December 12, 2014
This week David Cohen, CEO of Techstars, rolled out a brand new program with the Mayo Clinic called Techstars++. The new program leverages the already existing network of Techstars corporate partners to provide new business opportunities to post-accelerator program entrepreneurs.
Along with the Mayo Clinic, Techstars++ is planning to bring on additional corporate partners soon. The new initiative is one more way for Techstars to extend their network of help to their portfolio companies.
Techstars++ gives companies experience by opening opportunities for them to spend time on site and engage with a corporate partner relevant to their industry. For example, after completing Techstars a healthcare oriented company can spend two weeks at the Mayo Clinic exploring business development opportunities.
A full time Techstars Program Director will reside on-site and work closely with the startups and the corporation to help maximize the opportunity. To make it even better, there’s no charge to Techstars companies to participate in Techstars++.
In turn, these corporations are exposed to some of the most innovative early stage companies and technologies in their area of expertise. Further, Techstars++ continues to foster entrepreneurial growth by building the connective tissue that ties together the local startup community with the larger global Techstars network.
The Techstars++ program announcement comes hot on the heels of a few announcements Cohen emphasized at our Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference this year. If you’re interested in the accelerator, apply here.
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