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Y Combinator

Youā€™ve deļ¬nitely heard of Y Combinator: founded in 2005, itā€™s practically one of the oldest startup incubators. So far theyā€™ve funded over 2,000 startups, with household names such as Airbnb, Dropbox and Reddit among them. The Y Combinator community numbers more than 4,000 founders and their portfolio of companies has a combined valuation exceeding $100 billion.

If your startup is early stage, you can take advantage of Y Combinatorā€™s biannual 3-month program, during which time you will relocate to Silicon Valley to work closely with their team. The companies will get the opportunity to get their offering in shape and get on a path to growth by targeting further investments.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2005
  • Location: Silicon Valley, California, USA
  • What they give: $150,000 in exchange for 7% equity
  • Industry focus: No speciļ¬c industry focus.
  • Startups funded: More than 2,000
  • Exits: 246
  • Exit value: $6,076,233,100.00
  • Total Raised: $34,087,493,743.00
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/ycombinator

AngelPad

Based in New York and San Francisco, the accelerator program has worked with more 150 companies with an average funding of 11 million USD for each. They have a really impressive track record, having been ranked as the Top U.S Accelerator by MITā€™s Seed Accelerator Benchmark every year since 2015. One of their many notable alumni companies, Postmates, have raised $578,000,000 to date, was last evaluated for $1.9 billion and ļ¬lled IPO this year.

Every 6 months, they select 15 teams for their intensive 3-month program. The applications are certainly many, but if you are on the lucky one you will get funding, mentorship, as well as prepping in a wide range of subjects such as product market ļ¬t, getting validation, preparation for fundraising and more. Mostly, you will have the opportunity to become a part of their lively community of founders and form connections to investors.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2010
  • Location: San Francisco, California / New York, New York
  • What they give: $120,000 in return for 7% equity
  • Industry Focus: No speciļ¬c industry focus
  • Startups funded: 153
  • Exits: 31
  • Exit value: $918,250,000.00
  • Total Raised: $1,800,000,000.00
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/angelpad

Launchpad LA

If you and your team live or are willing to relocate to LA, Launchpad LA may very well be the best choice for your technology startup. Their four-month accelerator program offers funding, free oļ¬ƒce space, an extensive network of mentors, investors and advisors, as well as various cool free perks.

Launchpad LA is a very ļ¬‚exible venture in how they choose what companies to work with. Theyā€™re interested in strong teams with amazing products that need a push and support in the right direction. That could be fundraising, business development, product reļ¬nement or any other aspect of the startup growth process.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2009
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • What they give: $50,000 in exchange for 6% equity
  • Industry focus: Technology
  • Startups funded: 35
  • Exits: 14
  • Exit value: $185,000,000.00
  • Total Raised: $140,000,000.00Twitter Proļ¬le: https://twitter.com/launchpadla

Amplify.LA

A California located pre-seed fund, Amplify.LA likes to invest in the early stages of a startup and help technology entrepreneurs build successful and scalable companies. They focus mainly on technology and, in addition to funding, they offer free oļ¬ƒce space and discounted services, as well as an extended mentor network of experienced thought leaders from various industries.

They are also committed to help you raise additional capital during your growth process. Though they prefer the companies they support to be based in LA, they have invested in startups from other states or even from outside the US. Some of their most notable portfolio companies include Mapsense which was acquired by Apple and Bitium which was acquired by Google.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2011
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • What they give: $100,000 in return for 10% equity, oļ¬ƒce space and other services, and access to their mentor network
  • Industry Focus: Technology
  • Startups funded: 70
  • Exits: 13
  • Exit value: $57,900,000.00
  • Total Raised:$585,983,591.00
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/amplifyla

AlphaLab

Based in Pittsburgh, PA, AlphaLab is a software accelerator helping early-stage tech companies evolve and grow through their intensive 4-month program. In addition to funding, the program includes an extensive mentorship network and educational sessions.

What sets AlphaLab apart from other accelerators is that they only focus on six to eight startups for each program, which means you will get personalized attention and customized assistance for your startupā€™s needs.

AlphaLab is a charter member of the Global Accelerator Network (GAN) and one of the ļ¬rst ten accelerator programs worldwide. Over 70% of their companies have raised follow-on funding reaching a total of $150 million. Some of their most notable exits include NoWait (Yelp), Shoeļ¬tr (Amazon) and Powered Analytics (Target).

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2008
  • Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  • What they give: $25,000 investment in return for 4% equity, plus space and services
  • Industry focus: Software.
  • Startups funded: 113
  • Exits: 12
  • Exit value: $40,000,000.00
  • Total Raised: $150,000,000.00
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/alphalab

500 Startups

500 Startups is a truly global venture capital ļ¬rm, with a team of 150 people based in 20 countries that manage investments across 74 countries. Their mission is to create thriving global ecosystems by discovering talented founders and helping them grow through a 4-month seed program.

Their investment team and mentor network has operational experience at companies such as PayPal, Google, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Apple.

Twilio, Canva, and Udemy are just a few of the 2,000+ technology startups theyā€™ve invested in over the years, with 4 global funds and 15 thematic funds dedicated to either speciļ¬c geographic markets or verticals. Youā€™ll be in good company!

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2010.
  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • What they give: $150,000 in exchange for 6% equity. You also get access to the community, investors, and mentors, free oļ¬ƒce space, support, and connections. Note that there is a $37,500 fee to participate in the program.
  • Industry Focus: No speciļ¬c industry focus.
  • Startups funded:2,200
  • Exits: 190
  • Exit value: $21,300,000.00
  • Total Raised: $2,474,708,397.00Twitter Proļ¬le: https://twitter.com/500Startups

RevUp

IsĀ yourĀ companyĀ B2BĀ orĀ B2C,Ā movingĀ fastĀ andĀ generatingĀ revenueĀ (aroundĀ 500K-3M)?Ā ThenĀ you should consider applying for a company screening with RevUp. The Rhode Island based capital ļ¬rmĀ hasĀ moreĀ thanĀ 10Ā yearsĀ ofĀ experienceĀ andĀ hasĀ investedĀ inĀ moreĀ thanĀ 130Ā companies.

