Techstars to remain in KC after three years running Sprint Accelerator

Techstars, the Colorado company hired to manage the Sprint Accelerator for its three-year run, plans to stay in Kansas City regardless of how the accelerator program changes next year.

Sprint chief executive Marcelo Claure said Tuesday that the Overland Park-based company is seeking co-sponsors to join it in backing the program next year. Its contract with Techstars involved a three-year commitment, which ended with this week’s graduation event for the third class of startup businesses at the accelerator.

Now both sides “are figuring out what next year is going to look like,” said John Fein, managing director for Techstars at the Sprint Accelerator.

Fein acknowledged that Sprint and new co-sponsors could decide to go a different way, but he said Techstars remain committed to Kansas City.

“Techstars is staying,” Fein said in an interview Thursday. “The (startup) community has grown so much and is so strong in Kansas City that it convinced Techstars that they wanted to be here no matter what.”

Read more: Kansas City Star

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