It was just a year ago that Techstars acquired UP Global and its programs, Startup Weekend, Startup Week, Startup Next and Startup Digest.
When we made this announcement, our intention was to leverage each other’s areas of expertise and combine resources to provide more sustainable support for startup communities and entrepreneurs around the world.
The first year for us was one focused primarily on observation and listening. We onboarded and integrated the incredibly talented UP Global team. We talked to a lot of you about what was working and what you’d like to see improved.
We’ve learned so much from this experience. It went better than we expected, it was harder than we thought, and we are still working hard. Startup Program Community Leaders continued their powerful work by putting on over a thousand events in more than 600 cities last year. We launched our nonprofit, the Techstars Foundation, as well as adding eight new accelerator programs bringing us to a total of 22 worldwide.
Now is the year of action and improvement.
We’ve aligned global summits with our annual founder conferences (FounderCon) in the US and Europe, updated startup program websites, increased transparency, and are connecting Community Leaders to the Techstars network.
We are working to improve communication as well as to build better connections and tools for Community Leaders and the communities they serve.
We are still on a mission to build a world where entrepreneurs can find like-minded individuals who share a passion and community for entrepreneurship. We’re moving into a new phase to bring even more value and resources to the Entrepreneur’s Journey across our Startup Programs and Accelerator Programs.
Thanks to everyone who’s been a part of this so far. Stay tuned for more!