Techstars Atlanta: World Tour 2017

02/01/2017 | By Michael Cohn

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Where in the world is Techstars Atlanta? That’s the question of the hour as we kick off the search for our 2017 class of entrepreneurs.

Break Out Your Atlas

Over the coming months the Techstars Atlanta team will cross the globe looking for the most promising entrepreneurs to join our 2017 class.

With events across the US, Canada, Israel and Nigeria, our passports will be getting quite the workout as we are graciously welcomed to visit international entrepreneurs on their own turf, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

So where in the world will we be? We’re visiting:

  • Our southeastern neighbors: As the only Techstars program in the southeastern US, we want to make sure we represent our home. That’s why we have events scheduled for Atlanta, Birmingham, Jacksonville, Nashville and Chattanooga.

  • North American tech hubs: We’ll also extend our continental travel north and west as we hit Toronto and Waterloo in Canada and Provo and Salt Lake City in Utah. We’ve seen firsthand the tech scenes exploding in these cities, and we can’t wait to build relationships with the phenomenal talent behind this growth.

  • International trailblazers: Finally, we’re crossing oceans to host events in Nigeria and Israel, two countries with longstanding entrepreneurial spirits, global mindsets and histories of inventing technology that knows no borders.


Searching Far and Wide with a Distinct Purpose

When we started searching for our inaugural class last year, I emphasized that we were casting a wide net. This year the net has grown wider and deeper and, dare I say it, our expectations have gotten even higher.

Building on the Success of 2016

Although 2016 was the inaugural year for Techstars Atlanta, we set the bar high for future classes. In the few short months since the program ended, the companies that participated have gone on to raise millions of dollars in venture funding and have already made amazing strides.

We were fortunate to have an incredibly geographically diverse class last year, but in 2017 we have even broader ambitions (after all, what type of example would we set if we didn’t bend over backwards to improve?).

Founders First

While market size, business model, traction, and many other considerations are important, founders will be the most important item on our minds this year as we consider applications to join the 2017 class of Techstars Atlanta.

Throughout our experience building and mentoring companies both inside and outside of Techstars, one thing has proven itself to be true time and again: The successes, failures and prospects of early stage companies are largely defined by their founders.

We plan to take this lesson to heart as we look for tenacious founders with authentic narratives. With that in mind, we’ll put the spotlight on founders by asking question like: Why are you the right person to build this company? And how have you proven you’re up to the challenge?

And it’s not just founders’ individual backgrounds and skills that matter. It’s also the gel of the entire team. The best teams come when people who have had a relationship for years -- whether professionally or socially -- join forces, not when they meet in a “co-founder speed dating session.”

Finding the Best, Regardless of Vertical

Finally, we’re a horizontal program, and that means we’ll be searching for companies that represent a broad set of industries and technologies. In other words, when we say we’re looking for the best, we mean companies that have unique ideas that they can take to a defensible position in a large market -- any market -- not just the best in a specific vertical or technology market.

And because we’re backed by the combination of a terrific partnership with Cox Enterprises (and all its resources in media, automotive and communications) and the landscape of Atlanta (with its booming fintech, cybersecurity and martech scene), we’re more than confident that we can provide valuable support in numerous ways for companies of all kinds.

Techstars Atlanta is Coming to a City Near You

So when all is said and done, what does the ideal candidate for the 2017 Techstars Atlanta class look like? It’s a company founded by driven and dedicated people with an authentic connection to the problem they're solving. It’s a company that takes a unique approach and can build a defensible position in a large market. It’s a company that knows the importance of filling its ranks with the right people.

It could be you.

Do you think you have what it takes? If so, we can’t wait to meet you! Join us at one of our upcoming events and leave a lasting impression. Check out the full list below:



Registration Link

February 6, 2017

Birmingham, AL


February 7, 2017

Jacksonville, FL


February 16, 2017

Cincinnati, OH

Request Office Hours

February 24, 2017

Atlanta, GA -



March 1, 2017

Lagos, Nigeria


March 1, 2017

Salt Lake City, UT


March 2, 2017

South Jordan, UT


March 9, 2017

Nashville, TN


March 10, 2017

Chattanooga, TN


March 13, 2017

Toronto, Ontario


March 14, 2017

Waterloo, Ontario


March 16, 2017

Atlanta, GA -

Techstars Office


March 22, 2017

Tel Aviv, Israel