The Techstars Foundation
The Techstars Foundation vision is to stimulate innovation and positive social and economic global change through empowering underrepresented communities and entrepreneurs.
Techstars Foundation
We're here to start a movement that makes innovation accessible to anyone, anywhere.
Since 2015, the Techstars Foundation has invested more than $1 million and helped 30 nonprofits deliver scalable impact for entrepreneurs from underrepresented communities. In 2020, we gave more than $325,000 in grants to an incredible group of organizations, the majority of which are led by Black and Brown founders. Our goal is to make the entrepreneurial ecosystem more accessible, equitable and inclusive by enabling early stage nonprofits to support underserved and underestimated entrepreneurs.
Your support accelerates equity.
Entrepreneurship is a powerful and scalable path to economic equity for marginalized communities.

Our goal is to transform the entrepreneurial ecosystem, making it more accessible, equitable and inclusive by identifying early stage nonprofits and ideas that empower and support underestimated entrepreneurs. We
leverage the Techstars network to provide access to entrepreneurship education and resources, community and networking events, and financial capital and amplification

With the Techstars Foundation investment, these nonprofits have trained more than 10,000 entrepreneurs around the world and mentored a new generation of VCs. The cascade of new businesses and jobs created is amazing, and it all started the financial support of donors like you.
Advisory Board
These distinguished leaders and experts help us move the needle.
David Cohen
Founder & Managing Partner, Techstars
Mary Grove
Partner at Revolution LLC (Rise of the Rest)
Amanda West
Strategy & Operations Lead, Google gTech Users & Products
Rod Robinson
Founder & CEO, ConnXus
Lucy Sanders
CEO, NCWIT
Jeremy Shure
Global Head of Early Stage, Grasshopper Bank
Global Head of Early Stage, Grasshopper Bank
Jeremy Shure
With almost 20 years experience, I lead the Grasshopper Bank's work with founders, emerging companies, tech ecosystems, also working closely with the venture capital funds who invest in the innovation economy. I am based in New York City.

Prior to joining Grasshopper, I was a Managing Director at Silicon Valley Bank, leading its East Coast Early Stage Practice. My experience also includes co-founding the Emerging Companies practice group of a national law firm, and directing the innovation practice of the world's largest privately held media agency.

I am a Kauffman Fellow, and I sit on the Advisory Board of the Techstars Foundation (supporting diversity and inclusion in the innovation economy) and the National Board of Directors of Active Minds (combating the mental health stigma on college campuses).

I can be found on Twitter at @jeremyshure and on LinkedIn here.
Director, Google for Entrepreneurs
Mary Grove
Mary Grove is a Partner at Rise of the Rest Seed Fund where she is focused on investments as well as managing the engagement platform to support the Rise of the Rest portfolio. She is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prior to joining Revolution, Mary spent 14 years at Google in Silicon Valley, NYC, and Zurich. She was the founding Director of Google for Entrepreneurs and led the company's global efforts to support entrepreneurs and communities in over 100 countries. She also led New Business Development partnerships and worked on the company's IPO deal team. Mary is the co-founder of Silicon North Stars, a nonprofit whose mission is to inspire young Minnesotans from economically underserved communities toward futures in tech. Mary has served on the Boards of the Techstars Foundation, Astia, UP Global, and the Stanford Alumni Association. She earned her BA and MA from Stanford University.
Founder & CEO, ConnXus
Rod Robinson
Rod Robinson is the founder and CEO of ConnXus, Inc., a supplier diversity software platform that enables Fortune 2000 companies to manage supplier diversity compliance tracking and reporting requirements. Since starting the company in 2010, Rod has led the company through successfully raising $10 million in venture capital, 102% compound annual revenue growth, a database of 1.7 million diverse suppliers and a growing list of global customers including American Express, McDonald's, Caesars Entertainment, Coca-Cola and Cummins. Rod holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from the West Virginia University Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Dun & Bradstreet fellowship recipient. Rod was recognized by Ernst & Young as an Entrepreneur of the Year finalist in 2012.
CEO, NCWIT
Lucy Sanders
Lucy Sanders is CEO and Co-founder of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and also serves as Executive-in-Residence for the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU).

Lucy has an extensive industry background, having worked in R&D and executive (VP) positions at AT&T Bell Labs, Lucent Bell Labs, and Avaya Labs for over 20 years, where she specialized in systems-level software and solutions (multi-media communication, and customer relationship management).

Lucy is a recipient, along with NCWIT Co-founders Robert Schnabel and Telle Whitney, of the Computing Research Association's 2012 A. Nico Habermann Award. She has been inducted into the Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the 2013 U.S. News STEM Leadership Hall of Fame Award. Lucy received her BS and MS in computer science from Louisiana State University and the University of Colorado Boulder, respectively.
Founder & co-CEO, Techstars
David Brown
David Brown is a co-founder and co-CEO of Techstars.

David is a serial entrepreneur who has founded three startups and been involved with two others. He is one of the original founders of Pinpoint Technologies, Inc. which is now part of ZOLL Medical Corporation and provides solutions to the emergency medical services market. He was President of the company from founding through over $50M per year in revenue and over 250 people.

David later co-founded Techstars along with David Cohen, Brad Feld, and Jared Polis. He has been an investor and advisor to Techstars since inception. In 2013, he joined Techstars in a more active role as Managing Partner and now co-CEO.

David has a B.Sc. degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. As a ski instructor in the past, David still enjoys hitting the slopes on a good powder day.

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Managing Partner, Techstars
David Cohen
David Cohen is the Founder and co-CEO of Techstars.

