I’ve been working on a fascinating research project exploring the models and emerging industry verticals of startup accelerators around the world. The standard formula for accelerators is as follows: you bring your entrepreneurial spirit and an idea, and in exchange for an equity stake in your nascent company, you receive some seed capital and a 3 month program providing mentorship, training, advice and resources to help you build your business. The program ends in an Investor Demo Day, where you get a chance to gain the interest of VC and angel investors.

I’ll post something with a synthesis of my thinking around these alternate avenues to value creation soon. In the meantime, I wanted to share the roundup of some of the top tech-focused accelerators, as well as a list of some emerging industry verticals.

Thanks to those in the Next Edge community & on Quora who helped compile this info!


Y Combinator – Mountain View, CA
Tech Stars – Boston, MA; Boulder, CO; NYC; Seattle, WA; Cloud
Kicklabs – San Francisco, CA
I/O Ventures – San Francisco, CA
Excelerate Labs – Chicago, IL
Angelpad – San Francisco, CA
Launchpad LA – Los Angeles, CA
500 Startups – Mountain View, CA
DreamIT Ventures – Philadelphia, PA
NYC SeedStart – NYC
Entrepreneurs Roundtable – NYC
The Brandery – Cincinnati, OH
Capital Factory – Austin, TX

Extreme Startups – Toronto, Ontario
The Next 36 – Toronto, Ontario
Ryerson Digital Media Zone – Toronto, Ontario
JOLT MaRS – Toronto, Ontario
Invest Ottowa – Ottawa,
Accelerator Centre – Waterloo, Ontario
Communitech Hub – Waterloo, Ontario
Hyperdrive – Waterloo, Ontario
UW Velocity – Waterloo, Ontario
FounderFuel – Montreal, Quebec
Flightpath – Edmonton
GrowLab – Vancouver

Springboard – London, UK
NDRC Launchpad
Propeller Venture Accelerator

Founder Institute
Start-Up Chile



Education / Learning:
Imagine K12 – Palo Alto, CA
Startl – NYC

Energy / Cleantech:
SURGE Accelerator – Houston, TX
Greenstart – San Francisco, CA
NYC Accelerator for a Clean and Renewable Economy (NYC ACRE) – NYC, NY
Environmental Business Cluster – San Jose, CA
GreenLite Labs – Boulder, CO
Ignition Labs – Australia

Enterprise / B2B, Big Data:
Acceleprise – Washington, DC
Tech Wildcatters – Dallax, TX
TechStars Cloud – San Antonio, CA

Financial Services:
FinTech Innovation Lab – NYC

Government / Civics:
Code for America – San Francisco, CA

Blueprint Health – NYC
Healthbox – Chicago, Boston, London
Rock Health – San Francisco & Cambridge
DreamIT Health – Philadelphia, PA
HealthXL – Dublin & London
Startup Health Academy – 3 year academic program

University Technology Park – Chicago, IL

Social Good / Civic Ventures:
Impact Engine – Chicago, IL
Unreasonable Institute – Boulder, CO
Bethnal Green Ventures – London
Village Capital – Atlanta, GA
Points of Light – Atlanta, Washington DC
Wayra UnLtd – UK

Lemnos Labs – San Francisco, CA

Public Media:
Matter – San Francisco, CA

MobileXL – Copenhagen




A Guide to Choosing the Best Accelerator for Your Tech Startup – Tech Cocktail
Startup Accelerator Rankings Methodology & Companion Report – Tech Cocktail
Global Accelerator Network
The 10 Hottest Startup Incubators – Forbes
Top Startup Incubators and Accelerators – Forbes
Top 15 U.S. Startup Accelerators and Incubators Ranked (2011) – Tech Cocktail
Top 15 US Startup Accelerators Ranked (2012) – Tech Cocktail
Top 8 European Startup Accelerators and Incubators Ranked (2011) – Tech Cocktail
U.S. and Canada Seed Stage Tech Accelerators – google map
Seed Accelerator Map – google map
Where can I find a comprehensive list of startup incubators and accelerators in the US? – Quora
What is a complete list of Y Combinator-like accelerator/incubators? – Quora
What are the top seed accelerators in Canada? – Quora
What are the top startup incubators in Canada? – Quora
Resource: Every Incubator and Accelerator in NYC – Charles Bonello
Big List of Incubators, Accelerators and Labs – Webbmedia Group
Venture Incubators and Accelerators – Startup Owl
Complete List of Incubators and Accelerators – Launch
Accelerator vs. Incubator: What’s the Difference? – Inc.
f6s – programs & events for startups
List of Y Combinator startups – google spreadsheet
Incubators and Accelerators. Do They Work? – your capital edge
Accelerators and Incubators – MaRS Commons
Incubators, Accelerators, and Cyclotrons – StartupNorth
List of Incubators & Accelerators in Canada – Canadian Association of Business Incubation
Looking back – 1.5 years since “Copying Y Combinator” – jed christiansen
There are Now More Than 100 Accelerators and Incubators in Canada – Techvibes
Some Canadian Business Incubators – Industry Canada
Tech Resources in Canada – Accelerators and Incubators – Backbone
Incubators – Startup Weekend
The Startup Factories – NESTA discussion paper
Quora: What are some startup accelerators that focus on specific industry verticals? – Quora