The Next Web reported that Nike partned with TechStars to launch the Nike+ startup Accelerator. In a time where it seems incubators and accelerators are launching just as fast as startups it’s clear that TechStars is leading the pack. TechStars which states they’re the “#1 startup accelerator in the world with locations in Boulder, Boston, Seattle, and New York City, along with programs powered by TechStars such as the Cloud Accelerator in San Antonia, TX, The Microsoft Accelerator, Seattle, WA and now the Nike+ Accelerator in Portland, OR is living up to the ranking.
I find this very interesting reading the news about how YC Combinator is scaling down on applications while TechStars continues to expand. Although YC is still doing very well and announced the new YC VC fund with partners that included Yuri Milner, Andreessen Horowitz, General Catalyst and Maverick Capital.
I still believe that Silicon Valley and San Francisco is the best place to launch a high growth technology startup, but with new partners and the growing TechStars community we’re clearly seeing how various startups communities outside of Silicon Valley are making headway.
TechStars has teamed up with sports footwear and apparel giant Nike to power the latter’s Nike+ Accelerator program, which will host 10 companies for a three-month, mentor-driven acceleration program.
Powered by TechStars (like the company does in partnership with Microsoft as well), the program aims to leverage the Nike+ platform to support digital sports technology innovation.