I’m thrilled to announce Techstars Class 131 – the ten amazing companies participating in the very first Techstars Accelerator being run in partnership with industry leader Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK). The Stanley+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator begins today and culminates in an October 11th Demo Day at the Bushnell Theater here in Hartford, CT.
We selected companies from a pool of applications that came from 11 countries, with 50% from outside of the United States, and approximately 20% from the NE North Americas region. Our focus was on finding founding teams with the best mix of passion, talent, and drive, as well as the capacity for technical innovation within additive manufacturing. In the past 6 months, I’ve viewed countless applications from hardware, software and materials focused companies, traveled around the world and have been honored by the opportunity to meet with numerous, extremely talented, high-potential founding teams. Working to narrow down to the ten companies we thought would most benefit from the accelerator was not an easy task, and so I’m incredibly excited to reveal that the companies we selected are from Ireland, Israel, Canada and the US.
This program is my first as Managing Director, the first for the city of Hartford, the first for Stanley Black & Decker, and the first in the additive manufacturing vertical for Techstars. I’m already delighted by the fast-growing and supportive mentor community here in Hartford, and am proud of the strength of the companies and the diversity of their offerings and teams.
I am confident that this is going to be an amazing year for the companies, for the city of Hartford, for Stanley Black & Decker, and for Techstars!
Without further ado, here are the 2018 Stanley+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator companies in random order:
Additive manufacturing startups are encouraged to apply for the Stanley+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator.
This mentorship-driven accelerator, in partnership with Techstars and $11 billion global digital industrial Stanley Black & Decker, is looking to identify 10 additive manufacturing startups to come to Hartford, Connecticut in Q3 2018 with applications opening in January 2018.
The Stanley+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator will focus on additive manufacturing, which is technologies that build 3D objects by adding layer-upon-layer of material. The material ranges from plastic, metal, concrete, among others. The technologies may include 3D printing, rapid prototyping, direct digital manufacturing, layered manufacturing and additive fabrication. The applications of additive manufacturing are endless.
Innovation is in Stanley Black & Decker’s DNA. They create more than 1,000 new products every year. This partnership will connect the Techstars worldwide network to Stanley Black & Decker’s breakthrough innovation ecosystem. The mentorship-driven accelerator program will connect entrepreneurs with additive manufacturers, who have the experience of delivering products at scale using 3D printing technologies.
Entrepreneurs accepted into the program will relocate to Hartford, CT for the duration of the program. Hartford is thriving with early-stage startups ranging from companies focused on science, technology and software solutions, B2B and small business services, marketing agencies, fitness and wellness providers, and medical device developers.
Techstars is searching for a managing director for this program. If you are interested, please check out the job description.