By Lalitha Wemel, Regional Manager APAC + Matthieu Bodin, Regional Manager Greater China
Techstars Startup Week Taiwan, Powered by Taiwan Tech Arena and in partnership with the Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology, was a five day startup community celebration, which brought together business leaders, funders, founders, and startup enthusiasts to celebrate Taiwan’s and Asia’s thriving innovation community. This week-long celebration hosted 55 events alongside 35 community partners, with 60 international and local speakers, across more than seven venues in the Taipei metropolitan area.
The tech startup ecosystem in Taiwan has grown dramatically in the past five years, with active participation and support from both the public and private sectors. Startup Week Taiwan was a great showcase of what can be jointly achieved when the Taiwan tech startup ecosystem comes together, bringing folks from every corner of the community including universities, startups, ecosystem builders, corporations, and investors.
As cliche as it sounds, our most significant takeaway from the first Techstars Startup Week Taiwan was the program’s ability to “connect the dots”—between people, programs, community and knowledge. Over and over, we heard people describing this as the highlight of the community celebration we had this past week.
Although he originally Intended to only attend one event early in the week, Jeremy Firster, like many other participants, ended up engaging in multiple full-day sessions for the remainder of the week. “I just kept finding new valuable insights on different problems that I’ve been having in my startup that Startup Week Taiwan was able to address and shed new perspectives on,” Firster said.
Echoing Jeremy’s sentiment about the quality of programs and people across the week, Taiwanese startup founder Henry Chang (Fufilo) discovered a whole new network of international and local people that brought new knowledge, perspectives, and networks to help take his his startup forward: “It’s like I’ve been living in a cave, and Startup Week Taiwan helped me see the light.”
Startup Week Taiwan, which took place December 3–7, 2018, offered free learning opportunities to business owners and startup enthusiasts of all kinds. The event is community-driven and offered attendees access to dozens of programs, influential keynote speakers, and funding opportunities. Businesses and entrepreneurs of every type and stage came together over five days to build momentum and opportunity and to activate Taiwan’s startup community further.
“Having a partner like Techstars allowed us to tap into a new resource of experience and talent to channel into Taiwan’s ecosystem. It helped us create a week of high-quality curriculum, content, and takeaways for partners and participants alike. We are looking forward to working with more partners together in the upcoming year to build a strong tech startup community here,” said Rich Fuh, Partnership Director of Taiwan Tech Arena.
From ‘learning how to leverage your LinkedIn network’ to ‘understanding how to get into a global accelerator program’ to ‘expanding your knowledge on different startup communities and topics’, Startup Week Taiwan 2018 aimed to truly showcase the diversity of people and knowledge that Taiwan’s growing startup community has to offer.
Techstars Startup Week Taiwan 2018 was made possible by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) of Taiwan and Taiwan Tech Arena and supported by many generous sponsors, community partners, speakers, and participants. Check out our round-up of the week:
By Chris Heivly, Entrepreneur in Residence at Techstars
There are many aspects of life where more is better, and as such there are many times we employ strategies to maximize the more. A few examples that many of us live by are:
- Priceless Art
- Profound experiences
- Time with loved ones
- Goals in ice hockey (ok, maybe just me)
In terms of startup community building, there are a plethora of activities that local leaders utilize to create lift. (For clarity, I am using the word “activities” in a very broad sense.) These may include:
- Coffee meetups (1 Million Cups)
- Grant programs
- Pitch competitions
- Learn to code academies
- Networking socials
- Startup weekends
- Recruitment events
- Venture funds
- Community blogs
The list literally goes on and on. Developing communities are first challenged to convene the various actors across the ecosystem. This has an immediate positive impact as the tribe begins to organize. Participate in this over a few months and some momentum begins to build.
As a community matures, activities naturally increase as newly motivated leaders step up and attempt to fill various voids. In many mature communities, there may be as many as two to three events every week.
I find the number, the diversity, and the cadence of these activities to be one of the critical signals as to the maturity of a community.
But beware. There is a trap that evolves in some minds that if the first handful of activities start to build some very visible momentum, then more activities would have an even larger effect. Unfortunately there is a ceiling to the number of activities and the subsequent impact.
