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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: 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, and Urban SDK. As of February 2020, Techstars has made 2,404 investments and had 470 exits.

Techstars companies

Timeline

March 11, 2020
Techstars launch their new branding.
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 Brad Feld, David Brown, David Cohen 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
Industry
Website
Location
Twilio

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

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

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.

Estated is a Boulder, Colorado-based property data provider offering an API and bulk data ingestion services for property data and history.

Zipline is an automated logistics company that designs, manufactures, and delivers medical products.

Everledger is a supply chain and asset tracking company using blockchain to store records of valuable assets like diamonds.

Memgraph is an in-memory Cypher-compatible graph database.

Baby monitors to track a baby's heart rate and oxygen levels, and stream video and audio to phones

KonoLabs is a company with an artificially intelligent scheduling assistant for enterprises, founded by Jung-hee Ryu, YJ Min and Jaehoon Choi.

Opus 12 is a company developing CO2 recycling devices that turn CO2 into chemicals and fuels.

Atomos Nuclear and Space is a space engineering, travel, launching and landing company focused on creating rapid, cost-effective propulsion and landing for last-mile delivery in space.

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 Boulder, Colorado-based company founded by Nader Akhnoukh.

Loom Network develops and maintains a blockchain-based platform that allows healthcare providers to run large-scale decentralized applications.

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

Terrene is an artifical intelligence company founded by Kash (Khashayar) Pourdeilami, Francois le Roux and Cameron Mills.

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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

Co-founder

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Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

Axle

Eddy Travels

Electric Visionary Aircrafts

GetHenry

Pairi

Pepper

Sensgreen

Serendipia Life

The Porch Pod

Urban SDK

News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
Reza Chowdhury
May 3, 2021
AlleyWatch
The Pulse of New York Tech
Deloitte Consulting LLP
April 8, 2021
www.prnewswire.com:443
/PRNewswire/ -- Today Deloitte and Techstars announced a new effort to catalyze the innovation ecosystem by connecting startups from Techstars' portfolio to...
Reza Chowdhury
April 6, 2021
AlleyWatch
The Pulse of New York Tech
Anthony Ha
March 22, 2021
TechCrunch
Techstars NYC just announced the 10 startups participating in this year's program, making up what Managing Director Jenny Fielding described as the accelerator's most global class yet. "We've always had applications from around the world and I was always able to take companies from anywhere," Fielding said. "But the truth is, when you run Techstars [...]
Josh Scott
March 1, 2021
BetaKit
Applications for Techstars' Montréal AI Accelerator are now open, and close May 12. The program is open to artificial intelligence startups around the world.
Greg Kumparak
February 11, 2021
TechCrunch
Building off TechCrunch's coverage of the recent 500 Startups demo day, we're back today to talk about some favorites from three more accelerator classes. This time we're digging into Techstars' latest three accelerator classes. What follows are four favorites from the Techstars' Boston, Chicago and "workforce development" programs. As a team we tuned into the accelerator [...]
Cox Enterprises
January 25, 2021
www.prnewswire.com:443
/PRNewswire/ -- Cox Enterprises has announced the 2021 class of the Cox Enterprises Social Impact Accelerator powered by Techstars. Now in its second year, the...
Alex Wilhelm
January 12, 2021
TechCrunch
This morning Techstars, a network of startup accelerators and a venture capital fund, announced that Maëlle Gavet is its new CEO. Former CEO and co-founder David Brown will stay on Techstars' board, while the group's other co-founder, David Cohen, will become the chairman of its board. TechCrunch spoke with Gavet this morning about her new [...]
Emily Canal
December 13, 2020
Business Insider
Here's everything founders need to include in an application to an accelerator like Techstars that could jumpstart the growth of your company.
November 11, 2020
WebWire
Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and British universal bank, Barclays, have today announced their partnership to launch Female Founders First, a unique programme designed to provide 30 trailblazing, female-led companies with resources to grow, scale, and advance their businesses. The 30 selected founders--representing a wide range of industries including health care, legal, finance, e-commerce, and artificial intelligence--will receive access to mentorship...
Emily Canal
November 9, 2020
Business Insider
David Brown explains how to impress accelerator staff, highlight your strengths, and what to avoid when you apply.
Reza Chowdhury
July 13, 2020
AlleyWatch
The Pulse of New York Tech
Katherine Davis
July 10, 2020
AmericanInno
In a 30-minute conversation with Inno, Sáles-Griffin shared the racism he's experienced working in tech, explained why venture capital investors should prioritize diversity and dissected the pipeline problem excuse.
Isabelle Kirkwood
June 4, 2020
BetaKit
Greeneye Technology, a startup that develops an AI platform to help farmers detect and spray weeds in real-time, has raised a $7 million seed round.
Isabelle Kirkwood
May 11, 2020
BetaKit
Real estate firm Colliers International and Techstars have announced the Colliers Proptech Accelerator program for 2020 has been moved to 2021.
Jonathan Shieber
May 5, 2020
TechCrunch
Like other accelerators, Techstars, a network of more than 40 corporate and geographically targeted startup bootcamps, has had to bring its marquee demo day events online. Over the last two weeks of April, industry-focused accelerators working with startups building businesses around mobility technologies (broadly) and the future of the home joined programs in Abu Dhabi, [...]
Isabelle Kirkwood
February 18, 2020
BetaKit
Real estate firm Colliers and Techstars have opened applications for the third year of their jointly-run proptech accelerator.
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 [...]
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