Techstars Update - September 2023

Sep 28, 2023

Capital + Programs + Connection = Opportunity

Techstars connects unstoppable founders, wherever they are, with capital, programs, and connections to open up opportunities. See what we've been up to this month!

In review:

4 upcoming Demo Day events

5 portcos closing funding rounds


Each year we choose more than 500 early-stage companies to join one of our 3-month, mentorship-driven accelerators, investing $120K and providing hands-on mentorship and access to the Techstars network for life. Check out the latest companies graduating from our programs and the partners who support them.


As of September 1, Techstars's total portfolio has reached 3,762 companies. Since 2006, our founder-first philosophy has connected us with startups across a range of verticals, linking them to a network of successful mentors and partners.


Our mission is to enable everyone to contribute to and benefit from, entrepreneurs’ success. By connecting entrepreneurs with corporations and organizations around the globe, we can drive innovation and solve the world’s largest problems. Meet the partners supporting Techstars founders:

Techstars and The Ohio State University Launch Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs Advancing Software Innovation

Techstars, the largest pre-seed investor in the world, and The Ohio State University are partnering to bring a new accelerator program to drive growth in Columbus and the greater region by investing in the most promising software startups and innovators.

“Ohio State is pleased to partner with Techstars to offer emerging entrepreneurs access to infrastructure, support and training to build out their disruptive ideas and accelerate economic growth in Central Ohio,” said Peter Mohler, Acting President and Executive Vice President for Research, Innovation and Knowledge at Ohio State. “Inspired by Ratmir’s vision, the Techstars partnership is another important part of our strategy to impact the innovation ecosystem at Ohio State and across the state of Ohio.”


Techstars accelerators have one goal: to help entrepreneurs succeed. We believe that great entrepreneurs and startups are everywhere but opportunity is not evenly distributed, which is why we continue to launch programs around the world.

During each three-month program, we surround companies with the best mentors and an unrivaled network of corporate partners, investors, and alumni. We provide funding and fundraising opportunities, workshops, and curated resources, not to mention countless moments where you can learn from your peers. It’s a proven model that’s helped build thousands of successful companies, all over the world. 

Demo Days

Techstars accelerator programs culminate with a celebration at Demo Day. This is each company’s chance to show the world how much progress they’ve made in just a few short months. Investors can learn more about our latest investments and portfolio companies by registering for a Techstars program’s live virtual or in-person Demo Day event:

Techstars Tech Central powered by the NSW Government

October 5 | NSW

Techstars Toronto Accelerator

October 5 | Virtual

Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator

October 5 | Virtual

Techstars Atlanta powered by Cox Enterprises

October 16 | Atlanta


Events & Pre-Accelerator Activity

We believe that while people and ideas are equally distributed, opportunity and resources are not. That’s why we are committed to increasing access to entrepreneurship. All over the world. Connect with Techstars at the following events.

Founder Catalyst programs

Founder Catalyst is a pre-accelerator program providing early-stage entrepreneurs with invaluable startup education and mentorship. This part-time, primarily virtual experience is perfectly suited for founders looking to hone their entrepreneurial skills, better understand their target customers, and dig deeply into refining the solutions they are offering the world.

To learn more about Founder Catalyst, click here.

Startup Weekend events

Startup Weekend is a three-day program where aspiring entrepreneurs can experience startup life in hundreds of cities worldwide. See our October events below:

Techstars Startup Week Statewide Alaska

October 2-6 | Alaska

Techstars Startup Weekend EdTech São Paulo

October 6-8 | São Paulo

Techstars Startup Weekend Uni Los Angeles

October 6-8 | Los Angeles

Techstars Startup Week Edmonton

October 10-14 | Edmonton

Techstars Startup Weekend Blois

October 13-15 | Blois, France

Techstars Startup Weekend Zilina

October 13-15 | Zilina, Slovakia

Techstars Startup Wekeend AI Singapore

October 13-15 | Singapore

Techstars Startup Weekend Agro Santiago

October 20-22 | Santiago

Techstars Startup Weekend Chisinau

October 20-22 | Chisinau, Moldova

Techstars Startup Weekend Conejo Valley

October 20-22 | Westlake Village

Techstars Startup Weekend Farroupilha

October 20-22 | Farroupilha

Techstars Startup Weekend Haugesund

October 20-22 | Haugesund, Norway

Techstars Startup Weekend Orlando

October 20-22 | Orlando

Techstars Startup Weekend São Luiz Gonzaga

October 20-22 | São Luiz Gonzaga

Techstars Startup Weekend Videira

October 20-22 | Videira

Techstars Startup Week Bogota

October 20-27 | Bogota

Techstars Startup Weekend Fin Tech São Paulo

October 27-29 | São Paulo

For a full list of upcoming Techstars Community events, click here.

Virtual events

Techstars hosts a variety of virtual events throughout the year for entrepreneurs. View our upcoming events below:

Virtual Meet and Greet October

Tuesday, October 24 | 12 pm PT

Learn more about our Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerators and find out if Techstars is a good fit to help accelerate your startup.

Techstars Pitch Series

October 3rd, 10th, and 17th 

Join Techstars for an exclusive 3-part pitch series event, designed to give you the knowledge and tools you need to successfully pitch your startup.

Part 1: How to Perfect Your Pitch An interactive workshop where we'll share a framework for creating a great pitch. 

Part 2: Pitch Practice with Guest Judge Ready to practice your pitch? Get actionable feedback to improve your pitch.  3-5 founders will get the opportunity to practice their pitch with a special guest judge. 

Part 3: Mock Investor Interview with VC Guest Speaker A fun and practical exercise to learn how a live investor meeting goes down. 5-6 founders will get the opportunity to participate in the mock interview. 

Industry events

Techstars staff attend many prominent industry events, including:

Web Summit

November 13-16 | Lisbon


The Techstars worldwide network helps entrepreneurs succeed. Check out exit and funding news from the Techstars portfolio during the month of September.

Portco news

Trellis (Techstars Los Angeles 2018), the LA-based provider of a state trial court data platform, raises $15M in a Series B funding round.

Freight Farms (Techstars Boston 2013), a local farming solution for global food supply, is combining with SPAC Agrinarm Acquisition.

Certa (Techstars Seattle 2013), a compliance, governance and risk management platform for enterprises, pulls in $35M in a Series B round.

Prewitt Ridge (Techstars Los Angeles 2020), a collaboration software for engineering teams, raises a $4.1M seed round.

REEV (Techstars Future of Longevity 2023), a care solution for neurological gait disorders, collects €3M in funding

Ara Labs (Techstars Detroit 2016), the manufacturer of car-top advertising screens, is currently raising for a $50M funding round.

Other news

Pulse 2.0, Techstars: Sarah Bain On The Farm To Fork Accelerator And Entrepreneurship, September 14

Globe Newswire, Techstars Toronto and Schulich School of Business Announce Partnership, September 19

Business Post, Techstars Web3-focused accelerator to return to Dublin, September 25

Fort Worth Report, Could an improved shoe insole save you from injury? This startup founder thinks so, September 25