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Techstars, LLC
Founded Colorado, United States (2006, as Techstars, LLC.)
Headquarters Boulder, Colorado
Key people

David Cohen (Co-founder and CEO)
Brad Feld (Co-founder)
David Brown (Co-founder)

Jared Polis (Co-founder)

Techstars is an American seed accelerator, founded in Boulder, Colorado in 2006 by David Cohen, Brad Feld, David Brown, and Jared Polis. Techstars has both industry agnostic "city" programs, and "vertical" programs typically operated in partnership with large corporations.[1][2][3][4][5][6] Techstars has accepted over 1000 companies into its programs.[7] Collectively, these companies have raised over $3.3B USD.[8][9][10][11]


In 2006, Techstars was founded in Boulder, Colorado by David Cohen, Brad Feld, David Brown, and Jared Polis. Techstars held its first program in Boulder in 2007 with ten companies.[12] Of the ten, two were acquired that same year, three achieved positive exits by 2012, and two currently generate millions in annual revenue.[13]

In subsequent years, Techstars expanded to four additional cities: Boston in 2009; Seattle in 2010; New York City in 2011; a "cloud" program in San Antonio in 2012; and Austin in 2013.[14][15][16][17] Techstars has since expanded into many other locations worldwide.[18]

In January 2011, the firm launched the Global Accelerator Network (GAN), which links 22 similar programs internationally.[19][20] The network was launched in conjunction with President Barack Obama's Startup America Partnership.[21] GAN is now an independently operated organization. Techstars has also supported the formation of Patriot Boot Camp.[22]

In September 2013, Techstars made its first acquisition with NameLayer, a repository of "high-quality", tech-focused domain names. It now offers these domain names to its program participants.[23] In June 2015, Techstars announced the acquisition of UP Global, reintegrating programs like Startup Weekend into the Techstars family.[24]

In 2017, Techstars partnered with venture capital firm Partech Ventures, to expand the program to Paris.[25]

In September 2017 Techstars was contracted to work with the United States Airforce's new technology accelerator AFwerX.[26]


Startups can apply for Techstars' program and their viability is judged by the Managing Director of the program they applied to, as well as a screening committee composed of various members of the Techstars network.[27] In exchange for 6% common stock, each company accepted into Techstars receives $20,000; plus a $100,000 convertible note, access to the Techstars network for life, over $1M worth of perks, and a three-month accelerator program,[28] which is conducted in three phases.[29] Mentorship is one of the highest values of joining Techstars, according to the Handshakin Video Series[30]

Notable alumni[edit]

Major competitors[edit]


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