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At Techstars, we believe Techstars is for Life. With that, we want to share a little about our history. It highlights key milestones that led us to where we are today and a few of the people that played a key role in getting us there. Thank you to everyone who helped start this worldwide network.
10 Years of History
Techstars, and what would eventually become 'Startup Programs', both began about 10 years ago in Boulder, Colorado. Click here to see our 2016 impact report!
Feb 18, 2006
Feb 18, 2006
The idea is born
Founding email from David Cohen to David Brown with original idea for Techstars.
Nov 2006
Nov 2006
Techstars is officially incorporated
Techstars becomes a reality with founders David Cohen, David Brown, Brad Feld and Jared Polis
Techstars founders David Cohen, David Brown, Brad Feld and Jared Polis
Summer 2007
Summer 2007
Techstars hosts its first Accelerator program
Boulder, CO
TechCrunch covered the first class way back when. David Brown and David Cohen team up again (their 3rd company together) hoping to help entrepreneurs scale their businesses.
David Cohen, founder and CEO of Techstars, in a 2009 photo.

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July 2007
July 2007
Andrew Hyde co-founds Startup Weekend and hosts the first event
Boulder, CO
2009
2009
Enter Marc, Clint, and Frank
Seattle, WA
Marc Nager, Clint Nelson, and Franck Nouyrigat join as co-founders of Startup Weekend, set up office in Seattle, Washington.
2009
2009
Techstars Ventures 2009
Techstars launches first venture fund, Techstars Ventures 2009 ($5M).
Techstars launches the Boston Accelerator.
2010
2010
Startup Digest joins the Startup Weekend family.
Techstars launches the Seattle accelerator
Startup Week comes together in Boulder, CO
The first Startup Week happened in 2010 in Boulder. Andrew Hyde was the founder of the event.
2011
2011
Techstars launches two new programs in NYC & Seattle
2012
2012
Techstars Ventures 2012
Techstars raises second seed fund, Techstars Ventures 2012 ($25M).
Startup Week Expands
Four communities adopted the Startup Week format: Boulder, Denver, Austin, Lincoln
2013
2013
Expansion into London
Techstars launches first international accelerator by acquiring Springboard in London.
2014
2014
Techstars Ventures 2014
Techstars Ventures 2014 ($155M) created.
Techstars Chicago Accelerator
Techstars acquires Excelerate Labs to create the Techstars Chicago Accelerator.
Startup Week expands to 14 new cities, including Canada
2015
2015
Techstars launches six new programs
The new programs include a partnership with Target and expansion into Germany, Israel and South Africa.
Startup Week goes overseas, expanding to Europe, Africa and Asia
Techstars acquires UP Global
Techstars acquires UP Global to join forces in building the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed.
2016
2016
Eight more programs join the worldwide network
Techstars opens new programs in Germany and the US, including the first ever Music Accelerator run by Techstars and leading companies in the global music business.
By 2016, there were 47 Startup Weeks worldwide with 83,000+ attendees
2017
2017
Techstars continues to expand, opening accelerators in Adelaide, Paris, Dubai, Oslo & more
Techstars announces joint venture with ANSR to create Techstars India
Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, announced a joint venture with ANSR, a leader in Global In-House Centers, to further expand Techstars' worldwide network in India.
To stay up to date on the next Techstars milestones, check out our announcements page and be sure to follow @techstars.
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