Help for Startups! – A semi-complete list of startup accelerator programs

Posted: January 7th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: posts | Tags: , , , , , , | 200 Comments »

This is a post I’ve had a running draft of for some time. I’m happy to be getting it out of my draft bin and out onto the web!

Josh Kopelman of First Round Capital spoke at DreamIt Ventures this summer. During his talk, Josh mentioned how he expects to see an increasing number of DreamIt/TechStars/Y Combinator-style locally-focused “seed stage startup accelerator” programs in the coming years.

This is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. Between the research that led to the founding of the Lion Launch Pad at Penn State and my research into startup accelerator programs before joining DreamIt Ventures this summer, I’ve talked with / read about a number of programs.

But I wasn’t really sure how many programs were out there, nor have I been able to find a comprehensive list anywhere else. The programs certainly don’t all operate in the same fashion, so there is a lot of diversity as far as terms and offerings, but in general, I think everyone can agree that it’s a good thing for startups that so many are taking an interest around the globe in helping early stage ventures get off the group and take flight.

So, here is the list I’ve been compiling – I’m sure I’m forgetting a few – what else is out there?

Global Seed-Stage Startup Accelerators

  1. Ann Arbor, MI – SPARK Business Acceleratorhttp://www.annarborusa.org/start-ups/spark-business-accelerator/
  2. Atlanta, GA – Shotput Ventureshttp://www.shotputventures.com
  3. Athens, Greece – OpenFundhttp://theopenfund.com
  4. Austin, TX – Capital Factoryhttp://www.capitalfactory.com
  5. Austin, TX – TechRanch Austinhttp://techranchaustin.com
  6. Bangalore, India – iAcceleratorhttp://iaccelerator.org
  7. Bangalore, India – The Morpheushttp://www.themorpheus.com (formerly Morpheus Venture Partners – http://www.morpheusventure.com)
  8. Bangalore, India – Upstart.inhttp://www.upstart.in/programs.html
  9. Barcelona, Spain – SeedRockethttp://www.seedrocket.com
  10. Belfast, Northern Ireland – StartVI (Start 6)http://www.startvi.com
  11. Berkley, CA – Berkley Ventureshttp://www.berkeleyventures.com
  12. Bloomington, IN – Sproutboxhttp://www.sproutbox.com
  13. Boulder, CO / Boston, MA / Seattle, WA – TechStarshttp://www.techstars.org
  14. Boston, MA and other cities – IBM Smartcamphttp://www.ibm.com/ie/smarterplanet/smartcamp/
  15. Boston, MA – Start@Sparkhttp://www.sparkcapital.com/start/
  16. Cambridge, UK – Springboardhttp://springboard.red-gate.com
  17. Champaign, IL – iVentures10http://www.iventures10.com
  18. Chicago, IL – Excelerate Labshttp://www.exceleratelabs.com
  19. China – Innovation Workshttp://en.innovation-works.com/
  20. Copenhagen, Denmark – Startupbootcamphttp://www.startupbootcamp.dk
  21. Dalian, China – China Acceleratorhttp://chinaccelerator.com
  22. Dallas, TX – Tech Wildcattershttp://techwildcatters.com
  23. Detroit, MI – Bizdom Uhttp://www.bizdom.com
  24. Dublin, Ireland – NDRC’s Launch Padhttp://www.ndrc.ie/projects/entrepreneurial-internships/
  25. England – The Difference Enginehttp://thedifferenceengine.eu
  26. Greenville, SC – NextStarthttp://www.nextstart.org
  27. Hamburg, Germany – HackFwdhttp://hackfwd.com
  28. Houston, TX – Houston Tech Centerhttp://www.houstontech.org
  29. Italy – H-Farmhttp://www.h-farmventures.com
