One week ago, twenty-one startup founders made their way to San Diego, CA to spend a few days together working by the beach before the official start of the 2020 Techstars Anywhere accelerator today. They are nomads and remote workers, finance and management experts, farmers and manufacturers, men and women, some are under 30, some are over 30. But the thing they all have in common is that they’re building kick-ass companies.
Techstars Anywhere is a mostly remote accelerator. To participate, founders do not need to relocate their businesses. Instead, our class will meet up together in San Diego, Boulder, CO, and New York, NY over the course of the three months. The rest of the time, they’ll remotely tap into a group of world-class mentors and the rest of the Techstars worldwide network from places like Orlando, Washington, D.C., San Diego, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Louisville, and even one company whose co-founders are nomadic #vanlifers who could theoretically be…anywhere.
Over the next 13 weeks the founders and their mentors will work together to build enduring, scalable startups. If you’re an investor who would like to follow the class’ progress along the way, or request access to our virtual demo day in April, email me and I’ll get you connected.
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The Crafter’s Box
An online alternative to traditional arts & crafts hobby stores focused on sophisticated digital offerings, curated kits of tools & materials, and replenishment crafting supplies for the modern maker.
Online financial forecasting to help CEOs confidently forecast cash flows.
Making it easier and more affordable to buy good food from good farmers.
AI-powered global remote network empowering top talent to work remotely anywhere in the world, enabling diversity and economic inclusion.
Symba is cultivating world-class internship experiences.
Marketplace connecting new parents with specialty baby services.
The Vanlife App by Sekr
Find free campsites, facilities, gatherings and people nearby.
Workfrom is where remote workers gain local community, and is your best resource to discover daily workspaces worldwide.
Team relationship management software.
Join us for an online Ask Me Anything session to learn more about the program and hear from the team!
Techstars Anywhere is Techstars’ (mostly) virtual accelerator. Over the course of the past 13 years, Techstars has invested in over 1900 companies and met with thousands of founders. For many founders, relocating for an accelerator just isn’t feasible. Maybe they have customers. Maybe they have employees. Maybe they are building something and need to be in their lab. Maybe they have families. We believe that great founders can start anywhere and for founders who can’t (or shouldn’t) relocate, Techstars Anywhere is the best accelerator on the planet.
For the majority of the thirteen-week mentorship-driven accelerator program, founders work from their home,office, local co-working space, lab, or wherever they usually work from. Three times during the program we convene in cities across the United States. Previously we’ve met in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boulder, and New York. While we’re on the road, founders get to know and support each other, and immerse themselves in the local alumni, mentor, and investor networks.
While Techstars Anywhere is virtual, founders participate in workshops, mentor sessions, meetings, and discussions that are scheduled around the Mountain Time zone in the US. For that reason, Techstars Anywhere is best for companies working between Pacific and Eastern US time zones.
Techstars Anywhere invests in founders building companies across a variety of industries — consumer or enterprise software, security, impact companies, hardware, IoT, and robotics. All companies are welcome to apply. Past companies to have gone through Techstars Anywhere include Smallhold, Qeepsake, Goodr, Trust & Will, DNSFilter, Lynq, Flikshop, Bloominous, Civic Eagle, Speedwell & Yarrow, and Parabol.
This year, we’re especially interested to meet companies building in the future of work space. If you’re thinking about what work looks like in the future–distributed work, culture building, HR and benefits, nomadism, urbanism, VR, communication tools, management tools, or anything else that will shape the way people work (and live)–we’d like to meet you.
If you’d like to apply for an office hours meeting to talk about your company or ask questions about Techstars Anywhere, you can do that here. Unfortunately, we have a limited number of available slots and won’t be able to meet with everyone.
We will also be offering a series of online info sessions that are open to everyone. You can RSVP for our first one, scheduled for July 31st @ 2pm PDT, HERE.
For more updates and information, check back here or follow @techstars on Twitter.
Great founders come from Anywhere. We’re excited to meet you!
Applications are now open for Q1 2020 Techstars mentorship-driven accelerators. These program spanning North America, Europe, and the Middle East are looking for the best entrepreneurs to join their 2020 programs. where they’ll experience 13 weeks of growth and business acceleration through hands-on mentorship, investment and access to the techstars worldwide network.
