The sole objective of Techstars accelerator programs is to support business success. They surround firms with the top mentors and an unmatched network of business partners, investors, and alumni during each three-month program. We offer workshops, curated resources, funding and fundraising possibilities, as well as other opportunities for you to learn from your peers. It’s a tested strategy that has aided in the development of countless prosperous businesses all around the world.
But how does that actually work out? Here is a breakdown of the events that take place throughout each of the three months, a description of a typical week, and the kind of activities you can participate in during the program.Table of Content
Techstars is a global investment business that provides access to capital, one-on-one mentorship, a worldwide network and customized programming for early-stage entrepreneurs. It was founded in 2006 in Boulder, Colorado. As of May 2022, the company had accepted over 2,900 companies into its accelerator programs with a combined market capitalization of $71bn USD. Techstars was founded in Boulder, Colorado, by David Cohen, Brad Feld, David Brown, and Jared Polis in 2006. Initially, Techstars invested between $6,000 and $18,000 in early stage companies, providing ... read more
Office hours with guest mentors and investors
Workshops and masterclasses delivered by industry experts on specific topics like hiring, marketing, tech, product, etc.
Founder stories: serial entrepreneurs come in and share how they built their company. The best part is that it’s more than what you read online – in this context, founders speak honestly about what really went down.
Intensive pitch practice, in preparation for Demo Day and fundraising
Plus anything else the program team thinks would benefit your experience and help you #DoMoreFaster — many activities are curated to the needs of the founders and companies in each program, meaning that no program is exactly the same twice.
The Three Months Of A Techstars Accelerator, Month By Month
First month: Expand Your Network
The 10 firms in each program typically meet 100 mentors within the first month, all of whom are extremely well-connected and knowledgeable in their respective sectors. Following these first sessions, affectionately referred to as “Mentor Madness,” some programs pair founders with three to five mentors who would serve as their lead mentors and a fictitious board of advisors throughout the program. Mentors frequently continue to work with the companies after the program is through when there is a particularly excellent fit.
Mentors offer assistance in a wide range of business-related areas, including but not limited to:
Month Two: Execute
Month two is time to take all those learnings from month one and put them into practice. Working with the managing director and program manager, founders go deeper with their lead mentors, gain traction, and hit milestones — whether that’s a prototype, building out the next phase of a product, getting a first customer, etc.
During this month, founders focus on identifying their most important KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) and achieving them. If there’s a corporate partner for the program, this month may even be the time to prepare for a proof of concept.
Month Three: Fundraising Strategy & Demo Day
In month three, founders go deep on telling their story. This is crucial to fundraising and Demo Day preparation.
Founders work with their mentors, managing directors, and program managers to refine their pitch, develop and design their pitch deck for Demo Day, and prepare investor collateral.
Storytelling isn’t just about fundraising: it’s also about communicating your vision to customers and future team members.
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