Today, Techstars continues to expand its European presence with the launch of Techstars Paris. The program kicks off in September 2017 and applications open today.
I am excited to join Techstars to serve as managing director in our first accelerator in France, and look forward to helping entrepreneurs succeed in this newest program.
Since we launched our first international Startup Weekend in Paris in 2010, we have witnessed Paris’ thriving and exciting startup ecosystem with over 12,000 startups in the area and amazing access to capital and mentors.
We have a number of Techstars companies in our portfolio from France, like Babbler, Infinit, Qunb, Doctrackr, Placemeter, Sketchfab, Leka, Zenchef or Wynd.
We are incredibly thankful to Partech for their role in helping to bring Techstars to Paris. Techstars has gotten to know Partech over the last several years through mutual co-investments and a partnership between Techstars NYC and Partech’s international startup campus based in Paris, the Partech Shaker.
In addition to providing office space for our companies, Partech assisted in involving corporate partners for the program, including Air Liquide, La Française des Jeux, Groupama, Groupe Renault, including its subsidiary RCI Bank and Services, and Total. Executives from each partner will mentor and coach founders throughout the 13-week program. Techstars wouldn’t be in Paris without the incredible assistance of Partech.
Topics of interest for Techstars Paris include:
- Artificial Intelligence, Data and Bots
- B2C Apps and services
- Blockchain, IoT and Connected Hardware
- SaaS and Cybersecurity
- Smart city and smart transportation
Entrepreneurs ready to accelerate their companies in a thriving startup ecosystem should apply to Techstars Paris.
I look forward to connecting with startups and the community as we launch Techstars Paris. Applications close June 18. Apply today!