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We currently run 50+ mentorship-driven accelerators in over 15 countries. If the accelerator of your choice doesn't have applications open, we encourage you to complete the General Interest form and we will let you know when applications open. This will also give you the opportunity to participate in Office Hours - a one-on-one session with a Techstars team member.

How It Works

Applications open six times a year, and stay open typically for 12 weeks. Multiple applications do not increase your chances of acceptance, so pick the program that is the best fit for you. During the application period we may reach out to invite you to office hours or hope to meet you on the road at one of our Meet & Greet events.

After applications close, we’ll review applications for about seven weeks, and spend time getting to know even more about your team, market, progress and idea. Our goal is to notify the final group of companies being accepted within eight weeks from the application closing date.

What to Know Before Applying

Our applications are designed to better understand you, your team, market, progress and idea. Take your time to fill it out as best as you can. Your goal is to demonstrate to Techstars your ability to execute on the idea. Don’t be sparse.

We are big on passion. We want our founders to be passionate about their startups. We want our Managing Directors and mentors to be passionate about the companies in the class. With passion being the uniting emotion, we believe magic can happen for a startup within the Techstars ecosystem. Show us your unbridled passion for your team and product.

It also helps to do research - look into each accelerator and the team behind it, and show us you’ve done your homework.

Preparing to Apply

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Current Open Programs

Techstars Program

Application Deadline

Techstars Allied Space Accelerator

Program Starts: Jun 8, 2020 Program Ends: Sep 3, 2020

The Techstars Allied Space Accelerator is a virtual accelerator program interested in the next generation of space technologies with a concentration on companies in the commercial space industry. Operating in the eastern standard time zone, the program is run in partnership with the United States Air Force, the Netherlands Ministry of Defense, the Norwegian Space Agency and the Norwegian Ministry of Defense.

Applications Deadline: Mar 1, 2020

Techstars Kansas City Accelerator

Program Starts: Jun 1, 2020 Program Ends: Aug 27, 2020

Kansas City

In the heartland of the US, Techstars Kansas City is building new global companies. We have proven companies can scale big and in the process, raise more than $100M while located in the heart of America. Access to talent, great mentors and a thriving entrepreneurial community means we are looking for technology enabled startups with global potential. If you are solving real market problems and can tell us why you are uniquely qualified to start this company, we want to support you! Applications are open now and we will welcome our next class in June 2020. Reach out to Managing Director Lesa Mitchell at lesa.mitchell@techstars.com for questions and to schedule office hours.

Applications Deadline: Mar 1, 2020

Techstars Korea in Partnership with Hillstone Partners

Program Starts: Jun 8, 2020 Program Ends: Sep 3, 2020

Gyeonggi-do Province

Techstars Korea Accelerator in partnership with Hillstone Partners is Techstars' first accelerator in Korea. The program is focused on supporting and nourishing the Korean startup ecosystem and is open to startups focused on digital and tech innovation across a variety of business verticals. Techstars Korea will begin accepting applications in December 2019, and the program will run June 2020 through September 2020.

Applications Deadline: Mar 1, 2020

Techstars Sports Accelerator Powered by Indy

Program Starts: Jun 8, 2020 Program Ends: Sep 3, 2020

Indianapolis

The Techstars Sports Accelerator Powered by Indy will have a key focus on innovation with goals to foster early identification of key trends for future technology in sport; meaningful engagement with early-stage sports tech companies; embrace technologies and business models that will impact the sports industry; and enhance a culture of internal innovation and the spirit of entrepreneurship.

Applications Deadline: Mar 1, 2020

Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator

Program Starts: Jun 8, 2020 Program Ends: Sep 3, 2020

Los Angeles

The Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator, a new Los Angeles-based program, focuses on the next generation of space technology companies and related frontier technologies. Startup companies in commercial space or that are developing related technologies are encouraged to apply. The program consortium includes: NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, U.S. Air Force, Lockheed Martin, Maxar Technologies, SAIC, and Israel Aerospace Industries North America (IAI North America).

