Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and Startup Boost, a global pre-accelerator program, today announces a new partnership to run Startup Boost programs for pre-seed, early stage entrepreneurs around the world. Applications are now being accepted at www.startupboost.org for early stage startup Spring programs in New York, London, Los Angeles and Toronto until March 26th.
“Working with Techstars gives our teams and city directors access to a great network to make the biggest impact possible on pre-seed startup success,” said founding member of Startup Boost, Blake Caldwell. “The benefit of Startup Boost is that it brings a startup development model with a proven track record to companies in an under supported stage.”
Startup Boost is powered by successful entrepreneurs, investors and community leaders who give their time to help pre-seed startups succeed. The program sees a huge mentorship and community development opportunity with startups that are not yet ready to apply for an accelerator, and give them access to critical resources and mentors that help them get to this next stage. Startup Boost does not charge a fee or equity to companies that participate in the program.
“Techstars has worked with the team leading Startup Boost for years, said David Brown, founder and co-CEO of Techstars.
“They truly fit our Give First ethos and have helped many entrepreneurs grow. Working with Startup Boost as an exciting way for us to help founders who are looking for a program between a Techstars Startup Weekend and a Techstars mentorship-driven accelerator program. We are excited to partner with them to help entrepreneurs succeed.”
Startup Boost was founded in 2017 with programs in the United States, Europe and Canada. It is a 6-week pre-accelerator program to prepare pre-seed stage startups for accelerators, investment and revenue creation. Working in tandem with keynote speakers and mentors each week, teams selected for each cohort rapidly improve upon their understanding of how to grow their unique company efficiently.
After the successful launch of Startup Boost in 2017 with programs that took place in Detroit, Dublin, Los Angeles and Toronto, the all-encompassing six-week program is spreading its reach. New cities for 2018 include London and Seattle with a blockchain vertical program taking place this Spring in New York.
About Startup Boost
Startup Boost is a 6 week global pre-accelerator program which prepares pre-seed stage tech startups for accelerators, investment and revenue generation. Startup Boost is organized by volunteer city directors in the United States, Canada and Europe who work with successful entrepreneurs, investors and community leaders who give their time to make sure pre-seed startups succeed.
Currently applications are open until March 26th at startupboost.org for London, Los Angeles, New York and Toronto with further programs scheduled for Fall 2018 in Dublin, Seattle and Detroit.
Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Techstars 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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BOULDER, Colo., – March 12, 2018 – Montreal is the capital of Artificial Intelligence in Canada, boasting one of the largest AI academic communities in the world. It’s no wonder why Techstars is opening its third Canadian mentorship-driven accelerator in Montreal: Techstars Montreal AI Accelerator.
Techstars is grateful for the support from Real Ventures, Canada’s most active early-stage venture fund, for their assistance in bringing this accelerator to Montreal. Element AI, a Real Ventures portfolio company, is a key player in the AI scene in Montreal and abroad (Toronto, London, Singapore).
“As a Montreal native, I’m thrilled to bring Techstars to my hometown,” said David Brown, founder and co-CEO of Techstars. “Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed and, with the support of Real Ventures, entrepreneurs in our program will have access to AI pioneers to help guide and mentor them. Montreal has all the ingredients that we look for as we expand our mentorship-driven accelerator programs – strong community of innovation, access to capital and the support from major corporations.”
Participating startups will benefit from the most concentrated pool of AI researchers worldwide with guidance from people like Yoshua Bengio, one of the founding fathers of AI, who is based at the University of Montreal. In addition, leading corporations like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Samsung, Thales, and others have invested millions of dollars in AI labs across Montreal.
“Building on our long-standing relationship with Techstars and the positive experience Real Ventures has had in Toronto with the first Techstars Accelerator in Canada, we felt it was vital to bring an AI-focused accelerator program with global reach to Montreal,” said Real Ventures partner, John Stokes. “With Techstars’ reputation and international network, it will be possible to attract extremely high-caliber and globally-minded startups to the ecosystem and create a positive feedback loop that will lead to greater success all round.”