In terms of startup community building, the more is better strategy has a very visible limit to its effectiveness. Once a critical mass of organizing these basic activities is achieved (and there are different trigger points for different communities), then the strategy should shift to building more meaningful activities.
Looking for a great startup community building event? Find—or organize!—a Techstars Startup Weekend in your community.
Nos dias 07 a 11 de Maio, eu desembarquei em Columbus-OH, para viver minha primeira experiência de Techstars Startup Week fora do Brasil, link do evento.
Columbus é a capital do estado norte-americano do Ohio, localizada mais no lado leste do país. É a cidade mais populosa do Ohio e a 15ª mais populosa do país, e possui 1.836.536 de habitantes em sua região metropolitana. Columbus também é a cidade onde a Gerente do Programa, Christina Christian (quem foi no Techstars Summit Brasil 2017 teve oportunidade de conhecê-la) nasceu, cresceu e se descobriu Community Leader, após participar do seu primeiro Techstars Startup Week na cidade, se tornou voluntária da Techstars e há 3 anos gerencia o programa, dentro e fora do país.
Minha primeira impressão sobre Columbus foi: que cidade aconchegante! Ruas muito arborizadas, pouquíssimos prédios ao redor da cidade (exceto em downtown), vibe leve, pessoas muito receptivas e infra-estrutura que só o EUA tem.
Desembarquei às 22h do dia 07, após 10h de voo. E às 9h do dia 08 já estava no evento, assistindo minha primeira trilha de conteúdo, com a temática do dia Food/Beverage no palco principal e Fashion/Creatives palco paralelo. Veja a agenda completa link
De cara, eu amei o fato dos dias serem distribuídos por temáticas. Pois assim, os empreendedores, curiosos e especialistas das áreas puderam se programar para dedicar seu dia a aprender, ensinar e se conectar com pessoas com interesse em comum.
Amei também o fato de ter imergido em assuntos tão pouco discutidos aqui no Brasil, e ao mesmo tempo tão necessários, de se tornarem comuns, como é lá.
Nesse mesmo dia, eu, a Christina e Kristina (Sales/Partnership team member) saímos para explorar a cidade com outros Community Leaders locais, CL’s que já organizaram ou estavam organizando o Techstars Startup Week. E o fato mais curioso que descobri sobre eles, além deles amarem o evento, que acontece desde 2015 por lá, é que eles têm perfis complementares à organizadores do Startup Weekend. O que eu quero dizer como complementares? Eles são empreendedores com uma maturidade diferente. Eles já têm negócios ou estão a frente de negócios que estão faturando. Então eles podem facilmente ser “mentores” de desenvolvimento de ecossistemas, como também patrocinadores.
Imagina os principais players da sua cidade (seja das entidades que mais apoiam SW’s/Eventos de inovação, como patrocinadores ou mentores) se reunindo para levantar recursos e curar 5 dias de evento? É basicamente isso.
No segundo dia, a temática de todas as trilhas de conteúdos eram dedicadas a Smart Cities & Social Enterprise (levantamento de capital para desenvolver negócios sociais), basicamente. O mais interessante, que vi, na temática de Smart Cities foi que os cases destacados não eram necessariamente digitais. Fundadoras de cafés, foodtrucks, restaurantes saudáveis, etc, compartilharam seus desafios e oportunidades em desenvolver negócios, ocupando menos espaço, com menos complexidade de estrutura empresarial, entregando de forma inovadora e prática para seu público, oportunidades de consumir mais e melhor, ocupando espaços ociosos.
No fim da tarde desse mesmo dia, aconteceu um Pitch Competition, no teatro mais antigo da cidade. Mais de 200 pessoas viram 10 empreendedores fazerem pitchs sobre seus negócios e o primeiro, segundo e terceiro lugar ganharam respectivamente U$25.000, U$15.000, U$ 10.000 promotional ad campaign from Dispatch Media Group. Teve também Community Impact Award: U$5,000 em dinheiro do Columbus Inspires. A iniciativa da comunidade que mais se destacou, na ocasião, Community Leaders que organizaram uma competição Global de Startups que nasceram em Techstars Startup Weekend Women em 2017. A competição aconteceu em fevereiro de 2018, em paris.
