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01 VenturesLondon5 monthswww.01ventures.com
500 Startups District DojoLondon3 months£100,000 to £200,003-7%500.co
The 500 startups accelerator launch a growth programme in London called the Dojo. The London team focus on user acquisition during the programme. This is to help the post seed funding companies go onto raise their next rounds of funding. Applications are taken via referrals only.
Accelerate CambridgeCambridgehttp://www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/entrepreneurship/programmes/accelerate-cambridge/Accelerate Cambridge is a start-up accelerator established by Cambridge Judge Business School. It offers a structured approach of three-month programmes that combine entrepreneurship training, regular coaching and mentoring, as well as access to shared workspace.
Accelerator AcademyLondon12 weeks£05%http://acceleratoracademy.com/Accelerator Academy offer a 12 week programme for digital based Early-stage start-ups focusing on Technology, Media and Telecoms. There is a participant fee (£600) for accessing the 150 hours of training, mentoring, workspace and support plus a commitment to allow the Academy and Mentors to buy up to 5% (collectively) of the business.
BBC Worldwide LabsLondon6 months£00%http://www.bbcwlabs.com/
Labs is a BBC worldwide digital media startup accelerator providing outstanding entrepreneurs with mentors, infrastructure and partnerships. Labs differentiates itself from other UK startup accelerators by providing emerging digital media startups with the opportunity to forge commercial partnerships, utilising its existing partners and brand reach.
Bethnal Green VenturesLondon12 weeks£15,0006%Healthcare, social businesshttp://bethnalgreenventures.com/
Bethnal Green Ventures is an accelerator programme supporting great teams with new ideas to help build solutions to social and environmental problems through an intensive three-month programme.
Center for fashion EnterpriseLondon
Several programs around fashion
Central Research LibraryLondon
Launched in September 2015, a partnership between Brunel University London U+I and HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) to support hardware start-ups. Support provided at each development stage – from industrial design to user research, raising investment and manufacturing operations with access over 12 months to prototyping workshops, a mentoring programme and co-working space and in-house expertise.
Cinnamon BridgeLondon3 months + Demo month£06-10%Foodhttp://cinnamonbridge.com/
Cinnamon bridge is also a business growth accelerator focused on food and drinks startups. The programme focus is on helping startups identify route to market, meet the top industry food & drink buyers as well as raise funding.
Climate-KIC Accelerator ProgrammeLondon
Climate-KIC Accelerator is an EU acceleration programme focused on climate impact by clean-tech commercialisation. In three stages, the 18-month program brings knowledge, resources, tools and coaching a clean-tech start-up needs. A programme for bio-tech and clean-tech (climate-related) to help build and grow your company.
CodebaseEdinburghn/a500+/mon/an/aTechnology Companieshttp://www.thisiscodebase.com/Primarily office space, with mentoring, etc.
Collider AcceleratorLondon4 months£50,00011%Marketing, Advertisinghttp://collider.io/
Collider is an accelerator dedicated to marketing and advertising startups. The startups help brands and agencies identify, understand, engage with and sell to their consumers. Collider take on 10 startups, with 5 startups receiving a further £100k each, for 11% equity after the initial programme. These startups will be charged a further £10k for a further 8 months support.
CSIT LabsN.Irelandhttps://www.csitlabs.com/
Based at Queen’s University Belfast Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) in Belfast, CSIT Labs is an accelerator programme to engineer viable ventures in cyber security. Open to researchers, start-ups and SMEs, a 9 month programme provides successful candidates with Up to 6 months engineering support (up to £50k in value); business development, marketing, investment and innovation support; access to an extensive mentor pool and 24/7 access to facilities and co-working space.
CylonLondon13 weeks£15,0003%Cybersecurityhttps://cylonlab.com/
Cyber London is a hub exclusively for the cyber security companies of tomorrow. Teams benefit from Cyber London's unique network and expertise whilst they focus on business and product development.
