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

Posted: January 7th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: posts | Tags: , , , , , , | 205 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 Accelerator
  2. Atlanta, GA – Shotput Ventures
  3. Athens, Greece – OpenFund
  4. Austin, TX – Capital Factory
  5. Austin, TX – TechRanch Austin
  6. Bangalore, India – iAccelerator
  7. Bangalore, India – The Morpheus (formerly Morpheus Venture Partners –
  8. Bangalore, India – Upstart.in
  9. Barcelona, Spain – SeedRocket
  10. Belfast, Northern Ireland – StartVI (Start 6)
  11. Berkley, CA – Berkley Ventures
  12. Bloomington, IN – Sproutbox
  13. Boulder, CO / Boston, MA / Seattle, WA – TechStars
  14. Boston, MA and other cities – IBM Smartcamp
  15. Boston, MA – Start@Spark
  16. Cambridge, UK – Springboard
  17. Champaign, IL – iVentures10
  18. Chicago, IL – Excelerate Labs
  19. China – Innovation Works
  20. Copenhagen, Denmark – Startupbootcamp
  21. Dalian, China – China Accelerator
  22. Dallas, TX – Tech Wildcatters
  23. Detroit, MI – Bizdom U
  24. Dublin, Ireland – NDRC’s Launch Pad
  25. England – The Difference Engine
  26. Greenville, SC – NextStart
  27. Hamburg, Germany – HackFwd
  28. Houston, TX – Houston Tech Center
  29. Italy – H-Farm
  30. Italy – Working Capital
  31. Jordan – Oasis 500 (launching in August – no specific site yet)
  32. Lexington, MA / Menlo Park, CA – Summer@Highland Capital
  33. Lexington, KY – The Awesome Inc. Experience
  34. Limerick, Ireland – The Greenhouse
  35. Lisbon, Portugal – Maverick/SeedCapital
  36. London, UK – Seedcamp
  37. Los Angeles, CA – LaunchPadLA
  38. Madrid, Spain – Tetuan Valley Startup School
  39. Menlo Park, CA – Lightspeed Venture Partners Summer Grants
  40. Montreal, Ca – BOLIDEA
  41. Montreal, Ca – Flow Ventures Accelerator Program
  42. Montreal, Ca – Montreal Startup
  43. Mountain View, CA – Y Combinator
  44. Nashville, TN – JumpStart Foundry
  45. New York, NY – FirstGrowth Venture Network
  46. New York, NY – The Hatchery
  47. New York, NY – NYC SeedStart
  48. Orange County, CA – OCTANe LaunchPad
  49. Orem, Utah – BoomStartup
  50. Phoenix, AZ – Gangplank
  51. Philadelphia, PA – DreamIt Ventures
  52. Philadelphia, PA – Startl – partners with DreamIt Ventures –
  53. Pittsburgh, PA – AlphaLab
  54. Portland, OR – The Portland Ten
  55. Providence, RI – Betaspring
  56. Redwood City, CA – Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs (SVASE) Seed Program
  57. San Francisco, CA – The Start Project
  58. San Diego, CA – Springboard program at CONNECT.org
  59. San Francisco, CA – i/o Ventures
  60. Seattle, WA – Founders Co-op
  61. Silicon Valley – PayPal Startup Accelerator
  62. Singapore – Neoteny Labs
  63. Singapore – Joyful Frog Digital Incubator (JFDI)
  64. Sydney, Australia – SeedAccelerator
  65. Taipei, Taiwan – appWorks Ventures Incubator Program
  66. Toronto, Canada – Extreme Venture Partners University
  67. Tokyo, Japan – Open Network Lab
  68. Utah – Startup Utah
  69. Vancouver, Canada – BootupLabs
  70. Washington, D.C. / Durham, NC – LaunchboxDigital
  71. Waterloo, Ontario, Canada – Impact Ventures
  72. Wilmington, DE – BetaFish (on Facebook)
  73. Zeeland, MI – Momentum
  74. Multiple Locations – The Founder Institute
  75. Unknown Location – Youniversity Ventures

    Social Entrepreneurship

  77. Boulder, Colorado – Unreasonable Institute
  78. Philadelphia, PA – GoodCompany Ventures
  79. India – Dasra Social-Impact

    University-Affiliated Startup Accelerator Programs

  81. Finland – Aalto University – Aalto Bootcamp
  82. Arizon State University – Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative -
  83. Babson College – Summer Venture Program (no specific site avail)
  84. Berkeley Entrepreneurship Laboratory
  85. College of the Atlantic – Sustainable Ventures Incubator
  86. Cornell University – eLabs
  87. Couri Hatchery at Syracuse University
  88. Duke University – DUhatch
  89. University of Michigan – RPM10
  90. University of Michigan’s “Techarb” Business Accelerator and
  91. University of North Carolina – Carolina Launch Pad
  92. Penn State University – Lion Launch Pad
  93. University of Pennsylvania - Wharton Venture Initiation Program
  94. RIT Student Business Development Lab (part of the Venture Creations program at RIT
  95. Santa Clara University – Global Social Benefit Incubator
  96. Stanford University – Student Startup Lab
  97. Syracuse University – Start-Up Accelerator
  98. Syracuse Student Sandbox at the Tech Garden
  99. Union College – U-Start
  100. The University of Texas at Austin – Texas Venture Labs
  101. Virginia Tech – DayOne Ventures
  102. University of Waterloo – VeloCity “Dormcubator”
  103. Wayne State University – SmartStart Business Development Program
  104. Yale University – Yale Entrepreneurial Institute / Yale Startups


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

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.

  • Josephine is looking for Health IT, Devices, and Diagnostics companies to join its NextHIT Accelerator Program.

    We’re offering a $30k investment, $24k+ in sponsorships, office space out of University of Houston’s brand new Innovation Center, need-specific mentors, and 8 weeks of tailored curriculum.

    Application Deadline: August 13, 2014.

  • Agnieszka Pietkiewicz

    London, United Kingdom – EcoMachines Incubator –

  • soonercooper8

    The University of Oklahoma started offering an accelerator in 2014-

  • Hilton Lam

    Thank you for compiling this list. I believe it’s a little outdated but it’s missing the International Accelerator. IA ( is an Austin-based program focused solely on non-US citizen startup founders. We provide a $50,000
    seed funding and a year-long accelerator program.

  • JN99

    Check out – based in Santa Barbara, Noospheric Incubator