Os dias seguintes tiveram assuntos como Technology / Product Marketing/ PR/ Branding e também Sports / Entertainment / Media / AR / VR / Gaming. O que são temáticas abordadas com mais frequência em eventos aqui no Brasil, mas que é sempre legal acompanhar o impacto e crescimento que esses mercados possuem, principalmente aqui no Sudeste do país.
Em paralelo com a programação dos palcos, um espaço dedicado a workshops, chamado CHASE BASECAMP (o banco CHASE é o maior apoiador nacional do Techstars Startup Week e proporciona patrocínio para mais de 10 Techstars Startup Weeks por ano, localmente). Além de temas “sexies” sendo discutido de forma mais prática, com os participantes, se via muita diversidade e inclusão. Ah, nesse espaço também tinha muito café, comida e mesas estrategicamente distribuídas para os participantes se conectarem com eles mesmo ou com seus devices.
Vivendo tudo isso e pensando na realidade do nosso Brasil, uma certeza é: temos talentos, oportunidade, espaço e força de vontade, nós temos que continuar fazendo mais pelas nossas comunidades, em diferentes níveis e estágios: trocando experiências, promovendo o encontro de pessoas e pensando nas pontes entre leaders e feeders, cada vez mais.
O Techstars Startup Week é uma iniciativa linda, cheia de colaboração, conhecimento, negócios… Estamos só no começo! Mais de 75 comunidades já realizaram um Techstars Startup Week e estou muito animada em trazer de volta ao Brasil. Quem topa?
Two years ago, Techstars and UP Global joined forces to allow us to successfully build a global network of entrepreneurs. Since then, we’ve made an effort to ensure Techstars Startup Programs are integrated into the larger Techstars network to provide the most value to our community. One part of this integration is ensuring the same visual family across all the Techstars and Startup Programs brands.
Today we’re excited to announce a new, refreshed brand that helps Startup Weekend, Startup Week and Startup Digest feel part of the Techstars family.
What does a new brand mean for you as a Community Leader?
- Being part of the broader Techstars brand will deliver increased global recognition which will allow you as Community Leaders to further leverage the Techstars global network.
- In regions where Startup Weekend has a stronger presence than Techstars the consistent brand will allow us to more easily support ecosystem development with new accelerators and other programs, through the Startup Weekend brand equity. This will enable you as CLs to further strengthen the growth of your startup community.
- A more consistent feel across all Startup Weekend and Startup Week events will allow you to showcase your connection to the global network of events and build increased brand equity across attendees to support growth.
- More design support with brand packs created for key verticals to showcase a more professional, exciting and consistent look and feel.
- The new way to customize logos really allows organizers to match the design to the personality of the community/event.
- New Startup Weekend Facilitator deck built with your feedback in mind showcasing a cleaner design, increased readability and more engaging content.
We felt it was important the new brand represent the community in the most authentic way. Part of that process was ensuring the design firm we worked with understood what Startup Programs brands mean. This is one reason we chose 23 Design to execute the rebrand. As community leaders themselves, and having previously designed several Startup Weekend custom event logos, they knew the importance of keeping the brand true to the community.
The updated brand is just the start of our process to ensure we’re delivering increased value to our community. Things you can expect from the Startup Programs team coming soon:
- new & improved resources
- brand new facilitator training
- new community sites
- more ways to connect with other CL’s globally
- ….and much more!
All assets and the way we use our refreshed Techstars Startup Programs brand now live on spbrand.techstars.com
For any questions or comments, please contact your regional manager or firstname.lastname@example.org, let’s make sure we continue growing our brand together!
My family moved to San Diego when my grandfather enlisted in the Navy during World War II. After the war, he opened a gas station in Pacific Beach. It wasn’t a tech company, but he was an entrepreneur. And he built his small business with the support of his community.
Today, nearly 70 years later, San Diego is a thriving tech hub, attracting over one billion dollars in venture capital last year. With great universities like UCSD churning out top tier tech talent, and big companies like Illumina and Qualcomm attracting the best engineers to San Diego, the quality of companies starting up and growing in San Diego is at an all time high.
Home to startups in genomics, life sciences, pharma, biotech, cyber security, drones, robotics, and software, the thing that makes San Diego a great place to start a company is the community. If you ask San Diego entrepreneurs what they like best about growing a company here, they’ll tell you that everyone is welcome and San Diego embodies #givefirst.
