Groundbreaking program connects the private and public sector to bring innovative technologies to the government

September 19, 2016 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

WASHINGTON–Dcode42, a government-focused accelerator, today announced the launch of an intensive, two-week program in partnership with Techstars, a global ecosystem for entrepreneurs. The program’s goal is to connect innovative technologies with the U.S. government by drawing on the combined entrepreneurial expertise and extensive networks of both Techstars and Dcode42.

“Techstars accelerates the pace of innovation by strengthening the path for entrepreneurs, and our partnership with Dcode42 bridges this into a strategic and rewarding market: government,” said David Brown, founder and co-CEO at Techstars. “The Techstars++ program with Dcode42 provides our alumni with a one-of-a-kind experience with unparalleled mentorship from both industry and government leaders who can benefit from each other’s solutions.”

The program’s rigorous curriculum includes exclusive briefings with key stakeholders and leaders from government agencies such as the NGA, FCC, DHS, CBP, US Digital Services, FAA, DOI, and The White House.

“Dcode42 has seen tremendous success with providing startups and emerging growth businesses the proper tools they need to succeed in the government space,” said Meagan Metzger, founder of Dcode42. “Partnering with a global force like Techstars allows us to further close the gap between the public and private sector and create long-term opportunities for mutual success.”

The program, formally named Techstars++ in Partnership with Dcode42, has selected a small group of exceptional Techstars alumni to participate in the inaugural class, including:

  • DroneSeed
  • Kepler Communications
  • MARK Labs
  • New Knowledge
  • NexLP
  • Stabilitas
  • SPIDRTech Running from September 19-30, 2016 at the new WeWork location, Manhattan Laundry, in Washington D.C., the program will conclude with a showcase at the Booz Allen Innovation Center featuring guest speakers such as Department of Labor’s Chief Innovation Officer, Xavier Hughes. The program is supported by sponsorship from Amazon Web Services, WeWork, and Booz Allen Hamilton.

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About Dcode42

Dcode42’s mission is to accelerate innovation in the federal government by providing technology companies with the skills and resources they need to successfully enter the federal space. The selective program helps innovative companies bring their cutting-edge technology into the government by making it faster, easier and less costly to enter the market and succeed over the long term. With expert guidance and access to a vast array of vital resources, program participants will break through barriers to gain entry to the $79 billion IT budget of the US government, the largest consumer of products and services in the world.

About Techstars

Techstars is a global ecosystem that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market wherever they choose to live. With dozens of mentorship-driven accelerator programs and thousands of community programs worldwide, Techstars exists to support the world’s most promising entrepreneurs throughout their lifelong journey, from inspiration to IPO. Techstars provides access to over 5,000 founders, mentors investors, and corporate partners, allowing entrepreneurs to accelerate the pace of innovation and do more faster. Techstars makes entrepreneurship more accessible by providing access to capital, guidance, marketing, business development, customer acquisition, and recruitment. For more information, visit