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Johann Romefort Joins Techstars as Managing Director for the BSH Future House Accelerator

Techstars is launching a mentorship-driven accelerator in Munich: the BSH Future House Accelerator Powered by Techstars.

The Future House: My Imaginative and prescient

Think about the kitchen because the meeting line of your own home: there’s a provide chain of merchandise (your groceries), adopted by storage (your fridge and cupboards), processing (home equipment, but in addition your individual cooking expertise and recipes), all the way down to waste administration. As we meet entrepreneurs fascinated by making use of to our accelerator program, we are going to take a look at startups protecting the entire cycle, from dwelling grown meals programs, to supply providers, social recipes platforms, and clever home equipment.

The imaginative and prescient of the Future House is one which adapts to who we’re and what we’d like—progressively understanding our preferences, looking for our security, and caring for our properly being. Andrew Ng declared, “AI is the brand new electrical energy.” AI will quickly be in every single place in our properties. Coupled with sensor fusion, AI will redefine our habitat expertise.

“How Can I Assist?”

At this time, I’m completely happy to announce that I’m becoming a member of Techstars as Managing Director for the BSH Future House Accelerator. Techstars’ values align with mine—the #GiveFirst mindset, the significance of mentorship, and the entry to a priceless community—and I‘m tremendous excited to get to work.

Not solely do I like to supply my insights on product-market match, expertise stack, and scaling—however I additionally prefer to share a number of the values that have been key in constructing my profession. The primary query I ask individuals I meet is: “How can I assist?” (#GiveFirst)

So what’s subsequent? As Managing Director for the BSH Future House Accelerator Powered by Techstars, my mission together with BSH is to search out 10 nice startups we will speed up within the coming 12 months. BSH House Home equipment is without doubt one of the largest producers of dwelling home equipment on the earth, and the chief in Europe with international manufacturers like Bosch,Siemens and Gaggenau, in addition to native heroes akin to Thermador within the U.S.

The 10 firms chosen to hitch this system could have direct suggestions and mentorship from a bunch on the prime of its discipline. Our imaginative and prescient is easy, but daring: we wish to invent the house of the long run and create model new experiences.

The Munich Ecosystem

Constructing communities is on the coronary heart of what I’ve been doing for the final 10 years. I like to see the magic occur when collisions happen.

As a tech evangelist for the previous three years, my mission is to shake up the native ecosystem. Munich has unbelievable sources, together with an enormous pool of expertise, because of famend universities and huge companies that gasoline the innovation panorama.

Now with Techstars on the town, Munich is on the innovation map, and as a managing director my mission shall be to speed up the collisions.

Techstars, with its over 10,000 mentors, buyers,and alumni, is a good addition to the Munich startup ecosystem. It’s going to present the know-how mandatory to boost the bar for the entire native startup panorama.

After co-founding Seesmic in 2007, I shortly realised that entry to high quality mentorship is essential for a primary time founder. Mentors enable you to fast-track issues and keep away from the could-be-deadly errors, particularly at an early stage of the corporate. With a agency perception within the energy of giving again, I’ve began to get extra concerned with Munich’s startup hubs to supply mentorship. I’m thrilled that I’ll be capable to lengthen this effort with the ability of the Techstars community and by following and serving to founders intently, throughout and after the accelerator program.

Subsequent Steps

My subsequent steps? I’ll be touring round Europe, Israel, and China in September/October 2018 to satisfy founders. Add me on LinkedIn and Twitter to remain updated with information about this system and even meet me in particular person for workplace hours or in the course of the Techstars Meet & Greet in one of many following cities: Stockholm, Paris and Berlin (extra to be introduced). Keep tuned for an upcoming AMA to study this system, the startups we’re in search of, and a few extra details about easy methods to apply to the Techstars program.

The functions for the BSH Future House Accelerator Powered by Techstars are actually open and can shut on October 14th. Questioning about greatest practices on easy methods to apply? Try our utility toolkit and apply at this time.

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Johann Romefort

Johann Romefort
Johann is the Managing Director of BSH Future House Accelerator Powered by Techstars and Tech evangelist at Stylight. Amongst different issues, he organizes the DAHO.AM Deep Tech Convention and is the previous Co-founder and CTO at Seesmic (2007-2011), that offered to HootSuite in 2012.

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