Design Council SparkLondon
Design Council Spark is a innovation fund and support programme designed to fast-track products to market. With support from expert mentors and a possible share of up to £165k available, Spark supports 13 finalists with brilliant ideas at prototype stage.
Dot ForgeLeeds, Sheffield, ManchesterUp to £20,0004-6%http://dotforge.com/
Dotforge is a well established pre-seed startup accelerator located in the North of England. The Dot Forge Startup Accelerator work with key supply chains and industry partners to ensure our startups have the access they need to customers and investors.
Ecomachines IncubatorLondonEnvironmental tech hardwarehttp://ecomachinesventures.com/
The 9 month programme is open to companies which focus on green technology such as energy efficiency, water, waste, materials, transport, smart cities, industrials and power generation and is particularly geared towards hardware
EIT Digital AcceleratorLondon
Launched in 2015 the Business Development Accelerator (BDA) provides co-workings space in west London, a training programme and access to finance to start-ups and scale-up SME Focussed on EIT Digital thematic Action Lines
Elevator AcceleratorAberdeen10 or 20 weeksn/an/a
The Programme helps business founders and entrepreneurs to test, research, develop, launch and refine their product or service-led business to become pitch and investor ready.
Emerge EducationLondon3 months£15,0003-8%Edtechhttp://emerge.education/
Emerge Education is an accelerator programme for startups aiming to improve educational outcomes worldwide. They look to support beta testing & accelerated customer acquisition tailored to your business model and access to further investment.
August 2016
Entrepreneur FirstLondon6 months
3 month stipend (£3,600) + 10k-20k +70k convertible note
A 6 month, full-time, London based pre-seed investment programme for technical founders who want to work on hard problems. Helps build a deep technology company from scratch, even before you have a co-founder or fixed idea. Each founder receives £3,600 (a £1,200 monthly stipend over the first three months) plus £10,000 in each company for an eight per cent equity stake.
Entrepreneurial Spark
Edinburgh, Glasgow, Ayrshire, Belfast, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol
6-18 months£00%
Entrepreneurial Spark have a number of UK startup accelerators. The free business startup accelerator programme is designed to help enable new companies across the UK. They are backed by Natwest. They have seen the most startups come through its programmes out of all the UK startup accelerators. The programme includes access to desk space, mentors and many optional workshops and events.
Entrepreneurs for the futureBirminghamhttp://e4f.co.uk/
Supports the growth of technology companies in the West Midlands. e4f helps start-ups that use technology in innovative ways to launch, develop and grow their business. Up to 6 months incubation support, which includes access to Entrepreneurs in Residence, who can help build a robust action plan and accelerate the development of the. Other benefits include access to co-working space, 1-2-1 sessions with our visiting experts, showcasing opportunities and investment days.
A pan-EU accelerator programme (Berlin-based ) that connects with the power of the EU's Future Internet Public Private Partnership Programme (FI-PPP). Mission is to foster ground-breaking business innovation in Europe. €50,000 – €250,000 of EU funding (without equity). An 8-month programme, to develop wide-ranging business skills through dedicated coaching and mentoring activities.
Fast ForwardLondon250 + VAThttp://ffwdlondon.com/
Fast Forward is an initiative by City University and the Accelerator Network to prepare tech start-up teams for first funding and successful application and entry to leading accelerators. Training sessions one-day a week for 6 weeks.
FinTech Innovation Lab LondonLondon£00%
Accenture's mentorship programme brings together young FinTech companies with senior IT executives from 15 of the world's leading banks.
Founders InstituteLondonhttp://fi.co/?target=london
The Founder Institute is based in Silicon Valley and operates globally. It offers a four month part-time program which allows promising tech entrepreneurs to “learn by doing” and launch a company with structured training, expert feedback, and support from experienced start-up CEOs. The Founder Institute employs a Shared Liquidity Pool where everyone shares equity in the companies formed from each semester. Each Graduate contributes 3.5% of their company equity in Warrants to a 10-year Bonus Pool with other peers from the current semester. When a liquidity event occurs, the returns for each cohort are then distributed to program Graduates, Mentors, program Directors and the Founder Institute.
