10 Startup Accelerators Around the U.S. You Need to Know About
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AngelPad is a seed-stage accelerator program based in NYC and San Francisco. Since 2010 we have launched more than 150 companies. Every 6 months we select about 15 teams from a huge pool of applicants (usually around 2000) to work with us.
While other accelerators have decided to “scale” and take on more and more companies or launch more and more cities, we have stayed true to our original goal: Find awesome companies with founders we like to work with and spend three very intense months with them. This focus has paid off, we have risen to be the #1 Accelerator in the U.S. (based on a real study from MIT/Brown University) and Strictly VC called us the “Anti-Y Combinator“.
Y Combinator provides seed funding for startups. Seed funding is the earliest stage of venture funding. It pays your expenses while you’re getting started.
Some companies may need no more than seed funding. Others will go through several rounds. There is no right answer; how much funding you need depends on the kind of company you start.
At Y Combinator, our goal is to get you through the first phase. This usually means: get you to the point where you’ve built something impressive enough to raise money on a larger scale. Then we can introduce you to later stage investors—or occasionally even acquirers.
Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Techstars founders and their teams connect with other entrepreneurs, experts, mentors, alumni, investors, community leaders, and corporate partners who will help their companies grow. Techstars operates three divisions: Techstars Startup Programs, Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator Programs and Techstars Corporate Innovation Partnerships. Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator Programs help founders do more faster and Techstars Startup Programs inspire, educate and connect entrepreneurs. Techstars Corporate Innovation Partnerships helps brands supercharge growth by accelerating innovation and cultural transformation. Techstars accelerator portfolio includes more than 1,500 companies with a market cap of $13.9 Billion.
406 Labs is Montana’s first technology and high tech manufacturing accelerator program. Our industry focus is on the clusters already thriving in Bozeman: Outdoor Technology, Photonics, Biotech, and SaaS. 406 Labs is a member of the Global Accelerator Network (GAN) that includes presence from some of the world’s top accelerators. Our curriculum focus is modeled after the MITx Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp and ventures participate in our 90-day extensive program with a focus on market research, product development, mentorship, and resource access.
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 is a venture capital firm on a mission to discover and back the world’s most talented entrepreneurs, help them create successful companies at scale, and build thriving global ecosystems. It is one of the most active venture capital firms in the world.
Notable investments in the 500 portfolio include Credit Karma, Twilio, Canva, Grab, Bukalapak, The RealReal, Talkdesk, Knotel, Udemy, and Ipsy.
Headquartered in the United States with locations in Boston, Israel, Mexico, Rhode Island, Switzerland, and Texas, MassChallenge strengthens the global innovation ecosystem by accelerating high-potential startups across all industries, from anywhere in the world for zero-equity taken.
We are a leading Silicon Valley based startup and leadership accelerator for women entrepreneurs globally who have the bold vision to lead the wave of innovation and change that is required for growth and competitiveness in today’s economy.
Dreamit is an early stage venture fund that accelerates startups building transformative tech products in the fields of healthcare, real estate, construction, cybersecurity, and physical security. Dreamit invests in startups with demonstrable traction that are looking to rapidly gain customers, initiate new partnerships and to raise additional capital. Startups participate in one of Dreamit's three industry verticals: Urbantech, Healthtech, or Securetech.
Launchpad regional accelerators are tailored specifically to their local markets, and provide access to the best of Google - its people, network, and advanced technologies - helping startups build great products. In addition to our accelerators, Launchpad regional initiatives include exclusive events, mentorship opportunities, and trainings. Keep an eye out for opportunities to participate in over 40 countries around the world.
Experience alone does not make a team successful — soft skills such as “entrepreneurial passion” and “shared strategic vision” are required as well.
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