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Techstars

Techstars is a worldwide network of seed accelerators, startups events, and newsletters

Techstars is a Boulder, Colorado, United States based entrepreneur network and accelerator founded in 2006 by Brad Feld, David Brown, David Cohen, and Jared Polis.



The network has three programs namely Techstars startup programs, Techstars mentorship-driven accelerator programs, and Techstars corporate innovation partnerships. It allows entrepreneurs to learn, gain experience, and get funding through its network and invests in early-stage ventures.



The notable investment portfolio of Techstars includes Axle, Eddy Travels, Electric Visionary Aircrafts, GetHenry, Pairi, Pepper, Sensgreen, Serendipia Life, The Porch Pod, Urban SDK, etc.As of February 2020, Techstars has made 2,404 investments and had 470 exits. 

Techstars companies



Timeline

February 12, 2019

Techstars and Starburst Announce Space-Focused Accelerator Program With U.S. Government And Corporate Consortium

The program will be based in Los Angeles and will focus on the next generation of space technology companies and related frontier technologies..

November 2006

Techstars is incorporated

Techstars is incorporated by its founders David Cohen, David Brown, Brad Feld and Jared Polis

November 2006

Techstars was founded by David Brown, David Cohen, Brad Feld and Jared Polis.

February 18, 2006

First idea for Techstars

Founding email from David Cohen to David Brown with original idea for Techstars.

Funded Companies

Company
Description
Website
Industry
Location

A cloud communications platform for building SMS, Voice & Messaging applications on an API built for global scale that was founded in 2008 and headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Distil Networks is an American cybersecurity company founded in 2011 and headquartered in San Francisco, California.

DataRobot sells a machine learning platform that helps users build and deploy accurate predictive models. The Boston-based company was founded in 2012 by Jeremy Achin.

Moni is a mobile money transfer app for iOS and Android based out of London, England. It was launched to the general public by Laurence Aderemi and Fernando Saturno in 2015.

Haiku Deck is a company that provides a web or iOS app for creating presentations, founded by Adam Tratt, Kevin Leneway, and Kyle Kesterson.

Kapost is a company founded by Nader Akhnoukh.

A container farming technology company. Its headquarters are located in Boston, Massachusetts and the company was founded in 2010.

Moveline is a company founded by Kelly Eidson.

SnowShoe is a company founded by Claus Moberg.

Promoboxx is a company founded by Ben Carcio, Dan Koziak, Sonciary Honnoll and Jamie Fiedler.

Zagster is a Boston-based company founded by Timothy J. Ericson.

SimpleEnergy is a Boulder, Colorado-based company founded by Yoav Lurie.

Ginger offers on-demand behavioral health coaching, video therapy, video psychiatry and self-guided content that is clinically proven to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Apptentive is a company founded by Robi Ganguly, Michael Saffitz, Sky Kelsey and Andrew Wooster.

ShuttleCloud is a startup company that specializes in data import and migration software.

Tred is a company in the automotive industry founded by John Wehr.

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Associated investment funds

Investment Fund
Total offering (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Location
Date signed
3,200,000
3,200,000
June 1, 2017
2,500,000
2,295,000
May 14, 2009
5,250,000
5,250,000
November 2, 2017
1,600,000
1,120,000
October 6, 2016
1,572,500
1,572,500
October 19, 2017
25,625,000
25,625,000
March 19, 2012
60,000,000
21,600,000
April 23, 2018
3,220,000
1,710,000
August 2, 2016
3,400,000
3,400,000
November 17, 2016
5,100,000
5,100,000
October 19, 2017
3,880,000
3,880,000
October 6, 2016
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Accelerator batches

Accelerator Batch
Description
Accelerator batch companies

3rd cohort of Amazon + Techstars powered accelerator focused on voice and other new technologies.

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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Aaron O'Hearn

Employee



Adam Haun

Employee



Ajay Chainani

Employee



Aldo Aguirre G

Employee



Alex Baldwin

Employee



Alex Iskold

Employee



Alexandre SAGAKIAN

Employee



Ali Berman

Employee



Amos Schwartzfarb

Employee



Andrew Carton

Investor



Andy Aguiluz

Employee



Andy Sack

Employee



Andy Sack

Founder



Anna Barber

Employee



Annie Lydens

Employee



Ari Newman

Employee



Ash Kaluarachchi

Employee



Aziz Gilani

Investor



Ben Huh

Mentor



Bilal Memon

Employee



Biren Gandhi

Investor



Blake Yeager

Employee



Bob Crimmins

Advisor



Bob Mason

Advisor



Brad Feld

Co-founder



Further reading

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Documentaries, videos and podcasts

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Companies

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CEO
Location
Products/Services

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Eddy Travels







Electric Visionary Aircrafts







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Pairi







Pepper







Sensgreen







Serendipia Life







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News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
Connie Loizos
November 27, 2019
TechCrunch
Like another famous accelerator program founded around the same time, Techstars has grown considerably since its 2006 launch in Boulder, Colorado. In fact, the brand seems to be in so many places that it's hard to keep track of its reach, along with its impact. Where is Techstars, exactly? Who funds it? And how many startups [...]
Darrell Etherington
November 13, 2019
TechCrunch
Techstars is following up the first class of their Starburst space-focused program with a new, virtual accelerator program that is being run in partnership with the U.S. Air Force, the Netherlands Ministry of Defence, the Norwegian Ministry of Defence and the Norwegian Space Agency. It's called the Techstars Allied Space Accelerator, and its focus is [...]
Suzanne Loo
October 24, 2019
TechNode
Find out who are the four main stage speakers from the top Silicon Valley hardware investors at TC Shenzhen.
Catherine Shu
October 16, 2019
TechCrunch
Booqed, a Hong Kong-based platform for booking short-term work spaces, announced today that it has raised $1.675 million in seed funding. Participants included Colliers International, the commercial real-estate management company, Techstars and Lazard Korea. The company participated in Proptech Accelerator, the Toronto-based accelerator program for property and real estate startups run by Colliers and Techstars, [...]
Arman Tabatabai
October 8, 2019
TechCrunch
Few can hold a candle to Brad Feld's list of accolades in the startup, tech and venture world. As a multi-time founder of both startups and venture firms alike, Feld is widely known for having co-founded the Techstars accelerator -- now a Silicon Valley and startup institution -- as well as Foundry Group, the early [...]
Isabelle Kirkwood
September 9, 2019
BetaKit
Three Canadian startups have been chosen to participate in Colliers Proptech Accelerator's 2019 class, a three-month program hosted each year in Toronto.
Kate Clark
July 30, 2019
TechCrunch
SVB Financial Group, the holding company of Silicon Valley Bank, invests in Techstars.
May 1, 2019
WebWire
Today, the sixth London class of the Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars programme came to a close with a Demo Day showcase for investors and industry peers at Rise London in Shoreditch. Barclays is pleased to announce that with more than 150 alumni companies and 15 programmes officially completed to date, the Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars is one of the largest single-bank-powered portfolios globally, currently valued at over $1 billion. This year's London class rec...
December 11, 2018
WebWire
The Blackstone Charitable Foundation and Techstars today announced the creation of LaunchPad Lift. As part of the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars program to support collegiate entrepreneurs, LaunchPad Lift identifies top-performing student teams from across the LaunchPad global network, and pairs them with resources and opportunities to help their ventures succeed. LaunchPad Lift will help bridge the gap between the programming available on each college campus and the next...
Rokk3r Inc.
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MIAMI, Dec. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- ROKK3R Inc. (OTC: ROKK), a global idea-to-exit company builder headquartered in Miami, Florida, is the newest affiliate of ...

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