San Diego Startup Week, a week of entrepreneurial-focused panels and networking events, celebrates and supports this amazing community of entrepreneurs, hackers, makers, and doers that have chosen to set up shop in America’s Finest City.
Over the past few years, San Diego Startup Week has grown from a few hundred people at a handful of events to this year nearly 5,000 attendees attending over 150 events in 15 separate tracks making it one of the largest Startup Week celebrations in the world.
This year, San Diego Startup Week is happening June 19th – 23rd. Techstars is proud to support the San Diego startup community and partner with the organizers of San Diego Startup Week to host a full day of events on Tuesday, June 20th featuring Techstars founders, mentors, Managing Directors, and staff.
Techstars Presents at San Diego Startup Week:
9:30 AM – Power of Networks and Community
John Hill, Network Catalyst, Techstars
10:45 AM – The Art of the Elevator Pitch
Ryan Kuder, Managing Director, Techstars Anywhere
12:15 PM – How to Leverage Big Brands
Panel Moderator: Ryan Kuder
Cody Simms, Executive Director, Techstars
Matt Kozlov, Managing Director, Techstars
1:30 PM – Finding and Engaging with Great Mentors (and Why it’s Important)
Panel Moderator: Ryan Kuder
Techstars founders: Duncan Street, Emily Rotolo
Mentors: Anna Barber, Mark Bowles
3:15 PM – Techstars Mentor Madness
Unfortunately, we’ve got limited space for the Techstars Mentor Madness event. If you’re interested in meeting with Techstars Mentors and Managing Directors, please apply here.
Managing Directors: Anna Barbara, Cody Simms, Matt Kozlov, Ryan Kuder
Mentors: Mark Bowles, Allison Long Pettine, Bach Le, Dave Titus, Ping Wang, Jon Belmonte, Eric Otterson, Bryan Hall
4:30 PM – AMA with Techstars MDs
Panel Moderator: Matt Helt
Anna Barber, Matt Kozlov, Ryan Kuder, Cody Simms
We hope you’ll join us to celebrate the San Diego startup community at one of the 150 events planned for the week. Find out more, and check out the full schedule at sandiegostartupweek.com.
I couldn’t be more excited to announce my new role as the VP of Startup Programs leading both Startup Weekend and Startup Week on behalf of Techstars.
My love of Startup Programs goes back to my first Startup Weekend in Seattle in 2010. I signed up at the last minute not knowing what to expect. Like so many attendees, I was quickly caught up in the magic of the event. Being around like-minded people who just wanted to build things was so powerful. We stayed up half the night building a niche social network (it was 2010 after all). We “won” the pitch competition, but the real rewards were the lifelong friends I made, and the passion and excitement I discovered for what was possible through startup programs.
My winning team at Startup Weekend Seattle 2010 – I’m in the middle
I was lucky enough to join Startup Weekend as the second employee leading marketing and business development. During my time there, Startup Weekend grew from 75 events to 350 a year – an amazing time of growth that also brought us into many new countries and communities that had no programs to help entrepreneurs. As an organizer and facilitator, I heard hundreds of amazing stories of people who were changing their lives and their communities for the better through the power of a weekend.
In 2012, I joined Techstars co-running the Microsoft Accelerator programs and two years later moved to lead program operations for Techstars globally. I created many of the systems currently in place to help us scale, including writing the first playbook on running a Techstars accelerator.
As Techstars accelerator programs expanded internationally I moved to Berlin and have loved spending time meeting entrepreneurial leaders in other communities, and from other cultures.
What I love most about startup programs is our potential to make a difference. We have always worked to be inclusive which means anyone can come to a startup program and find a welcoming community of people who are working towards something better through entrepreneurship. I have seen first-hand how our startup programs truly change the trajectory of people’s lives and I’m eager to find new ways to strengthen and support that.
My vision for the future of startup programs includes growing the worldwide network of community leaders, making it easier to connect to each other and all of the Techstars family, and continuing to make our programs accessible to all. This community is made up of powerful doers, makers and change agents and from the most mature startup communities to those in the earliest stages, I want to widen access, break down barriers, and connect entrepreneurs across the world.
