Announcing Stanley+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator in Hartford, Connecticut

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.








Applications Now Open for Three Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator Programs

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.

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.

Apply today!








Congratulations to the Techstars Founders in the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30

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.

Name

Company

Class

Category

Brent Chow & Sophia Dominguez

SVRF

Techstars Class 101

Media

Drew Silverstein

Amper Music

Techstars Class 96

Music

Joseph Lee & Robert Kirstiuk

Coastline Market

Techstars Class 92

Retail & Ecommerce

James Boehm

Mixer

Techstars Class 69

Games

Victor Santos

AirFox

Techstars Class 67

Social Entrepreneurs

Susan Ho

Journy

Techstars Class 63

Consumer Technology

Mike Dee & Nick Devane

Foodworks

Techstars Class 62

Food & Drink

Joseph Fasone

Pilot

Techstars Class 48

Enterprise Technology

Sarah Adler & Mackenzie Barth

Spoon University

Techstars Class 48

Media

Brian Jones & Luke Schoenfelder

Latch

Techstars Class 45

Consumer Technology

Philip Kimmey

Rover

Startup Weekend Alumni

Consumer Technology

Dani Arnaout & Jihad Kawas

Abstract Layer

Startup Weekend Organizers, Lebanon

Enterprise Technology

Spot someone we missed? Let us know → email social@techstars.com

Want to get on the list? Apply to Techstars today.








Announcing Techstars Sustainability Accelerator, in Partnership with The Nature Conservancy

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.








Techstars and Netcapital Form Strategic Partnership

We are excited to announce our strategic partnership with Netcapital, a leading internet funding portal, which will allow Techstars to offer more capital to our entrepreneurs and more investment opportunities to our network. Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Through this partnership, we are helping knock down barriers to capital formation, which will enable more rapid growth and will support the continued success of Techstars companies.

Through Netcapital’s portal, anyone can now invest in our companies right along with us. The Techstars team and I personally believe strongly in Netcapital and will be actively supporting the company in this strategic partnership and other endeavours. As part of those efforts, I will join the Netcapital board.

Netcapital is a capital raising platform that connects investors to entrepreneurs to help private companies grow. It’s a simple process. Startups seeking funding can list on Netcapital.com, and anyone can purchase shares online with just a few clicks. Individuals can review the list of available offerings and invest any amount between $99 and $107,000. We will begin with a few select Techstars companies and accelerator programs, with the ultimate goal of expanding to include our entire portfolio.

Jason Frishman founded Netcapital to create a digital capital raising solution that is simpler and more efficient than traditional methods. Netcapital allows anybody to invest in private companies and participate in their growth. You can see Jason explain it himself on Mad Money with Jim Cramer.

Techstars views this as a paradigm shift in the dynamics of the capital markets and the ways that startups connect with consumers. We are on the cutting edge of finance and technology and are excited about this relationship because we believe that Netcapital is an emerging leader in our industry that has already begun to unlock the private capital markets for the average person.








Techstars Code of Conduct Updated

At Techstars, we live the shared values of creating a safe, positive and respectful network. Back in July, we asked every member of our network to sign the Techstars Code of Conduct. We also asked those in the network to report violations of the Techstars Code of Conduct to the saysomething.techstars.com channel.

We first published the Techstars Code of Conduct more than 2 years ago. Since that time, it has helped guide all our network participants. As we have said from the beginning, we expect it be a living document, updated with input from our community.

We recently updated it to ensure that all members of our network were included – from our accelerator and startup programs to every mentor, investor, participant, community leader, facilitator and the Techstars staff. The should feel more inclusive to our Startup Program community.

The second update that we made to the Techstars Code of Conduct was to offer more clarity around the use of drugs and alcohol at events.

We hope that you agree with and will support these changes. As always, if you see behavior that may violate the Techstars Code of Conduct, please reach out to your leadership or send a note to saysomething@techstars.com so we can promptly investigate.








