Techstars y UP Global se unen para fortalecer y apoyar comunidades de Startups alrededor del Mundo.

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Juntos aceleraremos el paso de la innovación al fortalecer el camino para los emprendedores, brindando mejor soporte a las comunidades de emprendimiento y ayudando a crecer el ecosistema emprendedor a nivel global.

Desde los primero días en que fue fundado, Startup Weekend ha estado conectado con Techstars. Andrew Hyde fundó Startup Weekend en 2007 como el primer empleado de Techstars y llevó a cabo el primer evento con los equipos de la primera generación de Techstars. Al pasar los años, Startup Weekend y su comunidad crecieron y se convirtieron en UP Global y tuvieron que salir del sótano de Techstars Seattle a su propia oficina cruzando la calle. Desde el verano del 2014 compartimos de nuevo oficinas en Startup Hall.

Más allá del tiempo y el espacio, compartimos la misión de llevar el emprendimiento a más gente y más lugares. Nuestras organizaciones han trabajado para cumplir esta misión de formas distintas, pero por los últimos 7 años ambos hemos trabajado para mejorar el estado global del emprendimiento con la mentalidad de ‘dar primero’ y con enfoque de aprendizaje experiencial.

Los equipos de Techstars y UP cuentan con una alineación cultural muy fuerte y estamos emocionados de encontrar formas de unir nuestras herramientas para trabajar con líderes de comunidad y emprendedores en todos lados.

Mientras comenzamos a trabajar en conjunto, estamos emocionados y agradecidos que Google For Entrepreneurs seguirá apoyando Startup Weekend y Startup Next de manera global, y que muchos de nuestros socios seguirán apoyándonos la hacer la transición como parte de Techstars.

La nueva organización combinada tiene un alcance global, es diversa en su estructura, con amplio conocimiento por parte de su equipo y con mucha experiencia en temas de startups.

Tan solo en este año:

  • Los curadores de Startup Digest enviarán más de 20 millones de correos con más de 182,000 eventos de startups.
  • Startup Week alcanzará cerca de 75,000 participantes en 75 eventos.
  • Startup Weekend se llevará a cabo más de 1,000 ocasiones en más de 120 países para ayudar a los fundadores a construir sus equipo y arrancar sus ideas.
  • Techstars y el Global Accelerator Network proveerán capital y mentoría para más 1,000 compañías.
  • Techstars ventures (que ahora maneja más de $300M en capital) proveerá opciones de financiamiento.

¿Por qué hicimos esto?

La respuesta sencilla es que creemos que podemos hacer más en conjunto:

A parte de estar alineados culturalmente y tener la misma misión, hemos encontrado que nuestros modelos de negocio son complementarios. En UP hemos trabajado para encontrar un modelo que nos permita ser parte del valor que nuestros programas le genera a los equipos que ahí se forman, permitiéndonos canalizarlo de vuelta hacia nuestra misión. Al ser parte de Techstars, una organización con fin de lucro con especialidad en inversión, podemos hacer eso. Para Techstars, el tener más equipos de calidad que salen de nuestras comunidades a nivel global aumenta el valor del programa de aceleración y el fondo de inversión.

  • Nuestro conocimiento y nuestros programas son complementarios. Apoyamos los esfuerzos de construcción de comunidades de emprendimiento y Techstars y sus programas comienzan en la etapa donde nuestros programas terminan, llevando equipos de esas comunidades a nuevas alturas. Techstars ha trabajado arduamente para construir comunidades de startups donde ellos operan y están emocionados en poder apoyarse del conocimiento del equipo y de los líderes de comunidad de UP, que han apoyado el crecimiento de más comunidades de startups que cualquier otra organización en el mundo.
  • Sentimos que esta es la mejor manera de proveer mejor soporte a los Líderes de Comunidad que operan nuestros programas y podemos mantenernos de forma sostenible en el largo plazo.

¿Por qué ahora?

Como organización, hemos explorado diversas opciones de sostenibilidad en el último año. Analizamos cada camino potencial con el objetivo de depender menos en dinero de patrocinios y el poder adaptarnos al mercado que ha crecido y cambiado desde que comenzamos hace 7 años.

Hemos tenido una relación cercana con Techstars desde el día #1 y así como hemos buscado su consejo de forma constante, una alineación natural formó el resultado de lo que presentamos el día de hoy como noticia. Su enfoque centrado en la comunidad, así como su deseo de mantener al equipo y los programas intactos, hizo esta opción la más atractiva. Sentimos que formar parte de Techstars nos da las herramientas necesarias para seguir trabajando hacia nuestra misión y nos permite brindar nuevas oportunidades a nuestra comunidad que de otra forma hubiera tomado mucho más tiempo poder lograr nosotros solos.

