Techstars Roadshow: Boston

Techstars is heading to Boston Startup Week. Interested in joining us at one of our events? Please register, and we’ll email with more details on how you can join us at Boston Startup Week.

Are you ready to accelerate your company? At Techstars, we have applications open for 10 programs around the world: From Boulder to Dubai, Austin to Boston, NYC to Seattle and Anywhere in between (Including Techstars Anywhere, our mostly-virtual accelerator)! Please join Techstars Program Managers, Julie Penner (Techstars Boulder Accelerator) and Karina Costa (Techstars Anywhere Accelerator), for networking, an AMA, and more. Techstars MDs and staff will be there to meet you, answer your questions and tell you more about the Techstars Mentorship Driven Accelerator program.

Would you like to meet with our team during office hours before this event? Request a meeting here.

More info on Techstars:
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. Applications are open for 10 global Techstars accelerator programs, and we’re on a search for the next wave of companies to join our worldwide network!

Click here to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/techstars-roadshow-boston-tickets-36838599242








Techstars Anywhere AMA

Techstars is excited to announce that we’re expanding the Techstars Anywhere program to a full 10 company class, and will be launching our second Techstars Anywhere class in January of 2018. Applications are open. Join us for this interactive Ask Me Anything session to learn more about the program and applying! 

Speakers: 

Ryan Kuder, Managing Director

Karina Costa, Program Director

Click here to register!








Techstars Roadshow: San Francisco

Are you ready to accelerate your company? At Techstars, we have applications open for 10 programs around the world: From Boulder to Dubai, Austin to Boston, NYC to Seattle and Anywhere in between (Including Techstars Anywhere, our mostly-virtual accelerator)! Please join Ryan Kuder, Techstars Managing Director from the Techstars Anywhere Accelerator for an evening of networking, an AMA, and more. Techstars staff will be there to meet you, answer your questions and tell you more about the Techstars Mentorship Driven Accelerator program.

Would you like to meet with our team during office hours before this event? Request a meeting here.

More info on Techstars:

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. Applications are open for 10 global Techstars accelerator programs, and we’re on a search for the next wave of companies to join our worldwide network!

Click here to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/techstars-roadshow-san-francisco-tickets-36836047610








Techstars Roadshow: Salt Lake City

Are you ready to accelerate your company? At Techstars, we have applications open for 10 programs around the world: From Boulder to Dubai, Austin to Boston, NYC to Seattle and Anywhere in between (Including Techstars Anywhere, our mostly-virtual accelerator)! Techstars Managing Directors, Program Managers and staff will be there to meet you, answer your questions and tell you more about the Techstars Mentorship Driven Accelerator program.

Would you like to meet with our team during office hours before this event? Request a meeting here.

More info on Techstars:

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. Applications are open for 10 global Techstars accelerator programs, and we’re on a search for the next wave of companies to join our worldwide network.

Click here to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/techstars-roadshow-salt-lake-city-tickets-36884180577








Is a Virtual Accelerator the Right Fit for Your Company?

Aiming to fund and work with companies wherever they happen to be located, Techstars Anywhere delivers a full Techstars program through a (mostly) virtual accelerator experience.

Instead of relocating to another city and working from a shared office for three months, Techstars Anywhere uses technology and the power of the Techstars worldwide network to bring the accelerator to you, wherever your company happens to be.

What’s Different?

The Techstars Anywhere Accelerator provides the same investment of capital, time, team and network as other Techstars accelerator programs. While the investment is the same, Techstars Anywhere delivers the full Techstars Accelerator value differently. The program is designed to allow a different kind of accelerator experience which can be a better fit for certain companies.

Mentor Network

One of the differences of Techstars Anywhere is how our distributed mentor network is built. By removing geographical barriers, Techstars Anywhere leverages all of the Techstars global network to build a network around you and bring the right mentors for your company, regardless of where they happen to be. With a highly tailored mentor pool, founders from any given industry, technology or market get an unfair advantage to build a successful business from #anywhere.

Mostly Virtual

Your Techstars experience is built largely on the relationships you build in the program. Therefore, while the majority of Techstars Anywhere happens online, the program is designed to allow founders to spend the right amount of time in person.

We start the first week of the program together in a Techstars accelerator location for an intense orientation week. The class meets again in person during weeks six and 12.

While we’re together, we optimize for network and relationship building amongst founders, mentors, investors and Techstars alumni. We carefully select locations with a dense Techstars network. For our first class, we visited Boulder, San Francisco and New York.

Working Remotely

Aside from the the time we spend in person, most of the program takes place online. You work from your office or home and access all meetings and program sessions through video conference. We are heavy users of Slack and other tools for distributed teams.

We are connected all day, every day to make sure you’re getting the support you need to move your business forward.

