TechStars Seattle now accepting applications
TechStars Seattle recently opened applications for their next class. If you’re a new Pacific Northwest startup and want to accelerate your business, you should consider applying now to this great program run by my good friend Andy Sack.
TechStars is a three month boot camp for entrepreneurs where you’ll receive intensive top-notch mentorship, incredible perks, and the chance to pitch to angel investors and venture capitalists at the end of the program. TechStars invests $118K in each company through $18K in seed funding and an optional $100K convertible debt note. TechStars companies average over $1.4M in outside venture capital raised after leaving the program. Apply to TechStars Seattle at apply.techstars.com by May 31, 2013 and join forces with the #1 tech accelerator in the world! The Seattle program runs from early August to early November, but Applications are due by May 31 — and early applications (I would encourage you to apply early) are due by May 3.
The startup community in Seattle is expanding rapidly, and TechStars Seattle is in the middle of it all with their office located in South Lake Union surrounded by Amazon, Microsoft and tons of amazing startups. TechStars Seattle teams will be working out of Founders Co-op which is also home to The Microsoft Accelerator (powered by TechStars) and CodeFellows programs. There’s a lot of startup talent as well as investors and other members of the tech community around to help out.
Why should you apply? TechStars is consistently rated one of the top startup accelerators in the world, with a 80+% success rate. For each program, ten companies are selected from a large pool of applicants. It’s competitve to get in — and why are so many companies applying? Because TechStars and the mentorship you receive during the program will help accelerate your business like no other program. If you need more info or reasons why you should apply to TechStars Seattle, read what Andy Sack, the Managing Director of TechStars Seattle has to say here.
Who should apply? Andy and his team look for exceptional founding teams who are objectively, mind-blowingly awesome on at least two vectors:
- Making — relentlessly efficient and effective creators of beautiful, functional software (and sometimes hardware), who have a track record of making stuff that works — whether in school, at work or on their own time — because it’s their primary mode of self-expression.
- Learning — insatiably curious information omnivores with strongly-held fact-based convictions that are constantly subject to critical analysis and revision based on new data, who actively seek new and faster ways — including interacting with other human beings — to learn and adapt in order to improve.
Think you might be a good fit? Then apply now!