Applications for the program open today and the deadline to apply is May 13, 2018. The program kicks off in September 2018 and will conclude with Demo Day in December during NIPS 2018 in Montreal.
Investing in Artificial Intelligence
Techstars Montreal AI Accelerator will select startups that advance the development and application of artificial intelligence across all industries and markets.
AI technologies and business applications continue to evolve. Startups focused on the following themes are encouraged to apply.
- Deep Learning, machine learning, reinforcement learning
- The advancement of image recognition and other domain/industry specific applications
- Speech recognition, linguistics and natural language processing
- IoT / sensor systems and autonomous vehicles / drones
- Predictive analytics and recommendation systems (domain/industry specific applications)
- Diverse application of AI in control systems, agent enablers and cognitive computing
- “Augmenting” human experts across industries including supply chain, advanced manufacturing and robotics; smart mobility, transportation and smart city; cybersecurity, automated vulnerability assessment and intelligent remediation; health and medical advancement, from personalized medicine to genomics data processing; financial modeling, fraud prediction and detection; media creation, production, distribution and monetization
Interested in Becoming a Corporate Partner?
Techstars is looking for corporate partners to join the burgeoning ecosystem in Montreal. Corporations interested in partnering with Techstars to double down on AI in Montreal should email email@example.com. For entrepreneurs interested in applying to Techstars Montreal AI Accelerator, please check out the Application Toolkit.
Today, Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, announced the leading verticals for its Q1 2018 accelerator programs. More companies that focus on SaaS, Marketplace and AI/AR/VR joined Techstars Mentorship-driven Accelerators this quarter than any other verticals, followed by EdTech, aerospace, and HR startup companies.
Overall, more than 120 companies joined Techstars’ Q1 2018 programs, which take place in cities around the world including Austin, Boulder, Dubai, Seattle, New York City, Boston, Berlin and Los Angeles — not to mention our mostly virtual program, Techstars Anywhere.
It’s fantastic to see our accelerator portfolio grow with this promising group of entrepreneurs. While we see demonstrated concentration in a few trending technologies like SaaS and Marketplace, we see a wide range of tech companies entering the Techstars network, continuing to grow our portfolio’s breadth and depth.
Between the horizontal focus of our city programs, like the Techstars Boulder Accelerator, and our vertical programs, like the Techstars Autonomous Technology Accelerator with the U.S. Air Force, we continue to attract the best entrepreneurs all over the world.
Additionally, Techstars’ Q1 2018 programs accepted companies focusing on genomics, sensors, robotics, hardware, energy, and many others. By investing in startups disrupting new fields, like genomics and sensors, we are continuing to diversify and expand the Techstars accelerator portfolio.
Below is a breakdown of the six leading verticals for Techstars’ Q1 2018 programs:
SaaS technologies continue to be one of the best known segments of cloud computing. Below are the latest SaaS companies to enter Techstars accelerator programs around the globe:
BubbleIQ – Enables customer support, IT and HR teams to better serve customers and employees by connecting helpdesk systems to enterprise chat tools.
- DNSFilter provides a global network content filtering service that can be deployed in just 5 minutes.
- Geospiza helps emergency managers and elected officials save lives in disaster by harnessing big data and translating it into forward leaning decision support.
- KPIready automates KPI collection and investor reporting so that startups can focus on growing their business.
- LaunchBoard is an integrated innovation portfolio & innovation project management.
- Ninox empowering any user to create business Apps for teams.
- One Step provides software to addiction & rehab facilities.
- Ordermark helps restaurants adopt and streamline online ordering to attract and serve larger audiences.
- Secondbrain is an artificial ghost writer that iterates for lyricists. Text-based AI analyzes your writing style and then helps you finish a phrase or a sentence.
- Soluki eliminates cost and language barriers by empowering Arabic speakers to build websites without the need for any technical skills.
- Walkthrough helps agents & home buyers replace the time-consuming process of touring properties with a simple and affordable virtual reality experience.
- Wisk Solutions is the most advanced beverage analytics platform on the market for restaurants, bars and hotels.