It’s an intense program to help you #domorefaster. Schedule and intensity will vary in different parts of the program but in a typical week of Techstars Anywhere, you can expect regular check-ins with the class, several mentor meetings, deep dives with the program team, peer founder calls, workshops and sessions with experienced founders and investors.

Flexibility & Focus

The nature of Techstars Anywhere allows us to deliver an extremely intensive experience that is balanced with the flexibility of working on your own schedule, rhythm and location (whether you’re home or traveling).

The program features fewer social events and we prioritize for camaraderie and network building during the times we spend together on the program trips. We’ve learned that this format allows a high degree of focus so you can get a lot more done!

Fundraising Support

One of the goals of Techstars is to help you fundraise successfully (when that’s what’s right for your company). At Techstars Anywhere, you’ll learn how to manage your fundraising process, refine your pitch, and meet the right investors for the industry and geography that’s relevant to your business. You’ll also learn how to leverage the Techstars network to access the right investors for your company.

Demo Day will be one of the elements of your fundraising process. Techstars Anywhere Demo Day is virtual and investors come from #anywhere! Each company’s fundraising plan will be different, so we work with each company to build the right investor pipeline based on their industry and geography. We work with each company to identify, approach and effectively build a relationship with the right investors no matter where they happen to be.

When Techstars Anywhere can be the Right Choice for Your Company

Designed differently, Techstars Anywhere delivers a full Techstars accelerator through a (mostly) virtual experience. From nature of the product, company stage or a geographically relevant customer base, there are different reasons why relocation may be suboptimal for certain companies. Personal working styles and life situations may also be reasons why Techstars Anywhere can be a better fit for you.

If that’s the case, apply here for Techstars Anywhere by Oct 15. If you want to know more, please join Ryan and me for our next AMA here.








Techstars Anywhere AMA

Techstars is excited to announce that we’re expanding the Techstars Anywhere program to a full 10 company class, and will be launching our second Techstars Anywhere class in January of 2018. Applications are open. Join us for this interactive Ask Me Anything session to learn more about the program and applying! 

Speakers: 

Ryan Kuder, Managing Director

Karina Costa, Program Director

Click here to register!








Techstars Roadshow: Mexico City

Are you ready to accelerate your company? At Techstars, we have applications open for 10 programs around the world: From Boulder to Dubai, Austin to Boston, NYC to Seattle and Anywhere in between (Including Techstars Anywhere, our mostly-virtual accelerator)!

Please join Ryan Kuder, Techstars Program Director from the Techstars Anywhere, Bob Moczydlowsky, Managing Director from Techstars Music, and Jen Nicholas, Program Director for Techstars Music accelerators for an afternoon of networking, an AMA, and more. Techstars MDs and staff will be there to meet you, answer your questions and tell you more about the Techstars Mentorship Driven Accelerator program.

Would you like to meet with our team during office hours before this event? Request a meeting here.

More info on Techstars:

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. Applications are open for 10 global Techstars accelerator programs, and we’re on a search for the next wave of companies to join our worldwide network!

Click here to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/techstars-roadshow-mexico-city-tickets-36835082724








Techstars Anywhere: We’re Looking for Magic…Wherever You Are Building It

Techstars is excited to announce that we’re expanding the Techstars Anywhere startup accelerator to a full 10 company class and will be launching our second Techstars Anywhere class in January of 2018. Applications open July 24, 2017. I will continue to be the managing director and Karina Costa will continue as program director.

In February of 2017, we launched our beta class of Techstars Anywhere, our first virtual accelerator. We invested in four great companies who for various reasons relocating or co-working wasn’t the best option for them. They were an AI company with a distributed remote team, an Ag Tech team who worked a farm (in Brooklyn!), a founder with five kids, and a solo CEO from San Diego. Together, they comprised the beta class of Techstars Anywhere and they thrived. They learned from Techstars, and we learned from them.

Techstars Anywhere is a full Techstars mentorship-driven accelerator program in every sense. Founders will work closely with a world class team of mentors to #domorefaster in an intense 13 week accelerator program. With no geographical boundaries, Techstars Anywhere leverages the Worldwide Network of Techstars to bring an individually tailored mentorship approach to companies in any industry, technology or market.

Several times during the program, we’ll travel to different Techstars accelerator locations to meet local alumni, mentors, investors, and to develop the peer relationships that are so important to Techstars founders. While the accelerator schedule will be on the Mountain time zone, participating companies can be located anywhere.

Our investment in each company will be exactly the same as every Techstars Accelerator program: 6% of common stock in exchange for the program, the mentorship, and $20k. Every company will also have access to the standard $100k Techstars convertible note. Every offer we make is backed by Techstars’ Equity Back Guarantee.

Arthur C. Clarke’s third law famously says that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. If you’re building technology that feels like magic, we’d love to meet you. Sign up for our email list to get updates on Techstars Anywhere meetups, webinars, and news on the application process.