Accelerators accepting applications as of today include:
- Alchemist Blockchain Techstars Accelerator (NYC) – Apply Now
- Arcadis City of 2030 Accelerator, Powered by Techstars (Amsterdam) – Apply Now
- Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars London (London) – Apply Now
- BSH Future Home Accelerator Powered by Techstars (Munich) – Apply Now
- Cox Enterprises Social Impact Accelerator powered by Techstars (Atlanta) – Apply Now
- Techstars Anywhere Accelerator (virtual) – Apply Now
- Techstars Bangalore Accelerator (Bangalore) – Apply Now
- Techstars Berlin Accelerator (Berlin) – Apply Now
- Techstars Boston Accelerator (Boston) – Apply Now
- Techstars Boulder Accelerator (Boulder) – Apply Now
- Techstars Chicago Accelerator (Chicago) – Apply Now
- Techstars Hub71 Accelerator (Abu Dhabi) – Apply Now
- Techstars Lisbon in partnership with Semapa Next (Lisbon) – Apply Now
- Techstars Seattle Accelerator (Seattle) – Apply Now
- Techstars Smart Mobility Accelerator (Turin) – Apply Now
- Techstars Toronto Accelerator (Toronto) – Apply Now
In every Techstars accelerator, founders spend three months working with other founders, mentors, corporate partners, and investors to drive their companies towards rapid growth and success. Join the nearly 2,000 startups that have raised over $7 Billion in funding, boast a collective market cap of $22 Billion, and have accelerated their businesses through a Techstars accelerator over the past 12 years.
Think your startup is a good fit? Connect with us to learn more about Techstars accelerator programs and how you can join our worldwide network of more than 10,000 mentors, partners, investors and founders to accelerator your startup, or apply now.
Techstars Anywhere is our only virtual accelerator program. By not requiring founders to relocate to a new city or coworking space, Techstars Anywhere is one of the most accessible accelerators in the world. At Techstars we are proud to offer world class founders the opportunity to join the Techstars worldwide network regardless of their ability to relocate for an accelerator.
The 2019 class of Techstars Anywhere represented exactly that – driven and exceptional founders whose circumstances hindered their ability to relocate for a traditional 13-week Techstars accelerator program. Six of the 10 teams included at least one working parent-one of whom was even pregnant with twins. One company was a later stage solo founder with 15 employees. Another company was founded by military veterans, both with kids at home. Six of the companies are remote first organizations. Coincidentally, one company even makes software for remote team meetings that we used to run our program meetings.
Techstars Anywhere met in person three times over the course of this year’s program. We started the program in Los Angeles, then met mid-program in Boulder, CO, and for the final week of the program we were in Brooklyn, NY. In between, the founders were at home in San Diego, Los Angeles, Seattle, Columbus, OH, Atlanta, Washington, DC, Minneapolis, Denver, San Francisco, New York, and Newark, NJ.
I always say that there are two steps to a great pitch. Step 1: Build a great business. Step 2: Tell people about it. Over the past 13 weeks this class of 10 incredible companies have been perfecting that first step with the invaluable contributions of an incredible group of #givefirst mentors.
Today, I’m excited to share the 10 companies.
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Co-founder and CEO, Brad Matthews, firstname.lastname@example.org
We use automation & workflow management to help organizations manage government policy. Customers include Comcast and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
Co-founder and CEO, Damola Ogundipe, email@example.com
Cloud platform for augmented reality (AR) apps that provides tools & server-side infrastructure to help developers and companies quickly build and deploy AR applications and content.
Co-founder and CEO, Alon Grinshpoon, alon@echoAR.xyz
A lending platform connecting revenue-generating, women-led businesses with up to $250K in non-dilutive capital while fueling the growth of women-led businesses.
Founder and CEO, Dr. Roshawnna Novellus, firstname.lastname@example.org
The first exhibitor management platform and sponsorship marketplace for organizers of live events like the Los Angeles Marathon.
Co-founder and CEO, Michael Bleau, email@example.com
Next generation platforms and tools for gamers and gaming content creators. Introducing Streambeing, the first Voice Powered AI assistant for Twitch live streamers.