Today’s internet marketplaces are extremely innovative compared to their predecessors from the early 1990s. Here are the Marketplace companies entering Techstars programs in Q1 2018:
- AVVAY helps creative talent find and book locations that enable their projects and events to come to life.
- Elmy is an online marketplace to discover and book appointments with local beauty professionals.
- Locumunity is a centralized marketplace for temp doctors, no middleman.
- Queen of Raw is a marketplace matching buyers and sellers of surplus fabric, textiles, and other raw materials.
- Shelf Network enables multi-merchant auctions across the globe.
- Vertoe offers short term to long term storage solutions.
- Waggle on-demand dog walking and pet care.
Artificial intelligence, augmented reality and virtual reality have had significant breakthroughs in recent years. Adoption of this innovative technology continues to grow across both consumer users and enterprises. Below are the AI/AR/VR companies joining Techstars:
- BioInteractive Technologies is the first hands-free, camera-free, wrist worn gesture recognition wearable.
- Flow.ai provides a state of the art platform to create chatbots, voice assistants, customer service or conversational commerce solutions.
- iLive VR ia a virtual reality platform for real estate, e-commerce and design.
- LumiereVR is devoted to providing the best cinematic VR experience.
- SENSO.AI is the predictive customer acquisition and retention platform for the mortgage industry
- Spark.dj utilizes AI technology to bring the experience of a live DJ to any venue or social setting.
- Viar is easy-to-use 360 VR storytelling.
EdTech experienced a resurgence in investment in 2017 and Techstars welcomed five new EdTech companies to its Q1 2018 class:
- Educative Publishing is a platform and a marketplace for interactive & adaptive courses.
- Flipd is addressing phone addiction for the next generation.
- Goally empowers kids with developmental challenges like ADHD and autism to lead more independent and stress free lives.
- Skillpop Local hosts in-person pop up classes (ie: cooking, photography, art, etc.)
- Subhe offers on-demand skill development in Indian languages.
Techstars portfolio companies are disrupting the aerospace industry just like Uber did to the transportation sector. Below are the Aerospace companies joining Techstars:
- 14bis is a supply tracking binary solution for a supply chain of trust
- URSA – is analysis tools and services designed for UAVs, robots, and the IoT space
- Robodub platform with articulating arms to carry multiple packages, odd shaped or lopsided packages and dynamic payloads like sling payloads
- SecureMarking offers Blockchain-enabled authentication for components
- SICdrone developed the first tiltrotor enabled multicopter—an all-weather aircraft system capable of unprecedented speed and maneuverability.
Technology is transforming how HR teams engage with employees. It’s an area that is ripe for disruption. These five HR-focused companies were selected to join Techstars:
- Altru is a mobile-video platform that allows companies to share their story through their employees
- Filtered.ai is performance-based hiring software that objectively evaluates a candidate based on their skills and not on their resume.
- Ganaz Technologies is like “Glassdoor” for low wage, low literacy workers and their employers.
- Involvesoft offers employee engagement through volunteering.
- WeSolv connects a diverse MBA network to companies to solve real business challenges.
Below is a comprehensive list of each company, broken out by class.
BioInteractive Technologies – The first hands-free, camera-free, wrist worn gesture recognition wearable.
DNSFilter – DNSFilter provides a global network content filtering service that can be deployed in just 5 minutes.
Filtered.ai – Performance-based hiring software that objectively evaluates a candidate based on their skills and not on their resume.
Flikshop – Helps families stay in touch with their incarcerated loved ones.
Goodr – Goodr is a sustainable food waste management company leveraging technology to redirect surplus food from businesses to the food insecure.
Lynq – Lynq makes a device that helps you find your people in crowds, remote areas or anywhere cell phones fail.
Queen of Raw – Marketplace matching buyers and sellers of surplus fabric, textiles, and other raw materials.
Storytap – Helps marketers capture original, user-generated, brand-directed video stories daily, from anywhere in the world.
TokenClub – TokenClub offers a monthly subscription to curated and vetted ICO tokens.
Trust & Will – Makes it easy, fast, and secure to setup your trust or will online in about 10 minutes.
