An Evening With Techstars and Friends

Applications are open now through April 8th for the first cohort of the Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, powered by Techstars! The program will take place July-October in Philadelphia, PA. Join us on March 7th to learn more about the program and the companies we are looking for. We’ll welcome Techstars alumni as they share their experiences, followed by a fireside chat with Burt Herman on his journey as an entrepreneur co-founding Storify (acquired by LiveFyre).

https://techstarsroadshowphiladelphia2018.eventbrite.com








General Assembly + SXSW Present: Get Funded – How to Pitch

Get Funded: How to Pitch

Sunday, March 11th from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Maya Baratz – Managing Director, Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator Powered by Techstars

 

Learn how to craft a compelling pitch for investors that will help your company get funded. This class will focus on teaching participants how to structure their pitch, how to build a complementary deck, and how to deliver the pitch to get the right result.

Takeaways:

  • Understand the different elements of a pitch, which elements are required and which can be left out
  • Learn how to build the perfect deck to enhance your pitch
  • Learn how to pitch in a variety of different settings
  • Gain tips and tricks to make your pitch memorable

 

About the Instructor:

Maya Baratz the Managing Director of Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, Powered by Techstars, through which she actively invests in media and connectivity companies. Maya is a longtime startup advisor and a recent Harvard University Nieman Fellow with a deep footing in and passion for consumer products. She has led the strategy and development of new-to-market digital products and revenue streams, most recently as the Head of New Product Strategy and Development at Disney/ABC Television and, prior to that, as a product and media executive for companies including The Wall Street Journal, MTV, Flickr and Monster.com. Maya has also written extensively about technology and startups for publications including Fortune, Fast Company, Newsweek, and The Wall Street Journal, among others. And she has created and led a product development course at institutions including Columbia Business School and General Assembly. She can be reached @mbaratz on Twitter.

 

Join the conversation! Use the hash tag #GAatSXSW to stay connected.

Check out the full schedule of GA + SXSW 2018 Programming. 








Global Applications for the Techstars Worldwide Network are Now Open!

There’s an often-repeated stat that 90 percent of startups fail. Not sure the source is, but no doubt that it scares entrepreneurs. At Techstars, we see the reverse in our accelerator portfolio – 90 percent of our startups are active or have successfully exited. Which statistic reflects your business? If you’re ready to succeed, take the next step and apply now to the Techstars worldwide network with more than 10,000 mentors, partners, investors and founders.

At Techstars, we are on a mission to help entrepreneurs succeed. Our mentorship-driven accelerator programs invest in founders to help them do more faster. Over the past 10 years we have helped over 1,274 companies grow and raise over $4.4 billion in funding, with a market cap of $11.4 billion. Now, we are excited to start the search for the next wave of companies to join our worldwide network!

We are reaching new regions and verticals around the world with our newest mentorship-driven accelerator programs. Applications are opening for five new programs:

Take the next step in your journey and apply to join the Techstars worldwide network with more than 10,000 mentors, partners, investors and founders.

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 April 8, 2018 for most programs. We will be announcing details for information sessions and online events where you can connect with Techstars founders and team, 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:

For tips and resources on the application process, check out our Application Toolkit.








AMA: Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, Powered by Techstars

https://www.crowdcast.io/e/techstarscomcast_feb15








Techstars Roadshow: Los Angeles

Please join local and visiting Techstars Managing Directors from Techstars LA, Techstars Retail, Techstars Impact, Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, Powered by Techstars, and founders on February 20th for an evening of networking and more. We’re inviting a group of successful Techstars alumni companies to share their stories and advice with fellow entrepreneurs and anyone considering an accelerator program. Drinks and light bites will be provided. NOTE: This event is likely to sell out. Please RSVP to reserve your spot.