They offer equity-free, non-dilutive cash investment based on revenue (you return a small percentage from your companyā€™s revenue over time). Apart from cash, RevUp also offers human resources and support, as well as access to their in-house growth team and experienced management team. The RevUp team selects companies on a rolling basis by conducting monthly screening meetings.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2009, but the company evolved to its current form as RevUp in 2015.
  • Location: Providence, Rhode Island, USA
  • What they give: $100,000-$250,00 cash investment, equity free, with a 36-month return period with revenue royalty ranging from 4-8%
  • Industry Focus: No speciļ¬c industry focus.
  • Startups funded: 130
  • Exits: 6
  • Exit value: $14,000,000.00
  • Total Raised: $67,913,534.00
  • Twitter: N/A

Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE)

Portland Incubator Experiment, also known as PIE, is a very interesting case: throughout the years they have been an early-stage startup accelerator; a community hub and co-working space; a consultant for a global incubator and accelerator programs. They have now grown into a ļ¬‚ourishing ecosystem that nurtures and mentors startups from all over the world, on a mission is to ā€œbuild better foundersā€, sharing successes and failures to inspire and educate founders everywhere. They are even writing a book (called, ā€œPIE Cookbookā€) to that extent.

What started as a conversation between a creative advertising agency and the Portland startup community, PIE now enables organizations (from government and corporations to educational institutions) to collaborate with startup communities effectively and beneļ¬cially. AsĀ aĀ participantĀ inĀ theirĀ program,Ā youĀ getĀ fundingĀ andĀ oļ¬ƒceĀ spaceĀ toĀ spendĀ upĀ toĀ nineĀ monthsĀ in Portland and learn from the extensive PIE network, including other startups-in-residence, alumni, mentors and thoughtĀ leaders.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2011.
  • Location: Portland, Oregon, USA
  • What they give: $20,000 in exchange for 6% equity
  • Industry focus: No speciļ¬c industry focus.
  • Startups funded: 30
  • Exits: 8
  • Exit value: $5,600,000.00
  • Total Raised: $190,318,989.00
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/piepdx

Upwest Labs

WhateverĀ stageĀ yourĀ productĀ isĀ in,Ā whetherĀ youā€™reĀ lookingĀ toĀ breakĀ intoĀ theĀ USĀ marketĀ orĀ you already have an established presence and whether youā€™ve had previous seed funding or not, Upwest Labs could be interested in yourĀ company.

The Silicon Valley-based seed fund has a hands-on approach, to help the companies they support scale quickly and effectively and succeed to later stages. Upwest Labs provides ongoing mentorship, follow-on funding and support for a handful of companies each year, to be able to give them their full attention.

Apart from their initial investment and an oļ¬ƒce in Silicon Valley,Ā Upwest Labs is willing to invest upĀ toĀ 1Ā millionĀ USDĀ throughoutĀ theĀ courseĀ ofĀ yourĀ startupā€™sĀ lifeĀ andĀ giveĀ youĀ theĀ connectionsĀ you need to thrive in Silicon Valley andĀ beyond.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2012
  • Location: Silicon Valley, California, USA
  • How to apply: Send them an email
  • What they give: $17,500 equity-free
  • Industry Focus: No speciļ¬c industry focus
  • Startups funded: 42
  • Exits: 11
  • Exit value: $3,000,000.00
  • Total Raised: $400,000,000.00Twitter Proļ¬le: https://twitter.com/UpWestLabs

Rock Health

Rock Health lives on the intersection of healthcare and technology and the companies it supports aim to improve the healthcare system. They are the ļ¬rst venture fund dedicated to digital health, aiming to create a positive impact on the industry.

Their portfolio companies tackle issues such as mental health, quitting smoking, diabetes, and hospital administration among others. Rock Health are early-stage investors seeking to invest in companies focused on problem-solving and support them in growing and becoming fully ļ¬‚edged businesses. They have built a community of founders that give back to the system and support each other.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2010.
  • Location:Ā SanĀ Francisco,Ā California,Ā USA
  • WhatĀ theyĀ give:Ā InvestmentĀ inĀ seedĀ roundsĀ asĀ wellĀ asĀ participationĀ inĀ earlyĀ ventureĀ roundsĀ and the option to work from their SFĀ oļ¬ƒces.
  • Industry Focus: Healthcare
  • Startups funded: 49
  • Exits: 13
  • Exit value: $500,000.00
  • Total Raised: $357,762,735.00Twitter Proļ¬le: https://twitter.com/rock_health

Capital Factory

Capital Factory supports startups out of Austin, Texas. They offer mentoring for startups with expert mentors on a weekly basis, as well as a 6-month accelerator program that provides hands-on help to startups to raise funding and increase growth.

Capital Factory is also a signiļ¬cant coworking space thatā€™s currently home to hundreds of startups, providing access to their mentor network of 150+ experts and presence in startup-related events (think exclusive VIP lounge access in SXSW).

Capital Factory places a lot of value on training and education: they offer a wide-ranging curriculum on topics such as customer acquisition, fundraising, business development, and company strategy.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2009
  • Location: Austin, Texas, USA
  • What they give: $20,000 in exchange for 1% equity and rights to invest in your next big round of funding.
  • Industry Focus: Software, hardware, and innovation
  • Startups funded: 24
  • Exits: 12
  • Exit value: $500,000.00
  • Total Raised: $109,282,500.00
  • Twitter Proļ¬le: https://twitter.com/CapitalFactory

JumpStart Foundry

If your startup is in the healthcare industry and you want to make a difference, then look no further. JumpStart Foundryā€™s mission is simple: to support early-stage healthcare companies and make the world better, one company at a time

JSF connects companies with industry stakeholders, offers consulting on strategy and marketing and advises them on talent and growth. Apart from funding, cohort members of the JSF program also receive exclusive perks, connections, and knowledge from leading business minds in Nashville.

You can apply year-round: two rounds of investment are made every April and November. KEY INFORMATION

  • Founded: 2010.
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee, USA
  • What they give: $150,000 SAFE with a 2 or 4 million valuation cap, in exchange for a 7.5% equity. Note that there is a participation fee of 50K USD.
  • Industry Focus: Healthcare
  • Startups funded: 63
  • Exits: 4
  • Exit value: Data not available
  • Total Raised:$26,530,026.00
  • Twitter Proļ¬le: https://twitter.com/jsfoundry

Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator

Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA) is New York Cityā€™sĀ largest accelerator program with a mentor network spanning more than 500 expert investors, technologists, product specialists, marketers, customer acquisition strategists, sales executives, and more, across all major industries. They accept companies from all over the world and offer oļ¬ƒce space in their location in the heart of Manhattan for the duration of the program.

ERAĀ runsĀ twoĀ four-monthĀ programsĀ everyĀ year,Ā aimingĀ toĀ provideĀ hands-onĀ helpĀ toĀ early-stage startups. Apart from funding and oļ¬ƒce space, expect to also get beneļ¬ts from ERA partners, such as credits from Microsoft, Amazon Web Services and Google CloudĀ Platform.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2011
  • Location: New York, New York, USA
  • What they give: $100,000 in exchange for 8% equity and the potential for follow-on funding, as well as free oļ¬ƒce space
  • Industry Focus: Technology
  • Startups funded: 20
  • Exits: 15
  • Exit value: Data not available
  • Total Raised: $300,000,000
  • Twitter Proļ¬le: https://twitter.com/ERoundtable

Blue Startups

Blue Startups is a Top 20 Accelerator in the US and a member of the Global Accelerator Network. Their mentor network numbers 140 members reaching from Asia to Silicon Valley.