Allstacks – Allstacks enables dev orgs to be data driven.
Docstation – Pharma focused healthcare platform for payers to manage customer relationships.
Locus Tracking – Eye tracking software.
Mesur.io – Device to provide real-time ad data for ag technicians.
Milkful – Health bars to help new moms produce more breast milk.
My Van Robot – Robots that teach math to k-6.
Rosso & Flynn – Modernizing the butcher industry with direct to consumer on-demand locally sourced meat (all types).
Skillpop – Local in -person pop up classes (ie: cooking, photography, art etc).
Transmute – Making the blockchain accessible for development for traditional enterprises.
Waggle – On-demand dog walking and pet care.
Techstars Autonomous Technology Accelerator with the U.S. Air Force
14bis Supply Tracking – Binary solution for a Supply Chain of Trust.
Blind Tiger Communications – Wireless Security through Managed Access of Mobile, UAS, & WiFi Devices Across the Global Spectrum.
Graphenest – Graphenest is shaping the future of everyday lifestyle products by producing graphene, a material with extraordinary properties.
Guardion – Making the world safer from nuclear threats with quantum technology radiation detectors.
Notch Technologies – Rapidly reconfiguring antenna systems to increase communication ranges.
OmniPreSense – Short range radar sensors enabling drones, robotics, and IoT systems to “see” the world around them.
Robodub – Drone platform with articulating arms to carry multiple packages, odd shaped or lopsided packages and dynamic payloads like sling payloads.
SecureMarking – Blockchain-enabled authentication for components.
SICdrone – Developed the first tiltrotor enabled multicopter—an all-weather aircraft system capable of unprecedented speed and maneuverability.
URSA – Forensic analysis tools and services designed for UAVs, robots, and the IoT space.
Aazzur – Innovative cross-border banking services.
Archain – On demand permanent data storage.
Czar Securities – Plug-n-play rock solid security for websites.
Inuru – Light & motion on paper with cutting edge printed light tech.
Involvesoft – Employee engagement through volunteering.
Ninox – Empowering any user to create business Apps for teams.
OptioAI – Helping young people to build better spending habits.
Shelf Network – Shelf Network enables multi-merchant auctions across the globe.
Stark Mobility – A new way of transportation.
Subhe – On-demand skill development in Indian languages.
Viar – Easy to use 360 VR Storytelling.
Brio – Brio Systems brings the latest in behavioral & nutritional science to your fitness center.
Chameleon – Optimizing financial statement processing for commercial lenders.
FAZTA – Fazta is a mobile app that empowers tradesmen to look professional and take control of all aspects of their business in today’s digital era.
Meenta – Helping scientists focus on making great discoveries.
Noria – Noria is building the world’s first premium home cooling brand with innovative design and increased efficiency.
Openly – A modern, digital-age insurance company tailor made for independent insurance agents.
Securicy – End-to-end expert solution that protects your SMB.
Sophia – Sophia makes it easy to connect with a mental health therapist who is a good fit for you.
SparkCharge – SparkCharge provides EV owners with a portable, modular, ultra-fast charging unit to charge their car anytime and anywhere they want.
AVVAY – Helps creative talent find and book locations that enable their projects and events to come to life.
BubbleIQ – Enables customer support, IT and HR teams to better serve customers and employees by connecting helpdesk systems to enterprise chat tools.
Dynepic – Empowers app, hardware, wearable, and smart toy makers to easily create and deploy kid-safe, privacy-certified, personalized and social features.
Flex – Enables fitness enthusiasts to get a bodyweight workout experience as exciting as a boutique studio class from the convenience of their own home.
Geospiza – Helps emergency managers and elected officials save lives in disaster by harnessing big data and translating it into forward leaning decision support.
Goally – Empowers kids with developmental challenges like ADHD and autism to lead more independent and stress free lives.
Krak – Connects participants in rebellious sports, like skateboarding and rock climbing, with community and products to deepen their connection with the sport.
Ordermark – Helps restaurants adopt and streamline online ordering to attract and serve larger audiences.
Player’s Health – Helps sports organizations manage risk and control liability by providing risk management services and on demand insurance.
