Today, Techstars announced something really interesting – a partnership with leading educational institutions (so far this includes The University of Colorado and Northeastern University) to offer Techstars accelerator alumni instant credit towards degree programs at those universities. Think of it as a head start on an MBA or other degree, based on the direct experience gained from having started a company as part of a Techstars accelerator. Pretty cool, and amazing thought leadership from these universities!
These new partnerships also entail providing students and alumni from those universities access to apply for coveted associate positions at Techstars (we hire around 100 per year), as well as job placements into our 2,300 (and growing!) portfolio companies globally.
It’s super interesting to watch smart and forward thinking universities create new ways to attract the next generation of successful founders and entrepreneurs. After all, these are the individuals who will go on to create so many world changing innovations, to employ so many, and to change the world.
For Techstars, this is just another way that we help entrepreneurs succeed. If you work with a University and you have ideas for working closely with great startups, leave a comment on this post or reach out and we can chat about it!