Techstars Expands Entrepreneurial Opportunities in South Asia, Establishes Techstars India

Techstars and ANSR Create Joint Venture to Expand Entrepreneurial Opportunities in India

Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, announces a joint venture with ANSR, a leader in Global In-House Centers, to further expand Techstars’ worldwide network in India. Formally named Techstars India, the fully aligned partnership will connect India’s entrepreneurs and corporate leaders with the Techstars network. Techstars India will explore numerous entrepreneurial opportunities in India such as Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator Programs and Techstars Corporate Innovation Partnerships.

Techstars India expands the reach and access of the Techstars entrepreneur network to India. Techstars India will enable India’s entrepreneurs to make connections and access the resources of Techstars’ worldwide network that they need to succeed. The Bangalore region, where Techstars will be located, boasts a growing entrepreneurial culture, a wealth of Fortune 500 company sites, a supportive government, and increasing availability of financing – key ingredients to a successful and empowering startup network.

Techstars has had a long and productive presence in India, beginning with Techstars Startup Digest in 2010 and quickly expanding to Techstars Startup Weekend in 2011. Techstars has run 133 Techstars Startup Weekends throughout India, building startup entrepreneurial networks in tier-one metro cities like Delhi – NCR, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai and Kolkata. In addition, Techstars has focused on democratizing entrepreneurship across smaller towns and cities across 22 Indian states by inspiring them to start enterprises in Kashmir (North) to Kerala (South) and by creating entrepreneurship opportunities from Rajkot (West) to Imphal (East).

Of the numerous Techstars Startup Weekend editions organized across India, the events have focused on specific themes such as Women, Youth, Education, Makers, Design, Mobile, Health & Wellness, Governance, Social Innovation, Tech, Financial Inclusion, UNI, Construction, Innovators, FinTech, Anti-Human Trafficking, Healthcare & Analytics, Music, MedTech, Kids/ Youth, and AI.  One notable startup, RidingO, was started at Techstars Startup Weekend in Bangalore in 2012 and went on to be acquired by Carzonrent.

Techstars has 10,000 Techstars Startup Digest India subscribers with Techstars Startup Digests covering Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Visakhapatnam, and India as a whole. Techstars India will be scaling and adding local staff to to support the Indian expansion.

Led by Lalit Ahuja, ANSR has partnered with more than 20 companies to advance their transformation agenda by establishing Global In-House Centers (GICs), research and analytics centers, and startup engagement programs. Each of these building blocks has resulted in massive impacts for Fortune 500 companies and their growth and business transformation strategy driven by the power of global talent resources and accelerated innovation.

“It’s no joke when Techstars says that they like to do more faster,” said Lalit Ahuja, CEO of ANSR, “Once we struck on the idea of a joint venture with Techstars, David Brown and David Cohen moved at the speed of light to dig in, form plans and we are excited to partner with them.”

About Techstars:

The Techstars Worldwide Network helps entrepreneurs make the connections and access the resources they need to succeed. Techstars Startup Programs inspire, educate, and connect entrepreneurs. Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator Programs invest in founders to help them do more faster. Techstars Corporate Innovation Partnerships help corporations supercharge growth by accelerating innovation and cultural transformation. Techstars accelerator portfolio includes more than 1,000 companies with a market cap of $9.9 billion.

About ANSR:

Backed by Accel Partners and Infosys and headquartered in Dallas, TX, ANSR is a global leader in establishing, operating and optimizing Global In-House Centers ‘GICs’ and provides end-to-end solutions to enterprises across the GIC life-cycle. Through Kyron, its innovation arm, ANSR also operates Innovation / Corporate Accelerator Programs. Since its inception in 2005, ANSR is credited with establishing and operating some of the best managed GIC’s in India. ANSR’s 27 GICs have cumulatively hired over 40,000 resources and invested over $1B in India.