Applications Deadline: Mar 1, 2020

Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, Powered by Techstars

Program Starts: Jul 13, 2020 Program Ends: Oct 1, 2020

Philadelphia

Based in Philadelphia, this program is designed to elevate connectivity, media, and entertainment startups. In addition to Techstars’ global network, selected companies will work with experts from Comcast NBCUniversal. Companies focused on the future of work (enterprise automation, collaboration tools, talent management), interactive and immersive experiences/entertainment, digital wellness, IoT/connected home and life, security/privacy, wireless communication systems, AI/ML, accessibility tech, and personalized marketing and consumer insights are encouraged to apply.

Applications Deadline: Apr 5, 2020

MetLife Digital Accelerator powered by Techstars

Program Starts: Jul 13, 2020 Program Ends: Oct 8, 2020

Cary

MetLife Digital Accelerator powered by Techstars focuses on innovating in the insurance industry - an industry of massive size & reach with global insurance premiums of $5 trillion in 2017. MetLife is a powerhouse as a Fortune 50 company & one of the world’s leading financial services companies with operations in nearly 50 countries.

Applications Deadline: Apr 5, 2020

Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator

Program Starts: Jul 13, 2020 Program Ends: Oct 7, 2020

Birmingham

Based in Birmingham, Alabama, the Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator is a 13-week mentorship-driven accelerator focused on startups addressing innovative electrical and utility solutions. In partnership Alabama Power, with support from the Alabama Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, the program provides startups in the EnergyTech space hands-on mentorship and access to Techstars’ worldwide network.

Applications Deadline: Apr 5, 2020

Techstars Atlanta, in partnership with Cox Enterprises

Program Starts: Jul 13, 2020 Program Ends: Oct 19, 2020

Atlanta

Techstars Atlanta, in partnership with Cox Enterprises, is located in the epicenter of startup activity in the Southeast, providing entrepreneurs with the resources and network to build meaningful enterprise technology companies and enduring consumer brands. Atlanta shines as a model startup community, with active and exited entrepreneurs, as well as corporate giants, engaging with founders to help build the next set of disruptive technology companies.

Applications Deadline: Apr 5, 2020

Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator

Program Starts: Jul 13, 2020 Program Ends: Oct 13, 2020

St. Paul

Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator is our first program focused on the tech/digital side of food and agriculture. Partnered with Cargill and Ecolab, the program is looking for the best entrepreneurs across the entire food value chain, from AgTech, manufacturing and supply chains, to food safety, waste reduction and traceability. The program is based in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.

Applications Deadline: Apr 5, 2020

Techstars Future of Longevity Accelerator

Program Starts: Jul 13, 2020 Program Ends: Oct 8, 2020

Washington, DC

The Techstars Future of Longevity Accelerator, run in partnership with Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company created by Melinda Gates, works with startups focused on innovative and creative caregiving solutions to address the unmet needs of individuals providing and receiving elder care.

Applications Deadline: Apr 5, 2020

Techstars Los Angeles Accelerator

Program Starts: Jul 13, 2020 Program Ends: Oct 8, 2020

Los Angeles

Techstars LA is at the center of one of the most exciting, diverse and thriving tech ecosystems in the country. Strengthened by a large and growing alumni network here in Los Angeles, the LA program focuses on investing in southern California startups across all sectors. We are interested in founders who are committed to growing themselves as they grow their companies, and innovations that make the world better.

Applications Deadline: Apr 5, 2020

Techstars New York City Accelerator

Program Starts: Jul 13, 2020 Program Ends: Oct 8, 2020

New York

NYC is home to a thriving tech community --- ranked as the #2 strongest startup ecosystem in the world. Founders and innovators flock to NYC to start their companies and surround themselves with a deep bench of industry experts, talent, corporate partners, investors and mentors. Over 400 Techstars founders live in NYC, working to build the next generation of game changing companies.

Applications Deadline: Apr 5, 2020

The Western Union Accelerator, Powered by Techstars

Program Starts: Jul 13, 2020 Program Ends: Oct 9, 2020

Denver

The Western Union Accelerator, Powered by Techstars will help entrepreneurs create innovative solutions to some of the industry’s latest challenges including ML/AI, crypto and blockchain technologies, analytics and omni-channel platforms while leveraging the creative and agile thinking of some of the fintech industry's brightest minds.