Founders FactoryLondon£30,0007%
GeovationLondon6 months£10,000Transport/Utilities/Urbanhttps://geovation.uk/
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small BusinessesLondon
Run by the Goldman Sachs Foundation to provide high quality, structured and practically focussed support to small business leaders. The programme is fully funded and is delivered over 100 hours through a blend of online and in-person residential sessions. Participants benefit from a full package of support with a strong focus on structured peer learning and the creation of communities of entrepreneurs.
HackTrain AcceleratorLondon4 months£25,0001-10%http://hacktrain.com/accelerator.html
UK startup accelerators are continuing to niche down further. HackTrain is a great example. Accelerating Europe's best transport and travel startups at 200km/h. The rail industry is transforming the way it manages innovation and introduces new technologies. HackTrain are leading the charge to bridge the gap to startups.
Idea AliveNorth Westhttp://www.ideaalive.co.uk/
Idea Alive take on ideas, seed or early-stage digital companies on a part-time 10 week accelerator programme basis, but do not supply funding. They fit ideas with inventors/ developers, commercial professionals and investor /mentors to form business teams to successfully launch and commercialise products and services. The programme is based in the north west. No equity is taken.
Idea LondonLondonhttp://www.idea-london.co.uk/Post Acceleration
Ideas FundWaleshttp://ideas.fund/
Wales' first accelerator initiative, comprising a two month intensive programme and open to tech start-ups and teams considering starting up. Successful applicants will receive a minimum grant of between £5,000 and £10,000, free desk space and two months of world class tech and business mentoring - leading up to a final demo day at the Google Campus in London. Supported by the Welsh Government, the creation or safeguarding of long-term, sustainable jobs within the Welsh tech industry is a key expected outcome of the programme..
IgniteLondon, Manchester, Edinburgh, Newcastle,12 weeks£17,0008%http://ignite.io
Ignite's angel-led UK startup accelerators offer world class coaching and support to startups in 3 locations across the UK. As well as the usual accelerator programme content they also offer a founder trip to the US east coast.
IncubusLondonRetail, AI, Smar Cities, IoThttp://www.incubuslondon.com/
IQuBitNorth Westhttp://umip.com/iqubit/
IQuBit is the University of Manchester IP’s digital accelerator aiming to support a new generation of software, social networking and digital ventures. IQuBit supports ideas for information and communication technology based products and services created by researchers, students or recent alumni connected to the University. As part of the 6 months IQuBit programme, students are given access to space, mentors, enterprise events and access to kick-starter funding.
Kitchen Table ProjectsLondon12 monthsn/aup to £100,00015%Food and Drinkwww.kitchentableprojects.com
Kitchen Table Projects is the UK's first retail incubator for emerging food and drink brands. We provide industry specific support to help food entrepreneurs scale up.
L MarksLondonProgramme SpecificProgramme Specific
Programme Specific
L Marks run UK startup accelerators across industry sectors, encouraging innovation, investing in startups and connecting startups with corporates. Recent innovation programmes have included JLAB with John Lewis, WHlabs with William Hill and Last Mile Labs with DPD. Check out there website for current programmes and terms.
Level39Londonn/an/an/aFintech, Retail. Smart Citieshttp://level39.co/
Level39 is one of the largest UK startup accelerators for finance, retail, cyber-security and future cities technology companies providing mentorship, networking and investment opportunities. Technology startups can work from the space and access programme content by applying for workspace membership.
MadLab Arts & Tech AcceleratorNorth Westhttps://madlab.org.uk/
A creative practice accelerator (in partnership with Arts Council England and Innovate UK) for artists working with digital making technology. Four month programme aimed at creative professionals, at any stage in their career, with a demonstrable passion for building and growing a sustainable creative practice around new and emerging digital making technologies. Support takes the form of bespoke creative and business development; mentoring from expert art-science-technologists and creative entrepreneurs; physical resources & studio space in MadLab HQ and a £10,000 grant.
