In any given Techstars program, you’ll walk through the accelerator doors to find groups of founders milling around calculating their next strategic business move, a MD stationed in a conference room counseling (or consoling) a timely target, a PM huddled in a corner with headphones on trying to jam out the latest founder update… but what you’ll also notice are the program associates, hardened and focused, supporting each of the startups with specific projects, and in my case, helping to keep the PM from red-lining with overdue tasks.
What is the Associate role about?
The associates are often the unsung program heroes, contracted for each class to fill skillsets in the startups and to help with development and support through the intensive 13-week program. An associate wears many hats: one day they might be breaking down an event and clearing tables, the next they might be polishing an investor deck or completing code for a shipping deadline. It all depends on the call of duty and we pride our teams in their abilities to get it all done.
We typically hire 4–6 program associates for the duration of the accelerator in the roles of: Engineering, Marketing, Business Development, Design and Operations. Each position is carefully chosen by the MD and PM to support the startups participating in the upcoming program.
As a program manager, I believe it’s important for the associate to come in with personal goals for the program — are you interested in becoming a PM, or are you looking for the experience of working as one of the “first 5” in a quickly growing startup? — Chris Chang, Program Manager for Techstars Adelaide
Whatever your goals may be, it’s our job to help you get there. Not to mention, there’s never a dull moment and you get to be an integral piece of a fantastic program team.
Interested in learning more? Don’t be coy! Do your homework on a program that you believe is a good fit and reach out to the PM to get more information. Believe me, we’d love to hear from you!
There are a lot of blog posts out there about the role and about other associates’ experiences online, here are the ones that stand out:
- Jay Kapoor — My Summer as a Techstars NYC Associate
- Dirk Lehmann — Techstars Associate Programme: The Better Startup MBA?
- Kelly McDonald — Learn More Faster
- Anthony Marnell — Techstars New York: A Reflection
- Duc Luan Dam — Luan, do you ever sleep?
Greetings startup founders!
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.
Through the intensive three month mentorship-driven program, the selected companies will gain exclusive access to Techstars’ global network of founders, mentors, investors, community leaders and expertise, as well as the expertise, network and opportunities provided by Rakuten and Viber.
Think your company fits the bill? We’d love to hear from you!
Over the next couple of months, the Techstars Rakuten Accelerator team will be visiting cities around the world, broadcasting a series of webinars, hosting virtual-office hours for teams and founders (in person hours in select locations), and hosting meetups to share insights on the Techstars approach.
We are interested in getting to know you no matter where you are in the world, so we have Virtual Office Hours available globally. Request a slot through the sign up form here, and we’ll be in touch with available times to book.
In Person Events
Let’s meet! Here are a few events where you’ll find us over the next few weeks (additional locations and dates to be added soon):
- Barcelona, Spain – 27 February @ Mobile World Congress – I’m interested
- Tallinn, Estonia – 1 March @ Techstars Meetup Tallinn – I’m interested
- Amsterdam, Netherlands – 2/3 March @ TQ – I’m interested
- Singapore – 7 March @ Echelon Top100 Qualifier SG – I’m interested
- Manila, Philippines – 15 March @ Echelon Top100 Qualifier Philippines – I’m interested
- Los Angeles, USA – 23 March – I’m interested
- San Francisco, USA – 26 March @ Galvanize – I’m interested
- London – 26 March @ Techstars Roadshow – I’m interested
- Tokyo, Japan – 28-29 March @ Slush Tokyo – I’m interested
- Seoul, S-Korea – 2 April @ TBC – I’m interested
- Hong Kong – 4 April @ TBC – I’m interested
Can’t meet us at any of the above locations, no worries! Sign up for virtual office hours here. Stay tuned for more information about upcoming webinars!
Want to learn more about the Rakuten Accelerator program? Join our webinars! Our program team together with Rakuten and Viber will answer all your questions during these two AMA sessions;