If you’ve got questions, please join us for an open AMA session on August 2. Click here to RSVP.

Applications will open on July 24th. Techstars Anywhere 2018 will kick off in late January. See our FAQ here.








Techstars Anywhere: Bringing Techstars to the Founder

Techstars is always about learning, innovating and experimenting.

This year, with 25 accelerator programs worldwide, Techstars will make around 275 investments in startups. Along the way, we’ll look at thousands of companies and talk to as many founders.

One of the things we’ve learned over the past ten years, is that our model of requiring companies to pack up and move somewhere works amazingly well, but it also means that there are some really great companies that we just can’t work with. Maybe they’ve got family obligations. Maybe the teams are distributed. Maybe it’s an exceptionally talented solo founder working with contractors on an early prototype. Or maybe the business just requires the founders to be in a particular place or on-site. 

Bringing Techstars to the Founder

Given today’s distributed nature of work and collaboration, we can provide a full Techstars experience to these founders by giving them Techstars Anywhere, a new offering built on the Techstars accelerator platform and driven by the exceptional Techstars network of founders, mentors, and investors around the globe. We make decisions based on our Founder First mentality and with this in mind, we are bringing Techstars to the founder. We identified a need in the market – and we’ve built this product to address the need.

This week, we’re launching Techstars Anywhere (BETA), our first virtual Techstars accelerator program designed for companies for whom a co-location requirement is not feasible, but for whom a Techstars accelerator experience could be a game changer.

The Anywhere team (me, our Chief Innovation Officer, Nicole Glaros, and Program Director, Karina Costa) are a bit of a startup ourselves. Karina has run virtual mentoring programs previously and we’ve learned a lot about how to make it work. We’ve developed a hypothesis about how to deliver an outstanding accelerator experience online – one that is free from geographic constraints and with flexibility built in. We’re excited to launch our beta with four great companies, carefully selected to help us learn and refine our model.

Learning and Iterating with this Prototype

It’s important to note that we fully expect to learn things we didn’t know before. Having worked with over 1,000 startups in our accelerators already, we know that once you expose an early product or a prototype to your first customers, you learn a lot. And it’s important to us that when it comes to investing in companies in a new and innovative way, that we are the ones who assume the risk if things go wrong–not the founders.

That’s why we offer our Equity Back Guarantee to ensure that if the experience we think we expect to deliver isn’t what we actually deliver, our founders have an opportunity to take back their equity, no questions asked. Techstars is the only accelerator program that does this.

Four Hand Picked Companies

During our most recent application cycle, we worked closely with all of our U.S.-based accelerator programs to try to identify founders who we thought would benefit from a virtual accelerator — great companies for whom a virtual experience could add MORE value than an in-person one.

We’ve hand-picked these four companies and we’ll be using the next thirteen weeks to build an industry and geographically relevant network around them, introduce them to amazing mentors from across the country, and help them prepare their companies for growth.

Presenting the inaugural class of Techstars Anywhere (BETA):

Smallhold is an urban agriculture technology company based in Brooklyn, NY. Founders Andrew and Adam have developed an innovative way to more efficiently grow mushrooms and other crops in a distributed farming network and distribute those crops to restaurants and markets around New York. They spend most of their days working on their farm and in their lab. Techstars Anywhere will allow them to tend to their crops while leveraging a full Techstars program with dirt on their hands.

Clarke.ai builds AI that can take notes for you during your meetings and phone calls. While they work together occasionally, most of the time CEO Shishir is at a coworking space in New York while cofounder Chris works from home in Philadelphia. They’re a distributed team that can keep their current pace, in two cities, without breaking their routine.

Qeepsake helps parents keep a baby book for their kids by answering age appropriate and topical questions about their kids via text message. Everyday, Qeepsake texts parents a question like, “What’s Charlie’s favorite food?” CEO Jeff and his wife Stephanie started the company based on a very real need he had–Jeff is the father of 5 kids in Boston, MA. Jeff works from home to be close to his family. His co-founder Duncan is based across the country in San Diego, California. (Duncan has no kids if you were wondering).

What Tax Form founder Emily is a solo founder based in San Diego. What Tax Form takes the WTF out of employee onboarding paperwork by providing a clean and simple interface to generate the most common new employee tax related documents. Emily works with a team of full and part time employees and contractors. Techstars Anywhere will allow Emily to have a full Techstars experience while allowing her to stay near her contractors and employees who normally wouldn’t relocate with her for an accelerator program.

Our goal is that these great companies learn an enormous amount from their Techstars Anywhere experience. And we hope to learn from them, too. Just like any good startup, we’ll be testing and iterating on tools and processes to ensure we’re constantly focused on creating a better product for our customers — the founders.

The entire Techstars team is excited about innovating new ways to better serve founders, and Techstars Anywhere is another step on our journey to help entrepreneurs succeed.