September 4th, 2018 / Insight posted in MKS News

Techstars appoints Kingston Smith and Aprio as inaugural global accountancy partners

Firms to provide business advice and mentoring to entrepreneurs around the globe

A number of Morison KSi members have been selected as the first accountancy firms to become global accelerator network partners of Techstars, the renowned worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. The firms: Aprio, BKM Sowan Horan, Kingston Smith, Marks Paneth, McCarney Group, Rosenblum Holtzman and Waldron H Rand will provide strategic advice and mentoring to entrepreneurial start-ups enrolled in two of Techstars’ accelerator programmes across the US and Europe.

As one of the leading global communities for startup accelerator programmes, each year Techstars selects over 300 early stage companies to join their three-month mentorship-drive accelerator. Investing £90,000 ($120,000 USD) in each company, Techstars, along with its partners, provides hands-on mentoring to help founders achieve more, faster. The Techstars alumni network currently includes over 3,900 entrepreneurs.

London and south east-based accountancy firm Kingston Smith has been working with innovative enterprises for more than 95 years, supporting them in their drive to be the best they can be. Graham Tyler, partner-in-charge of International at Kingston Smith, comments: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Kingston Smith and we are excited about developing our new relationship with Techstars.

“Everyone at Kingston Smith is passionate about helping startups succeed. We are always genuinely amazed by how tenacious and resilient entrepreneurs are; they have a particular make up that is unique. Kingston Smith, alongside Aprio and other Morison KSi firms, is looking forward to going on the Techstars journey with talented entrepreneurs from around the world.”

US-based Aprio has a long history of working with startup companies and entrepreneurship is an integral part of the firm’s DNA. This partnership allows Aprio to provide accounting and financial mentoring to entrepreneurial businesses in the technology industry and help organisations achieve profitable growth.

“At Aprio, we’re passionate about helping our clients navigate the ever-changing technology industry,” said Mitchell Kopelman, partner-in-charge of Technology & Blockchain at Aprio. “We’re thrilled to help these entrepreneurs take advantage of the tax credits and incentives available to them, mitigate risks and provide access to capital through all of our contacts. The partnership is an ideal fit because we have the same drive that helps businesses fuel growth and take them to the next level.”

“Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Through our partnership with Aprio and Kingston Smith, Techstars startup companies around the globe will have access to premier professional services,” said Amy Smith, Techstars vice president of corporate engagement.

Aprio, Kingston Smith and the other Morison KSi firms, including BKM Sowan Horan, Waldron H. Rand, Marks Paneth, Rosenblum-Holtzman & Co. and McCarney Group, will be serving startups in several cities across the globe. The Techstars Global Accelerator Network Partnership will guide entrepreneurs to better understand what they will face across financial lines and succeed in the world of technology.

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