Walkthrough – Helps agents & home buyers replace the time-consuming process of touring properties with a simple and affordable virtual reality experience.
Techstars Dubai Accelerator in partnership with GINCO
Flugauto – An electric, driverless, flying car company looking to radically disrupt the way we travel.
iLive VR – A virtual reality platform for real estate, e-commerce and design.
Klasha – Klasha is a UK based online fast fashion retailer for 20-somethings shipping globally with fast delivery to Africa.
MyFelix – A Full-Service Digital Insurance Broker focused on the GCC market.
Natufia – a fully automated growing machine with state of the art technology and a sleek design. It offers easy kitchen integration and year-round fresh food production.
Novele – Novele creates solutions for the building in the digital age.
Nytilus – Nytilus helps construction industry to see and perform better by leveraging AR and AI technologies.
Soluki – Our platform eliminates cost and language barriers by empowering Arabic speakers to build websites without the need for any technical skills.
TagX Labs – Your Identity. In Motion.
The Pole Society – TPS Engage is for outdoor advertising what Facebook is for online advertising.
Techstars Music Accelerator
Blink Identity – Blink Identity builds biometric products for high-throughput, real-time identification of people in motion.
Edison.ai – Edison.ai analyzes consumers’ preferences and profile consumers using image recognition and AI technology.
Endel – Endel is a personalised sound environment app that generates soundscapes to help users focus and relax.
Gimme Radio – Gimme Radio, the ultimate listening experience for the the underserved fan equipped with an unique communication platform that connects fans, DJs, and artists, and its hyper-relevant music merchandising Gimme Radio keeps the listener engaged, excited, and purchasing.
HelloTickets – Hello Tickets is a blockchain based ticket solution that traces the entire ticket journey, so fans and artists will never have to worry again about fraudulent tickets and scalpers.
Mighty Audio – Mighty is the first portable audio player that takes your streaming content offline without a phone or a data connection.
Seated – Seated is a lottery-based ticketing system that weeds out scalpers and rewards true fans.
Secondbrain – An artificial ghost writer that iterates for lyricists. Text-based AI analyzes your writing style and then helps you finish a phrase or a sentence.
Soundcharts – Soundcharts is the Market Intelligence platform of the Music Industry: its goal is to modernize the workflow of every music professional by providing global and real-time data-analytics in an all-in-one solution.
Spark.dj – Spark.dj utilizes AI technology to bring the experience of a live DJ to any venue or social setting.
Techstars New York City Accelerator
Acculis – Using 3D models to help reduce errors in construction in the office and on-site.
Altru – A mobile-video platform that allows companies to share their story through their employees.
Claya – Makes a daily supplement mix tailored to an individual‘s genetic blueprint, lifestyle and lab results.
Clear Cut – A direct-to-consumer diamond ring platform empowering couples by providing a curated selection of hig engagement rings at fair price points and utilizing expert educational content-quality.
KPIready – Automates KPI collection and investor reporting so that startups can focus on growing their business.
Kyso – Gives you a one-click data-science and machine learning environments in the cloud.
One Step – Provides software to addiction & rehab facilities.
PathSpot – Protects food-service companies and their customers from the threat of foodborne illness by scanning for harmful contamination on employee’s hands.
Streamline Genomics – Platform to help clinicians and researchers benefit from genomic sequencing without the need for data analysis expertise.
TypingDNA – Recognizes people by the way they type.
Vertoe – Platform that offers short term to long term storage solutions.
Techstars Seattle Accelerator
Educative – Publishing platform and a marketplace for interactive & adaptive courses.
Downstream – Helping consumer brands on leading e-commerce platforms maximize sell-through by combining catalog optimization, on-platform paid search, and integrated analytics.
Ganaz Technologies – We’re the glassdoor for low wage, low literacy workers and their employers.
Halo Automotive – Marketing Automation for Automotive.
LaunchBoard – Integrated innovation portfolio & innovation project management.
LegalPad – Superpower your lawyer.
Locumunity – SaaS, a centralized marketplace for temp doctors, no middleman.
