Techstars is a mentorship-driven startup accelerator (Incubator) founded by David Cohen, Brad Feld, David Brown, and JaredPolis that holds 13 week programs for startups in Boulder Co, New York City, Boston, Seattle, San Antonio, Austin, Chicago and London. It is considered one of the best startup accelerators in the world. Fewer than 1% of the companies that apply to Techstars are accepted. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Techstars
== Chicago branch ==
I did a little mentoring to 2 companies in the 2015 class.
Launched Jan'2013 as a rebranding of ExcelerateLabs, a world-class accelerator in Chicago, led by accomplished entrepreneurs Troy Henikoff (Sure Payroll) and Sam Yagan (Ok Cupid, SparkNotes, Match Com) as well as two of the leading VC-s in the Midwest, SandboxIndustries’ Nick Rosa, and NewWorldVentures’ Adam Koopersmith.
=== The 2014 class: ===
Clutch Prep: An education platform targeted at college students that provides in-depth, textbook-specific videos and practice materials, presented by subject experts and tutors. Oct'2015 doing 500Startups.
In Rentive Listings: A platform for real estate professionals that allows them to efficiently manage their content, analyze listing performance, and market various property rentals across several listing services and social media platforms. Raised $100k from Steve Case in Apr'2015.
Telnyx: A platform-as-a-service company that delivers data-driven, highly scalable telephony services at a fraction of the cost of incumbents. Raised $1M Sept'2014.
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