Just over two years ago, I had the amazing opportunity to join Techstars from Springboard to help build its first international outpost outside the US. It has been an amazing journey and we have gone on to add Techstars Berlin, the Barclays Accelerator in London and Techstars Metro – to support more entrepreneurs in many more countries.
Yesterday, Techstars announced that it had acquired UP Global which includes Startup Weekend, Startup Week, Startup Next and Startup Digest as part of their family. This acquisition will help both Techstars and UP Global to fulfil their ambitions to help more entrepreneurs globally.
One of the greatest strengths I recognise being part of Techstars family is the value of our #givefirst philosophy and our massively interconnected network – something which I know we share with our new addition – UP Global. I believe that with our shared ambitions we can empower the next generation of entrepreneurs.
With 18 programmes (and more to come) operating around the world, Techstars is extremely familiar (and successful) at working as a highly distributed network. I can personally vouch that Techstars is exceptionally good at managing the balance of being supportive whilst allowing for a level of autonomy – and I expect that to remain true for Up Global – which will remain open and independent within the wider tech ecosystem.
As a commitment to UP Global, Techstars will immediately eliminate any fees associated with Startup Next to remove financial obstacles and make entrepreneurship more accessible to those who want to build a sustainable business. And I am super excited to be working more closely with our newest members of the Techstars Family and creating more opportunities for entrepreneurs everywhere.