Presenting the Culmination of 13 Weeks of Techstars Anywhere

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.  

CAKE 

Make big purchases with the CAKE Visa Card and pay them off in easy, fixed monthly payments with a super-low-rate.

Co-founder and CEO, Brad Matthews, bem@cakecard.co

Civic Eagle

We use automation & workflow management to help organizations manage government policy. Customers include Comcast and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Co-founder and CEO, Damola Ogundipe, damola@civiceagle.com

EchoAR

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

EnrichHER

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, roshawnna@ienrichher.com

Event Hub

The first exhibitor management platform and sponsorship marketplace for organizers of live events like the Los Angeles Marathon.

Co-founder and CEO, Michael Bleau, michael@eventhub.net

Gamefuly

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, tas@gamefuly.com

Parabol

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, jordan@parabol.co

QuickCarl

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, todd@quickcarl.com

Speedwell & Yarrow

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, lindsey.michaelides@speedwellandyarrow.com

Bloominous

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, richard@bloominous.com

 

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 ryan.kuder@techstars.com with any questions about Techstars Anywhere or any of the companies from our 2019 class.

Keep building!








Techstars Anywhere Accelerator Welcomes 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:

Bloominous

Los Angeles

Bloominous is the first nationwide, full-service wedding floral brand that combines technology with curated designs from celebrity florists to deliver personalized styles for every wedding in every town.

https://bloominous.com/

Civic Eagle

Atlanta, Minneapolis, and Washington, DC

Civic Eagle’s SaaS platform leverages artificial intelligence to help enterprises and non-profits identify, track, and analyze legislation and regulations.  

 

https://www.civiceagle.com/

echoAR
New York

echoAR is the world’s only AR-first CMS + CDN. echoAR is a cloud platform for augmented reality that helps developers and companies quickly build and deploy AR apps and content.

https://www.echoar.xyz/

EnrichHER

Atlanta and Washington, DC

EnrichHER is a crowdfunded lending platform for women led businesses that makes it easy for investors to provide affordable and non-dilutive capital to women led ventures.

 

https://ienrichher.com/

events locker
Los Angeles and Seattle

events locker is a cloud-based exhibitor management platform that streamlines operations for live event organizers, which ties into a first-of-its-kind lead generating sponsorship marketplace.

https://eventslocker.com/

Gamefuly

Newark, NJ

Gamefuly enables esports video game skill development through a peer-to-peer online marketplace connecting gamers who want to learn with esports experts who want to earn. Gamefuly is like Coursera, but for esports!  

https://gamefuly.com/

Parabol

Los Angeles and Brooklyn

Parabol provides high-performance collaboration and retrospective meeting SaaS for remote and distributed teams that creates accountability, transparency, and autonomy while surfacing valuable employee engagement insights.

https://www.parabol.co/

QuickCarl

San Diego and Washington DC

QuickCarl connects homeowners to the home services pros with the expertise they need to troubleshoot and solve problems in the home—in real time from any mobile device.

http://www.quickcarl.com/

Speedwell & Yarrow
Columbus, OH

Speedwell & Yarrow helps busy professionals make the most of life outside the office while offering employers an innovative way to support the next generation of leaders.

https://www.speedwellandyarrow.com/

Summed
Denver and San Francisco

Summed gives you the convenience of shopping like a credit card, but with the benefit of repaying your balance like a low-rate installment loan. We offer APRs on average 50% lower than traditional credit cards.

https://www.summed.co/








Techstars Anywhere Office Hours ONGOING

Great founders can come from #Anywhere. Accelerate and do more faster without relocating.

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Techstars Anywhere AMA

Techstars is excited to announce that we’re expanding the Techstars Anywhere program to a full 10 company class, and will be launching our second Techstars Anywhere class in January of 2018. Applications are open. Join us for this interactive Ask Me Anything session to learn more about the program and applying! 

Speakers: 

Ryan Kuder, Managing Director

Karina Costa, Program Director

Click here to register! 








Techstars Roadshow: Vancouver

Techstars is heading to Vancouver Startup Week on Tuesday, September 26th. Interested in joining us at one of our events? Please register, and we’ll email with more details on how you can join us at Vancouver Startup Week.

Are you ready to accelerate your company? At Techstars, we have applications open for 10 programs around the world: From Boulder to Dubai, Austin to Boston, NYC to Seattle and Anywhere in between (Including Techstars Anywhere, our mostly-virtual accelerator)! Please join the Techstars programs and staff for a day of sessions, networking, an AMA, and more. Techstars MDs and staff will be there to meet you, answer your questions and tell you more about the Techstars Mentorship Driven Accelerator program.

