Demo day is a Techstars tradition—and the culmination of 12 intense weeks.
It’s also a forcing function for the 10 amazing companies in the program to deploy pilots, grow their customers, and secure funding. Managing Directors at Techstars put their own spin on demo day and this year Techstars NYC decided to go big! In partnership with Google Cloud, we pulled off a one-day, conference-style event, Start New York, that included pitches and panels focused on the founder journey.
Looking around NYC, we noticed a bunch of tech events for specific verticals and themes, but none purely focused on founders. With that in mind, we set out to create a unique day for the broader NYC tech community. Lucky for us, a fantastic event space, The Shed at Hudson Yards, just opened and we were able to snag a spot there. Although Hudson Yards can be a hike, everyone in NYC seems curious about The Shed (and its ‘nestable’ roof), so we thought that would be a draw. And it was! In fact, we had to close registration a few days early when the guest list hit 1200!
This year, we decided to shake up the pitch format by adding a live panel of experts to keep the founders on their toes. After a quick three minute pitch, our experts, including Rebecca Kaden, Beth Ferreira, Aaron Holiday and Anthony Ha, grilled the founders on everything from customer acquisition to market size to competitive landscape, which kept things lively.
The full day of programming moved on to panel sessions, including the state of the NYC startup ecosystem, verticals like retail, health and wellness, and frontier tech, and demos from innovative companies across the city.
Founders don’t build startups alone. It takes an entire community: mentors, talent, investors, corporations, universities—everyone. We’re grateful to be part of one of the most vibrant and powerful startup communities in the world, and we wanted this event to celebrate the city that makes Techstars NYC possible.
We couldn’t be more proud of the 10 companies that graduate Techstars NYC 2019 this week: Cube, Every Mother, gablex, Hacware, Lou, realworld, SmartHop, SquarePlan, Wagmo, and Wise. They represent the best that this city has to offer, and we know they will go on to greatness.
After months of searching for the best startups around the world and screening hundreds of applications, on September 11th this year, we welcomed ten teams into the inaugural class of Techstars Paris Accelerator: BeSafe, Eyelights, Hydrologistics Africa, Lovys, Miuros, Pomp, SnapSwap, Terramanta, Wakeo and Zify.
Today, we are excited to have them pitch on the stage of the biggest startup campus in the world, Station F, for Techstars Paris’ first Demo Day.
What Happened in Three Months
During 86 days, the ten teams took part in more than 1500 meetings, workshops and mentoring sessions in the heart of Paris’ tech scene at the Partech Shaker. More than 180 mentors gave their time to provide feedback, coaching and insights in the true Techstars spirit of #givefirst.
Every day, thanks to our six corporate partners AccorHotels, Air Liquide, FDJ, Groupama, Renault Group, RCI Bank and Services, and Total, our startups had access to industry experts, new opportunities, and partnerships.
Every Thursday, the startups took part in workshops on Growth Hacking, Fundraising, Taxes Strategies, Financial Modeling, and Design to help them do more faster.
Every week we had Founder Story sessions with amazing entrepreneurs such as Olivier Mathiot (PriceMinister), Renaud Visage (Eventbrite) and Jeremy Charoy (LALALAB) to share their tips and tricks.
In three months we experienced 12 CEO Breakfasts, 12 CTO Lunches, 12 KPI Review Meetings, 120 Deep Dive Meetings together…and more than 50 dinosaurs given out for big and small victories. Today, the founders and CEOs are going to take the stage to present their businesses, pitch their products and share their vision.
The Techstars Paris Family
With startups coming from different continents and different cultures, the inaugural Techstars Paris class is made up of more than 19 nationalities. They left their homes, families and countries to scale their companies for 13 weeks. But it wasn’t all business; every Thursday we hosted Highs & Lows and Family Dinners to share the good and the (not so) good moments.
Today is the last day of the 2017 program. We’re proud to have them pitching in front of an audience of more than 350 people, including 150 investors. But it’s not the end, it’s just the beginning…Because Techstars is for life.
Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Thank you to the Techstars Paris team, our mentors and our corporate partners for making this all possible.