Techstars launches Workforce Development Accelerator

Denver-based accelerator will support entrepreneurs developing labor market innovations

By Paul Hagey May 8 2020

Boulder’s global accelerator powerhouse Techstars has launched a new accelerator that will focus on startups looking to innovate around how work is done.

The Techstars Workforce Development Accelerator will provide capital and guidance to 13 entrepreneurs in the Denver-based program, which opened applications on May 4.

Taylor McLemore

The program, scheduled to begin in November, is accepting applications through July 26. Techstars, of course, will monitor Covid-19 and audible to a virtual class if necessary, says the accelerator’s managing director Taylor McLemore.

“One of the things we want to do is to democratize the access to high-quality training,” Taylor told BLDRfly.

That’s just one part of the accelerator’s equation, however — it will focus on the full spectrum of the labor market, from how employers find high-quality talent, how they develop and measure talent to how employees can hone their skills to meet the rapidly changing needs of a rapidly approaching future job market.

Techstars has partnered with three organizations on the accelerator: newly formed Colorado Thrives, organized by 13 prominent local business leaders including DaVita’s executive chairman Kent Thiry; Strada Education Network, an organization that works to align education with careers; ZomaLab, an organization focused on improving communities in Colorado and Chile.

Paul Hagey

Paul Hagey is BLDRfly’s founder and editor. When not wrangling video, audio and words in the name of story, he’s riding his mountain bike, trail running and hanging with his awesome wife Jen and their young daughter.