Based in Honolulu, Hawaii, Blue Startups aims to help scalable technology companies compete on a global scale. Uniquely located between Asia and North America, Blue Startups is a hub of activity in Hawaii and offers an intensive, mentor-driven accelerator program with 10 participants in each session. You will have to spend 13 weeks in Hawaii, taking advantage of their coworking space (and the beach), perks from partners such as Facebook and Hubspot as well as of funding up to 350K in total.

They are mostly interested in scalable companies in sectors such as travel, gaming, impact and enterprise tech.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2012
  • Location: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
  • What they give: $25,000 upfront investment, space, education, perks, mentorship and business development services in exchange for 3-10% equity. The remaining funding amount from the total of 350K that are alloted to each company is based on milestones met and follow on capital after completing the program.
  • Industry Focus: Scalable technology companies
  • Startups funded: 76
  • Exits: 0
  • Exit value: Data not available
  • Total Raised: $70,373,545.00
  • Twitter Proļ¬le: https://twitter.com/BlueStartups

Portland Seed Fund

IfĀ youĀ areĀ locatedĀ inĀ theĀ Paciļ¬cĀ NorthwestĀ region,Ā theĀ PortlandĀ SeedĀ FundĀ actsĀ asĀ theĀ bridge connecting you with Oregonā€™sĀ startup ecosystem, mentors, advisers, capital, customers and employees.

TheyĀ offerĀ anĀ acceleratorĀ programĀ focusedĀ onĀ importantĀ aspectsĀ ofĀ theĀ startupĀ journey,Ā from growth and scaling, ļ¬nancial planning and controls, building a great team and culture, and accessing growthĀ capital.

Since 2011, PSF has invested $8 million in more than 90 companies who have gone on to raise more than $370 million from other sources. They focus on locality and diversity,Ā as more than halfĀ ofĀ PSFĀ companiesĀ haveĀ aĀ womanĀ orĀ personĀ ofĀ colorĀ onĀ theĀ foundingĀ teamĀ (andĀ moreĀ thanĀ a third have a femaleĀ CEO).

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2011
  • Location: Portland, Oregon, USA
  • What they give: $25,000 equity-free
  • Industry Focus: No speciļ¬c industry focus
  • Startups funded: 90
  • Exits: 14
  • Exit value: Data not available
  • Total Raised:$70,222,879.00
  • Twitter Proļ¬le: https://twitter.com/pdxseedfund

NFX

NFX is focusing ļ¬rst and foremost on founders, entrepreneurs, and people ā€” aiming to provide a unique point of view in the startup ecosystem. The Palo Alto-based fund works closely with the companies under its ā€˜Guildā€™ (they dislike the word ā€˜Portfolioā€™) to build a quality experience for founders and equip them with techniques for growth.

They offer a variety of programs tailor-made for companies at various stages of development, from seed and early A startups, as well as companies in earlier stages.

With impressive ā€˜Guild membersā€™ such as Lyft, Patreon, and Flickr, theyā€™ve created a community that becomes stronger with each new company that is added.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2015
  • Location: Palo Alto, California, USA
  • What they give: $120,000 in exchange for 5% equity
  • Industry focus: No speciļ¬c industry focus.
  • Startups funded: 66
  • Exits: 10
  • Exit value: $10,000,000,000.00
  • Total Raised: $14,000,000,000.00
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/nfxguild

SixThirty

Did you know that St. Louis is one of the largest ļ¬nancial services hubs in the United States? It wouldĀ makeĀ senseĀ thenĀ thatĀ SixThirty,Ā anĀ acceleratorĀ specializingĀ inĀ FinTechĀ companies,Ā would make the city itā€™sĀ home.

SixThirty invests in 8-14 FinTech startups each year, mainly targeting late-seed stage companies that have a product and have started to earn revenue. The selected companies take part in an

8-week intensive business development program (at least you and other founding members will have to be in St. Louis, if not your whole team) and receive hands-on training, mentoring and networking opportunities.

If your startup is in FinTech and provides software in areas such as Payments / Processing, Security / Fraud Solutions, Regulatory / Compliance Solutions, Big Data and Analytics, Lending, Asset / Wealth Management, itā€™s worth looking into SixThirty.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2013
  • Location: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
  • What they give: Up to $250,000 in exchange for equity that varies but is typically less than 10%
  • Industry focus: FinTech
  • Startups funded: 15
  • Exits: 2
  • Exit value: Data not available
  • Total Raised: $90,038,274.00
  • Twitter Proļ¬le: https://twitter.com/sixthirty_630ft

Acceleprise

TTargeting early-stage SaaS founders, Acceleprise offers a personalized 4-month program focused on go to market and fundraising support, thatā€™s limited to 10 companies per cohort ā€” so you know youā€™ll have their full attention.

Acceleprise runs their program twice a year in SF, NYC and Toronto; and are helping to build the next generation of SaaS companies. Apart from funding, their program offers hands-on support across go to market and fundraising in particular, tactical workshops from SaaS leaders and intros to potential customers through the large network of enterprises in our early adopter council.

At the end of each program, companies can participate in their investor week. This format connects their founders with top SaaS investors that opt in to meet with them, and provides an opportunity to book dozens of meetings with investors in a short amount of time.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2012
  • Location: San Francisco, California, USA (they also have a location in NYC and Toronto)
  • What they give: $100,000 for 7.5% or $50k for 5%, so founders have an option.
  • Industry Focus: B2B SaaS
  • Startups funded: 150
  • Exits: 11
  • Exit value: No data available
  • Total Raised: $42,948,302.00
  • Total capital under management: $25M
  • Twitter Proļ¬le: https://twitter.com/acceleprise

Boost VC

Boost VC is a Silicon Valley-based pre-seed fund, with a mission to make sci-ļ¬ a reality. Their 3-month accelerator program is focused on tech startups with a passion for solving problems using cutting edge technology. They also have a pre-seed fund.

Boost VC has worked with startups from over 30 countries. If you become one of them, they will offerĀ funding,Ā housingĀ andĀ workingĀ spaceĀ forĀ theĀ durationĀ ofĀ theĀ program,Ā asĀ wellĀ asĀ mentorship, resources, andĀ connections.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2012
  • Location: Silicon Valley, California, USAHow to apply: Contact them here and get notiļ¬ed when the next accelerator application opens
  • What they give: $100,000-$500,000 in their pre-seed funding program. $10,000-$50,000 in their accelerator program, as well as oļ¬ƒce space and optional housing, in exchange for 7% equity (amount can vary depending on the stage of the company).
  • Industry Focus: Technology, blockchain, augmented reality
  • Startups funded: 250
  • Exits: 17
  • Exit value: No data available
  • Total Raised: $287,283,604.00
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/BoostVC

Capital Innovators

Based in St. Louis, Missouri, Capital Innovators wants to help get your startup to the next level. They offer two classes each year (Spring and Fall), each lasting 12 weeks and offering seed funding and project-based mentorship, networking, oļ¬ƒce space, and other cool perks. Only ļ¬ve companies are accepted for each class, from hundreds of applications.

ThoughĀ theyĀ acceptĀ teamsĀ fromĀ allĀ overĀ theĀ USĀ andĀ worldwide,Ā theyĀ wantĀ toĀ makeĀ St.Ā LouisĀ a hubĀ forĀ startupĀ activityĀ inĀ theĀ MidwestĀ andĀ theyā€™veĀ noticedĀ thatĀ manyĀ teamsĀ fromĀ outĀ ofĀ town choose to make St. Louis their base after completing theĀ program.

During its successful history, the program has consistently been ranked in the top 5% of programs in the United States.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2011
  • Location: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
  • What they give: $50,000 in exchange for 5-10% equity, as well as access to over $100,000 in Amazon web hosting credits
  • Industry Focus: No speciļ¬c industry focus
  • Startups funded: 40
  • Exits: 8
  • Exit value: No available data
  • Total Raised: $190,961,366.00
  • Twitter Proļ¬le: https://twitter.com/capinnovators

The Alchemist Accelerator

IfĀ yourĀ ventureĀ aimsĀ toĀ getĀ itsĀ revenueĀ fromĀ enterprisesĀ (asĀ opposedĀ toĀ consumers),Ā thenĀ The AlchemistĀ AcceleratorĀ wantsĀ toĀ hearĀ fromĀ you.Ā Itā€™sĀ aĀ venture-backedĀ initiativeĀ thatĀ focusesĀ on accelerating the development of enterprise-monetizingĀ ventures.

Its six-month program is limited to 25 teams and takes place in the San Francisco Bay Area where several co-working spaces are available to participants. During the program you will get the opportunity to access the acceleratorā€™s trusted network of customer prospects, feedback coaches for fundraising and mentors who will help develop your company to reach customers and increase sales, as well as secure funding.

The best part? You can apply even if you donā€™t have a speciļ¬c idea. You can discuss your thoughts in your application and you will still be considered for the program.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2012
  • Location: Silicon Valley, California, USA
  • What they give: $36,000 in exchange for 5% equity
  • Industry focus: Enterprise-monetized ventures.
  • Startups funded: 281
  • Exits: 21
  • Exit value: No data available
  • Total Raised: $830,206,723.00Twitter Proļ¬le: https://twitter.com/alchemistacc

MuckerLab

Instead of the usual accelerator process that culminates to a demo day, MuckerLab promises a company-building period of a year or ā€œas long as it takesā€.

They work with only ten to twelve companies per year and focus on them for as long as necessary to ensure that each company evolves and grows to achieve funding. They have a hands-on, boutique approach that means that they can give a great deal of attention to the startups they work with. Itā€™s deļ¬nitely not accidental that they were ranked number two accelerator in the US, since they have achieved impressive success rates and founder satisfaction scores.

Mucker Lab focuses on investing in seed and pre-seed companies in internet software, services, media ventures, as well as in enterprise, ļ¬ntech, B2B and consumer products.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2012
  • Location: Santa Monica, California, USA
  • What they give: $21,000 in exchange for 7% equity
  • Industry focus: No speciļ¬c industry focus
  • Startups funded: 48
  • Exits: 7
  • Exit value: No data available
  • Total Raised: $628,025,626.00
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/mucker

gener8tor

Connecting not just startups and entrepreneurs but also artists and musicians with investors, universities and corporations, gener8tor is quite unique in its approach which includes pre-accelerators, accelerators, corporate programming, conferences, and fellowships.

As an accelerator, they invest in only ļ¬ve companies per program and focus on high-growth startups, including software, IT, web, SaaS, life science, MedTech, e-commerce and hardware, which means that if you are selected in one of their programs that take place three times a year, you will get a concierge experience.

The accelerator programs last 12 weeks and apart from investment, your company will also receiveĀ supportĀ toĀ growĀ throughĀ theĀ platformā€™sĀ networkĀ ofĀ mentors,Ā technologists,Ā corporate partners, angel investors, and ventureĀ capitalists.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2012
  • Location: They have three locations (Madison, Milwaukee, Minnesota) in Wisconsin, USA What they give: $20,000 cash investment in exchange for 6-7% equity with $80,000 of guaranteed follow-on capital. Access to staff interns. $1M+ in deals and perks from various vendors. Support from the gener8tor team and network of alumni and mentors.
  • Industry Focus: software, IT, web, SaaS, life science, medtech, e-commerce and hardware.
  • Startups funded: 38
  • Exits: 3
  • Exit value: No data available
  • Total Raised: $154,976,515.00
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/gener8tor

DreamIT Ventures

Dreamit Ventures is an early seed fund and accelerator, targeting startups with revenue or pilots that are ready to take the next step and scale.

They offer programs mainly in HealthTech, SecureTech, and UrbanTech, and will help you directly access investors, corporate contacts, and thought leaders.

Their programs help startups acquire new customers, hone their go-to-market strategy, and raise capital. Dreamit is a hybrid accelerator model, which means that you can participate in the 14-week program both virtually and in person.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2008
  • Location: Delaware, USA & Israel
  • What they give: $20,000 in return for the right to invest in your next round with a 20% discount
  • Industry focus: HealthTech, SecureTech, UrbanTech
  • Startups funded: 300
  • Exits: 36
  • Exit value: $397,000,000.00
  • Total Raised: $862,127,626.00
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/dreamit

Techstars

The Techstars Worldwide Entrepreneur Network helps founders and their companies grow by connecting with a wide network of peers, experts, mentors, investors, corporate partners, among others. The Techstars portfolio includes more than 1,000 companies and they currently run 47 mentorship-driven accelerators in over 15 countries. You will surely ļ¬nd a program that ļ¬ts your needs.

They offer startup programs, mentorship-driven accelerator programs, corporate innovation partnerships and, of course, their Venture Capital Fund which fuels success by investing in the most innovative companies.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2006
  • Location: They have presence in over 15 countriesWhat they give: A $100,000 convertible note, out of which TechStars contributes $20,000 in return for 6% equity
  • Industry Focus: Mostly focused on technology-oriented companies.
  • Startups funded: 1,336
  • Exits: 204
  • Exit value: $3,546,800,000.00
  • Total Raised: $6,682,499,648.00
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/techstars

Startupbootcamp

Startupbootcamp organizes ultra-focused and intense 3-month programs in various cities, targeting speciļ¬c industries such as FinTech, Media, Commerce, FoodTech, FashionTech, and others.

Their aim is to support early-stage founders to rapidly scale their companies by tapping into their extensive and international network of over 2,000 alumni founders, mentors, partners and investors.

Following a thorough selection process, successful participants get the opportunity to accelerate their business and get experience in a short period of time, as well as leverage mentoring and connections to targeted industry insiders.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2010.
  • Location: Presence in many cities worldwide
  • How to apply: Different programs have different application timeframes and usually accept applications for approximately 3 months every year.
  • What they give: Each 3-month program comes with ā‚¬15,000 for 6-8% equity, ā‚¬450,000+ in partner services, and 6 months of free collaborative oļ¬ƒce space.
  • Industry Focus: Several different programs in different cities, including FinTech, Media, Commerce, FoodTech, FashionTech, and more.
  • Startups funded: 367
  • Exits: 22
  • Exit value: No data available
  • Total Raised: ā‚¬331,579,966Twitter Proļ¬le: https://twitter.com/Sbootcamp

Orange Fab

A sub-organization of Orange, the French telecommunications corporation, Orange Fab is a fellowship program with innovation at its forefront that aims to connect late-stage startups to corporations. Theyā€™re aimed mainly at US-based startups with an existing product but donā€™t worry if youā€™re not in the States: they also have a presence in 15 other countries that operate independently.

Its 12-week Fast Track program is based in San Francisco and comes with a great range of beneļ¬ts such as oļ¬ƒce space, access to events and personalized sessions with corporate decision makers and support from Silicon Valley mentors.

They describe themselves as industry agnostic; they are looking for true innovation and interesting technologies that can be meaningfully connected with their extensive network of partners.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2013
  • Location: San Francisco, California, USA ā€” but they also have 15 other locations around the globe
  • What they give: $20,000 equity-free funding, support from Silicon Valley mentors, oļ¬ƒce space, events, plus a business development trip to Paris
  • Industry Focus: No speciļ¬c industry focus
  • Startups funded: 50
  • Exits: 7
  • Exit value: No data available
  • Total Raised: $257,695,785.00
  • Twitter Proļ¬le: https://twitter.com/OrangeFab

Seed Round Capital

Seed Round Capital, founded by seasoned entrepreneurs, provides funding, coaching, and operational support to early-stage tech startups. They usually make $25k ā€“ $50k investments into pre-seed stage startups that have found initial traction and are generating revenue of at least $3k per month.

In addition to their investment, they help startups complete their funding round through introductions to our personal investor network. They then provide ongoing management guidance, plus access to experts in sales/marketing, recruiting, HR, legal, ļ¬nance, and accounting.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2020 Location: Houston, Texas, USA
  • What they give: $25,000 ā€“ $50,000 in a SAFE or convertible note, in exchange for 5% ā€“ 7% equity. You also get fundraising support, management guidance and access to their investors, mentors and experts community. Note that there is a $5k monthly fee to participate in the program.
  • Industry Focus: Almost anything tech
  • Startups funded: 2
  • Exits: None yet
  • Exit value: NA
  • Total Raised: $500,000
  • Twitter Proļ¬le: https://twitter.com/seedroundcap

United Kingdom

Seedcamp

Based in London, UK, Seedcamp is a European seed fund aiming to identify and invest in early-stage companies addressing global markets and solving big problems through technology.

Seedcamp wants to help you build your business by offering hands-on support in areas such as ļ¬nding your product market ļ¬t, building sales, and marketing capabilities and establishing connections through their global network. In addition to the investment, they offer lifelong access to their support community.

While they mostly focus on European founders, they are open to considering startups from other areas of the world. Some of the most notable companies they have invested in include FinTech companies such as TransferWise and Revolut.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2007 Location: London, UK
  • What they give: Ā£100,000 investment in return for 7.5% equity. They will also co-invest in seed rounds offering up to 2 million GBP, as long as you have a lead investor lined up.
  • Industry Focus: Technology
  • Startups funded: 260 (195 still operational)
  • Exits: 29
  • Exit value: $137,000,000.00
  • Total Raised: $2,000,000,00.00 (yes, billion!)
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/seedcamp

Ignite

One of Europeā€™s leading accelerator programs, Ignite (also known as Ignite100) has offered many programs across several cities in the UK since their founding in 2011, having invested in more than 150 companies. They are also backed by the European Union and partnered with Google, so you know you are in good hands.

Their pre-accelerator (three months) and accelerator (six months) programs will support you from the idea stage through to raising a Series A and building a scalable company, all the while offering mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs and networking.

You can apply to Ignite even if you are not from the UK as long as you are willing to relocate there and register your company as a UK Limited Company.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2011
  • Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  • What they give: $20,000 in exchange for 8% equity
  • Industry focus: No speciļ¬c industry focus
  • Startups funded: 150
  • Exits: 2
  • Exit value: No data available
  • TotalĀ funding raised:Ā $42,894,561
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/igniteaccel

Bethnal Green Ventures

If your startup is centered around a good cause, you should deļ¬nitely check out Bethnal Green Ventures.Ā TheĀ UK-basedĀ acceleratorĀ seesĀ aĀ growingĀ demandĀ forĀ investmentsĀ thatĀ mainlyĀ focus onĀ havingĀ aĀ positiveĀ impactĀ onĀ theĀ worldĀ andĀ isĀ hereĀ toĀ workĀ withĀ yourĀ early-stageĀ startup.

TheyĀ speciļ¬callyĀ focusĀ onĀ teamsĀ whoĀ tryĀ toĀ tackleĀ socialĀ andĀ environmentalĀ problemsĀ that affectĀ todayā€™sĀ world,Ā inĀ ļ¬eldsĀ suchĀ asĀ education,Ā healthcare,Ā democracy,Ā andĀ sustainability.

Their intensive accelerator program that takes place twice a year where, in addition to funding, they offer oļ¬ƒce space, mentorship opportunities, and connections, educational opportunities and life-long support.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2010
  • Location: London, UK
  • What they give: Ā£20,000 in cash for 6% equity
  • Industry Focus: Technology, with a social and environmental aspect
  • Startups funded: 86
  • Exits: 1
  • Exit value: Ā£150,000
  • Total Raised: $42,528,272.00
  • Twitter Proļ¬le: https://twitter.com/bg_ventures

Iceland

Startup Reykjavik

How does the idea of spending a summer in Iceland to help scale your startup sound? Startup ReykjavĆ­k, a mentorship-driven seed stage investment program, runs a 10-week intensive program every year from June to August in the Icelandic capital.

As part of their program, they offer funding and free oļ¬ƒce space, as well as mentorship from their network of over 90 mentors and connections to investors.

Startup ReykjavĆ­k is ļ¬‚exible in which companies they choose to work with, accepting both early andĀ late-stageĀ startups.Ā NoteĀ thatĀ youĀ canĀ applyĀ fromĀ anywhereĀ inĀ theĀ world,Ā asĀ longĀ asĀ youĀ are willing and able to relocate for the 3-monthĀ program.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2012 Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
  • What they give: $23,000 in exchange for 6% equity
  • Industry focus: No speciļ¬c industry focus.
  • Startups funded: 68
  • Exits: No data available
  • Exit value: No data available
  • Total Raised: $5,046,376.00
  • Twitter Proļ¬le: https://twitter.com/startuprvk

Greece

Metavallon

A venture capital ļ¬rm based in Athens, Greece, Metavallon is interested in early stage technology startups with a mission to combine tech, talent and resolve. Initially launched in 2011, since 2017 they have evolved to Metavallon VC.

Apart from funding, Metavallon offers hands-on support in areas such as guidance and mentoring, alliances and partnerships, training, talent acquisition, coaching, and networking. They are also able to provide oļ¬ƒce space in Athens, Greece, on a case by case basis.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2011
  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • WhatĀ theyĀ give:Ā ā‚¬200,000Ā forĀ pre-seedĀ investmentĀ andĀ ā‚¬400,000Ā forĀ seedĀ investmentĀ in exchange forĀ equity
  • Industry Focus: Technology.
  • Startups funded: 10
  • Exits: 0
  • Exit value: No data available
  • Total Raised: No data available, but Metavallon VC has a 32 million euros fund for investment in startups.
  • Twitter Proļ¬le: https://twitter.com/metavallon/

Egg

One of Greeceā€™s most notable startup incubators, Egg (the name stands for Enter-Grow-Go) offers to help your startup grow within the course of a year through a mixed incubator, accelerator, and coworking program. Their focus is both on early-stage startups and companies that want to scale up.

NoteĀ thatĀ youĀ willĀ haveĀ toĀ beĀ located,Ā orĀ willingĀ toĀ relocateĀ toĀ AthensĀ andĀ thatĀ thereĀ isĀ aĀ monthly feeĀ ofĀ 45Ā euros,Ā toĀ keepĀ theĀ coworkingĀ spaceĀ running,Ā butĀ theĀ wholeĀ amountĀ youĀ paidĀ atĀ theĀ end of your tenure will be given to a charity foundation of yourĀ choice.

Egg gives you access to different funding modes such as a 75,000 euros bank loan, equity funding and EU programs such as Horizon.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2013 Location: Athens, GreeceWhat they give: Mentoring, coworking space and access to different funding modes
  • Industry focus: No speciļ¬c industry focus
  • Startups funded: 36 (but they have hosted and mentored more than 100 companies in their coworking spaces)
  • Exits: No data available
  • Exit value: No data available
  • Total Raised: 9 million europs
  • Twitter: N/A

Germany

ProSiebenSat.1 Accelerator

Based in Berlin and Munich, ProSiebenSat.1 Accelerator invests in B2C startups offering mass-market relevant products or services.

They offer funding for advertising volume, helping your startup reach a mass market audience. Apart from that they also provide mentoring, oļ¬ƒce space in Berlin, as well as access to the network of one of the largest media corporations in Europe.

Note that, to be considered, you need to already have gained some traction and revenue (anywhere between 500,000 euros and 2.5 million euros)

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2013
  • Location: Berlin and Munich, GermanyWhat they give: ā‚¬1.5 million in advertising volume (in the form of multimedia campaigns) for equity TBD.
  • Industry Focus: All industries with a B2C focus
  • Startups funded: 66
  • Exits: 3
  • Exit value: No data available
  • Total Raised: $9,227,696.00
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/p7s1accelerator

Axel Springer Plug and Play Accelerator

Their unconventional name notwithstanding, Axel Springer Plug and Play Accelerator is a joint venture between Axel Springer SE, a leading company in the German print business and Plug and Play Tech Center, an international startup accelerator in California ā€” so your digital startup can beneļ¬t from some truly global opportunities, including mentorship and support in a wide range of topics.

Axel Springer Plug and Play Accelerator have also started a residence for artists, with the belief that interesting things happen when different people come together.

Recently, they teamed up with Porsche to form APX, a new accelerator for digital business models.

Accelerator Overview

 

  • Founded: 2013
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • What they give: $30,000 for 5% equity
  • Industry focus: No speciļ¬c industry focus
  • Startups funded: More than 100 portfolio companies
  • Exits: 6
  • Exit value: $4,800,000.00
  • Total Raised: $44,713,279.00
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/as_pnp

Estonia

Startup Wise Guys

Startup Wise Guys are Europeā€™s leading B2B startup accelerator and one of the top investors in the CEE region and the Nordics. Their 3-month intensive programs offer high energy and straightforward coaching and mentoring to help you cross the ļ¬nish line.

 

Their main areas of focus are B2B SaaS, Fintech and CyberNorth.

 

The accelerator program focuses on sales and scaling up, helping you shape your product to reach customers, with the help of their network of over 150 international and local mentors. They also offer Demo Days and the opportunity for you to participate in startup fairs and tech summits.

 

Startup Wise Guys have had 2 major exits up to date ā€“ Estonian AgTech company VitalFields was acquired by Climate Corporation in 2016, whereas AI giant UiPath has just acquired Ukraine based StepShot.

 

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2012
  • Location: Tallinn, Estonia. They also have accelerator locations in Riga, Latvia, and Vilnius, Lithuania.
  • What they give: Up to 30,000 EUR equity investment with follow-on possibility
  • Industry focus: B2B SaaS, Fintech, CyberSecurity
  • Startups funded: 145
  • Exits: 3
  • Exit value: No data available
  • Total Raised: 12,600,000.00 euros (amount raised by portfolio startups 29,000,000.00 euros)
  • Twitter Proļ¬le: https://twitter.com/StartupWiseGuys

Buildit Accelerator

Established in 2014 in Estonia and having expanded to Latvia, Buildit Accelerator aims to take your startup idea in hardware or Internet of Things and turn it into a market-worthy product.

They select companies to invest in twice a year. At Buildit Accelerator they focus on B2B solutions such as Connected Industry and Software for productivity, as well as Smart Living (B2C) solutions on areas such as Energy, Mobility, and HealthTech.

WhatĀ setsĀ themĀ apartĀ isĀ thatĀ theyĀ offerĀ whatĀ theyĀ callĀ aĀ ā€œfull-stackĀ acceleratorā€Ā program.Ā This means that you get a Pre-Seed fund and 3-month Accelerator Program, as well as additional Seed funding with a follow-on support program for more than 2Ā years.

 

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2014
  • Location: Riga, Latvia
  • What they give: Up to ā‚¬50,000 as a convertible loan with discount and valuation cap
  • Industry focus: IoT, hardware
  • Startups funded: 24
  • Exits: 0
  • Exit value: No data available
  • Total Raised: $1,537,492.00Twitter proļ¬le: https://twitter.com/builditacc

Czech Republic

StartupYard

StartupYardĀ isĀ CentralĀ Europeā€™sĀ leadingĀ acceleratorĀ forĀ technologyĀ startupsĀ ā€”Ā mostlyĀ geared toward ā€˜Deep Techā€™Ā startups that are solving challenging technologyĀ problems.

Their three-month program (you will need to relocate to Prague) is addressing early to seed-stage companies and offers mentorship and corporate partnerships with companies from various industries. You also get access to their extensive network including mentors from companies such as Vodafone, Accenture, and Google.

Some of their most notable exits include digital customer service platform BrandEmbassy and cyber-security company TeskaLabs.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2011
  • Location: Prague, Czech Republic
  • What they give: ā‚¬40,000 in initial seed funding via a convertible note
  • Industry focus: TechnologyStartups funded: 72
  • Exits: 8Exit value: $340,000.00
  • Total Raised: 24,500,00.00 euros
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/startupyard

China

Chinaccelerator

A leading startup accelerator in China, Chinaccelerator is a mentorship-driven program that can bring your internet startup to the next level ā€” and no, you donā€™t have to be based in China to apply. In fact, they have funded startups from 25 different countries.

Like HAX, Chinaccelerator is also part of the venture fund SOSV, which has $500M AUM and operates 6 global accelerators. Prepare for three months of rigorous guidance, training and resources from mentors, partners, and investors. They also offer support post-accelerator, through their robust and supportive alumni network.

One of the most notable exits, Launchpilots, an online platform connecting brands with university students, was acquired by Robin8 Inc

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2010
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • What they give: A $150,000 investment package
  • Startups funded: 32 (overall they have supported 202 companies)
  • Exits: 3
  • Exit value: No data available, but 80.6% of their companies receive funding after Demo Day.
  • Total funding raised: $74,784,272.00
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/Chinaccelerator

HAX

Part of global venture capital ļ¬rm SOSV, HAX is an immersive accelerator program committed to getting you from the idea stage to look-a-like prototype in less than 3 months.

Focusing on startups with a hardware element, they accept 4-5 selected startups per month. If you are accepted with HAX you will ļ¬rst join their China location where you will spend 4-8 months focusing on R&D and prototyping, and then move to their location in SF to spend three months focusing on growth, fundraising, and business development.

Some of their most notable exits include Riot Games, an online game development company that got acquired by Tencent Holdings.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2011
  • Location: Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • What they give: An investment package of $250,000
  • Industry focus: HardwareStartups funded: 200
  • Exits: 4
  • Exit value: No data available for Riot Games or overall, but one of their other companies (Kindara, a fertility platform) exited for 8.4 million USD
  • Total Raised: $126,489,882.00
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/hax_co

Canada

Highline Beta

Starting as Highline in 2014 and eventually evolving to Highline Beta in 2017, this startup co-creation company turned venture creation ļ¬rm can help your startup reach market-leading levels through their network of investors and the backing of foundations such as Extreme Startups and GrowLab.

Part of their invested startups with notable exits include science search engine Meta which was acquired by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and FameBit which was acquired by Google.

If you are based in Toronto or donā€™t mind relocating, you can take advantage of both their co-creation program where you (as a founder) will be partnered with enterprises to form a new startup, as well as their two types of accelerators; Commercial Deal and New Venture.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2014
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They also have locations in Vancouver and New York City.
  • What they give: $50,000 investment with a 10% equity
  • Industry Focus: Technology, but they have a broad spectrum Startups funded: 64
  • Exits: 10
  • Exit value: No data available, but the collective worth of all invested companies is over $765,000,000.00
  • Total Raised: $40,876,738.00
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/highlinebeta

FounderFuel

A mentor-driven, three-month accelerator program, FounderFuel is backed by seed-stage tech venture capital ļ¬rm Real Ventures and boasts a broad startup network in Canada and beyond.

To join the immersive accelerator program you will have to be based in Montreal for all three months (they provide an oļ¬ƒce space) but this will also give you the opportunity to present your work at Canadaā€™s largest Demo Day.

Note that FounderFuel does not support individual applications: you need to have a founding team of at least two people to be able to apply.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2011
  • Location: MontrĆ©al, Quebec, Canada
  • What they give: $120,000 CAD investment split into two parts, with the $20,000 CAD invested up front for a 5% equity and the remaining $100,000 CAD invested in a SAFE with a $3.5M cap and 20% discount.
  • Industry Focus: Technology
  • Startups funded: 89
  • Exits: 11
  • Exit value: No data available, but one of their most notable companies, Crew, a curated platform connecting designers and developers with clients, exited for 9.9 million CAD.
  • Total Raised: $325,000,000.00
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/founderfuel

Jolt

If you are a Canadian tech innovator,Ā Jolt will help you through a combination of seed capital and coaching. Itā€™sĀ worth noting that they are part of the MaRS investor ecosystem, who have collectivelyĀ fundedĀ overĀ 1,200Ā CanadianĀ startupsĀ inĀ Health,Ā Fintech,Ā CleantechĀ andĀ Enterprise.

ShortlyĀ afterĀ theyĀ launchedĀ inĀ 2012,Ā JoltĀ investedĀ inĀ moreĀ thanĀ 23Ā startupsĀ thatĀ raisedĀ overĀ $11 million of totalĀ funding.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2012
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • How to apply: You can contact them directly on their website
  • What they give: $30,000 investment with a 6.5% equity
  • Industry focus: Technology
  • Startups funded: 23
  • Exits: 3
  • Exit value: $20,000,000.00
  • Total Raised: $6,249,965.00
  • Twitter: n/a

Bulgaria

LAUNCHub

LAUNCHub Ventures may be based in Soļ¬a, Bulgaria, but they are not hesitant to invest to companiesĀ worldwide.Ā WithĀ aĀ strongĀ techĀ backgroundĀ andĀ focus,Ā LAUNCHubĀ VenturesĀ are looking to help people with innovative ideas scaleĀ up.

Their ļ¬rst fund, when the company launched in 2012, backed 62 startups who have now attracted over 20 million euros in follow-up funding, led by LAUNCHub Ventures.

Apart from the considerable funding amount they provide (that can reach up to 1,5 million for ā€œthe right startupā€), LAUNCHub Ventures position themselves as a partner, providing you with expertise and resources. Speaking of which, their portfolio companies include goal management platform Gtmhub and Charlie Finance among others.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2012
  • Location: Soļ¬a, Bulgaria
  • How to apply: You can apply any time by contacting them directly on their website.
  • What they give: Between 300,000-700,000 euros usually, equity depending on the investment
  • Industry focus: Mostly SaaS, Enterprise Software, Health-tech, E-commerce, Mobile, IoT, but they claim to be ā€œsector agnosticā€ so donā€™t hesitate to apply if youā€™re in a different niche
  • Startups funded: 127
  • Exits: 3
  • Exit value: One of their invested companies, Codebender, exited for USD 1.1 million
  • Total funding raised: $27,000,000.00
  • Twitter proļ¬le: https://twitter.com/LAUNCHub

Eleven Startup Accelerator

If your tech idea has proof of concept and early traction, and you are willing to relocate to Soļ¬a, Bulgaria, to live under one roof with other promising entrepreneurs, then the Eleven Startup Accelerator may be a great option for you.

Although most of their investments are in Southeast Europe, they are focusing on early-stage investments from anywhere, and they have a global network of investors.

The 100,000 euros of the original investment (with the option to double that amount and raise up to 5 million from their network of investors) will certainly help you scale up.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2012
  • Location: Soļ¬a, Bulgaria
  • What they give: 100,000 euros for a 10-12% equity, with a possibility of a further 200,000 euros.
  • Industry focus: Tech and innovation
  • Startups funded: 116
  • Exits: 5
  • Exit value: No data available, but the total value of their portfolio companies is currently at$85,500,000.00
  • Total Raised: $10,985,023.66
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/elevenbg

Australia

Incubate

If you are a student, an alumni or researcher with the University of Sydney, Australia, you should deļ¬nitely check out the award-winning, 14-week accelerator program at Incubate. Incubate itself was created by two students, so you know they take young entrepreneurship seriously.

They have funded more than 100 startups, among the most notable being Persollo, the worldā€™s ļ¬rst instant checkout platform for small merchants and brands across social networks that has been featured in Forbes 30 under 30.

Note that you will have to be located in Sydney, in order to take advantage of the exclusive workshops on campus and the 1:1 mentorship.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2012
  • Location: Sydney, Australia
  • What they give: $5,000 equity-free seed funding, but they also provide 1:1 mentorship, exclusive masterclasses, and free oļ¬ƒce space.
  • Industry Focus: Technology, mainly
  • Startups funded: 107
  • Exits: 1
  • Exit value: No data available
  • Total Raised: $30,000,000.00
  • Twitter proļ¬le: https://twitter.com/sydneyincubate

Innovyz

A 13-week accelerator in Australia, Innovyz may have been founded in 2012 but the minds behind it have been shaping the landscape of business accelerating in Australia and internationally since the nineties. You donā€™t have to relocate to Adelaide however, as their program is not full-time ā€” which is great if you are not ready to leave your day job quite yet.

Focusing mainly on energy and related industry ļ¬elds (such as advanced materials and manufacturing), Innovyz also help with commercialisation projects through their Innovyz Special Projects Department. You can also apply as an individual.

One of their alumni companies is Titomic, specializing in innovative applications in industrial scale additive manufacturing for metals.

 

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2012
  • Location: Adelaide, Australia
  • What they give: $10,000 toward costs, but also offer more than $150, 000 worth of staff assistance over the course of the nine months.
  • Industry Focus: Energy, agriculture, food sector, mining & resources and advanced manufacturing, among others
  • Startups funded: 60
  • Exits: 1
  • Exit value: No data available
  • Total Raised: Their total estimated current value across all their companies is$501,960,000.00
  • Twitter proļ¬le: https://twitter.com/innovyz

Melbourne Accelerator Program

Backed by the University of Melbourne and partners such as IBM, HWT and Universal Music Group, the Melbourne Accelerator Program has the prestige and know-how to help accelerate your startupā€™s growth.

Although the funding they offer is on the moderate side compared to other accelerators, the fact that itā€™s equity-free and comes with your own oļ¬ƒce in Melbourne will deļ¬nitely help move the needle forward.

One of their most successful exit stories is the Melbourne curated marketplace Jobbop, which connects developers with top tech companies.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2012
  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • How to apply: The applications for the accelerator program have closed for 2019, but you can express interest for 2021 or apply to their Velocity program.
  • What they give: $20,000 equity-free funding and an inner-city oļ¬ƒce space in Melbourne
  • Industry focus: No speciļ¬c industry focus
  • Startups funded: 43 (overall they have supported more than 100 startups)
  • Exits: 2
  • Exit value: The data is silent here Total funding raised: $70,000,000.00
  • Twitter proļ¬le: https://twitter.com/MAPUniMelb

Startmate

An Australian accelerator, they call themselves ā€œindustry agnosticā€ ā€” which means that they are more interested in your great idea, regardless of your particular niche.

With two 12-week accelerator programs each year, one based in Sydney and the other in Melbourne, and a six-month fellowship program, Startmate has the world-class community of mentors and alumni you will need to scale your business. In fact, part of the package is a trip to San Francisco and private learning sessions with startups such as A16Z, General Catalyst, and Bugcrowd, the #1 Crowdsourced Cybersecurity Platform which raised $26M in Series C.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2010
  • Location: Sydney, Australia (they also run an accelerator program in Melbourne)
  • What they give: $75,000 for a 7,5% equity
  • Industry Focus: No speciļ¬c industry focus
  • Startups funded: 83
  • Exits: They have a 71% rate of active or achieved exits
  • Exit value: $5,000,000.00
  • Total Raised: $117,939,958.00
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/startmate

Argentina

Nxtp.labs

If you have a tech startup in Latin America, Nxtp.labs is the incubator to help bring it all the way from early stage to acquisition through their accelerator programs. Supporting women entrepreneurs and creating social shared value and positive impact are big tenets of the Nxtp.labs manifesto.

Some of the startups they have invested in or funded include Auth0, a software that solves large-scale identity issues for enterprises and Liftit, a B2B platform to optimize the delivery of cargo in Latin America.

Accelerator Overview

  • Founded: 2011
  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina (but they also have locations in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay and the United States)
  • How to apply: By ļ¬lling a form and creating a proļ¬le through F6S
  • What they give: $20,000 as a seed investment for an equity that ranges between 5%-10% Industry focus: Agtech and ļ¬ntech, but they also offer opportunities to startups in education, enterprise, media, gaming and tourism.
  • Startups funded: Ī¤hey have invested in more than 190 companies in
  • Total Exits: 12
  • Exit value: $4,875,500.00
  • Total Raised: $469,000,000.00
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/NXTPLabs
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