Kelly will help Techstars increase connectivity between startups and the global venture community to fuel innovation and growth


BOULDER, Colo. – September 17, 2019 – Techstars is excited to announce the addition of Declan Kelly to the Techstars team as Head of Investor Platforms, EMEA. In his new role, Kelly will expand Techstars’ global investor ecosystem, with a focus on Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), connecting more investors with some of the most exciting and disruptive startups around the world.  

With 11 Techstars mentorship-driven accelerator programs in Europe and the Middle East, Techstars has a portfolio of close to 350 companies and invests in nearly 110 startups in EMEA annually. Kelly will play an instrumental role in working with Techstars’ portfolio companies, Techstars managing directors and the investment community to foster connectivity across the region.

“Declan has been a significant connective tissue between startup founders and the global venture community for years,” said Cody Simms, partner at Techstars. “Entrepreneurs are building a better future for us all, and we’re thrilled to have Declan join us at Techstars where he will help us  provide Techstars portfolio companies with even greater access to capital to fuel their growth.”

Techstars operates 47 mentorship-driven accelerator programs around the world and is investing in nearly 500 startups on an annual basis. The worldwide Techstars’ global portfolio has raised $8.1 billion to date and has a market capitalization of $23.8 billion.

“Techstars’ explosive growth around the world, and particularly in Europe, is leaving a lasting positive impact on startup ecosystems and the entrepreneurs that support them,” said Kelly. “I’ve been watching the organization for quite some time and I’m looking forward to sharing my own experience to support Techstars’ mission.”

Kelly brings deep expertise in global investor relations to the Techstars network. Prior to joining Techstars, he served as the Head of Investors at Web Summit, the largest tech conference in the world, where he worked closely with some of the world’s leading angel investors, venture capital funds, LPs and heads of global M&A and TMT banking. Kelly is also a founding member and investor at Amaranthine, a long-term focused technology investment fund backed by Web Summit and its alumni community of top technology entrepreneurs.

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Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Techstars founders connect with other entrepreneurs, experts, mentors, alumni, investors, community leaders, and corporations to grow their companies. Techstars operates three divisions: Techstars Startup Programs, Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator Programs, and Techstars Corporate Innovation Partnerships. Techstars accelerator portfolio includes more than 1,900 companies with a market cap of $23 Billion.

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