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Latest News V2 October 25, 2023

Mentoring @Techstars Boulder 2023

Writen by Patrick Ortell

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I’m excited to share my journey and experiences as a mentor for the Techstars 2023 Boulder, Colorado cohort. Techstars is a global platform that helps entrepreneurs succeed, providing them with the necessary resources, network, and mentorship. Having been a part of the tech community for several years, I was thrilled to get the opportunity to give back and help shape the next generation of startups.

The Boulder cohort has always stood out for its vibrant community and innovative spirit, and the 2023 batch was no exception. With a diverse range of startups, it was an enriching experience to be part of their growth journey.

The Role of a Mentor

As a mentor at Techstars, my role was to guide, advise, and support the startups throughout their journey. This involved one-on-one sessions, group workshops, and lots of informal conversations. The goal was to help them refine their business models, strategize their market entry, and navigate the challenges of being an entrepreneur.

Mentors play a crucial role at Techstars, acting as a sounding board, a source of wisdom, and sometimes, a harsh reality check. It’s a responsibility I took seriously, and it was rewarding to see the tangible impact it had on the startups.

The Selection Process

Being part of the selection process was an eye-opening experience. The sheer volume of innovative ideas and passionate entrepreneurs was inspiring. We looked for startups that not only had viable business ideas but also demonstrated the grit and determination needed to succeed.

My role involved reviewing applications, conducting interviews, and ultimately, helping decide which startups would be part of the Boulder 2023 cohort.

Working with Startups

Each startup brought its unique set of challenges and opportunities. From tech-driven solutions to impactful social enterprises, the range was vast. Working closely with these entrepreneurs, I was able to share my knowledge, learn from their fresh perspectives, and contribute to their journey.

There were moments of breakthrough, periods of struggle, but above all, a relentless spirit of innovation. It was a reminder of why I love being part of the tech community.

The Techstars Network

One of the unique aspects of Techstars is its extensive network of mentors, alumni, and industry experts. Being part of this network meant access to a wealth of knowledge, connections, and opportunities.

The startups benefited immensely from this, and so did I. The workshops, networking events, and community gatherings were invaluable in building relationships and learning from one another.

The Impact of Mentorship

Looking back, the impact of mentorship is evident. The startups have grown, pivoted, and some have even secured funding. But beyond the business success, the personal growth and development I witnessed were truly rewarding.

The feedback from the startups was overwhelmingly positive, with many highlighting the role of mentorship in their journey. For me, it was a confirmation of the power of giving back and the importance of community in entrepreneurship.

Lessons Learned

This experience was a profound learning opportunity. I learned the importance of listening, the power of asking the right questions, and the impact of sharing experiences.

It wasn’t without its challenges, but the ability to make a difference and contribute to the success of these startups was worth every moment.

For those considering becoming a mentor, my advice is to go for it. The rewards, both personal and professional, are immense.


The Techstars 2023 Boulder, Colorado cohort was an unforgettable experience. It was a privilege to be part of these startups’ journeys, and I am excited to see where they go from here.

Techstars continues to play a vital role in nurturing the startup ecosystem, and I am proud to be part of this community. If you are an entrepreneur looking for support, or an experienced professional looking to give back, I encourage you to explore the opportunities at Techstars.

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