March, 2019

Techstars Foundation Accepting 2019 Grant Applications


Techstars is always working to be a leader in inclusive entrepreneurship by improving opportunities for women and underrepresented minorities throughout our global ecosystem. One important way we do this is through the Techstars Foundation.

Mission 2025: Planning the Future of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education

Venture Well

What are the topics and challenges in I&E education that should be addressed between now and 2025? The post Mission 2025: Planning the Future of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education appeared first on VentureWell.

The Achilles Heel of Startup Ecosystems

This is going to be BIG.

Across the world, various economic development organizations, government agencies, and non-profits are putting in admirable and well-intentioned efforts to develop startup ecosystems. They’re building campuses, districts, buildings, spaces, as well as running new educational efforts and contests—basically anything they can think of to foster the growth of new and innovative companies. One thing they’re spending very little time on could wind up being the reason why all of these efforts dry up.

Announcing Batch 1 of the Misk 500 MENA Accelerator Program


Six weeks ago, we launched the inaugural batch of the Misk 500 MENA Accelerator Program, bringing the best of our flagship Seed Accelerator program to the MENA region in partnership with Misk Innovation.

State of MENA Startups 2019, Report

MAGNiTT and 500 Startups jointly launch first 'State of MENA Startups 2019" report. Survey findings reveal insights on trends in fundraising exercise, exit opportunities, hiring, and growth optimization.

Five Years of Transformation

Co Starters

By Enoch Elwell, CO.STARTERS Founder & Visionary. CO.STARTERS recently passed the five-year mark as a company, representing more than a decade of learnings in what is now known as “ecosystem building” support.

How to Run an Effective Networking Dinner

Both Sides of the Table

Photo by Juliette F on Unsplash Networking is a critical part of relationship building and there is no event more valuable to building relationships than the proverbial “breaking of bread” with people.

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Water-Energy Nexus: A Connection That’s Driving Innovation

Venture Well

For World Water Day, we spoke with three ventures operating at the water-energy nexus to learn how they're addressing strains in both resource systems. The post Water-Energy Nexus: A Connection That’s Driving Innovation appeared first on VentureWell.

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Some Thoughts and Models Around Ownership Targets

This is going to be BIG.

You hear this from VC’s a lot: “We need to own X% of your company to make our returns.” They back it up with sensible math—owning 20% of a billion dollar outcome returns a $200mm VC fund, and, of course, you’re trying to at least return the fund. So, no one really questions the ownership model.

To Infinity and Beyond: 500’s Next Chapter


My journey with 500 began eight years ago as a startup founder in Batch 3. At the time, 500 was a fledgling early stage investor just beginning to establish itself in Silicon Valley.

New Resources from National Partners

Co Starters

When You Pitch, Make Sure to KISS


Not long ago, I found myself pitching GAN. The conversation was going well, I felt like I was able to convey all of the main points I wanted to, and our rapport seemed solid. During the first 20 minutes of the chat, I gave background on accelerators, corporates, and the startup studio industry, trends we’re seeing, opportunities in front of us, and a variety of other important data points describing GAN’s work. I nailed it. Or at least I thought I had.

Five Pillars of Success: Curated Content for Early Stage Entrepreneurs


So you’ve got a terrific idea for a startup? Great! If you’re just starting out as an entrepreneur, you may feel overwhelmed by all the new vocabulary and concepts around building a business.

Innovator Spotlight: Mahdi Eghbali of VerdiLife

Venture Well

E-Team grantee Mahdi Eghbali of VerdiLife has learned to look for teammates who have vision and passion for the problem the startup is trying to solve. The post Innovator Spotlight: Mahdi Eghbali of VerdiLife appeared first on VentureWell.

The Smartest Most Unsympathetic Guys in the Room: Tech's Responsibility Going Forward

This is going to be BIG.

I'm a bit tired of tweeting, donating, protesting, etc. to end gun violence--so I'll take a different tact in the wake of the Christchurch shooting. If you're an investor, employee, or just user of a large media distribution network, please ask the hard questions about the responsibilities of those platforms to prevent the spread of hate and violence--again and again until these platforms take their role seriously.

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500 Falcons Final Close Oversubscribed at $33 million!


We are happy to announce that we’ve had an oversubscribed final closing for our first MENA region focused fund, 500 Falcons.

How Amsterdam Collaborates With The Global Impact Hub Network

Impact Hub

Impact Hub Amsterdam has been taking over our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook channels this week, sharing how their members create positive impact in the Netherlands and across the world!

Download: 15 Best Practices for Business Incubators & Accelerators

UBI Global

Apply Best Practices, Launch Startups Better Running a business incubator or accelerator is not easy, and those in charge of organizing program activities work tirelessly to help entire cohorts of startups set up their companies, establish their brand identities, and then launch themselves with a solid business plan and processes. Startups in turn, depend on […]. The post Download: 15 Best Practices for Business Incubators & Accelerators appeared first on UBI Global.

Funding Demystified! Free Course Offers Founders a Guide to Raising Capital


How do venture deals really work? Whether you’re an entrepreneur raising funds or an investor looking to take your venture finance skills to the next level, Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson have the answers for you.

