Demo Day, four of the 10 companies will be based out of KC.

Congratulations to the Sprint Accelerator Class of 2016!