Having worked with several wonderful startup businesses recently we’ve discussed the question of Accelerators a lot. We’ve also compiled a handy list of UK based accelerators in our space to share with our community. It’s not an exhaustive list by the way. If you’d like to be included in a future version email us.
Barclays Accelerator (Fintech)
"As well as getting unprecedented access to our network and knowledge base, successful applicants will also gain invaluable insights from some of the smartest minds in the start-up and FinTech worlds. A unique programme designed to take your business further. We're fintech-focused and overflowing with opportunities."
Bethnal Green Ventures (Social Good)
"We’re looking for ambitious technology startups that are tackling problems in the areas of health, education, sustainability, work and democracy and society. That could be anything from fixing healthcare to reducing carbon emissions or improving education to reducing crime – the key is that your solution must have the potential to help millions of people somewhere along the line."
"We invest specifically in technology startups that are building platforms, products and services that enable brands to better find, understand engage with, and sell to their consumers. Collider is an accelerator dedicated to marketing and advertising startups. Currently all our startups need to be under two years old, be SEIS eligible, and based in England."
CYLON (Cyber Security)
"Founded by leading security, investment and policy experts, CyLon offers entrepreneurs the platform they need to build and grow a successful cyber security company."
DotForge (Social Good)
"Here at Dotforge, we practice what we preach and learn from doing. We mould, shape and iterate our programme dependent on our startup needs and businesses, to create a flexible and dynamic working solution that builds your foundation for business success and optimum social impact."
"EF supports engineers and computer scientists to build world-class tech companies from scratch."
Level 39 (Retail Cyber, Finance)
"Level39 is Europe's largest technology accelerator for finance, retail, cyber-security and future cities technology companies "
Boston based Mass Challenge is now in London. "We are obsessed with helping entrepreneurs across any industry. No equity, and not-for-profit, we also give out over $2M in equity-free cash prizes – all to help high-impact and high-potential startups win."
"We are looking for technology oriented companies, primarily in the fields of software, Cloud, Internet, Mobile and Games development. We provide our companies with all the Microsoft software, tools, and cloud access they need for free through the BizSpark and BizSpark Plus programmes."
"We believe the most ambitious founders seek out the smartest capital. Smart capital is more than the money to get you started. To realise your vision you need to tap into a global network of the right Advisors and overcome the challenges you'll face in the fastest possible time. You need to put yourself in a position to have your choice of Talent, Advisors and Investors, wherever they are across the globe."
Techstars & TechStars Ventures
"Techstars is for life — our global ecosystem of founders, mentors, investors, and corporate partners work together to create a network of support that lasts throughout your entrepreneurial journey. We make entrepreneurship accessible by opening doors to capital, mentorship, marketing, business development, customer acquisition, and talent recruitment."
Virgin's accelerator (not yet open for 2017 at time of writing).
WAYRA (Telefonica's Accelerator)
"We look for disruptive ideas, technology and business models that can radically change the way we think about a market."