  30. Italy – Working Capitalhttp://www.workingcapital.telecomitalia.it/2010/03/koinup-selezionata/
  31. Jordan – Oasis 500http://arabcrunch.com/2010/06/oasis-500-a-startup-accelerator-to-launch-in-august.html (launching in August – no specific site yet)
  32. Lexington, MA / Menlo Park, CA – Summer@Highland Capitalhttp://www.hcp.com/summer/
  33. Lexington, KY – The Awesome Inc. Experiencehttp://awesomeinc.org/the-awesome-experience
  34. Limerick, Ireland – The Greenhousehttp://greenhouselimerick.com
  35. Lisbon, Portugal – Maverick/SeedCapitalhttp://maverick.pt http://seedcapital.pt
  36. London, UK – Seedcamphttp://www.seedcamp.com
  37. Los Angeles, CA – LaunchPadLAhttp://www.launchpad.la
  38. Madrid, Spain – Tetuan Valley Startup Schoolhttp://www.tetuanvalley.com
  39. Menlo Park, CA – Lightspeed Venture Partners Summer Grantshttp://lightspeedvp.com/summergrants.aspx
  40. Montreal, Ca – BOLIDEAhttp://blog.bolidea.com
  41. Montreal, Ca – Flow Ventures Accelerator Programhttp://www.flowventures.com
  42. Montreal, Ca – Montreal Startuphttp://montrealstartup.com
  43. Mountain View, CA – Y Combinatorhttp://www.ycombinator.com
  44. Nashville, TN – JumpStart Foundryhttp://www.jumpstartfoundry.com
  45. New York, NY – FirstGrowth Venture Networkhttp://www.firstgrowthvn.com
  46. New York, NY – The Hatcheryhttp://www.hatchery.vc
  47. New York, NY – NYC SeedStarthttp://www.nycseed.com/seedstart.html
  48. Orange County, CA – OCTANe LaunchPadhttp://www.octaneoc.org
  49. Orem, Utah – BoomStartuphttp://boomstartup.com
  50. Phoenix, AZ – Gangplankhttp://gangplankhq.com
  51. Philadelphia, PA – DreamIt Ventureshttp://www.dreamitventures.com
  52. Philadelphia, PA – Startl – partners with DreamIt Ventures – http://startl.org/apply/accelerator-apply/
  53. Pittsburgh, PA – AlphaLabhttp://alphalab.org
  54. Portland, OR – The Portland Tenhttp://www.portlandten.com
  55. Providence, RI – Betaspringhttp://www.betaspring.com
  56. Redwood City, CA – Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs (SVASE) Seed Programhttp://www.svase.org
  57. San Francisco, CA – The Start Projecthttp://thestartproject.com
  58. San Diego, CA – Springboard program at CONNECT.orghttp://www.connect.org/springboard/
  59. San Francisco, CA – i/o Ventureshttp://www.ventures.io
  60. Seattle, WA – Founders Co-ophttp://www.founderscoop.com
  61. Silicon Valley – PayPal Startup Acceleratorhttp://www.x.com/community/ppx/xspaces/accelerator
  62. Singapore – Neoteny Labshttp://www.neotenylabs.com
  63. Singapore – Joyful Frog Digital Incubator (JFDI)http://jfdi.asia
  64. Sydney, Australia – SeedAcceleratorhttp://www.seedaccelerator.com
  65. Taipei, Taiwan – appWorks Ventures Incubator Programhttp://appworks.tw/incubator/
  66. Toronto, Canada – Extreme Venture Partners Universityhttp://www.extremevp.com/university/
  67. Tokyo, Japan – Open Network Labhttp://www.onlab.jp
  68. Utah – Startup Utahhttp://startuputah.com
  69. Vancouver, Canada – BootupLabshttp://bootuplabs.com
  70. Washington, D.C. / Durham, NC – LaunchboxDigitalhttp://www.launchboxdigital.com
  71. Waterloo, Ontario, Canada – Impact Ventureshttp://www.impact.org
  72. Wilmington, DE – BetaFishhttp://betafishde.tumblr.com (on Facebook)
  73. Zeeland, MI – Momentumhttp://www.momentum-mi.com
  74. Multiple Locations – The Founder Institutehttp://founderinstitute.com
  75. Unknown Location – Youniversity Ventureshttp://www.youniversityventures.com
  76.  