Co-founder and CEO, Taseen Peterson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Enabling enterprises to operate teams across time zones by running incredible meetings, building a timeline of important decisions, and generating insightful reports for managers.
Co-founder and CEO, Jordan Husney, email@example.com
Connecting homeowners to home service pros via live video for real time assistance with troubleshooting, bidding, quality assurance and DIY support from any mobile device.
Co-founder and CEO, Todd Forsman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Speedwell & Yarrow helps companies retain top talent and increase diversity with a smart, scalable, family concierge to help high-potential talent manage the craziness of their lives.
Co-founder and CEO, Lindsey Michaelides, email@example.com
Bloominous is the nation’s largest and fastest growing wedding floral brand. To view the Bloominous pitch video, please contact Richard directly.
Founder and CEO, Richard Lim, firstname.lastname@example.org
Our founders are excited to hear from you! Please feel free to reach out to any of them directly. You can also email me at email@example.com with any questions about Techstars Anywhere or any of the companies from our 2019 class.
One of the themes we’ve seen from 12 years of running Techstars mentorship-driven accelerators around the world is that there are a lot of founders who for whatever reason can’t—or shouldn’t—relocate for three months to participate in an accelerator. Sometimes they have families, sometimes they have employees, sometimes they have customers. We asked ourselves: Can we provide them with a world class Techstars accelerator experience without making them move?
Techstars Anywhere Accelerator is our (mostly) remote accelerator program, delivered using technology and a bit of travel so that founders can continue to build their businesses from anywhere without needing to relocate to join a Techstars mentorship-driven accelerator program. The goal of the Techstars Anywhere Accelerator is to create an accessible Techstars accelerator experience for great founders—anywhere.
Today, I’m excited to announce the launch of the third class of Techstars Anywhere Accelerator, Techstars Class 158. This year, our program is focused on consumer and B2B technology companies working in the United States.
We are extraordinarily proud to have a fantastic 2019 class with founders from diverse backgrounds and locations. While a few founders come from startup hubs like New York, Los Angeles, or San Francisco, we also have founders building businesses in Columbus, OH, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Minneapolis, San Diego, Denver, Newark, NJ, and Seattle, and six of our startups are remote-first companies with teams distributed across multiple cities. There’s also a great deal of diversity across the group with six of the companies having at least one co-founder from a historically underrepresented group in tech. Over a third of our founders are women, and over a third are African American. Two founders are Marine Corps veterans (Oorah!). And there are plenty of parents in the class, including a first time dad to a five month old baby girl and one co-founder currently pregnant with twins, due just after Demo Day. By providing broader accessibility to the Techstars network, Techstars Anywhere helps great entrepreneurs start and build great companies just about anywhere.
I’d like to give special thanks to our mentors and partners who make Techstars Anywhere Accelerator possible, and a shout out to our accelerator team, Program Manager Kendra Dixon, and Operations Associate Leandro Jaime.
By making Techstars more accessible, we’re proud to be able to create a world class accelerator experience for world class founders who may not otherwise have had the opportunity.
Here are the companies in Techstars Class 158:
Aiming to fund and work with companies wherever they happen to be located, Techstars Anywhere delivers a full Techstars program through a (mostly) virtual accelerator experience.
Instead of relocating to another city and working from a shared office for three months, Techstars Anywhere uses technology and the power of the Techstars worldwide network to bring the accelerator to you, wherever your company happens to be.
The Techstars Anywhere Accelerator provides the same investment of capital, time, team and network as other Techstars accelerator programs. While the investment is the same, Techstars Anywhere delivers the full Techstars Accelerator value differently. The program is designed to allow a different kind of accelerator experience which can be a better fit for certain companies.
One of the differences of Techstars Anywhere is how our distributed mentor network is built. By removing geographical barriers, Techstars Anywhere leverages all of the Techstars global network to build a network around you and bring the right mentors for your company, regardless of where they happen to be. With a highly tailored mentor pool, founders from any given industry, technology or market get an unfair advantage to build a successful business from #anywhere.
Your Techstars experience is built largely on the relationships you build in the program. Therefore, while the majority of Techstars Anywhere happens online, the program is designed to allow founders to spend the right amount of time in person.