David has been an entrepreneur and investor for his entire life. He has only had one job interview in his career, successfully got that job but then quit shortly thereafter to start his first company. Since then, he has founded several companies and has invested in hundreds of startups such as Uber, Twilio, SendGrid, FullContact, and Sphero. In total, these investments have gone on to create more than $80B in value.

Prior to Techstars, David was a co-founder of Pinpoint Technologies which was acquired by ZOLL Medical Corporation (NASDAQ: ZOLL) in 1999. You can read about it in No Vision, All Drive. Later, David was the founder and CEO of earFeeder, a music service that was sold to SonicSwap. He also had what he likes to think of as a "graceful failure" in between.

David is the co-author (with Brad Feld) of Do More Faster; Techstars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup. David also enjoys reading non-fiction books and playing tennis. He is married to the coolest girl he's ever met and has three amazing kids who always seem to be teaching him something new.

You can find David tweeting at @davidcohen and blogging on the web at DavidGCohen.com.

Founder & co-CEO, Techstars
David Brown
David is a serial entrepreneur who has founded three startups and been involved with two others. He is one of the original founders of Pinpoint Technologies, Inc. which is now part of ZOLL Medical Corporation and provides solutions to the emergency medical services market. He was President of the company from founding through over $50M per year in revenue and over 250 people.

David later co-founded Techstars along with David Cohen, Brad Feld, and Jared Polis. He has been an investor and advisor to Techstars since inception. In 2013, he joined Techstars in a more active role, overseeing global operations.

David has a B.Sc. degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. As a ski instructor in the past, David still enjoys hitting the slopes on a good powder day.

Chief Product Officer, Techstars
Nicole Glaros
Nicole has entrepreneurship in her blood. As a second generation American, with both her father and grandfather starting companies, she learned at a young age that being an entrepreneur means being in charge of your own destiny. She got her entrepreneurial start in the 4th grade, orchestrating cousins into theatrical plays and charging neighbors admission. Since 2002, she's been mentoring and funding early-stage web software companies. Most recently, Nicole is Chief Product Officer at Techstars, a global ecosystem for entrepreneurs based out of Boulder, Colorado. She's been with Techstars since its early days in 2009, has run 8 programs and has close to 90 companies in her portfolio. She's on the Board of Directors for SimpleEnergy, Owlet, and the Entrepreneur's Foundation of Colorado. She was named one of the "Coolest People in New York Tech" and an Extraordinary Woman in New York Tech by Business Insider, Marie Claire named her one of the "NewGuard", and Entrepreneur Magazine named her One of the Most 7 Powerful Women to Watch. You can see her at various speaking engagements like SXSW.

Nicole graduated with her Master's Degree in Sport Psychology from the University of Florida and has learned that the same principles of sport apply to startups. She is married to the love of her life and has 2 young children under 5 who keep her honest, humble, and acutely aware of how short and precious life is.

Follow Nicole at www.nearlynicole.com.
Techstars Foundation Grantees
We believe entrepreneurs can change the world. Together we can change entrepreneurship.
HBCUvc
HBCUvc's mission is to foster the development of inclusive innovation economies. They accomplish this by increasing the number of Black and Latinx venture capital leaders in communities where entrepreneurs face barriers in accessing investment capital.
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Re:Coded
Re:Coded seeks to unlock opportunities for youth in the Middle East and North Africa by preparing them for successful careers in the region's rapidly growing technology sector as software developers, entrepreneurs, and tech leaders.
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Digital Citizen Fund
Digital Citizen Fund helps girls and women in developing countries gain access to technology and obtain the necessary skills to succeed in today's expanding global market. They train women to become successful entrepreneurs in the digital world.
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Centro Community Partners
Centro Community Partners mission is to build thriving communities by providing low-income, minority, and women entrepreneurs with training, one-on-one business advising, mentorship, and access to capital.
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MITD-Lab
MIT D-Lab works with people around the world to develop and advance collaborative approaches and practical solutions to global poverty challenges. The goal of this program is to help refugee women find long-term durable solutions through skill-building and support to start small businesses.
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Watson Institute
Watson Institute is a revolutionary new model of higher education for next-generation innovators, leaders, and entrepreneurs. Watson Institute supports diverse, next-generation, impact-focused entrepreneurs so they can pioneer their education, trailblaze lives as innovators, and contribute to solving the toughest challenges facing the world.
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Defy Ventures
Defy Ventures transforms the lives of business leaders and people with criminal histories through their collaboration along the entrepreneurial journey.
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Pursuit
Through our four-year fellowship program, we train adults with the most need and potential to get their first tech jobs, advance in their careers, and become the next generation of leaders in tech.
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Novel City
Unified around executing innovation-based economic development within densely populated yet underserved urban communities and zip codes with some of the lowest life expectancy rates in America. Learn More
Global EIR
Global EIR Coalition expands economic opportunities through partnering international entrepreneurs, universities, and cities to promote job creation, grow local economies, and build their businesses throughout the United States.
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Astia
Astia transforms the way businesses are funded by providing capital, connections and expertise that fuel the growth of women-led ventures.
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Gaza Sky Geeks
A co-working hub, entrepreneurship outreach organization and startup incubator and accelerator in Gaza, run by the global organization Mercy Corps.
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Patriot Boot Camp
An intensive 3-day educational event designed to mentor military members, Veterans and their spouses to start technology-focused businesses.
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Techstars Foundation is a donor-advised fund managed by the Community Foundation Boulder County.

All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law and. For more information on how to give and types of gifts accepted (cash, check, stock, planned gifts, among others) please visit the Techstars Foundation giving page, or to volunteer time, products and services, email us at foundation@techstars.com.
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