Techstars

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

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

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 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.

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

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

A loyalty rewards software company. It was acquired by Oracle on November 8, 2019.

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

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

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

Jukely is a company that offers memberships for the consumption of concerts, parties, and other musical events

Kapost is a Boulder, Colorado-based company founded by Nader Akhnoukh.

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

Aazzur is a Berlin-based financial technology company founded by Philipp Buschmann.

Moveline is a company founded by Kelly Eidson.

Next Big Sound provides a dashboard, charts, and reports to monitor popularity, activity, and metrics for musicians, albums, authors and books across social media, sales and events.

Company developing quantum-resistant encryption for protection against code-breaking quantum computers and quantum-resistant signature schemes for secure blockchain deployment.

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Associated investment funds

Investment Fund
Total offering (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Location
Date signed
Techstars Chicago 2017 LLC
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
Techstars Class 174 - Alexa 2019 Q3

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

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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
AlleyWatch
July 16, 2020
AlleyWatch
The Pulse of New York Tech
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 [...]
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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