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Getting into a top startup accelerator program can make the difference between a company making it big and being lost in the ether. Starting today, Mashable goes behind the scenes of that experience by bringing the Bloomberg television show TechStars to our community.

TechStars has emerged as one of the most influential and well-funded accelerators, with the 114 companies that have been through the program raising a collective $134 million -- and 8 of them being acquired. The organization now offers companies up to $100,000 in funding, after raising a $24 million round of funding last fall.

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The process of getting into TechStars -- which is statistically more challenging than getting into an Ivy League university -- and then going through the grueling 3-month process of building your startup, was profiled by Bloomberg in a 6-episode documentary that recently aired on the cable network.

Now, you can watch the TechStars show on Mashable. We’ve made the entire series available on-demand, and chopped it up into short segments that are ideal for Internet viewing. Over the course of the next couple of months, we’ll also be sharing each episode as part of a Mashable post, giving our community a chance to discuss the themes of each show in our comments section.

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In the first episode, embedded below, TechStars executives review the hundreds of pitches they received from startups that applied to the program, and then grill some of the finalists during in-person interviews. The episode also features soundbites from top investors Fred Wilson and Brad Feld, Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk.

We hope you enjoy watching TechStars on Mashable, and invite you to view the full series at any time in our video section.

This story originally published on Mashable here.

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