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Chicago

Secrets to Building A Startup with Logan LaHive of Techstars Chicago

By | Feb 17, 2017 at 11:20 am

Being obsessed with startups is something Logan LaHive, the new managing director at Techstars Chicago, is willing to admit. “I’ve always been involved in a startup and sort of obsessed with startups and technology. My heroes, and the people I’ve looked up to, have…

Startups & Apps

Chicago

Meet the 10 Chicago Startups in Techstars Class of 2016

By | Sep 30, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Accelerators are designed to foster growth in early stage companies. They provide founders and employees with funding, coworking spaces, and, perhaps most importantly, sage advice. At Techstars, the startups that come out of their program are primed and ready to take on the world….

Tips & How To’s

How to Make Your Team Stand Out on an Accelerator Application

By | Mar 26, 2017 at 2:30 pm

When it’s time to consider entering an accelerator program, filling out the application is one thing, but standing out to grab their attention to get accepted is another. Techstars recently asked Lesa Mitchell, the managing director for Techstars Kansas City, and Ted Serbinski, managing director…

Funding

These 15 Techstars Startups Raised Over $1 Million in 2017

By | Mar 7, 2017 at 11:20 am

Raising capital is no easy feat for any founder. Sometimes, it takes longer than you think to raise the amount of capital you need to keep your business moving forward. Fortunately, there’s a wide range of people out there willing to take a chance on…

Startups & Apps

Announcing Techstars Music 2017: This One Goes To 11

By | Feb 27, 2017 at 10:30 am

Last October, I announced the creation of Techstars Music, a new startup accelerator program created to invest in the broad ecosystem of music. We brought together major record labels (Warner Music Group and Sony Music), global artist management and live event companies (Q Prime…

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Venture Capital

How to Make Good Use of VC Introductions

By | Feb 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Many entrepreneurs will recognize this scenario: You finally get a meeting with a big-name VC partner. In preparation, you spend a week polishing your deck, financial model and pitch. Then, you get to your meeting and the partner is 20 minutes late. Plus, they run…

Inspiration

Patriot Boot Camp Helps Veterans Transition to Tech Entrepreneurs

By | Feb 8, 2017 at 9:15 am

Etched into the mindset of the American military, the warrior ethos of the U.S. Armed Forces is to leave no one behind. Inspired by that credo, a tightly knit band of veterans and their family members has created a unique “boot camp” to help…

Product Launch

How to Find Your Path to Market for Consumer Products

By | Feb 7, 2017 at 11:20 am

Once your product is made and you’re ready to put it on the market, understanding the manufacturing and distribution process can be a huge learning curve for founders. Unfortunately, it’s also an incredibly important thing to learn if you’re interested in success. Recently, Techstars hosted…

Entrepreneur

Chicago

Troy Henikoff of Techstars Chicago on Great Pitches and Transforming Startups

By | Jan 29, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Troy Henikoff is the managing director at Techstars Chicago, a managing director at MATH Venture Partners, and a professor of Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business. If you haven’t heard of Troy yet, he is one of the biggest figures in the…

Diversity

4 Ways To Enhance Diversity At Your Startup

By | Jan 20, 2017 at 12:50 pm

Diversity has been an important topic in the tech community for years. It has gotten national news coverage and has become perhaps the most debated problem across the typically innovative sector. But how can people move from just talking about the topic to taking action? In a…

Funding

3 Startup Accelerators Net Almost 10 Percent of All U.S. Series A Rounds

By | Jan 18, 2017 at 4:30 pm

As Mattermark has found, the top three accelerators in the startup business — Y Combinator, Techstars, and 500 Startups — have been responsible for about ten percent of all series A deals in the U.S. for a couple years straight. The real news here? Most…

Accelerator

Techstars and Target: Driving Innovation for Retail

By | Jan 15, 2017 at 10:30 am

Techstars has announced that they’re opening applications for the 2017 class of Techstars Retail in partnership with Target. You can apply online, and applications are open through April 9th and the program starts in July. Recapping Last Year In case you missed it, the first year…

Accelerator

Building a Startup Accelerator at a Large Company: Lessons from Target

By | Dec 29, 2016 at 8:30 pm

An accelerator is a great way to give innovative startups the chance to really grow in a supporting environment. And while they’re typically used by smaller companies, big corporations are starting to see the value in investing in new ideas. Recently, Target and Techstars…

CES

Las Vegas

Techstars to Host the Startup Stage at CES 2017

By | Dec 15, 2016 at 5:50 pm

CES is one of the largest tech trading shows in the world. Held in Las Vegas, Nevada, the event is entering its 50th year. And in between all the giant technology companies showcasing the thinnest TVs, the fastest chips, and the coolest concept cars,…

Diversity

Techstars Foundation Announces Second Round of Grantees for Diversity

By | Dec 14, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Diversity in tech is not only important; it’s imperative to progressing the innovation revolution. Fortunately, The Techstars Foundation has announce their second round of grantees committed to improving the landscape of diversity in tech. Techstars received hundreds of grant requests. The creative initiatives and thought leadership related to diversity…

Conferences

Detroit

20 Startups Set to Showcase at North American International Auto Show

By | Dec 11, 2016 at 10:30 am

With their pedal to the metal, the automotive industry is working to bring consumers the latest technology to their driving experience and looking to startups for solutions. Coming this January, the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), one of the most prestigious auto shows…

Accelerator

Seattle

Techstars Announces the Alexa Accelerator in Seattle

By | Dec 1, 2016 at 8:30 pm

With Amazon launching a new artificial intelligence platform that is available to outside developers and the holidays being right around the corner, interest in Alexa has never been higher. And now Techstars is getting in on the fun by announcing their expanded investment in the…