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Techstars Music invests in startups solving problems for the growing global music business 

Techstars Music 2018 accelerator starts in Los Angeles on February 5, 2018, and right now we’re in the midst of a worldwide tour to meet founders who are solving real problems for the global music business. Applications close on October 15th and we’ll be making our final selections around December 15th.

In 2017, we invested in 11 startups (more info here) that have gone on to raise more than $15M collectively. Six of those 11 companies came to LA from outside the United States, a ratio we expect to continue in our 2018 class.

Why? Well, the world loves music, and music is driving digital culture everywhere. A big part of the Techstars Music strategy is our deep cooperation with the global music business. We believe cooperation produces greater return on investment.

Our member companies (and there is more exciting news to come here soon!) are Warner Music Group, Harmonix Music Systems, Q Prime Management, Bill Silva Entertainment, Silva Artist Management, Era of the Engineer, and Sony Music. These global leaders provide more than capital, they run the program with us, helping at every step of the process, from selection to mentoring to business development and even follow-on investment. Their diversity of skills and talent help the startups in our program gain real, planetary advantage.

So, what kind of startups are we looking for? Techstars Music is for startups working on scalable solutions for:

  • New music experiences for home, venue, festival, mobile & connected devices
  • Music creation, collaboration & sharing
  • Direct-to-consumer marketing, ticketing & eCommerce
  • Content infrastructure & delivery
  • Royalties, reporting, rights management & licensing
  • Data mining & machine learning
  • Music education for digital natives
  • Technology-based artist discovery, management & services
  • Event and crowd safety

Where are we going? Better question is where *aren’t* we going. We’ve already been to Mexico, Japan, Australia, Canada, Boston, Denver, looking for the world’s best technical and business talent… with 10 countries and dozens of cities still to go.

Is Techstars Music the right accelerator program for you? Take a look at events below and request a meeting to show us what you are working on. Apply online here, with more information available here. Applications close October 15th, so get after it!

See you out there!
-Bob Moczydlowsky, @bobmoz
Managing Director, Techstars Music

Find us on tour!

October 5th — Atlanta, Georgia, USA

(also appearing at A3C Venture Capital + Start Up Discussion)
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October 12th – Prague, Czech Republic
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October 13th – Budapest, Hungary
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October 14th – Vienna, Austria
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October 16th – New York, New York, USA
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October 26th – Tokyo, Japan
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November 1st and November 2nd – Los Angeles, CA, USA
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November 7th – London, England
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November 9th – Lisbon, Portugal
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Web Summit

November 10th – Paris, France
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November 13th – Berlin, Germany
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November 29th – Helsinki, Finland
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November 30th – Stockholm, Sweden
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PS — Can’t leave a musical post without a song… this one seems to fit perfectly:


Bob Moczydlowsky Bob Moczydlowsky
Bob Moczydlowsky has dedicated his entire career to connecting artists and fans through technology. Prior to Techstars he worked at Twitter, Topspin Media and Yahoo! Music, and he teaches in the Masters of Entertainment Industry Management program at Carnegie Mellon University. He is now Managing Director of the Techstars Music Accelerator. Reach out to him via Twitter, @bobmoz.