Let's Build Your Startup Ecosystem Together

Techstars Startup Ecosystem Development empowers your community to grow and sustain a vibrant startup economy.

Is Your Startup Ecosystem Stuck?

A strong startup ecosystem is key to job growth and economic development, but it can be difficult and slow to build . We partner with you to assess, create and execute a plan, measuring progress as your startup ecosystem grows.


Through ongoing Techstars Startup Ecosystem Impact Evaluation, we uncover what’s happening, what’s working, and where help is needed.


Working with your startup ecosystem leaders, your government, and the innovators in your city, we build a plan to bring the city to the next level.


Continuously measure the impact of the work and how your startup ecosystem is responding, and adjust to the needs of the ecosystem.

Startup Ecosystem City Assessment: Read about the thriving startup communities in Cleveland, Ohio, Lima, Peru, and Okanagan, British Columbia.

Our Programs Have Helped 1,000+ Cities Grow

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Meet the Techstars Startup Ecosystem Team

Jennifer Cabala

VP, Community

Vice President of Startup Programs leading the team supporting early stage startup ecosystem development including Startup Weekend, Startup Week and Startup Digest.

Prior to to becoming VP was Director of Program Operations for Techstars Accelerator and Startup Programs. Previously, CMO at Startup Weekend and CEO at Seattle 2.0 (acquired by GeekWire). Prior to tech was award-winning journalist for many years in Seattle and Denver with network coverage for CBS and CNN.

Chris Heivly

VP, Innovation

Chris Heivly is one of the nation’s leading experts in how to turn startups into multimillion-dollar companies and has been dubbed the “Startup Whisperer.” Heivly is a serial entrepreneur (MapQuest co-founder) and early-stage investor with company-building experience from $0 to $25M. He has also personally directed over $75 million in investment capital on behalf of these and other companies. Heivly current serves as one of two managing directors of The Startup Factory, the largest seed investment firm in the Southeast and as an EIR at Techstars.

Cali Harris

Director, Community Development

Cali Harris is the Director of Community Development for Techstars. In this role, Cali works alongside the leaders of emerging startup communities to help them grow and sustain vibrant startup economies.

Cali has held prior positions at Techstars, was the Managing Director for Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Design for the University of Colorado Boulder, was Director of Communications for a social impact startup, and was Program Manager for an Ogilvy marketing company.

Matt Helt

Senior Implementation Consultant, Ecosystem Development

Matt Helt is the Senior Implementation Consultant for the Ecosystem Development team at Techstars. In this role, Matt works with various groups and stakeholders in cities around to world to help them grow their startup ecosystems through a mix of cultural changes and activities - all of which is informed by an assessment Techstars leads to capture relevant data.

Let's Build Your Startup Ecosystem Together

Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Contact us today to learn more about how we can develop and support your city’s startup ecosystem.