The Other Way into Techstars: Becoming a Hackstar or Associate

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Here’s a secret tip: In addition to accepting companies, Techstars also recruits talent via their Hackstars and Associates positions. Got the right stuff, want to do more faster, but not on a team? Keep on reading. Virtually all of our Hackstars and Associates get picked up by one of the teams in the class, or a mentor, or go to start their own company. It’s a great launching board.

For the Boston program, applications close 3/15, with the next session being 3 months starting June 4. (Hackstars and Associates start a few days earlier.)

Hack your way into Techstars

You’re a brilliant developer, a great designer, a UX star, you can execute like mad, sling top-quality code with the best of them, or turn pixels into perfection, and you’ve always wanted to go through Techstars… but you just don’t have a team or idea. Dilemma! Until now…

Enter Hackstars.

The Techstars companies always need more technical skill to help them do more faster during the program. Hackstars are highly-skilled software developers and designers that would love to work with the companies and go through the Techstars program. Plus, you get paid for the program (just like the founders) and most Hackstars ultimately land a job or co-founder status with one of the startups. What a great way to hack into Techstars!

Do you meet this profile?

-You’re a a code-slinging mac-daddy superstar guru at PHP, Java, .NET, Python, Objective-C, Ruby, JQuery, or design/UI/UX.
-You can design, cut and code efficiently and brilliantly
-You want to have a Techstars experience so you can learn all about startups and funding from our mentors.
-You want to work side-by-side with some of the country’s most promising new founders and young companies.
-You live in a Techstars city, or are willing to relocate for the program and are willing to dedicate 100% of your time during the program to Techstars. (See the schedule for each of our cities)
-You’ll be compensated $6,000 if you’re selected. It’s basically a chance to get an amazing experience, broaden your network in ways you could never imagine, get exposure to some of the greatest up and coming companies and teams in the country.
-Historically, most Hackstars end up being offered jobs and/or equity in one of the companies.


Work with Techstars Startups as an Associate

Interested in becoming a Techstars associate?  Apply here. You will help build the next amazing batch of internet startups, as they grow from early stage to venture-backed companies. From entrepreneurs, to investors, to mentors, your network is about to explode beyond all reasonable comprehension. You will have the opportunity to sit in on mentor meetings – get to know the best entrepreneurs and investors in the city, up close and personally. You will also have access to full involvement in Techstars social events with the founders and local community.

Applicant Description
Demonstrated interest in technology, startups, entrepreneurship, venture capital, etc.

You should be willing to commit to the equivalent of a full time position for a three month time period and available days, evenings, or basically whenever needed. Schedule is flexible but a strong commitment is expected. Applicants should be able to jump in and complete any task quickly and effectively. You should be a jack of all trades and have a varied skill set. We expect a great attitude, desire to learn and meet new people, lots of energy and enthusiasm. You should be scared of no task and be willing to take on any project, large or small.

General Job Description
Tasks will include assisting with the day-to-day operations of the Techstars program, and engaging with and assisting the companies in any areas of need. This can include marketing, business development work, research, and providing regular content (blog posts and photos) to social media manager. Examples of responsibilities: Helping the companies with anything, identifying needs and preparing for upcoming events, organizing meetings and running logistics for special guest mentor visits, taking meeting notes, and setting up office space for events. Associate will report to the program manager and managing director.

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