We start the first week of the program together in a Techstars accelerator location for an intense orientation week. The class meets again in person during weeks six and 12.
While we’re together, we optimize for network and relationship building amongst founders, mentors, investors and Techstars alumni. We carefully select locations with a dense Techstars network. For our first class, we visited Boulder, San Francisco and New York.
Aside from the the time we spend in person, most of the program takes place online. You work from your office or home and access all meetings and program sessions through video conference. We are heavy users of Slack and other tools for distributed teams.
We are connected all day, every day to make sure you’re getting the support you need to move your business forward.
It’s an intense program to help you #domorefaster. Schedule and intensity will vary in different parts of the program but in a typical week of Techstars Anywhere, you can expect regular check-ins with the class, several mentor meetings, deep dives with the program team, peer founder calls, workshops and sessions with experienced founders and investors.
Flexibility & Focus
The nature of Techstars Anywhere allows us to deliver an extremely intensive experience that is balanced with the flexibility of working on your own schedule, rhythm and location (whether you’re home or traveling).
The program features fewer social events and we prioritize for camaraderie and network building during the times we spend together on the program trips. We’ve learned that this format allows a high degree of focus so you can get a lot more done!
One of the goals of Techstars is to help you fundraise successfully (when that’s what’s right for your company). At Techstars Anywhere, you’ll learn how to manage your fundraising process, refine your pitch, and meet the right investors for the industry and geography that’s relevant to your business. You’ll also learn how to leverage the Techstars network to access the right investors for your company.
Demo Day will be one of the elements of your fundraising process. Techstars Anywhere Demo Day is virtual and investors come from #anywhere! Each company’s fundraising plan will be different, so we work with each company to build the right investor pipeline based on their industry and geography. We work with each company to identify, approach and effectively build a relationship with the right investors no matter where they happen to be.
When Techstars Anywhere can be the Right Choice for Your Company
Designed differently, Techstars Anywhere delivers a full Techstars accelerator through a (mostly) virtual experience. From nature of the product, company stage or a geographically relevant customer base, there are different reasons why relocation may be suboptimal for certain companies. Personal working styles and life situations may also be reasons why Techstars Anywhere can be a better fit for you.
Techstars is excited to announce that we’re expanding the Techstars Anywhere startup accelerator to a full 10 company class and will be launching our second Techstars Anywhere class in January of 2018. Applications open July 24, 2017. I will continue to be the managing director and Karina Costa will continue as program director.
In February of 2017, we launched our beta class of Techstars Anywhere, our first virtual accelerator. We invested in four great companies who for various reasons relocating or co-working wasn’t the best option for them. They were an AI company with a distributed remote team, an Ag Tech team who worked a farm (in Brooklyn!), a founder with five kids, and a solo CEO from San Diego. Together, they comprised the beta class of Techstars Anywhere and they thrived. They learned from Techstars, and we learned from them.
Techstars Anywhere is a full Techstars mentorship-driven accelerator program in every sense. Founders will work closely with a world class team of mentors to #domorefaster in an intense 13 week accelerator program. With no geographical boundaries, Techstars Anywhere leverages the Worldwide Network of Techstars to bring an individually tailored mentorship approach to companies in any industry, technology or market.
Several times during the program, we’ll travel to different Techstars accelerator locations to meet local alumni, mentors, investors, and to develop the peer relationships that are so important to Techstars founders. While the accelerator schedule will be on the Mountain time zone, participating companies can be located anywhere.
Our investment in each company will be exactly the same as every Techstars Accelerator program: 6% of common stock in exchange for the program, the mentorship, and $20k. Every company will also have access to the standard $100k Techstars convertible note. Every offer we make is backed by Techstars’ Equity Back Guarantee.
Arthur C. Clarke’s third law famously says that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. If you’re building technology that feels like magic, we’d love to meet you. Sign up for our email list to get updates on Techstars Anywhere meetups, webinars, and news on the application process.
If you’ve got questions, please join us for an open AMA session on August 2. Click here to RSVP.
Applications will open on July 24th. Techstars Anywhere 2018 will kick off in late January. See our FAQ here.