Rainway – Leverage the power of your PC and play your favorites games on any device.
Spocket – Discover & Dropship thousands of Unique Products, risk-free.
WeSolv – Connecting a diverse MBA network to companies to solve real business challenges.
Cinchy – Cinchy is a single secure platform that eliminates the need for application-specific databases. By applying the network effect to data, we enable our customers to accelerate their technology delivery projects.
Distributed ID – Distributed ID (DIID) is a private digital identity network that empowers your business and fraud management processes. DIID’s product helps track your customers across all channels and adapts to their changing behaviour patterns.
Elmy – Elmy is an online marketplace to discover and book appointments with local beauty professionals. Elmy also aims to provide beauty professionals and salons with a set of tools to help them serve and create demand for their services.
Flipd – Flipd is addressing phone addiction for the next generation. Their platform is gamifying attention away from distractions by nudging users to stay off their phones while they’re trying to learn, focus, or study.
Flow.ai – Flow.ai provides a state of the art platform to create chatbots, voice assistants, customer service or conversational commerce solutions. With an easy to use drag and drop interface bots can be made and deployed on any channel, such as Facebook Messenger, Amazon Echo or your own website.
Kitchen Mate – Kitchen Mate automates the cooking of meal-kits to deliver convenience without compromises for busy professionals in the workplace.
LumiereVR – LumiereVR is devoted to providing the best cinematic VR experience. We have a strong production arm that bridges the gap between Chinese production powerhouses with Studio Partners in Hollywood, combining strong IPs and financing with tier one storytellers and FX artists. Subsequently our films are pipelined through our very own network of distributed VR theaters, bringing the general public into our cinematic metaverse.
Senso.ai – SENSO.AI is the predictive customer acquisition and retention platform for the mortgage industry.
Tread.io – Tread.io is a software platform for securing, managing and financing construction equipment services such as manned dump trucks, cranes and excavators. This is a $500 billion market that is today managed using pen, paper and telephone calls. Our platform generates data driven improvements to performance by measuring equipment usage in real time through our operator app.
Wisk Solutions – WISK is the most advanced beverage analytics platform on the market for restaurants, bars and hotels. WISK will become the central source for all liquor data in the world.
Techstars is looking for the best entrepreneurs disrupting the PropTech industry for our second accelerator in Toronto: the Colliers PropTech Accelerator Powered by Techstars. The accelerator will run in Q4 2018 with applications opening in February 2018.
The accelerator will focus on solving problems and challenges across the property and commercial real estate industry – an industry of massive size and reach with total assets of ~$220 trillion worldwide. The possibilities for innovation, disruption and productivity-enhancing opportunities are endless. The partnership combines Techstars expertise in tech innovation, entrepreneurship and a worldwide alumni network with Colliers’ expertise in real estate, enterprising culture and global network. The selected 10 PropTech startups will gain access to this powerful combination accelerating their business plans and funding opportunities while providing innovative solutions to some of this global industries most pressing problems and newest opportunities.
We are excited about the breadth of this industry that touches every aspect of both consumer and business economies. We are interested in any businesses, ideas or solutions that touch the property and commercial real estate value chains. Examples include but are not limited to: efficient marketplaces, big data & advanced analytics applications to commercial real estate, blockchain solutions applied to commercial real estate, commercial real estate FinTech solutions, commercial real estate investor solutions, commercial real estate occupier solutions, AI and machine learning applications for commercial real estate, VR and augmented reality applications. Property and commercial real estate touch every aspect of daily life therefore the possibilities are endless and we are interested in the conversations around that intersection.
Colliers is one of the leading global real estate services companies in the world. They have over 15,000 skilled professionals operating in 68 countries. With an enterprising culture and 30 percent employee ownership, Colliers is a unique global organization. Colliers professionals think differently, share great ideas and offer thoughtful and innovative advice that helps clients accelerate their success. Colliers is consistently ranked in the top 100 global outsourcing firms by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals, more than any other real estate services firm. Colliers also has been ranked the top property manager in the world by Commercial Property Executive for two years in a row. Aon has also ranked Colliers as a platinum level best employer.
