I’m extremely excited to announce that I’m the brand new managing director for the Techstars Berlin Accelerator, taking on from Rob Johnson.
Rob oversaw our Berlin accelerator for the final three years and had invested in forty wonderful groups since he joined Techstars in 2015. I’m very conscious that I’ve obtained massive footwear to fill. Techstars is grateful for all of Rob’s effort rising the Techstars Berlin Accelerator program and we’re excited to remain linked with Rob as he focuses on his subsequent journey. #techstarsforlife
As certainly one of Europe’s most energetic angel traders, I meet with dozens of startups each week, and I’m consistently reminded of how troublesome it really is for founders to navigate the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and to get the proper recommendation.
From taking the fitting authorized steps when establishing and incentivising a founding crew, to negotiating with prospects and figuring out pricing, and from constructing a cap-table to elevating a spherical from prime quality traders, it’s extremely essential that entrepreneurs encompass themselves with mentors who’ve skilled the fun (and pains) of constructing and rising corporations.
At Techstars, we strongly consider that entrepreneurs are the first drivers to creating a greater future. Techstars is the worldwide community that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and we do that by supporting entrepreneurs all through their journey, from inspiration to IPO.
I’ve been a Managing Director at Techstars for a yr now, and may attest to the ability of the native networks that Techstars has cultivated in each nook of the world. These native networks are complemented by a pool of companions and mentors that may adapt to, and assist, a younger firm’s experiences at each step of their entrepreneurial journey. Don’t simply take my phrase for it, although – you’ll be able to learn how we at Techstars confirmed Xeno, a startup I’d beforehand invested in, the steps required to construct and scale a startup.
This community has by no means been stronger earlier than, and my newly adopted house metropolis of Berlin, is the best place to showcase this reality. In spite of everything, Techstars runs extra packages in Berlin, than another metropolis on the earth. While Berlin is a metropolis that’s famend for its open-mindedness and unbiased considering, there’s one more reason why Berlin has turn into a serious startup hub prior to now few years. It’s an excellent breeding floor for creativity and profitable companies with its prime quality of life relative to the low value of residing, which naturally attracts nice expertise however nonetheless has an energetic angel and VC ecosystem. It’s additionally cemented its status as a artistic hub for sustainable and social companies.
We’ve now opened purposes for our 2019 Berlin Metropolis accelerator program, and we’re looking everywhere in the world for entrepreneurs who’ve thrilling and scalable concepts, and wish to construct nice corporations with the assist of our worldwide community, by launching in Berlin at our Demo Day in Might 2019.
We’re wanting specifically for technology-first corporations that goal to resolve actual, on a regular basis issues for people and companies, in areas that embody AI, blockchain, cryptography (together with cryptocurrencies and platforms), distributed methods, edtech and govtech, social enterprise, journey, and ad-tech in addition to advertising.
Purposes shut in early November, and this system will start in mid-February. For those who’ve obtained questions, you’ll be able to message me on Twitter, or discover me on LinkedIn. Click on right here to start out your utility.