News | Aug 19, 2019

23 Startup Accelerators Around the U.S. You Need to Know About

"The odds of getting from launch to liquidity without some kind of disaster happening are one in a thousand. So don't get demoralized."--Paul Graham, co-founder of Y Combinator

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Building a business is hard work, particularly in the first year when resources are scarce. You’ve got a dream, and if you’re lucky, a co-founder, but little or no experience. This is exactly why accelerator programs exist.

Mentorship is usually at the heart of an incubator, allowing founders to leverage the experience of successful entrepreneurs who have been in tough spots just like you. And starting a company costs money. Many of the organizations in this list will help you learn how to market yourself, talk business, meet investors, and find seed funding.

AngelPad

San Francisco, California

AngelPad is an American seed-stage startup incubator, launched in September 2010 by Thomas Korte with six former Google employees. AngelPad provides mentorship, seed money, and networking at two 10-week courses per year.

Y Combinator

Mountain View, California

Y Combinator is the most well-known startup accelerator in the world. Twice a year the accelerator invests $150,000 in a large number of startups. YC’s success stories include Airbnb, Dropbox, and Reddit.

Techstars

Boulder, Colorado

With more than 2,000 companies in its accelerator portfolio and a marketing cap of $23.4 billion, Techstars connects founders and their teams with other entrepreneurs, experts, mentors, alumni, investors, community leaders, and corporate partners who will help their companies grow.

406 Labs

Bozeman, Montana

Not all accelerators are in coastal states. As part of a network of startup support in Montana, 406 Labs helps startups focusing on outdoor recreation tech, lasers, biotech, and software as a service.

StartUp Health

New York, New York

StartUp Health’s digital health portfolio consists of more than 200 companies spanning five continents, 18 countries, and 60+ cities. To date, 12 of its startups have been acquired by companies including Intel, WebMD, Under Armour, and Zimmer Biomet, and its companies have raised over $800M of funding since 2012.

500 Startups

San Francisco, California

With 150 people based in 20 countries managing venture investments across 74 countries and speaking over 25 languages, 500 Startups is a global venture firm and startup accelerator with over 2,200 investments in technology startups.

In addition to investments, 500 Startups runs educational programs, events, conferences, and partnerships globally.

Alchemist Accelerator

San Francisco, California

Founded in 2012, Alchemist Accelerator caters exclusively to enterprise startups. In other words, startups whose customers are large enterprises.

Women’s Startup Lab

Menlo Park, California

Women’s Startup Lab is an accelerator program focused on female founders and their teams. Their community of women entrepreneurs empowers founders to create impactful startups and influence and shape the world through their companies.

Dreamit Ventures

New York, New York

Founded in 2008, Dreamit Ventures is an early-stage venture fund that accelerates tech startups in healthcare, real estate/built environment and security. To date, the company has accelerated nearly 300 startups, including LevelUp (acquired by GrubHub), Trendkite (acquired by Cision), SeatGeek, HouseParty, and Adaptly (acquired by Accenture).

Google Launchpad Accelerator

Mountain View, California

Google Launchpad Accelerator is a six-month acceleration program for growth-stage startups from emerging markets. Through this program, startups get the opportunity to collaborate with Google engineers, Silicon Valley experts, and top mentors from around the world. The program offers equity-free support, Google product credits, and all-expense-paid training in San Francisco.

The Company Lab

Chattanooga, Tennessee

The Company Lab is a nonprofit startup accelerator that supports entrepreneurial growth in southeast Tennessee.

100K Ventures

Flint, Michigan

100K Ventures invests in early-stage companies who receive a high assessment from the 100K Ideas pipeline. The 100K Ideas pipeline provides a helping hand in business development to anyone regardless of their prior experience or background, while ranking the business viability throughout the process. Founding members include Frank “the Big Hurt” Thomas, former first basemen for the Chicago White Sox.

VertueLab

Portland, Oregon

Cleantech, green tech and more is the focus of programs, funding opportunities, and partnerships at VertueLab. VertueLab has helped dozens of startups accelerate new clean technologies since 2007. “From innovative window inserts and non-toxic flow batteries to recycled clothing, smart home technologies, and green roof systems.”

Expa

San Francisco, California

Expa is a startup studio designed for entrepreneurs to create and launch new companies. Our team of experienced founders and entrepreneurs are dedicated to identifying the next big idea and partnering with the future generation of leaders to build great companies. The studio offers access to proven entrepreneurs, design and engineering expertise, capital, office space, and the network to build new companies. Our team of partners works in the trenches with founders – experimenting, iterating, and strategizing to make an idea for a new company into a reality, and have founded or led some of the most valuable and well-known companies including Uber, Twitter, LinkedIn, FourSquare, StumbleUpon, AddThis, MetroLyrics, and Envoy.

Union Kitchen

Washington, D.C.

Union Kitchen helps build successful food businesses by providing expertise, networks, and infrastructure through a 12-week accelerator program where company mission, packaging, launch strategy, and more are perfected.

To date, the accelerator has achieved 500 products launched, $20M raised, and over a thousand jobs created.

MassChallenge

Boston, Massachusetts

Founded by John Harthorne and Akhil Nigam, two Bain & Company consultants, MassChallenge is a nonprofit startup accelerator focusing on high-impact, early-stage entrepreneurs.

To date, MassChallenge has accelerated 2,344 startups, contributed to 136K jobs being created, over $2.7B in total revenue generated, and over $5B in total funding raised.

Village Capital

Washington, D.C.

Village Capital finds, trains, and invests in entrepreneurs solving real-world problems. The company builds communities around entrepreneurs and their ventures to improve opportunities for growth and success.

Plug and Play

Sunnyvale, California

Plug and Play is a seed and early-stage investor focused on great teams leading emerging growth companies. Plug and Play runs 12 industry-specific accelerator programs twice a year, which acts as a platform for major corporations and high-quality startups to connect and collaborate.

Cogo Labs

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Originally founded in 2005, Cogo Labs is the technology-driven venture accelerator behind some of the Boston area’s fastest-growing web companies.

Clean Energy Trust

Chicago, Illinois

Clean Energy Trust is a 501(c)(3) public charity cleantech accelerator that fuels innovation to create a healthier environment and more prosperous future. The accelerator invests across the spectrum of cleantech including energy efficiency, agriculture, energy generation, energy storage, and transportation technologies.

Smarter in the City

West Roxbury, Massachusetts

Smarter in the City is a 5-month accelerator program that’s specifically addressing the lack of opportunities for computer science and digital media entrepreneurs in inner-city neighborhoods and minority communities. Startups in their program receive stipends, workspace, a mentorship program, and other resources to help them get their idea off the ground.

MouseBelt

San Francisco, California

MouseBelt is a full-service blockchain startup accelerator that leverages an internal team of developers, marketers, and business development experts to help startups in their program grow faster.

Lair East Labs

New York, New York

Lair East Labs is a startup accelerator for U.S. founders interested in accessing Asian marketa. At the core of Lair East Labs is the 10-week accelerator program, in which the firm helps invest $50,000 and accelerate 10-12 startups every year. The 10-week program combines learning from alumni founders of top Silicon Valley-style accelerators and access to a mentor and investor network with experience in Asian markets.


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