¿Preguntas?

Estas noticias son grandes y emocionantes, por lo cual es posible que surjan varias preguntas. Si no respondimos tu pregunta aquí, por favor revisa nuestras Preguntas Frecuentes. Si la respuesta no se encuentra ahí, tenemos un chat en vivo (en inglés), correo y una forma de contacto con la cual puedes comunicarte con nosotros. La próxima semana tendremos varias sesiones de Preguntas y Respuestas con líderes de ambas organizaciones para que puedas preguntar en tiempo real. Aquí puedes encontrar los detalles.

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Lavery And Its GO Inc. Program Join Forces With Startup Next Montreal

Lavery LawyersLavery is pleased to announce its involvement in the Startup Next Montreal program that is allowing selected Quebec entrepreneurs to participate in one of the most renowned pre-acceleration startup program in the world and to also benefit from a special session on the legal issues that startups face, offered by the lawyers of Lavery’s GO inc. Program.

The Startup Next Montreal pre-acceleration program runs from February 23 to May 2, 2015 and is aimed at priming four startups for success in their search for financial backing either from seed or accelerator funds. The four selected companies are Makerbloks, led by François Poirier, Logrr, led by Julien Denaes, Elysia, led by Vanessa Cherenfant, and Heddoko, headed by its founder Mazen Elbawab.

Google and Techstars backed Global Pre-Accelerator Program
Google and Techstars backed Global Pre-Accelerator Program

Startup Next is a global program implemented in 40 cities around the world and backed by Google for Entrepreneurs and the Global Accelerator Network. Lavery is hosting six consecutive and mandatory weekly sessions of three hours each, plus one special session dedicated to the legal issues associated to business startups. During these sessions, entrepreneurs meet with company founders as well as with experts who share their own experiences in growth-company management, get to make their elevator pitch before a panel of mentors who provide feedback and are paired with mentors who help them delve more deeply into strategic issues. The entrepreneurs had the opportunity to be mentored by top professionals like Bob Dorf, Startup Trainer and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Columbia Business School, LP Maurice, CEO of Busbud and Partner at Interaction Ventures, Chris Arsenault, Managing Partner of iNovia Capital, and Sean Brownlee, General Partner at Rho Canada Ventures.

The best Montreal entrepreneurial teams will be invited to present their start-up companies to investors or accelerator funds like XPND CapitalInteraction Ventures, Global Silicon Valley fund Expansive VC, to angel investors like Anges Québec, and to decision makers, as well as to the Jeune chambre de commerce de Montréal (JCCM) and the Regroupement des jeunes chambres de commerce du Québec (RJCCQ) business community during Startup Next Montreal’s presentation night at the 48h Entrepreneurs event.

48H Entrepreneurs – JCCM, RJCCQ

“With its GO inc. Program, Lavery targets dynamic and innovative startups that stand out from the crowd. Our partnership agreement with Startup Next Montreal helps us reach out to several of the most promising technology startups in Quebec,” said Don McCarty, the firm’s Managing Partner.

“We are very pleased that the Lavery GO inc. Program is partnering with Startup Next Montreal, because it is essential that entrepreneurs understand the main legal issues they will need to manage in order to successfully grow their company. We added a training session to the program specifically to address this topic and provide entrepreneurs with the best tools possible for the challenges that lie before them,” added Sergio A. Escobar, Startup Next Montreal Program Facilitator.

“Lavery is delighted to welcome the entrepreneurs selected by Startup Next Montreal. The members of the Lavery GO inc. Program plan will analyze with them the major legal issues related to their startups,” stated Étienne Brassard, lawyer in charge of the Lavery GO inc. Program.

The Lavery GO inc. Program provides personalized support to selected businesses over a wide range of legal services needed during the start-up process, including incorporation, trademark and domain registration, service agreements and various internal company policies.

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Startup News: Magicflix Wows At Techstars Demo Day 2014

We love Magicflix!

–> From Startup Next to Techstars: Magicflix is bringing safe video content to your mobile device

After their Techstars demo day, we’re glad glad Geekwire agrees.

