What is Techstars Startup Week

Techstars Startup Week is a five-day, entrepreneur-led, community event held in cities across the world to showcase the local startup ecosystem through meetups, lectures, discussions, and celebrations. 


We continue to grow as a worldwide movement and are excited about new cities and countries adding their community to the map. Since the first Startup Week was held in Boulder, Colorado in 2010,  Techstars Startup Week has been taken to communities around the world — including Seattle, Austin, Mexico City, London, Barcelona, Amman, Lagos, Taipei, Bangkok, and over 80 other cities.We’ve had more than 200,000 people attend a Startup Week, and we’re committed to bringing more people into the ecosystem over the years to come.

Techstars Startup Week Core Values

The Techstars Startup Week mission is to help establish thriving ecosystems anywhere people are interested in developing a community. We’ve found it’s one of the best ways to galvanize a community around startups and bring a diverse group of people together to celebrate entrepreneurship. 

We have defined four core values in line with this mission:


  1. Connected Communities 

We believe strong entrepreneurial ecosystems are created from connected communities. That’s why we create strong community bonds by facilitating connections and sharing our networks. This is the foundation for community transformation. 


  1. Giving First

We help others whenever possible, giving first to our community with no specific expectations of return. We believe that the pay-it-forward principle builds strong startup networks and communities. 


  1. Teamwork Matters

We believe collaboration drives innovation. As a team, we act with integrity and treat others with respect. We believe that having entrepreneurs within the core organizing team will help with outreach to the local entrepreneurial community.


  1. Inclusive & Open

Techstars Startup Week is always open to all. We’re committed to making people feel included and welcomed. We invite all communities to participate. We use inclusive language in communications and respect cultural differences. We lead with empathy and encourage inclusive behavior that will nurture a safe and inclusive environment.