Colliers remains committed to being the most enterprising company by developing innovative and value enhancing services for our clients and professionals. The startups accepted into this program will gain unprecedented direct access and mentoring from Colliers’ global network, senior leaders and industry specific opportunities while being able to leverage Colliers’ organization for pilots and partnerships.
Toronto is one of the largest metropolitan areas in North America (currently sixth). Toronto placed fourth globally and first in North America for reputation by the Reputation Institute’s (“RI”) “2016 City Reptrak top 10,” a list of the world’s most reputable cities, ranking #1 overall among the best places in the world to live, #2 overall in the category of best place in the world for business, and #3 overall for best target for foreign direct investment. Toronto was the only Canadian city to place within the top ten for best place to invest.
RI’s research suggests the world’s most reputable cities are as safe as they are beautiful. And while Toronto is ranked by The Economist as the safest city in North America, Canada has also been selected as the best place to visit in 2017 by the Lonely Planet. No stranger to praise, Toronto has been named one of the best cities in the world for quality of life, and the best place in the world for youth and millennials.
Business owners and investors in Canada benefit from the most competitive business costs and lowest corporate taxes among G7 countries. That’s why Forbes consistently ranks Toronto the best country for business in the G20. In addition, Toronto is the best place in the world for software developers and is home to one of the tech scene’s most sought after office spaces.
We are extremely excited to be opening our second accelerator in Toronto, continuing to build, contribute and grow this increasingly important tech community in partnership with Colliers.
Get Your Application Ready
Applications open in February and the program begins in September. The 3-month intensive program will conclude with a Demo Day, where the PropTech startups will pitch their businesses to hundreds of global investors. Sign up for updates on this new program!
The holidays are a time to reflect and recharge. Getting away and coming together. Looking back and looking forward. The holidays are family, spending time with the people you love.
Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. As we near the end of 2017, we want to thank all the people across our network who made this year, and every year, possible – the founders, mentors, community leaders, investors, and partners around the world.
From our family to yours, happy holidays, schöne Ferien, boas festas, felices feriados, joyeuses fêtes!
Happy holidays from all of us at Techstars, we’ll see you in 2018!
Techstars is excited to announce our expanded investment in Singapore with the Rakuten Accelerator, Powered by Techstars.
Together with Rakuten, a global leader in internet services, Techstars will work with early-stage entrepreneurs who are advancing social messaging technologies, with a focus on the Viber application. This mentorship-driven accelerator will focus on disrupting and revolutionizing how businesses and consumers use messaging to conduct business and stay connected. Areas considered for the program include: AI including chat bot, chat commerce, mobile wallet and crypto currency, ad tech, VR and AR solutions, voice recognition, image recognition, translation, content such as music and sports, chat based IoT, and enterprise integrated messaging.
This new program, our first Accelerator Program in southeast Asia, will help to grow our existing community in the region, where Techstars Startup Programs have been active since 2010.
Participants in the Rakuten Accelerator, powered by Techstars, will also have access to resources from across Rakuten’s global ecosystem of more than 70 services including Rakuten Viber messaging and voice platform. With hundreds of millions of users around the world, Viber also recently became the official communication channel of FC Barcelona, Official Instant Messaging and Calling App Partner of the Golden State Warriors and an official platform for the National Basketball Association.
Applications open in January 2018 with the program kicking off in July 2018. The 3-month intensive program will conclude with a Demo Day, where the participants will pitch their businesses to hundreds of investors from all over the world.
Additive manufacturing startups are encouraged to apply for the Stanley+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator.
This mentorship-driven accelerator, in partnership with Techstars and $11 billion global digital industrial Stanley Black & Decker, is looking to identify 10 additive manufacturing startups to come to Hartford, Connecticut in Q3 2018 with applications opening in January 2018.
The Stanley+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator will focus on additive manufacturing, which is technologies that build 3D objects by adding layer-upon-layer of material. The material ranges from plastic, metal, concrete, among others. The technologies may include 3D printing, rapid prototyping, direct digital manufacturing, layered manufacturing and additive fabrication. The applications of additive manufacturing are endless.
