During the Techstars program, each company meets ten mentors every day over a period of two weeks, meeting with around a hundred mentors in total. It's all incredibly intense, but there's a method to the madness, so listen to your Program Manager as they will be in charge of orchestrating the process.

Founders will spend 20 minutes with each mentor, and should use this time to eitherĀ 

  • get to know the mentor on a deeper/personal level, in order to set the stage to engage with them in the future, orĀ 
  • ask them a very specific question, giving them all the information they need to answer your question in the first 3-4 minutes of the meeting (including spending a minute or so outlining your product) and then allowing them to probe and dig deeper for 5-10 minutes.

It's safest to assume that the mentor will have very limited knowledge about you and your startup.

At the end of the first month, we pair the best fitting mentors with the right teams. Each team will have five to six mentors, who will then work with them on a weekly-basis for remainder of the program.

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