Accelerator and investment firm Techstars is working to raise a massive new fund to boost portfolio startups around the world.
Techstars — which operates an accelerator program in Kansas City — is now raising a $400 million fund, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund more than doubles Techstars Ventures’ $150 million fund from 2015. Techstars CEO David Cohen and Techstars partners Mark Solon and Jason Seats are all listed as fund directors, according to the filing.
The $400 million pooled investment fund should allow the venture group to make larger investments in more established ventures. Techstars has helped spark more than 1,100 companies with a collective valuation of more than $10 billion, according to the company’s data.
Based in Boulder, Colorado, Techstars operates 34 accelerators across the globe that help launch more than 300 startups each year. In exchange for 6 percent equity, Techstars startups receive $120,000, participation in the three-month accelerator program, as well as access to a global network of mentors.
In Kansas City, the firm has helped launch 40 ventures through the 2014 – 2016 Sprint Accelerator powered by Techstars and the 2017 Techstars Kansas City classes. Check out Techstars’ latest Kansas City class here.