    Social Entrepreneurship

  77. Boulder, Colorado – Unreasonable Institutehttp://www.unreasonableinstitute.org
  78. Philadelphia, PA – GoodCompany Ventureshttp://www.goodcompanyventures.org
  79. India – Dasra Social-Impacthttp://www.dasra.org/dasra-social-impact.htm
  80.  

    University-Affiliated Startup Accelerator Programs

  81. Finland – Aalto University – Aalto Bootcamphttp://aaltoes.com/aaltoes-venture-track/bootcamp/
  82. Arizon State University – Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative - http://studentventures.asu.edu
  83. Babson College – Summer Venture Programhttp://www3.babson.edu/Newsroom/Releases/Summer-Venture-program.cfm (no specific site avail)
  84. Berkeley Entrepreneurship Laboratoryhttp://entrepreneurship.berkeley.edu/resources/bel.html
  85. College of the Atlantic – Sustainable Ventures Incubatorhttp://www.coa.edu/press-releases_pg1_724.htm
  86. Cornell University – eLabshttp://www.elabstartup.com
  87. Couri Hatchery at Syracuse Universityhttp://whitman.syr.edu/eee/incubator/
  88. Duke University – DUhatchhttp://www.cerc.duke.edu/duhatch
  89. University of Michigan – RPM10http://www.rpmvc.com/rpm10/
  90. University of Michigan’s “Techarb” Business Acceleratorhttp://techarb.org/about/ and http://cfe.engin.umich.edu/businessaccelerator
  91. University of North Carolina – Carolina Launch Padhttp://www.carolinalaunchpad.org
  92. Penn State University – Lion Launch Padhttp://www.lionlaunchpad.org
  93. University of Pennsylvania - Wharton Venture Initiation Programhttp://vip.wharton.upenn.edu
  94. RIT Student Business Development Labhttp://entrepreneurship.rit.edu/business_lab.php (part of the Venture Creations program at RIT http://www.venturecreations.org)
  95. Santa Clara University – Global Social Benefit Incubatorhttp://www.scu.edu/sts/gsbi/
  96. Stanford University – Student Startup Labhttp://sselabs.stanford.edu/
  97. Syracuse University – Start-Up Acceleratorhttp://accelerate.syr.edu/ForStudents/index.aspx
  98. Syracuse Student Sandbox at the Tech Gardenhttp://thetechgarden.com/studentsandbox
  99. Union College – U-Starthttp://www.union.edu/resources/technology/u-start/index.php
  100. The University of Texas at Austin – Texas Venture Labshttp://www.texasventurelabs.net
  101. Virginia Tech – DayOne Ventureshttp://dayoneventures.com
  102. University of Waterloo – VeloCity “Dormcubator”http://velocity.uwaterloo.ca
  103. Wayne State University – SmartStart Business Development Programhttp://techtownwsu.org/business/smartstart.php
  104. Yale University – Yale Entrepreneurial Institute / Yale Startupshttp://www.yalestartups.com

 

Other Useful Resources:

  • Map of Seed Accelerator programs around the world: On Google Maps
  • List of Application Deadlines for programs: here

 

** In the comments, there was a program from Kettering University suggested. I see this program as more of a conventional incubator than what I have come to term a seed stage accelerator program. For this reason, (nothing against the program) I have not included it in the list (there are far too many conventional incubator programs to try to compile a list of those), though if you are in Flint, MI, hopefully the program is able to be of assistance.

Again, I’m sure this is not an exhaustive list and there are others out there.  Let us know – where else can startups find help!

Sources: Numerous blog posts and tweets + Jed Christiansen’s dissertation appendix + great tips in the comments! The New York student programs were listed at http://bianys.com/student_incubators

Edited: From the comments below and the thread over on Hacker News, there have been some great suggestions for the list. I’ve updated the list with the applicable programs. Further programs added in April 2010. Added IBM Smartcamp. Updated April 22 with program from comments. Updated on April 24 to include deadpool. Updated May 14 to include the additional resources (count at 93). Updated June 11 with new programs (count at 102).

  1. merged with Launchbox Digital in April 2010
  2. Inactive per comment below and their site.

  • http://www.voivoda.com Emil Babadjov

    I would like to get a new accelerator listed, Voivoda Labs. We have offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Europe.

    Voivoda
    Labs is looking to increase our company portfolio of companies by 4 in 2011. We
    currently hold office space in technology incubators for three companies(one in
    San Francisco, one in Palo Alto, one in Los Angeles).

    As part of our initiative to increase our portfolio, we are hosting 1 week
    residency programs at these three locations beginning in July and running
    through mid September. The start-ups chosen for our residency programs will
    have the opportunity to come to the Bay Area or Los Angeles Voivoda Labs
    offices and set-up in one of the incubator spaces for a one week period. During
    this time they will be able to set up demos of their technology as well as
    receive mentoring from our experts on how to bring their idea to profitability.
    We can also provide support in your development process. Our team can has
    experts in all development fields(with specialization in mobile development).

    Once the one-week residency has been completed, the companies which
    participated will be evaluated based on a specific set of standards. The ones
    which meet all of our criteria will be chosen for further investment of Voivoda
    Labs resources(initial seed money, mentoring, development resources, ect). We
    are currently accepting submissions for a chance to be considered for the
    residency program.

     

    Details
    on how to apply and what is requested can be found at http://www.voivoda.com/ResidencyProgram.html

     

    I
    hope this information was helpful.
     

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ariel-Beery/123651 Ariel Beery

    PresenTense (www.presentense.org) is a social enterprise accelerator focusing on the Jewish sector and has programs in 11 cities around the world. We’ve launched 137 ventures so far, and are still growing.

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  • Guest

    I think TechStars is also in NYC

  • http://filmaster.com michuk

    GammaRebels.com just started in Warsaw, Poland and StartupHighway.com is startin in September in Vilnus, Lithuania.