Faculty Spotlight: Scott Shrake from Colorado State University

Venture Well

For Scott Shrake, teaching allows him to interact with students who believe that everything is possible and recognize that failure is temporary. The post Faculty Spotlight: Scott Shrake from Colorado State University appeared first on VentureWell.

Three Exercises Every First Time Venture Fund Needs to Work Through

This is going to be BIG.

Some VCs peel off of other funds to start their own and they have the benefit of a track record from their previous firm to show. Obviously, that’s ideal, but that’s not where everyone starts. If you’re lacking for track record as a firm, here’s three exercises you should walk through to help turn your pitch and due diligence meetings from guesswork into something more substantive.

The Valuation vs. Traction Matrix

Jason Calacanis

Early-stage valuations for startups are hard to understand because typically there is very little traction or data to go on in the first year or two of a startup. Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): [link] ]. Startup valuations are not science, but they’re not magic either.

Where Have All the Angels Gone?

Tomasz Tunguz

Rewind a decade. Angel investing was an important part of the Startupland ecosystem. Today, you can’t make the same argument. 2018 observed the fewest number of angel-led financing rounds since before 2010. Angels led 156 rounds last year, a figure that collapsed from 714 in 2015.

The World Benchmark Study – Impacting the innovation landscape

UBI Global

Knowledge- The Best Quest There is a humorous quote by Warren Buffet, “Only when the tide goes out, do you discover who’s been swimming naked.” This quote probably gives you a hilarious mental image, but “The Oracle of Omaha” was talking about the importance of measuring yourself and your company.

Incumbent and Insurgent: Adding Value Together


Today, global energy corporation Equinor and startup Crux OCM are working together to test Crux OCM’s software, which functions as an “autopilot” for oil and gas control room operators.

Bioengineering Capstone Programs: 5 Ways to Maximize Impact

Venture Well

Bioengineering capstone programs help prepare students for real-world challenges in a way that is different from any traditional lab course. The post Bioengineering Capstone Programs: 5 Ways to Maximize Impact appeared first on VentureWell. Early Stage Innovators Faculty Healthcare Technology Biomedical Engineering entrepreneurship education higher education teaching resources

How Madrid Promotes Female Entrepreneurship

Impact Hub

Women are a key element in the family economy in Spain, although over recent years they have been greatly affected by high rates of unemployment. If we add the gender pay gap to this, it means that, generally speaking, women earn less than men for doing the same job.

Why People Don’t Get Wealthy

Jason Calacanis

I threw out a tweet over the weekend titled “reasons people don’t get wealthy,” and I listed nine reasons and asked folks to add their 10th, 11th and 12th. Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): [link] ].

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Benchmarking Zoom's S-1:How 7 Key Metrics Stack Up

Tomasz Tunguz

In the past few years, Zoom has become a verb: the act of video conferencing someone. Eight years ago, Eric Yuan, former VP Engineering at WebEx left to create a business with a better video conferencing product. He and his team authored a new codec, which is far more resilient than others.

Welcoming Ally to the Founders’ Co-op Family

Founders Coop

I’m thrilled to announce that we’ve just led a seed investment (our largest first-check investment to date) in Ally , the intelligent operating system for business execution. Ally helps businesses tightly connect strategy to execution, and leverages ML to orchestrate alignment and transparency throughout an organization.

Techstars Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Can Help You Do More Faster


At Techstars we believe that entrepreneurs create a better future, which is why we are building the Worldwide Network that Helps Entrepreneurs Succeed. It’s also why we created the Techstars Entrepreneur’s Toolkit , an online educational resource to help entrepreneurs learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship.

UrbanTech Transit Startup Remix Raises $15 Million

Dream It

The Summary Remix is currently being used by over 4,000 planners in over 300 cities to enable planners to visualize tradeoffs when making urban planning decisions.

Happy International Women’s Day!


We will keep this short and sweet but we wanted to. give a shout out to some of the awesome ladies in the industry. that inspire and motivate us. We couldn’t possibly post them all but wanted to acknowledge this important day. On average, women are paid 20% less than men. This has to end.

I’m on a Mission

Jason Calacanis

I’m on a mission to teach 10,000 accredited investors how to angel invest and share their deals. Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): [link] ]. As many of you know, I wrote the book ANGEL , created a companion podcast and now I’m hosting a half-day course called Angel University.

Benchmarking PagerDuty's S-1:How 7 Key Metrics Stack Up

Tomasz Tunguz

PagerDuty was founded in 2009 by 3 former Amazon engineers who were often on-call. To engineers, being on call means carrying a pager to respond to crises when software breaks or services go down. In the 10 years since that day, PagerDuty has built an exceptional business.

How much of my business do I have to give to an investor?


If you’re looking for growth capital, this one’s for you. We’ll cover what information you’ll expect to provide, your range of expected values and amounts of investment to expect. All to help you set your expectations. Financial History and Projections. Let’s start with the basics.

Bee Well. Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars Spotlight: Combplex Aims to Help Beekeepers Save the Hives


Highlights of student-led ventures participating in the LaunchPad Lift Cohort , part of the Blackstone LaunchPad® powered by Techstars® entrepreneurship program. It’s getting harder each day to be a honeybee.