I truly believe that Techstars Startup Programs provide the very best inspirational and educational resources founders need to support them along their Entrepreneur’s Journey and I’m excited to work closely with John Beadle (Startup Weekend), Matt Helt (Startup Week), Jessica Ford (Startup Digest), regional directors and managers to strengthen our global impact.
Techstars is committed to continuing to invest and grow startup programs around the world. I am excited to step up to lead those efforts to grow the programs that I love – and changed my life.
Startup Weekend Copenhagen will be back
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We are looking for great people who want to be part of the journey with Startup Weekend in Copenhagen; people who believe in the community and the idea of paying back or forwards. You have a keen interest in startups and want to help future startups take off, connect with fellow entrepreneurs and give attendees a great weekend experience.
In Fall of 2016, we will add another amazing chapter to the Startup Weekend Book of Copenhagen.
As a person, you are:
- A quick learner.
- Open for new concepts and ideas.
- Committed to success.
- A do’er more than a talker.
- A strong do’er, ideally you have some experience with events.
- Social media fanatic, you love being on social media and make new connections.
- Graphic designer, mad skillz and want to show them off with a global brand, this is your playground.
- Photographer, you got the fastest fingers and can snap pictures in no time, while you have the aim for the memorable photo.
- Community engager, you love talking to people and you can charm your way into the hearts and minds of many.
Send us a line about why you want to join and let’s talk.
Greetings! Here is what you need to know about Boulder Startup Week 2016…
What: Boulder Startup Week is heading into its 6th year! As the original Startup Week, it sets the tone for how startup communities come together to build the next wave of great companies. There will be over 200 free events across 26 tracks open to the entire community to celebrate entrepreneurship!
When: May 16 – 20, 2016
Where: All over Boulder, CO (mostly downtown)
Who: Anyone interested in the startup ecosystem. From first-time entrepreneurs to startup veterans, there’s something for everyone.
Why: Because Boulder is consistently recognized as one of the top destinations to build and grow a startup. The density of well-educated, driven, adventurous people is a recipe for success. The view isn’t bad either…
How: A team of amazing volunteers. Startup Week is possible thanks to a large group of devoted volunteers that pour their heart and soul into making this week exciting, powerful and fun. Financial support from local sponsors helps a whole lot, too!
Here are a few of the events from each day that we are especially excited about:
By 2020, 1 in 6 people will be entrepreneurs. This dramatic change is being influenced by paradigm shifts not only in the way that we work, but also in the way we live. But are we ready for that shift? We will discuss what this could mean for the Boulder startup ecosystem and/or the Global startup community.
Come ready to dig into the ideas and techniques that foster constructive creativity and an interactive and collaborative experience. SheSays leadership and facilitators will guide the room in a participatory workshop. The goal is to provide tools and structure to unlock your own creativity and bring insight to your next innovation challenge.
Head to the backporch of Trident to learn from some of the best accelerators about how their companies are so successful because of strong mentorship. You’ll come away with an understanding of how do I find mentors, what’s that relationship like, what do I do when I have a mentor, and how can I accelerate my startup before getting into an accelerator and keep the momentum going after an accelerator.
Angel investors and VCs often work together on deals, either co-investing or on different rounds in a startup’s journey. Join our panelists to discuss the ins and outs of working together to get these deals done.
Leaders from Techstars and Twitter explore the realities of hiring and retaining the best talent. Do you hire for attitude or aptitude? Is it easier to retain an A-Player than attract one? Come find out!
Find out why three of Boulder’s most active investors are proactively investing in more women. We’ll discuss their motivation and investment criteria, the advantages and challenges of investing in women, and lessons learned. Anyone interested in investing in women or startups in general, increasing workplace gender diversity, or seeking funding from startup investors should attend.
Meet and connect with founders and their teams and be inspired by what’s being built in our community. Startup Showcase features companies from the current Techstars class, Techstars alumni, teams from Startup Weekend, and other community-driven companies.
In the heart of Boulder Startup Week, join the larger community in attending Techstars Demo Night on May 18th. This evening is the culmination of the Techstars Boulder 2016 program and opportunity for the 11 companies to pitch to investors and showcase their business to friends, family and the community.
Three of the most respected names in startups and investing discuss their personal experience with mental health and wellbeing (or lack thereof) and best practices to live a healthier, happier, more productive startup life. Q&A to follow moderated discussion!
