What to expect during the screening interviews at the Top-40 stage, and how to prepare for the process.
Our Techstars team knows that you’ve put a lot of effort into your application (or if we thought you hadn’t, you’ll have received an email from us requesting additional information) to stand out. So, thank you for your hard work.
We’ve pledged to be as open and transparent around the selection process and where you stand, and we’re looking forward to working closely with you.
Let’s start with the hard bit: Unfortunately, due to the large volume of applications, not all companies will get an interview. If you’ve progressed to the Top-40 stage, you will likely have between one and five interviews with people within the Techstars network, depending on the scale of the problem/market you’re tackling, the scope of your product/idea, and the size of your company.
It’s worth bearing in mind, as David Cohen often says, “Some of you are here despite your idea.” I’m looking for strong entrepreneurs that can overcome the obstacles necessary to build a great business. In the interviews, we’ll want to get to know you and understand why you think your team has the unfair advantage over all the other companies out there. The Techstars Berlin Accelerator wants to see what you’ve accomplished in the past, how long the team has been together, and how well you work together.
We’d also rather you highlight your strengths, whilst also being upfront about your weaknesses. We don’t expect you to know everything — we’re pretty good at detecting BS. Marcio Souza has written a fantastic article that details his top three lessons from the Techstars application process.
We’ll update this page with the list of people you’re likely to speak with, once we’ve lined them up on our end.