Applications Deadline: Apr 5, 2020

UnitedHealthcare Accelerator Powered by Techstars

Program Starts: Jul 13, 2020 Program Ends: Oct 20, 2020

Minneapolis

Based in Minneapolis, this accelerator will focus on payer-tech and payment-tech solutions across the healthcare industry. Innovative startups focused on digital health and wellness technologies are encouraged to apply and join us for the first class of the program which will run during 2020 Term 4. UnitedHealthcare is the largest healthcare company in the world, ranking fifth on the Fortune 500 of the largest United States corporations by total revenue.

Applications Deadline: Apr 5, 2020

Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars - New York

Program Starts: Sep 14, 2020 Program Ends: Dec 10, 2020

New York City

The Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars in NYC focuses on founders building: Financial Technology, Cyber Security and Enterprise Software.

Applications Deadline: May 10, 2020

Colliers Proptech Accelerator Powered by Techstars

Program Starts: Sep 7, 2020 Program Ends: Dec 3, 2020

Toronto

Colliers Proptech Accelerator Powered by Techstars is based in Toronto and will focus on solving problems across the property & commercial real estate industry.

Applications Deadline: May 10, 2020

STANLEY+Techstars Accelerator

Program Starts: Sep 8, 2020 Program Ends: Dec 3, 2020

Hartford

Global industry leader, Stanley Black & Decker and Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, have partnered to run the The STANLEY+Techstars Accelerator in Hartford, CT. Focused on additive manufacturing and eco-friendly sustainable packaging solutions, we are looking for companies developing innovative solutions in either of those two areas, and they may have software, hardware or material solutions. Some areas we are interested in exploring include 3D printing, rapid prototyping, generative design, tooling, direct digital manufacturing, layered manufacturing, additive fabrication, sustainable materials, improved consumer packaging solutions and more. If you think you have a disruptive solution we look forward to your application.

Applications Deadline: May 10, 2020

Techstars Energy Accelerator in Partnership with Equinor

Program Starts: Sep 7, 2020 Program Ends: Dec 3, 2020

Oslo

Based in Oslo, Techstars Energy Accelerator in Partnership with Equinor is focused on progressing and integrating new businesses and developing potentially transformative technologies and business models across the energy sector to improve safety, security, capital efficiency, operational performance and sustainability.

Applications Deadline: May 10, 2020

Techstars Iowa

Program Starts: Sep 8, 2020 Program Ends: Dec 4, 2020

Des Moines

The Techstars Iowa Accelerator is Techstars’ first accelerator in Iowa. Open to startups addressing innovations across a broad technology landscape, with a specific focus on technologies relevant to the Iowa geography such as AgTech, Insuratech and Fintech, the program is run in partnership with Grinnell College, a private liberal arts college in Grinnell, Iowa.

Applications Deadline: May 10, 2020

Techstars London Accelerator

Program Starts: Sep 7, 2020 Program Ends: Dec 3, 2020

London

Home to a thriving international community of tech, founders, innovators and investors, London is an epicentre of startup activity. Ranked as the #6 strongest startup ecosystem in the world, London is known as a powerful location for startups. Founders are flocking to London to start their business and to learn from the incredible mentor community there.

Applications Deadline: May 10, 2020

Techstars Montreal AI Accelerator

Program Starts: Sep 7, 2020 Program Ends: Dec 2, 2020

Montréal

Techstars Montreal AI Accelerator will select startups that advance the development and application of artificial intelligence across all industries and markets.

Applications Deadline: May 10, 2020

Techstars Sustainability, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy

Program Starts: Sep 8, 2020 Program Ends: Dec 3, 2020

Denver

The Techstars Sustainability Accelerator, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, will ensure that we innovate to make the world a better place to live. Techstars and The Nature Conservancy are seeking for-profit entrepreneurs with commercially viable technologies that can rapidly scale to help sustainably provide food and water and address global issues like climate change.

Applications Deadline: May 10, 2020

The Heritage Group Accelerator Powered by Techstars

Program Starts: Sep 8, 2020 Program Ends: Dec 3, 2020

Indianapolis

Techstars & The Heritage Group have created a mentorship-driven accelerator in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Heritage Group Accelerator Powered by Techstars will run in September 2019. The accelerator will focus on solving problems & challenges affecting highway construction & materials.

Applications Deadline: May 10, 2020

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