Techstars Programs Participating:

Techstars LA
Techstars Retail 
Techstars Impact
Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, Powered by Techstars

Meet Techstars Alums from companies including:

Christine Carrillo, Joany

Sky Kelley, Avisare

Dan Altman, Naritiv

Rahul Sidhu, Spidrtech 

What you can expect:

6:30 – Doors Open
6:45 – Founder Panel 
7:15 – Hear from Techstars Managing Directors
7:20 – Networking, Drinks and Appetizers

More info on Techstars:

Are you ready to accelerate your company? We currently have applications open for Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator programs around the world. At Techstars, we are on a mission to help entrepreneurs succeed. Over the past 10 years we have helped over 1,200 companies grow and raise over $4 billion in funding, with a market cap of $10 billion. Now we’re on a search for the next wave of companies to join our worldwide network!








AMA: Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, Powered by Techstars

https://www.crowdcast.io/e/techstarscomcast_mar7








Apply Now To Be A Part of Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, Powered by Techstars

Applications for the Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, powered by Techstars, are now open through April 8th! Our first program will run July through October of this year and will take place in Comcast NBCUniversal’s global headquarters in Philadelphia.

The Companies We Are Interested In

In general, and in order of priority, Techstars places a high emphasis on team, market, progress and idea when it comes to selecting startups, but each program selects the companies that best fit its thesis.

For this accelerator, we are interested in applications from companies that are creating and/or utilizing technologies including (but not limited to) IoT, artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual or augmented reality, wireless communication systems, robotics, accessibility tech, blockchain, and voice — in the effort to solve problems in these key areas:

Media

  • Entertainment everywhere: Intuitively connecting consumers with engaging content in any form, on any device, anywhere.
  • Next-gen marketing: Transforming marketing and advertising to meet shifting consumer behavior in the digital world.
  • Breakthrough Experiences: Introducing new digital media experiences with well-fortified business models that produce win-wins for both content producers and audiences.
  • Direct-to-Consumer: Introducing brands with the potential to create their own culture and following among consumers.

Connectivity

  • Connected home/life: Empowering users to connect with the people, places and things that matter most.
  • Smart Cities: Making physical products and spaces more intelligent through advanced sensors, devices and networks.
  • Digital Wellness: Enabling better, more accessible well being through enhanced content and connectivity.

Above all, we are interested in meeting the teams who are in the best position to accelerate their companies’ growth and success by leveraging what our program offers — and who are also driven by the fundamental bias to make the world better.

Our Partner Comcast NBCUniversal’s Commitment to Our Program and Companies

In addition to Techstars’ global network, selected companies will receive access to and mentorship from decision makers at Comcast and NBCUniversal. We are excited to combine Techstars’ proven accelerator program with the wisdom of Comcast NBCUniversal’s industry leaders and domain experts. Our aim for the program is to produce triple-wins: Wins for the selected companies, who will not only benefit from our tried-and-true accelerator programming, but also from the unique access to potential opportunities offered by our partner, Comcast NBCUniversal; wins for Techstars, in continuing to build on our strong portfolio and be the network that helps entrepreneurs succeed; and wins for our partner, which is interested in supporting and cultivating entrepreneurs’ intent on developing the next generation of game-changing media, entertainment, and connectivity products that may also positively impact their customers and audiences.

Applications are due April 8th — start your application today.

Got questions? Attend one of the following AMAs to learn more about the program and talk to us live:

Let’s meet! Please fill out this form to request a meeting and mention which one of the cities or events below you’d like to meet at. Follow me on Twitter for the latest updates on locations and dates:

  • Austin, Texas: Jan 24-25
  • Mexico City, Mexico: Jan 31-Feb 1
  • Miami, FL: Feb 7-8 (Black Tech Week)
  • San Francisco & Redwood City, CA: Feb 13,14 (Startup Grind Global Conference)
  • Los Angeles, CA: Feb 20-21
  • Barcelona, Spain: Feb 26-Mar 1
  • Philadelphia, PA: March 6-7 (& ongoing)
  • Austin, Texas: March 9-11 (SXSW)
  • Boulder, CO: March 15
  • Boston, MA: March 19-20
  • New York, NY: March 29-30 (& ongoing)
  • Portland, OR: April 2-3
  • Vancouver, Canada: April 4-6

And if you’re not planning on visiting these areas and/or the dates don’t match with your availability, don’t fret! You can still request a meeting; just let me where you are based on this form and we’ll do our best to chat with you.