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Joanie Kindblade
Director of Public Relations
Joanie.Kindblade@techstars.com
(303) 562-6230








Applications Open for Multiple Techstars Accelerator Programs

Here at Techstars, we are on a mission to help entrepreneurs succeed. Over the past 10 years we have helped over 1,000 companies grow and raise over $3.5 billion in funding, with a market cap of $9.6 billion. Now we’re on a search for the next wave of companies to join our worldwide network! Our managing directors and program staff cannot wait to discover you and your company’s potential.

Today applications are open for multiple Techstars mentorship driven accelerator programs, distributed all around the world. Apply now to take the next step in your journey and join the Techstars Worldwide Network with more than 10,000 mentors, partners, investors and founders.

We are also excited to open applications for three new programs: Techstars Anywhere Accelerator (our new mostly-virtual program), Techstars Dubai Accelerator in Partnership with GINCO, and the Techstars Toronto Accelerator.

This is more than a three month program, the Techstars Worldwide Network is for life. Listen to stories about our founders from Techstars alumni companies like SendGrid, ClassPass, and DigitalOcean.

Application deadline is October 15, 2017 for this session that kicks off in early 2018.

We will be announcing details for information sessions and online events where you can connect with Techstars founders leading innovative startups, as well as mentors who have the experience and proven track record to help you succeed. Be on the lookout for more details soon.

When you apply, you can choose from any of the following locations and verticals:

Start here to apply to Techstars. For tips and resources on the application process, check out our Application Toolkit.








Reflections on my Hometown of Montreal, Canada

I spent most of last week in my hometown of Montreal and it was a really great experience.

I left Montreal in 1990 because at that time, support for people like me (crazy entrepreneurs) was very limited. I had met some American entrepreneurs and found them to be kindred spirits and much more supportive. When offered the opportunity to join a startup in Miami, I jumped at the opportunity and moved within three days.

How times of changed!

Previously, I’ve gone back to Montreal a number of times, but it was to visit family, not to be in the community.

Last week, I attended FounderFuel demo day. There were about 1000 people in attendance and the companies were great. John Stokes of Real Ventures was very kind to bring me up on stage and reminisce at how he had come up with the idea after coming to Techstars demo day in Boulder in 2009. They have now graduated 10 classes and their companies have raised over $100M. Quite an accomplishment!

For the rest of the week, I attended Startupfest, an incredible festival now in it’s seventh year, celebrating entrepreneurs from around the world. I gave the keynote and attended many panels and discussions, ranging from the future of accelerators, to diversity and inclusion and more.

The comment I heard most often was how nice Canadian entrepreneurs are, and how they don’t let that be a disadvantage at all.

Techstars is excited to expand our presence in Canada, with the addition of our new accelerator program in Toronto, which will have applications opening July 24, 2017. We have long run Startup Weekends in the region and I had the pleasure of hanging out with about 25 fantastic community leaders at an event last week. All were excited about the opportunities for Canadian entrepreneurs.

In this time of immigration uncertainty in the United States, it’s great to have neighbors to the north that are providing an inclusive and startup-friendly environment.  

Oh, and I got to visit the home I grew up in. I admit that I got a little choked up.








Welcoming 114 New Companies Across the Techstars Worldwide Network

This has been a big year for Techstars. We’re 10 years old and have now seen over 1,000 companies in the Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator Programs. We have over 30 active programs running this year which means that we are adding roughly 300 founders to our portfolio!

We are excited to announce that these new classes will add an additional 114 companies to the Techstars Worldwide Network.

Out of our 30 global Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator Programs, 11 are kicking off this week. Four of these are inaugural classes and locations including Techstars Adelaide, Techstars Kansas City, Techstars Los Angeles and the Alexa Accelerator, Powered by Techstars in Seattle.

Since we’re just kicking off and don’t have any stories about the teams to tell yet, we thought it would be fun to share a great #givefirst story about launching Techstars Adelaide.

