Techstars and Target: Driving Innovation for Retail

January 15, 2017

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 of the Techstars Retail accelerator was a massive success. They had 11 startups from all over the world descend upon Minneapolis for the summer.  They received mentorship throughout the program from Target’s senior leadership, successful retail-tech entrepreneurs, and investors from across the country.

Their Demo Day was an incredibly exciting event that saw almost 1,000 investors, mentors, Target team members, and supporters from all over the Twin Cities startup community show up and support our companies. Here are some highlights of what was accomplished by our startups during the program:

  • Nexosis – Announced the company saved more than $90,000 in one location in a pilot with Pepsi this past summer and they are integrating into the Shopify e-commerce platform. They recently announced closing a $5M Series A round
  • Branch – Shared the results of their successful pilot program with Target stores and plans to move headquarters to Minneapolis. Branch is will soon announce the closing of their seed round.
  • Blueprint Registry – Announced multiple partnerships that is expected to increase the number of accounts on its site to over a million. They recently announced closing a $1M seed round.

Since the program has wrapped up, Techstars companies have already collectively raised almost $15M, with another $5M to $10M coming soon. Stay tuned, as many more partnerships and deals are in the works to be announced this year.

What to Expect in 2017

For 2017, Techstars expects to once again find the top retail tech startups from around the world and welcome them to Minneapolis for the summer to their beautiful working space located, literally, within Target HQ.

Have a disruptive retail technology startup?  Techstars will be visiting New York City, Cincinnati, Toronto, Waterloo, Seattle, Portland, Miami, Austin, Washington DC, Boulder/Denver, San Francisco and Los Angeles to discuss our program. Simply send an email here to coordinate.

All in all, it was an incredibly successful first program and we are already looking forward to the next! Apply today!

Photo: Flickr / Mike Mozart

This article is courtesy of Techstars, the best global ecosystem for entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market. From inspiration to IPO, Techstars empowers the world’s most promising entrepreneurs throughout their lifelong journey by providing a global ecosystem made up of tens of thousands of community leaders, founders, mentors, investors, and corporate partners.

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Ryan is an entrepreneur at heart who has been working in and with startups for his entire career. He's interested in turning huge ideas into reality. He's the managing director at Techstars.

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