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Techstars’ annual founder conference, FounderCon 2015: Back to Our Roots, took place a few weeks ago in Boulder. Close to 700 Techstars’ alumni, staff, and mentors descended on Colorado from all over the world to network, do business together, learn from each other and have fun. Over three days, we had panels on how to close a deal, hiring for culture fit, diversity in tech, M&A, how to find funding, success stories, founder burnout and much more. BizDev Day offered a huge opportunity for founders to meet with executives of over 40 big brands (Google, Salesforce, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Target, Sprint, etc.) to talk partnerships. We also had two bands, a circus, happy hours, hikes, a schwag swap and late night games of Werewolf!

Why do we do this? Because Techstars is committed to building a powerful global network to support founders on their entrepreneurial journey. The Techstars’ ecosystem includes more than 7,000 founders, mentors, investors, and corporate partners, and more than 8,000 community leaders who work together to create a worldwide network of support for founders. Our FounderCon event is one way we connect this network and strengthen our amazing community: Techstars is for life.

Big thanks to the sponsors who made it all possible: Sprint, Distil Networks, Localytics and SendGrid! And a shout out to our very own John Hill and Jacqueline Hughes for a phenomenal event — which was powered by a super cool community app that allowed everyone to know where they needed to be and to easily communicate with each other.

Check out the video below to see what it was like to be at FounderCon 2015. Want to be a part of it? Apply to Techstars today. 

Kerri Beers
Director of Marketing at Techstars