Become a Startup Scout

Join the VC Startup Scout Program! Leverage your acumen to spot emerging talent & tech breakthroughs. Amplify your network, influence the industry, and access exclusive insights. Your tech expertise can ignite growth!


Techstars is a global platform for investment and innovation. It provides access to over $100 million in capital, along with market access, revenue and mentorship. It is an American seed accelerator. Techstars has supported numerous startups including Sphero, ClassPass, and SendGrid. As of 2019, the accelerator has accepted over 1,600 companies into its programs with a combined market capitalization of $18.2bn USD.

A notable success story is that of SendGrid, an email delivery and management service. SendGrid graduated from the Techstars program in 2009 and was later acquired by Twilio in 2019 for approximately $3 billion.

ClassPass is another Techstars success. The fitness class booking app graduated from the Techstars program in 2012. It was valued at one billion dollars in January 2020, establishing it as a tech "unicorn".

Sphero, a robotics and digital technology innovator known especially for its connected toys, also graduated from the Techstars program. Their innovative products have been incorporated into classroom learning across the country.

David Cohen, Brad Feld, David Brown, and Jared Polis founded Techstars in 2006. Their main aim was to connect entrepreneurs with a powerful network, accessing funding and facilitating the path to success.

Techstars launched the Techstars Foundation in 2015. The foundation's mission is to increase diversity and inclusion in entrepreneurship. Techstars also launched the Global Entrepreneurship Network in 2018. They are initiators for the global Startup Weekend, Startup Week and Startup Digest programs, supporting the global start-up ecosystem.

Techstars not only invests in their startups but also takes an active role with their mentoring-driven accelerator program. The program's uniqueness lies within its focus on intensive mentorship. Founders are connected with experts in their industry to guide them through their startup journey. Techstars's network extends to over 10,000 mentors, investors, alumni, and corporate partners, enabling the startups to gain unrivaled access to industry know-how and financing.

As a Scout, You Can...

Kickstart Your Venture Capital Career

Showing your skills in picking successful startups and advising founders is the surest way to build your reputation and secure a venture capital role.

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Help Your Ecosystem Thrive

Your community, region, or group thrives when its founders are given the chance to succeed before going back and reinvesting in their comunities.

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Earn a Share in Startups Without Investing in Them

Earn a share in startups you scout without the funds to invest directly just like a VC partner.

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Monetise Your Content & Community

As a podcaster, community manager, or event organiser you have a front-row seat to interesting startups which you can monetise by helping them fundraise.

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Create a Fairer Society

By identifying under-represented founders you're level the playing field for anyone to success based on merit independent from their social or ethnic background.

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Help Friends Get Funded

Help your friends who are neck-deep in their startups get the funding they need to succeed.

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Grow Your Personal Brand

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Available Programs

Startup Investor?

Connect with early-stage startups coming out of Techstars Accelerator and get exclusive dealflow opportunities. Join our investor community today and stay up to date with the latest innovations.

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Scout Programs in Other Global Startup Hubs


Do you interview founders & startups? Take your conversation insights to the next level by scouting your favourite podcast guests.

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Co-Working Space Organiser

Do you help run a co-working space as an organiser or a greeter? Do you come across interesting entrepreneurs and startups?

Scout startups you sit next to→

Event Organiser

Do you organise an event, conference, or trade show? Help your founder attendees get discovered.

Scout startups at your event →


Are you active in the entrepreneurship club at your college? Doing an MBA? Or are you a PHD student at a technical university? Help your fellow students get funded.

Scout startups at your university →

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