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  • Tim

    There is a new accelerator forming in San Francisco called GreenStart.  Greenstart is geared towards the cleantech space, specifically companies that bring products to market within a year of enrollment.  Check out greenstart.com for more details and application information.  

  • Anonymous

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  • Swissfer2

    You forget business booster (bbooster.org) in Valencia spain

  • Kristo

    http://www.startupsauna.com covering the Northern Europe and Russia

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  • Paloma

    do not forget wayra by Telefónica. They have already launched in Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Spain and Peru, and will be in Venezuela, Chile  and Brazil in the short term.
    http://www.wayra.org

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  • http://twitter.com/Clermont1 Nelson Wells

    Rob, nice work. very thorough.
    Another new incubator:            FourAthens at http://Fourathens.com
    cheers.

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  • http://twitter.com/ZokLara Lara Zok

    And Beirut, Lebanon – Seeqnce (www.seeqnce.com or http://www.facebook.com/seeqnce)

  • http://twitter.com/facklis Alexander Facklis

    May want to + these two new Chicago accelerators:
    Impact Engine http://theimpactengine.com
    Healthbox http://healthboxaccelerator.com

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  • Glenn

    I would like to introduce you to a new accelerator model in Princeton, Nj.

    The Innovation Garden, LLC,
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    timeline. IGA’s corporate development program sets specific milestones and
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    The Innovation Garden Accelerator Program (IGAP)
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    The program is administered by executives and equity advisors whom are leaders
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    active role in mentoring and developing member ideas and strategies and ensure
    that entrepreneurs stay focused on core activities to achieve agreed
    milestones.

    http://www.innovationgardennj.com  (website indevelpment scheduled for a 2/15/12 launch)

  • Jim Harrer

    Here is another one! VentureBox, http://venturebox.org, based in Bend, Oregon, it serves all of Oregon.

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  • Ravi Belani

    For Enterprise Seed (no consumer companies): Alchemist Accelerator. http://www.alchemistaccelerator.com Menlo Park, CA

  • http://twitter.com/mkrupit Michael Krupit

    Be sure to check out Novotorium http://novotorium.com. Not specifically targeted to only seed stage start-ups. We work with entrepreneurs who want to grow their businesses organically and focus on operations, growth, and profitability. It’s a new take on incubation for a new economy. With so many career individuals now un- or under-employed, lacking trust in corporations and the government, and combined with the “DI-Y”-generation wanting to be their own boss, we are in the midst of the perfect storm for entrepreneurialism. Novotorium doesn’t just help companies learn to start and raise money, but provide the environment and resources for operations, growth, and profits.

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  • G1992s

    Hi everyone, 
    I would like to add Acceleprise to this incredible list. Acceleprise is the first startup accelerator focused on enterprise technology companies. They have a crop of incredible mentors and offer some unbeatable perks to their companies including a pitch day with feedback from potential customers (and industry giants like Microsoft).

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    Thanks!

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  • http://twitter.com/srlake Stephen Lake

    Here are a couple more:

    The Next 36 (Canada) – next36.ca
    Lemnos Labs – Hardware incubator in the Bay area

  • Adeel vanthaliwala

    City of Waterloo in Canada, launched Hyperdrive with a $30 million funding and tonnes of mentors. That should definitely be up there. Same goes for Jolt from Toronto, Canada.

  • Gonçalo Amorim

    Hi Rob,

    Great blog! Really useful and concise. I run an accelerator program based in Portugal in partnership with MIT, it’s called Building Global Innovators (www.mitportugal-iei.com)

    Is there a possibility of adding us to your list?

    I would appreciate your thoughts on this.

    Thanks in advance,

    Gonçalo Amorim

  • http://www.facebook.com/ross.geesman Ross Geesman

    I would add Korea’s Seoul Space to the list. It was founded by a couple of local entrepreneurs and an ex-Googler.
    http://seoulspace.co.kr/

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  • Elad

    StarTau- Tel Aviv University Entrepreneurship Center, the largest and most active one in Israel.

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    2 suggestions for social innovation incubator additions to the list: Social Impact Lab, IQ Consult in Berlin and Launchpad, Young Foundation in London

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  • Guest

    First Global Accelerator in India based out of Bangalore – http://www.kyron.me

  • Arjuman

    Launched on 12/12/12. First Global Accelerator in India based out of Bangalore – http://www.kyron.me.

  • Joce

    Austin, Texas – Incubation Station (an incubator for consumer products) http://www.theincubationstation.com

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  • Scott

    Your list is missing Capital Innovators, a St. Louis based accelerator program that provides 10 startups with $50,000 each, annually. http://www.capitalinnovators.com

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    The link to Morpheus Ventures, India is : http://themorpheus.com/

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