Excelerate Is a TechStar

Three years ago, Hyde Park Angels became an active and early supporter of Excelerate Labs. Troy Henikoff and Sam Yagan have done an amazing job. Thirty companies have been accelerated. HPA has invested in a lot of those companies. Applications open today for this summer’s class. HPA has had many of its members work as mentors for companies, and last summer Tony Wilkins was the entrepreneur in residence and had an active role in the program. Excelerate has been great for entrepreneurship in the midwest.

Last evening, Troy Henikoff announced that Excelerate was going to become a part of the TechStars network. This is great news for the midwestern entrepreneurial ecosystem! Chicago will be networked into TechStars more formally than it has been to date. Mentors and companies will be one phone call away from each other. This means a lot when you are trying to create a support network for entrepreneurs. Congratulations to Troy and Sam. We are excited to be a part of where you will take us on your new adventure. Go Chicago! #beonfire

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