But you don’t need to schedule a meeting to apply! You can, of course, still apply to the program right away.

I’m excited to learn about your company!








Techstars and Comcast NBCUniversal: Elevating Innovative Media, Entertainment and Connectivity Startups

I’m thrilled to announce that I’m joining Techstars as the Managing Director of the Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator. This accelerator program will take place in LIFT Labs in the new Comcast Technology Center in Philadelphia. My mandate is to identify, invest in and support the next breakthrough media, entertainment and connectivity startups.

This new role blends my career experience as a digital product executive with my passion for helping teams bring innovative products to market. Back in 2006, I was a product manager at Flickr, a small and far-from-traditional media company. It was there that I learned first-hand about the byproducts of democratizing content creation and distribution — the pillars that ultimately ushered us into the now-ubiquitous social media era.

Later, as the New Products Lead for the Wall Street Journal, I experienced the opportunities and challenges of developing innovative media distribution methods when I led the team that created WSJ Social, the first standalone publication on Facebook. As the Head of New Products for Disney’s ABC News, I drove  new revenue streams and user experiences and, among other projects, led the creation of a real-time, data-driven, audio-based sentiment tracker for broadcast television, Social Soundtracker.

My experience on both sides of the table — in small, scrappy tech companies and the larger, polished media mainstays — has taught me that a successful future lies in a healthy relationship between the two versus the disruption of one by the other.

I first joined the Techstars family in 2015 as a mentor and immediately fell in love with the process of coaching companies and connecting them to the unique scale opportunities that a bigger, more established company offered. Even after my tenure working with large media companies, I continued to actively advise early-stage companies and connect them to various growth opportunities through my network. Among other things, my homegrown newsletter, Our Little Experiment, has connected a promising startup founder with $100k in funding, placed a CEO with another early-stage company and bridged together entrepreneurs from coast to coast with the opportunities and people that fueled their growth. I look forward to creating more opportunities to further engage my network in this new partnership.

I’m excited to combine Techstars’ proven startup accelerator program with the wisdom of Comcast NBCUniversal’s industry leaders and domain experts. Not only a powerful media and distribution company, Comcast NBCU has been developing technology with people of all demographics and abilities in mind.

When I recently visited their accessibility lab, dedicated to building and applying new technology to real-life and often forgotten use cases— from retina-driven screen navigation to intuitive connected home devices— I was impressed by not only the breadth of their technology stack, but also the acute human focus of it. This rare combination of access to the most influential leaders in media as well as a core, people-centered technology backbone is what gets me excited about our partnership and what will fuel the growth of the most talented teams around the country and the world who join us in Philadelphia. Not only is Philly a burgeoning startup ecosystem with $7B in exit value since 2010, it has an old soul with a heart for producing technological change that makes a difference.

I’m excited to rally the talented people of this combined team to ensure that the companies who join us, from Philadelphia and beyond, will elevate their ideas beyond where they dreamed.

Join us by applying to our program starting in January!








Techstars and Comcast NBCUniversal Partner on LIFT Labs Accelerator in Philadelphia

Techstars is excited to announce Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, powered by Techstars. The accelerator is an essential cornerstone of Comcast NBCUniversal’s LIFT Labs for Entrepreneurs program and will be based out of LIFT Labs PHL, located in the new Comcast Technology Center in Philadelphia when it opens in early 2018.

Techstars helps entrepreneurs succeed. By partnering with Comcast NBCUniversal, we will deliver our proven mentor-driven methodology to support companies focused on new innovations in media, entertainment and connectivity. Comcast NBCUniversal’s vision for supporting startups through LIFT Labs for Entrepreneurs aligns perfectly with Techstars’ focus on building businesses everywhere. We’re excited to bring our worldwide entrepreneurial network to Philadelphia, our 11th U.S. city and 18th global location.

Applications for the Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, powered by Techstars, will open in January 2018. For more information about the program visit ComcastNBCULIFT.com and to receive an update when applications are available, click here. If you have questions about the program, email us at ComcastNBCU@techstars.com.