–> Techstars Seattle Demo Day 2014: Our 3 favorite startup pitches

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How I Got My Startup Into Techstars

This post was originally published on Huffington Post by Brandt ‘Bubba’ Page, Founder and CEO of Quotadeck.com

Last February, I attended a Startup Weekend in Provo, Utah not really knowing what to expect. I adapted quickly to the collaborative environment though, and despite the fact that I was there to serve as a mentor rather than a competitor, I got caught up in the startup fever, formed a team on the spot and we ended up winning the event. That spur of the moment decision to participate was born of two things; a great idea and the confidence in my ability to sell based on extensive pitching experience. Making that decision also changed the course of my life. Just three months after winning Startup Weekend, my entrepreneurial dreams are coming true as my startup, Quotadeck.com, is now a member of Techstars’ Boulder class of 2014.

Anyone can attend a Startup Weekend, but if you plan to win the event first become an expert in a specific topic, or niche, because that is where real value is created. I had been invited to Startup Weekend by the organizers because of my expertise in business-to-business sales. I have been in the sales game for a long time; having created my last company, LaunchLeads.com from scratch, and bootstrapping it to over million dollars in profitable yearly revenue. That experience and expertise gave me immediate respect and credibility in front of the Startup Weekend community.

Startup Weekend, Startup Next, UP Global

You can’t fake expertise. Gaining it is the result of hard work and success. In some cases that means you’ll need to get a job and work to build out that credibility before a community like Startup Weekend accepts and invites you to serve as a mentor. Other times it just means you need to be more vocal about your expertise, because the community might not know your history. And in some cases you’ll need to do both; build out your experience and be vocal about your success.

QuotaDeck.com took first place at Startup Weekend, not because we had the biggest or most experienced team (in fact, we had the smallest team), but because we created a real business idea that a wide range of customers would actually pay for. Most of the other Startup Weekend team’s ideas and products were focused on consumer mobile apps, which are typically fun and creative. At the end of the weekend, however, those apps lost out because the majority of them were not built to generate revenue and lacked a strong potential business model.

That being said, we were incredibly friendly with the other teams, helping them to “like” us and get excited about our progress and later success. Rather than only thinking of Startup Weekend as a competition, we jumped in to help other teams out and in return, we received a ton of help and support, and even praise from the startup community.

We knew after that weekend our next step was to grow our product and team, and to look for an accelerator to partner with in our path to finding our product and market fit. Before we could apply, however, we were approached by Startup Next, a seven-week mentor-driven program offered by UP Global, the same organization that runs Startup Weekend. The goal of the program is to mentor startups like ours and help them gain easier entrance into an accelerator. I was looking for mentorship and more people to help out on this idea, so when the offer came to participate I jumped at the opportunity. Strategically, it simply makes more sense to learn what the accelerators are looking for first, prior to applying.

Startup Next helped our team validate the business and model, and the program held us accountable. It also exposed QuotaDeck.com to new mentors from the community and gave us the chance to pitch, present, and practice in a helpful manner. It was stressful and hard at times, but it helped us focus our mindset and the team got stronger. The Startup Next program is half of the length of time of most accelerator programs, so it is a great opportunity to see if you and the business have what it takes. You can use the program as a chance to prove it to yourself and others. It also helped our team narrow things down, generate sales and interview calls, and meetings with potential investors.

And shortly after the program ended, we applied to Techstars, and with the insights gained during Startup Next, were accepted into one of the most well-known and prestigious accelerators. We are now actually building out our online platform for freelance salespeople that brings “Sales Leads, On Demand”, almost like a Google Adwords, but instead of businesses paying for clicks generated online, they are paying for sales leads, generated by freelance salespeople.

The future is bright in large part due to my leap of faith while attending Startup Weekend last February, QuotaDeck’s experience and expertise in the sales arena, and because we now can see the light at the end of the tunnel!

Brandt ‘Bubba’ Page is the founder and CEO of Quotadeck.com. Prior to founding QuotaDeck, Bubba founded LaunchLeads.com in 2009, and was named Emerging Executive of the Year 2009 by the Utah Technology Council.








Sprint answers the question: What do Kansas City and Mobile Health have in common?

This post was originally posted on the Sprint Accelerator Blog

Ten start-up companies will be chosen to gather in Kansas City for three months and incubate their ideas for bringing mobile innovation to the health world. They will work at the center of Kansas City’s thriving downtown area, collaborating with mentors and shaping the future of mobile health. The application deadline in January 6th! Apply now. 

“Kansas City is the place to be if you’re building a mobile health technology company…but don’t take our word for it.  We had a few people in KC over to the space to get their thoughts on the mobile health revolution and captured it all on video!”

Check out Sprint’s CEO – Dan Hesse, Techstars CEO – David Cohen, Mayor Sly James and many more influential Kansas Citians as they talk about the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator.