Accelerator List

Q: What is an Accelerator?

A: “An accelerator takes very early-stage startups (i.e. have a product, a plan and a team) and helps to accelerate their transition into a viable business, almost always with investment (<10% equity plus access to more investors), high-potential connections and networks, professional support, workspace, and valuable mentoring, guidance, and education.  Accelerated companies are usually expected to “graduate” within a few months to a year.  Y Combinator500 Startups, and TechStars are a few the more well-known tech accelerators.”

(Source: Content Makes an Accelerator Successful, Not Just Space and Money)

 

List of Accelerators in the U.S.

  • Advanced Technology Development Center  (http://atdc.org/)
    • “The Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) is a startup accelerator that helps technology entrepreneurs in Georgia launch and build successful companies.”

 

  • AlphaLab (http://www.alphalab.org/)
    • “AlphaLab is a startup accelerator founded by Innovation Works to help innovative technology companies launch quickly and successfully.”

 

  • Beta Spring (http://www.betaspring.com)
    • “Our full-immersion program, which runs in both Spring and Fall, enables teams with a strong start on a high-growth venture to rapidly transform into fundable, scalable companies.”

 

  • betaworks (http://betaworks.com)
    • “betaworks is built on the belief that the real-time social web represents a radical shift in how people use the Internet.”

 

  • Bizdom (http://www.bizdom.com)
    • “During our three-month accelerator, entrepreneurs receive up to $25k in seed funding, intense mentoring and access to expertise from our extensive network and family of companies, and a dynamic, engaging, and collaborative workspace.”

 

  • Blackbox (blackbox.vc)
    • “Blackbox is a Silicon Valley startup accelerator focused on helping non-US startups that strive to bring their products to the global market.”

 

  • Bootup Labs (http://bootuplabs.com)
    • “Bootup Labs is a hybrid startup accelerator and seed fund in Vancouver, BC that helps founders take their ideas “from concept to company.””

 

  • Capital Factory (http://www.capitalfactory.com)
    • “The new Capital Factory will be a larger enterprise that offers working space for startups, mentorship programs and educational programs.”

 

 

  • Excelerate Labs (http://www.exceleratelabs.com/)
    • “Our Goal Is Simple: Invest In The Very Best Companies And Help Them Reach The Next Level. We Do That By Providing Capital, Connections, Community, And Delivering On Our Promises”

 

  • Founder Institute (http://fi.co/)
    • “The Founder Institute is an early-stage startup accelerator and global launch network that helps entrepreneurs create meaningful and enduring technology companies.”

 

  • i/o ventures (http://www.ventures.io/)
    • “The i/o Startup Accelerator is a 3 month program to help you launch a product and build a company.”

 

  • Joystick Labs (http://www.joysticklabs.com/)
    • “Joystick Labs is an innovative accelerator program focused exclusively on identifying and launching the next generation of digitally distributed video game companies.”

 

  • Jumpstart Foundry (www.jumpstartfoundry.com)
    • “Started in 2010, JSF is a formal, mentor-driven 14-week business acceleration program held over the summer months – with the goal of launching successful companies, prime for funding, at an Investor Day in late August.”

 

  • Launchpad LA (http://launchpad.la/)
    • “Launchpad LA was founded as a mentorship organization in 2009 by Mark Suster (GRP Partners, bothsidesofthetable.com) with the goal of helping talented local entrepreneurs build relationships, get funded, and grow while remaining in Southern California.”

 

  • Momentum (http://momentum-mi.com/)
    • “We are a Michigan-based seed accelerator looking for new technology start-ups with amazing ideas to join us for a 12-week lean startup boot camp program.”

 

 

  • Shotput Ventures(http://www.shotputventures.com/)
    • “We are a technology startup accelerator fund that focuses on capital-light web services companies and assists in the conception phase.”

 

  • Startup Labs (http://www.startuplabs.org/)
    • “Startup Labs is a three week program providing seed capital, mentorship and technical support to teams in an effort to help validate their team and business model to later stage investors…”

 

  • StartX (http://sselabs.stanford.edu/)
    • “StartX (formerly SSE Labs) is the Stanford student start-up accelerator designed and developed to provide a place for the best Stanford founders to quickly develop.”

 

  • Tech Wildcatters (techwildcatters.com)
    • “TechWildcatters is a mentorship-driven microseed fund and startup accelerator. Our 12-week accelerator “bootcamp” runs every spring and fall starting April 2010 in Dallas.”

 

  • TechStars (http://www.techstars.org/)
    • “TechStars provides seed funding from over 75 top venture capital firms and angel investors who are vested in the success of your startup, as well as intense mentorship from hundreds of the best entrepreneurs in the world.”

 

  • The Brandery (www.brandery.org)
    • The Brandery is a seed stage consumer marketing venture accelerator, which was ranked as one of the top 10 programs in the United States.

 

  • Web FWD (https://webfwd.org/)
    • “A three-month business creation program for startups around the world.”

 

  • Y Combinator (http://ycombinator.com/)
    • “Y Combinator does seed funding for startups. Seed funding is the earliest stage of venture funding. It pays your expenses while you’re getting started.”

 

  • 500 Startups (http://500.co/)
    • “500 Startups provides early-stage companies with funding ranging from $10K to $250K via seed investments, our startup accelerator program, and new micro-fund models like the Twilio Fund.”