Techstars Opens Applications for Q1 2017 Session

Applications are now open for Techstars Q1 2017 accelerator programs. Apply now to join the Techstars network with more than 10,000 mentors, investors and founders. Deadline to apply is October 15, 2016. The Q1 2017 session kicks off in January 2017 in locations around the world.

With this session, we’re streamlining the schedule for our accelerator programs. We will now accept applications twice a year, and the programs will run in two sessions: Q1 (January – April) and Q3 (July – October). This change makes it easier for startup founders to know when to apply.

We’ll also hold a global recruiting tour to connect with the best startups in the world. Stay tuned for more details on this event and how you can meet the Techstars teams from the different accelerator programs.

Start here for your application for Q1 2017 now.

Getting Funded Advice Just Works For Those Getting Funded, Anyway

There is no shortage of advice on how to get funded – Lots and lots of sophisticated advice.

Does it work? Yes.

Does it work for everyone? No.

For whom does it work then? It helps investable companies to get funded.

I have now invested in 27 startups over the last few years. Admittedly, we live in a great funding environment.

In all these investments, I have only seen a single company that should have been funded fail to raise. All other well performing companies raised a round. And in addition, a few that may have been less deserving.

The reason? Angel and VC investors by now are pretty experienced when it comes to picking companies. There are more active investors than high quality startups – the good ones get funded.

When we launch an accelerator program, I say the same thing to all founders: it is not my job to get you investors. It is my job to help you build an investable company. Once you have that, you should be able to raise the capital you need.

How do you build an investable company? 

In my experience, founders go through some stages:

  • Idea and first customers
  • Insight and more customers to validate insight
  • Building a marketing, sales, product, etc. machinery
  • Building out the business

Each time, when you progress from one stage to the next, you become more investable. More progression, more investable, etc.

Now you know why it is called an accelerator. We work with companies to accelerate them to the next stage.


Demo Day E-6 is focused specifically on those startups that have a focus on hospitality and food tech.

Applications Now Open for Techstars Berlin 2016

Choosing the city where you decide to build your startup is an important decision. You want to pick a place (or places) that has a low enough cost of living to maximize your runway, yet a high enough quality of life to maintain a good a work/life balance. It’s important to pick a place that has a vibrant entrepreneurial community with a sufficient amount of great talent, as well as access to a quality investor network.

It’s because of these reasons and more that Berlin continues to climb the rankings as one of the best places in the world to build a startup.

Last summer, the first Techstars Berlin class accelerated with great success, having invested in four companies from Germany, two from Israel and one each from Austria, the United Kingdom, Ukraine and Peru. They have collectively raised several million euros in VC financing.

Today I’m excited to announce that the applications for the second Techstars Berlin program are now open. Here are some key dates to keep in mind:

  • Applications Open: Now!
  • Applications Close: April 15th
  • Offers Made: May 13th
  • Program Starts: June 13th
  • Demo Day: September 6th

If you have questions about Techstars or would like to more about the  Berlin program in particular, please feel free to reach out to me at

Learn more about the program here.

Apply here.


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Barclays NYC 2016 Applications Open

I am excited to announce that we have opened applications for the second Barclays Techstars Accelerator class in NYC!

Start your application right here for our Summer 2016 class.

Fintech is arguably one of the hottest areas in tech right now and we’re excited to be in the thick of it, at our accelerator space Rise NYC. Many disagree on exactly what technologies or business models fit in the category of fintech. To us, if a business can disrupt or innovate a financial services company in any way, we are interested.

From payments to lending, security to blockchain, capital markets to data and analytics, the opportunity to partner with a top tier bank like Barclays is incredibly impactful.

Don’t take our word for it, hear from a few of our founders themselves at our recent demo day: Liveoak, Chainalysis, Rangeforce and Seeds.

To learn more about the upcoming NYC program, attend one of our information sessions or apply for office hours:

Meet Techstars in Person:

Open NYC Office Hours
April 7 San Diego Office Hours
April 11 San Francisco Office Hours at Lendit
April 18 NYC Meet the Team Happy Hour

Catch us Online:

Open Virtual Office Hours
April 6 12:00pm ET Webinar Registration

Key Dates:

  • Applications Close – April 20th
  • Program Begins – June 20th

Apply here to be part of the Barclays Techstars Accelerator in NYC