When we first started talking about extending our worldwide network to Adelaide, we reached out to contacts we had in Australia. Two of those people have long ties with both Brad Feld and Jenny Lawton from EO, the Kauffman Foundation, as mentors in Techstars and the Techstars Boulder network.

We started talking with Jana Matthews about connecting us with mentors, managing directors, investors and partners and she reminded us that Terry Gold was working with her in Adelaide as well. Terry was a longtime resident of Boulder and a well respected entrepreneur in the local ecosystem. We were thrilled when we humbly asked Jana if she would consider us inviting Terry to apply to be the managing director for Techstars Adelaide, and the rest is history!  

With the support of our corporate partners, mentors and the entire Techstars network, we are thrilled to present to you the Q3 2017 companies:

Techstars Atlanta, in partnership with Cox – Techstars Class 99

2ULaundry

Bloveit

Collider Tech

Farmcrowdy

Fraudmarc

Landing Lion

MoQuality

TheMonetizr

Rapid RMS

Vlipsy

Learn more about the Techstars Atlanta, in partnership with Cox 2017 class here

Techstars IoT – Techstars Class 100

Apollo

Blik

BuildSimHub

Makercase

Module

Muzzley

Omnio

RealSynth

Seer Aerospace

Strayos

Terrene

Trexo Robotics

Learn more about the Techstars IoT 2017 class here.

Techstars NYC – Techstars Class 101

CottageClass

Gather

Geopipe

Hawthorne

Matchaful

Obsess

Parakeet

PhoneWagon

SVRF

TypeLead

Virgo Surgical Video Solutions

Vitally

Learn more about Techstars NYC here.

Techstars Chicago – Techstars Class 102

4Degrees

Abode

Allie

AraJoy

Elemetric

Harbor

Jobeek

Omelas

Paladin

Swag.com

Learn more about the Techstars Chicago 2017 class here

Techstars Adelaide – Techstars Class 103

Additive Rocket Corporation

CRON Systems

Daitum

Dotterel

IR Sensors

Iridium Dynamics

MySky

NIMIS Cybersecurity

Radiomaze

Teamgage

Learn more about the Techstars Adelaide 2017 class here.

The Alexa Accelerator, Powered by Techstars – Techstars Class 104

Aspinity

Botnik Studios

MSZ, Inc

Novel Effect

Play Impossible

Semantica

Sensible Object

Tinitell

Twine

Learn more about the Alexa Accelerator, Powered by Techstars 2017 class here.

Techstars Kansas City – Techstars Class 105

Ampogee

CasaIQ

GRIT Virtual Construction

Hanzo

NexusEdge

Planetarians

REP

Somatic Labs

TeacherTalent

Vector Legal Method

Learn more about the Techstars Kansas City 2017 class here.

Techstars London – Techstars Class 106

Coconut

FindMeCure

Hurree

Lifebit

Live2Leave

Nell

ObjectBox

Planable

Polydone

Stylindex

Toneboard

Learn more about the Techstars London 2017 class here.

Techstars Los Angeles – Techstars Class 107

Avisare

Blue Fever

DirecTech Labs

Heartbeat

LIV

Maslo

Playfull

Slingshot Aerospace

Solutions Vending International

Stackin’

Learn more about the Techstars Los Angeles 2017 class here.

Techstars Retail, in partnership with Target – Techstars Class 108

Air Tailor

BYBE

Find Me A Shoe

Kokko

Local Crate

Savitude

Shopturn

Spotcrowd

StoryXpress

Upsie

Learn more about the Techstars Retail, in partnership with Target 2017 class here.

Techstars Mobility – Techstars Class 109

Busbot

Carma

Cycuro

Damon X Labs

Derq

EcoG

Fathom

Gridwise

SEEVA

Vartega

Learn more about the Techstars Mobility 2017 class here.

Interested in joining the Techstars Worldwide Network? Applications open July 24th.