Would you like to meet with our team during office hours before this event? Request a meeting here.

More info on Techstars:
At Techstars, we are on a mission to help entrepreneurs succeed. Over the past 10 years we have helped over 1,000 companies grow and raise over $3.5 billion in funding, with a market cap of $9.6 billion. Applications are open for 10 global Techstars accelerator programs, and we’re on a search for the next wave of companies to join our worldwide network!

Click here to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/techstars-roadshow-vancouver-tickets-36838686503








Techstars Roadshow: Boston

Techstars is heading to Boston Startup Week. Interested in joining us at one of our events? Please register, and we’ll email with more details on how you can join us at Boston Startup Week.

Are you ready to accelerate your company? At Techstars, we have applications open for 10 programs around the world: From Boulder to Dubai, Austin to Boston, NYC to Seattle and Anywhere in between (Including Techstars Anywhere, our mostly-virtual accelerator)! Please join Techstars Program Managers, Julie Penner (Techstars Boulder Accelerator) and Karina Costa (Techstars Anywhere Accelerator), for networking, an AMA, and more. Techstars MDs and staff will be there to meet you, answer your questions and tell you more about the Techstars Mentorship Driven Accelerator program.

Would you like to meet with our team during office hours before this event? Request a meeting here.

More info on Techstars:
At Techstars, we are on a mission to help entrepreneurs succeed. Over the past 10 years we have helped over 1,000 companies grow and raise over $3.5 billion in funding, with a market cap of $9.6 billion. Applications are open for 10 global Techstars accelerator programs, and we’re on a search for the next wave of companies to join our worldwide network!

Click here to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/techstars-roadshow-boston-tickets-36838599242








Techstars Anywhere AMA

Techstars is excited to announce that we’re expanding the Techstars Anywhere program to a full 10 company class, and will be launching our second Techstars Anywhere class in January of 2018. Applications are open. Join us for this interactive Ask Me Anything session to learn more about the program and applying! 

Speakers: 

Ryan Kuder, Managing Director

Karina Costa, Program Director

Click here to register!








Techstars Roadshow: San Francisco

Are you ready to accelerate your company? At Techstars, we have applications open for 10 programs around the world: From Boulder to Dubai, Austin to Boston, NYC to Seattle and Anywhere in between (Including Techstars Anywhere, our mostly-virtual accelerator)! Please join Ryan Kuder, Techstars Managing Director from the Techstars Anywhere Accelerator for an evening of networking, an AMA, and more. Techstars staff will be there to meet you, answer your questions and tell you more about the Techstars Mentorship Driven Accelerator program.

Would you like to meet with our team during office hours before this event? Request a meeting here.

More info on Techstars:

At Techstars, we are on a mission to help entrepreneurs succeed. Over the past 10 years we have helped over 1,000 companies grow and raise over $3.5 billion in funding, with a market cap of $9.6 billion. Applications are open for 10 global Techstars accelerator programs, and we’re on a search for the next wave of companies to join our worldwide network!

Click here to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/techstars-roadshow-san-francisco-tickets-36836047610








Techstars Roadshow: Salt Lake City

Are you ready to accelerate your company? At Techstars, we have applications open for 10 programs around the world: From Boulder to Dubai, Austin to Boston, NYC to Seattle and Anywhere in between (Including Techstars Anywhere, our mostly-virtual accelerator)! Techstars Managing Directors, Program Managers and staff will be there to meet you, answer your questions and tell you more about the Techstars Mentorship Driven Accelerator program.

Would you like to meet with our team during office hours before this event? Request a meeting here.

More info on Techstars:

At Techstars, we are on a mission to help entrepreneurs succeed. Over the past 10 years we have helped over 1,000 companies grow and raise over $3.5 billion in funding, with a market cap of $9.6 billion. Applications are open for 10 global Techstars accelerator programs, and we’re on a search for the next wave of companies to join our worldwide network.

Click here to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/techstars-roadshow-salt-lake-city-tickets-36884180577








Is a Virtual Accelerator the Right Fit for Your Company?

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.

What’s Different?

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.

Mentor Network

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.

Mostly Virtual

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.

Working Remotely

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!

Fundraising Support

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.

If that’s the case, apply here for Techstars Anywhere by Oct 15. If you want to know more, please join Ryan and me for our next AMA here.