Innovation is in Stanley Black & Decker’s DNA. They create more than 1,000 new products every year. This partnership will connect the Techstars worldwide network to Stanley Black & Decker’s breakthrough innovation ecosystem. The mentorship-driven accelerator program will connect entrepreneurs with additive manufacturers, who have the experience of delivering products at scale using 3D printing technologies.
Entrepreneurs accepted into the program will relocate to Hartford, CT for the duration of the program. Hartford is thriving with early-stage startups ranging from companies focused on science, technology and software solutions, B2B and small business services, marketing agencies, fitness and wellness providers, and medical device developers.
Techstars is searching for a managing director for this program. If you are interested, please check out the job description.
Are you and your company ready for Techstars?
As you may know, Techstars Mentorship-driven accelerator programs invest in founders to help them do more faster. Over the past decade Techstars has helped more than 1,200 companies grow and raise over $4.4 billion in funding, with a portfolio market cap of $11 billion.
And now we are on a quest to find the next wave of companies to join the Techstars worldwide network. Our Managing Directors, program staff, and mentors cannot wait to provide personalized hands-on mentorship to scale your business.
Today applications open for three special programs located around the world. Apply now to take the next step in your journey and begin to access the best network for mentors, investors, corporate partners, and customers.
- Barclays Accelerator, Powered by Techstars | Tel Aviv | Start Date May 27, 2018
- Techstars Impact Accelerator | Austin | Start Date June 4, 2018
- METRO Accelerator for Retail, Powered by Techstars | Berlin | Start Date April 23, 2018
We choose only the very best companies to join a Techstars mentorship-driven accelerator program, where we invest $120K, provide hands-on mentorship, and lifetime access to the Techstars worldwide network. Techstars is the only tech accelerator to offer and standby our Equity Back Guarantee.
Entrepreneurs who are accepted into a Techstars mentorship-driven accelerator program quickly realize it is so much more than a three-month commitment. When you join the Techstars Worldwide Network, you become part of Techstars for life. Just listen to stories about our founders from Techstars alumni companies like SendGrid, ClassPass, and DigitalOcean.
We will be announcing details for information sessions and online events where you can connect with Techstars alumni founders leading innovative companies, as well as experienced mentors who have the proven track record to help you succeed. Be on the lookout for updates.
We are proud to announce that 10 Techstars companies have been named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 this year. Companies from Techstars mentorship-driven accelerator programs out of NYC, LA, Seattle, and Boston were recognized, as well as founders from our corporate innovation programs. We’re also proud to see Techstars Startup Programs represented, with Rover co-founder Philip Kimmey, a Startup Weekend alumni, making the list!
These founders have been called out as the “impressive, the inspiring and the (genuinely) enviable.” We look forward to their continued success in 2018, and from all the amazing founders in the Techstars worldwide network.
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Retail & Ecommerce
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The Techstars Sustainability Accelerator, in Partnership with The Nature Conservancy, will ensure that we innovate to make the world a better place to live. Techstars and The Nature Conservancy are seeking entrepreneurs with commercially viable technologies that can rapidly scale to help sustainably provide food and water and address global issues like climate change.
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, The Nature Conservancy’s creates innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together.
The Techstars Sustainability Accelerator, in Partnership with The Nature Conservancy will be based in Denver, Colorado. Applications open in January 2018 and will launch in July 2018. The mentorship-driven accelerator program will connect entrepreneurs, conservationists, corporate partners, and investors to deliver products that can put the world on a path to sustainability. In addition, conservationists will learn from entrepreneurs how to quickly innovate and scale commercially viable businesses.
This marks the second Techstars Accelerator program in partnership with a non profit organization. Techstars is excited to blend its expertise in disrupting industries through innovation with The Nature Conservancy’s expertise in conservation and sustainability. Mission-driven, for-profit companies are encouraged to apply.
Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. With an accelerator portfolio market cap of more than $10 billion, Techstars has 34 accelerators and thousands of Techstars Startup Program events in nearly 170 countries.