Boulder, CO and Washington, DC — Today, Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and Union, the platform that connects startup founders, mentors, investors, and corporate innovators around the world, announce a strategic partnership to support the Techstars network with the Union platform.
Techstars and Union share a mission to empower the worldwide entrepreneur network and, through this strategic partnership, they will use their respective resources to create new opportunities for Techstars entrepreneurs by creating easier ways to connect, share ideas and network with each other. Additionally, Techstars and Union will collaborate to develop new technology solutions that will improve the overall experience for Techstars and all of the communities currently on Union.
“Techstars helps entrepreneurs succeed and our partnership with Union will help our worldwide network create even more high-impact opportunities for Techstars alumni,” said David Brown, co-CEO and founder of Techstars. “Our partnership with Union will allow us to improve our online community for our thousands of founders, investors, partners, mentors, community leaders and others.”
The Techstars worldwide network includes more than 3,000 accelerator alumni, 4,000 mentors, 1,500 startups and nearly 50 Mentorship-driven Accelerator programs as well as thousands of community leaders from their global Techstars Startup Week and Startup Weekend community programs. This network will join the Techstars community on Union through a staged deployment that aligns with the timing of upcoming programs. They will work together to integrate the current suite of tools developed by Techstars with Union’s features and find new ways to open up more resources for startups around the world.
“Our mission at Union is to create a truly global startup ecosystem where resources and connections transcend geography. In Techstars we found a like-minded partner that is equally committed to developing and sharing the best opportunities so more entrepreneurs can succeed,” said Evan Burfield, CEO at Union. “We are thrilled to welcome the entire Techstars community to the Union platform and to continue our work together.”
The Union community already has over 800 learning resources and classes, 1,700 mentors and facilitates over 4,000 connections every month and powers other leading startup programs around the world like Capital Factory, 500 Startups and Darwin Startups among others. This provides entrepreneurs with access to crucial insights and connections with innovators regardless of where their startups are located. The platform is currently used by 75 incubators, accelerators, startup hubs, and investor groups around the world.
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 1,500 companies with a market cap of $15 Billion. www.techstars.com
Union empowers startup communities around the world. Our platform provides entrepreneurs, startup hubs and innovation teams with the best resources, networks and data architecture to transform their operations regardless of location. To learn more, visit Union.vc.