STANLEY + Techstars Accelerator Welcomes Laila Partridge as Managing Director

Today, I’m excited to announce that I am joining Techstars as Managing Director of the STANLEY + Techstars Accelerator in Hartford, CT. 

What drew me to join the STANLEY + Techstars Accelerator harks back to my Intel Capital days where I was fortunate to have been an investor and early manager during the company’s formative years. Twenty years ago, Intel Capital was inventing what it meant to be a corporate venture investor with global reach. Today, Stanley Black & Decker “intends to be not just a leader, but to embrace technological change to become a disruptive force (for good) among global diversified industrials”. Having maintained an industry leadership position for more than 175 years, innovation is in the company’s DNA. It stands out across the organization’s leadership, and in their vision for innovation and change driven by technology. I know that working with both Stanley Black & Decker and Techstars, two organizations that share the same priorities of creating environments that allow entrepreneurs to succeed, will be a highly gratifying experience and I’m excited to be on board. 

A large part of creating these environments includes the hands-on mentorship Techstars brings to its accelerators around the world. I’m no stranger to the mentorship’s value, which I’ve experienced firsthand throughout my own entrepreneurial journey. I will never forget my first startup mentor, Robin Chase of Zipcar, and the generous afternoon she spent speaking to me when I founded my first company. Throughout my subsequent startups, she was someone I returned to regularly for advice and support. Entrepreneurs mentoring other entrepreneurs is the backbone of the startup community, and the relationships that develop when founding and growing a company are unique. These relationships drive Techstars’ dedication to #givefirst and are a key reason I am joining Techstars. Through my role as MD, I am jazzed by the idea of giving back to a number of new entrepreneurs and working alongside Stanley’s mentors – from their highest level senior executives to SMEs from their broader organization – to help our 2020 companies grow and scale their businesses.

Since 2018 the program has focused on additive manufacturing and eco-friendly sustainable packaging, and we’ve seen outstanding results – attracting applicants from more than 30 countries, 50% of participants in the second year of the program being female founders, and our alumni raising more than $10M in follow-on investment thus far. Our grads have brought expertise in hardware, software and material science, and since made strides in sectors from consumer solutions to B2B. For 2020, we’ve pivoted our program focus to address AI in additive manufacturing and as Managing Director I look forward to working with entrepreneurs, founders and business people who intentionally seek to build a better world within this theme.

Join me in working with the brightest minds in Industry 4.0 to help bring new ideas to fruition!  Applications open February 17th.  

Announcing the 10 Companies Selected for the 2019 STANLEY+Techstars Accelerator!

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since we first introduced our Techstars program in partnership with Stanley Black & Decker here in Hartford, CT.  In that time, many companies from our first class, which focused solely on additive manufacturing, have already been making an impact and have gone on to expand and raise additional capital. Four are also making a presence right here in Hartford.

We’ve also had time to assess the program’s focus, and we’ve expanded our efforts to work with companies across the advanced manufacturing vertical, with an emphasis on those working on innovations in additive manufacturing and sustainable packaging.  In 2018, Stanley Black & Decker signed a pledge with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in an effort to “help build a more sustainable world,” and we are energized to adjust our program to work with startups who also share that goal.

In selecting this year’s class, we viewed applications from over 30 countries and accepted companies from Spain, Germany, India, Texas, New York, Boston, and California. I’m also thrilled to share that while in venture investing, statistics indicate that only approximately 3% of funding typically goes to female led companies, this year nearly half of our companies have a female founder.  All of the 10 companies we selected are exceptional and have the potential to disrupt industries and change the world for the better. So, I couldn’t be more excited to welcome them all to Connecticut for the next 13 weeks.  Without further ado, the following is the list of the 10 companies selected for the 2019 STANLEY+Techstars Accelerator:


Manufactures large-scale 3D printers which print 10X faster than the market standard 


Robotic, instant, right-size packaging for e-commerce fulfillment


Building sustainable products for packaging from waste crop residue


Bio-based lubricants, cleaners and absorbents


Providing molecularly fresher ingredients in more sustainable packaging 


Developing the next generation of electronics manufacturing


Has developed, AMCELL, the first automated industrial hybrid AM machine for mass production



A company focused on building the next generation of power tools


Providing customized filaments for FDM printers on demand


An AI-powered platform for generating, interacting and making objects.

STANLEY+Techstars Accelerator: Year 2!

It’s been just over a month since the first STANLEY+Techstars Accelerator Demo Day. We’re now at work planning our second year. Applications will open again in January 2019.

One key difference for our second year, is that we’ve decided to broaden the aperture from companies focused on Additive Manufacturing to also include companies who are working on solutions for Eco-friendly Sustainable Packaging Solutions.

Stanley Black & Decker has put forth strategic plans to create a more sustainable world. For our 2019 class of ten companies, we will be looking for five companies working on additive manufacturing solutions and five companies working on eco-friendly sustainable packaging solutions.

At Techstars, we work to help founders consolidate 2 years of startup life into 13 weeks during our accelerators through access to a proven playbook and exceptional mentors, and I know that we helped companies participating in our first year.

During the 2018 program, founders gained access to approximately 100 world-class mentors in the form of founder stories, lead mentors, and more.

The following are just a few views into what a week in the STANLEY+Techstars Accelerator can look like:

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing more information about the details of the 2019 program, my schedule and location for office hours, and news about additional mentors participating! I’m excited to see what innovative new companies will apply.

Announcing Stanley+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator in Hartford, Connecticut

Additive manufacturing startups are encouraged to apply for the Stanley+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator.

This mentorship-driven accelerator, in partnership with Techstars and $11 billion global digital industrial Stanley Black & Decker, is looking to identify 10 additive manufacturing startups to come to Hartford, Connecticut in Q3 2018 with applications opening in January 2018.

The Stanley+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator will focus on additive manufacturing, which is technologies that build 3D objects by adding layer-upon-layer of material. The material ranges from plastic, metal, concrete, among others. The technologies may include 3D printing, rapid prototyping, direct digital manufacturing, layered manufacturing and additive fabrication. The applications of additive manufacturing are endless.

Innovation is in Stanley Black & Decker’s DNA. They create more than 1,000 new products every year. This partnership will connect the Techstars worldwide network to Stanley Black & Decker’s breakthrough innovation ecosystem. The mentorship-driven accelerator program will connect entrepreneurs with additive manufacturers, who have the experience of delivering products at scale using 3D printing technologies.

Entrepreneurs accepted into the program will relocate to Hartford, CT for the duration of the program. Hartford is thriving with early-stage startups ranging from companies focused on science, technology and software solutions, B2B and small business services, marketing agencies, fitness and wellness providers, and medical device developers.

Techstars is searching for a managing director for this program. If you are interested, please check out the job description.