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Applications are open until April 5, 2020 for Techstars Atlanta in partnership with Cox Enterprises for our mid-July to mid-October 2020 program.

If you are a tenacious founder in the Southeast working hard on a problem that you love, we want to speak with you!

My name is Dave Payne and I’m the Managing Director of Techstars Atlanta. Prior to Techstars I founded a venture-backed startup and a startup hub in Atlanta. My official background is here. My unofficial background is here.

While we’ll consider great founders located anywhere in the world, our particular focus is startups in the American South, so we have scheduled Meet and Greets all over the Southeast during the next 10 weeks.

Let’s Talk!

The best way to learn about Techstars and get into our program is to engage with us while applications are open. We’ve provided lots of ways to do this.

Over the next 10 weeks we’ll be visiting 17 cities across the Southeast.

Meet and Greets are group sessions in a local startup hub. Office hours are one-on-one meetings to share details of what you’re working on and learn more about the accelerator.

If we aren’t able to meet-up in person when we are nearby, we’ve also scheduled some Open Office Hours in Atlanta and one virtual AMA (see below).

If nothing else works, please fill this out and we’ll get back to you.

And when you are ready, you can find the Techstars Atlanta application here.

We look forward to meeting you!

If you are interested in any of these sessions, please click the link below each event and fill-out the Techstars Atlanta Office Hours form and choose the specific session in the drop-down. Specific details of the event will appear here as soon as we have them finalized.

Techstars Atlanta 2020 Southeast Tour

Chattanooga, TN (January 13-15)

Charlotte, NC (January 21–23, Charlotte Innovation Week)

Greenville, SC (January 23–24)

Nashville, TN (February 3–5)

Louisville, KY (February 6–7)

Tampa, FL (February 10–12, Synapse Summit)

Orlando, FL (February 13–14)

Miami, FL (February 17–18)

West Palm Beach, FL (February 19)

Birmingham, AL (February 24–26)

Memphis, TN (February 27)

Charleston, SC (March 2–4)

Atlanta, GA (March 10)

Virtual AMA (March 11)

Atlanta, GA (March 12)

Raleigh, NC (March 16–19, Venture Connect Summit)

Durham, NC (March 19)

New Orleans, LA (March 23–27, New Orleans Entrepreneur Week)

Washington, D.C. (March 30-April 1)

      • Meet and Greet at TBD

Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Through the Techstars Worldwide Entrepreneur Network, founders connect with other entrepreneurs, experts, mentors, alumni, investors, community leaders, and corporations to grow their companies. Techstars operates four divisions: Techstars Startup Programs, Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator Programs, Techstars Corporate Innovation Partnerships, and the Techstars Venture Capital Fund. www.techstars.com


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Dave Payne Dave Payne
David Payne is the Managing Director of the Techstars Atlanta Accelerator in Partnership with Cox Enterprises. Previously, he was cofounder & CEO of Scoutmob, one of the most successful consumer startups to launch from Atlanta, and Switchyards Downtown Club, one of the main startup hubs in Atlanta. David blogs regularly about startups at www.realfounderlessons.com and tweets at @davempayne.