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September 18, 2022 | Tom Ballard

Techstars to open applications for Knoxville accelerator in early October

Speaking of Techstars (see today’s second feature article here), applications open October 3 for Cohort 2 of the “Techstars Industries of the Future Accelerator” in Downtown Knoxville.

Sponsored by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee Valley Authority, and the University of Tennessee System, applications for the 13-week program close January 4. The programming begins April 3 will and “Demo Day” is June 29. That’s nearly two months later than the inaugural cohort began, a move that capitalizes on the region’s vibrant spring weather.

Separately, the Boulder-based organization has announced the resumption of its “Techstars Healthcare” program. The consortium-led accelerator will be based in Los Angeles and select 12 high-growth start-ups to participate in the intensive 13-week program. Like the Knoxville-based program, participating start-ups receive capital, mentorship and world class programming from the Techstars global network, and the U.S. healthcare and healthtech ecosystem.

Techstars has run seven accelerator programs in the past with Cedars-Sinai and UnitedHealthcare, two of the enterprises that are underwriting the new accelerator. Other sponsors are Point32Health and UCI Health.


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