Bolster Partners with Techstars to Transform Early-Stage Startups through Unique Access to Experienced Leaders
December 12, 2022
Bolster and Techstars, a global investment business that provides access to capital, one-on-one mentorship and programming for early-stage entrepreneurs, announce they are joining forces to provide exclusive benefits to Techstars’ portfolio companies, enabling them to access transformational leadership talent to scale their businesses with CEOs, teams, and boards. This partnership will extend Techstars’ post-program support and provide ongoing access to top senior-level talent.
Bolster is the new way for startups to find on-demand senior leaders for all of their scaling needs, from sourcing full-time leaders, to filling gaps with fractional talent, to programmatic coaching. Techstars, which has invested in more than 3,000 early stage startups, is one of the largest pre-seed investors.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Techstars,” said Jenny Lawton, EVP of Bolster. “As entrepreneurs ourselves, we've faced the challenge of finding the right talent for the right roles at the right time. We know firsthand the incredible impact the right leaders, advisors, and board members can have on the long term success of a startup.”
Through the partnership, current program participants and alumni of a Techstars’ accelerator will have access to:
On-demand and full-time hiring support: Through the Bolster Marketplace, we match founders and CEOs with highly qualified senior leaders available for full-time, interim, fractional, or project-based roles. Drawing from a wide range of expertise and experience around startup growth needs—along with assisted search and talent roadmapping services—Bolster empowers startups to hire the most impactful talent.
Experienced advisors and coaches: Bolster enables CEOs and their senior leaders to connect with a diverse network of coaches and advisors who have extensive leadership and functional experience. Founders who invest in coaching are more likely to succeed. By empowering founders to assess their teams, evaluate their own leadership competencies, and learn from subject matter experts, Bolster is flipping the script on startup success.
Unique growth opportunities through Bolster Prime: Our startup CEO mentorship program is specifically designed for scaling startup founders and CEOs. The program includes strategic foundational content and pairs CEOs with mentors who have outsized “been there, done that” experience, so they can scale to drive value further, faster.
“The partnership with Bolster will strengthen our ability to support portfolio companies beyond Demo Day,” said Marie Moussavou, Chief Portfolio Services Officer at Techstars. “The right advisors and talent can massively impact the future success of a startup. We’re excited to partner with Bolster to make transformational leaders and coaches more accessible to our companies both while they’re in our accelerator program and after they’ve graduated.”
“We loved working with Bolster and have found a number of ways to effectively leverage their expertise and talent network to impact our business,” said Nick Francis, CEO of Help Scout, a Techstars portfolio company. “We’ve partnered with Bolster on two board searches, as well as finding a CEO mentor I can work with as I scale our business. Their advice through every search has been invaluable, and the quality of candidates we’ve been introduced to is phenomenal.”
Current and alumni Techstars founders interested in how Bolster can support them in finding transformational leaders can learn more at bolster.com.
Bolster accelerates companies’ growth by matching CEOs with transformational executives without the hassle of traditional talent sourcing. Built by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, the Bolster marketplace is full of highly qualified leaders available for full-time, interim, fractional, project-based, advisory, or board roles. Our no-nonsense, no-frills approach saves tens of thousands of dollars in search fees and makes it easy to build your startup team or find your next role. www.bolster.com
The Techstars worldwide network helps entrepreneurs succeed. Founded in 2006, Techstars began with three simple ideas—entrepreneurs create a better future for everyone, collaboration drives innovation, and great ideas can come from anywhere. Now we are on a mission to enable every person on the planet to contribute to, and benefit from, the success of entrepreneurs. In addition to operating accelerator programs and venture capital funds, we do this by connecting startups, investors, corporations, and cities to help build thriving startup communities. www.techstars.com
Holly Enneking, Head of Marketing at Bolster
Jennifer Pakradooni, Vice President of Public Relations & Internal Communications at Techstars