Seth Levine of Foundry Group will give a presentation about the state of angel investing in Colorado and what we can do together to make the industry great going forward.
Through compelling interviews, artistic animation and clever flashpoints in popular culture, CODE documentary examines the reasons why more girls and people of color are not seeking opportunities in computer science and explores how cultural mindsets, stereotypes, educational hurdles and sexism all play roles in this national crisis.
Help finish the beautification project on Boulder’s Historic Bandstand! Work alongside Bridge House’s Ready To Work employees to touch up the bench painting project and clear out the painting materials from the bandstand.
Startup Week is a movement that started right here in Boulder! Join founder Andrew Hyde and some special guests on how you can take this model to your great city.
Join us for an evening event to watch dedicated startup Founders from Boulder and around the US reach within the depths of themselves to apply the skill and determination it takes to step in the boxing ring to fight each other all for the sake of raising money for a charity close to their hearts.
Events are filling up fast, so create your schedule today. If an event you really want to attend is full you can still show up, help usher people in, and there just might be room for you after all. And be sure to read up on the Code of Conduct before you roll up your sleeves and dive in!
The Dallas Startup Week team has put together a dynamic range of entrepreneurial programming that kicks-off next Monday, March 2nd. The events start with A VC, an Angel and an Entrepreneur Walk into a Bar. Seriously!
Local track captains have created events organized along 16 topical tracks. The focus varies from traditional strengths like Commercial Real Estate, Fashion, Food, and Travel to emerging emphasis on Medtech, and Education. There are also core sessions on Business, Funding, and Mentor Hours. I’m especially intrigued by the non-traditional tracks Pop Up Shop and The Kaleidoscope for Her.
Pop Up Shop
What an cool way for the community to experience and support local small businesses. From Wednesday to Friday, there will be something new in store, including jewelry, eco-friendly fashions, and white board magnets.
House of Genius and Ignite on the same day! This is a smart way to infuse creativity and join communities of like-minded individuals. The Ignite session will be Kicked off by Mayor Mike Rawlings.
Dallas is transforming a coworking space into a play/party space. I’m calling it FortPlay.
I start every day at #ChaseBaseCamp, the hub for Dallas Startup Week. Please stop by and say hello!
For more information, check out Dallas Startup Week
Join us on twitter: #DSW15 #ChaseBaseCamp
Think about it.
What activity can you engage in that offers upwards of 24 great options every day? An amusement park? A candy store? A hike in the woods? Surfing? SXSW?
Got your short list?
Now ask yourself, “How many of these options are mind expanding, network growing, skill-building, and fun?” Your list just got shorter, didn’t it?* The Phoenix startup community has created a rich programming slate of 130 events, which pencils out to more than 24 original options for each of the five days.
Phoenix Startup Week is as deep as it is broad. Expert speakers like Greater Phoenix Economic Council’s Chief Executive Officer Chris Camacho, Infusionsoft Chief Marketing Officer Greg Head, and longtime Valley entrepreneur Don Pierson will be participating.
The events occur on 13 tracks, to help you browse by interests.
I’ll be starting each day at #ChaseBaseCamp, the hub of activity at five different locations throughout the week. From there, I’ll be checking out these events. You can get your own sched going here.
The kick-off with Mayor Stanton will get momentum going early.
After that, I may go with a startups by the numbers approach: The perfect Ten, The five C’s of credit, The Five Red Flags of Startups, and Twitter 101.
Here’s the cure for tunnel vision. Time to let imagination run wild: John Lennon Educational Bus Tour, How Products are Imagined, Built, and Launched, Work/Life Balance – Unicorn or Reality?
Crucial for any startup is getting a better handle on fundraising options: How Does the Angel Investment Process Really Work?, How to Start on a Shoestring.
I’m wrapping up the week with multiple perspectives on the Phoenix startup scene. From the up close and personal, Sex, Love & Startups, to the big picture, How Arizona Became a Hotbed for Startups, and Fostering a Successful Startup Ecosystem.
Full disclosure: I’m hosting the Ecosystem discussion. Send any questions you’d like me to ask @DBetzCreative.
So that’s my sched. Which events would you chose?
*If SXSW or Burning Man were still on your short list, ask yourself, “How many of these remaining options are free?”