Marathon LabsLondonMusic Techhttp://www.marathonartists.com/labs/
We target product-ready applications that optimise the exposure of creators’ work and its monetisation. The program is run by Marathon Artists, an independent music label based in Tileyard London.
Mass Challenge UKLondon4 months£0Prize awards to top startups, of up to £50,000 each0%all industries
A 0% equity accelerator that connects high-impact, early stage startups with mentors, partners and investors, whilst offering startups the chance to compete for cash prizes of up to £50,000 at the end of each programme.
NOWSeptember 2016
MeWe360 combines a not-for-profit development house, MeWe Foundation, with a commercial investment arm, MeWe Trading CIC. It offers creative entrepreneur a range of support service in one place: business support, training network. Companies accepted into the MeWe incubator can bid into a £1m development fund
Microsoft VenturesLondon16 week£00%
Microsoft Ventures is a global initiative empowering entrepreneurs around the world on their journey to build great companies. Startups can leverage Microsoft's routes to market, workshops, 1:1 mentors, office space, and access to Microsoft's customer and partner network.
Open Data InstituteLondon, Leeds1 year£010%Open datahttp://theodi.org/start-ups11/7/2016
Pi LabsLondon13 weeks£50,0007%Property Tech
Property Innovation Labs (Pi Labs) is Europe's first venture capital platform to invest exclusively in early stage ventures in the property tech vertical. Pi Labs was founded to become the centre of the property innovation ecosystem with the vision to identify, mentor, invest in and accelerate high-calibre startup ventures looking to disrupt the property industry.
Qi3 AcceleratorEast of Englandhttp://www.qi3.co.uk/accelerator
Qi3, based out of Cambridge University, work with seed and early-stage technology companies to rapidly commercialise products and services. Qi3 Accelerator is suitable for entrepreneurs who know that they need expert input from commercial and engineering teams in addition to financial capital. Support is offered to companies in a mixture of capital and business development / technical expertise. Links exist to several Angel groups. Accelerator Programme Length: 2 day boot camp, or 1 year IdeaSpace partnership
R/GA AcceleratorLondon
With a focus on IoT, R/GA Accelerator (owned by TechStars) is designed for start-ups developing connected hardware products and software services with the goal of helping them to build businesses and brands that can scale. In a three-month, immersive, mentor-driven program, companies receive support from leaders in industrial design and marketing
Ricoh Ignite AcceleratorNorthampton12 months£0 & no fee0%http://ignite.ricoh.co.uk/
A B2B startup accelerator helping companies with some of the most advanced business growth methodology. Backed by innovative corporate, Ricoh UK.
One of the first UK startup accelerators on the scene Seedcamp has evolved and act much more like a VC these days. Seedcamp have a strong reputation in Europe and one of the best networks.
Startup SesameLondon1 year000http://www.startupsesame.com/Events accellerator
Startupbootcamp FinTech LondonLondon
3+1 months free office space
Startupbootcamp FinTech London collaborate with 400+ mentors, partners, and investors to build world class FinTech products. They have a global network to draw from. FinTech London is one of two UK startup accelerators Startupbootcamp are running.
Startupbootcamp InsurTechLondon
3+1 months free office space
Free€15,0006%Insurance Tech
Startupbootcamp InsurTech London's selected startups collaborate with 400+ mentors, partners, and investors to build world class products for the insurance space, with the ultimate goal of becoming industry leading companies. It is the only purely InsurTech accelerator with a global network of 11 sister accelerator programs to draw from.
Startupbootcamp IoT Connected DevicesLondon
3+1 months free office space
Startupbootcamp IoT | Connected Devices is a dedicated accelerator for startups working on a smart connected device within either Consumer or Industrial IoT.
Techstars - Barclays LondonLondon13 weeksn/a
$20,000 with an optional convertible note of $100,000.
6-10%Fintechhttp://www.barclaysaccelerator.com/#/london/An intensive 13 week programme designed to take your business further with a fintech-focus and overflowing with opportunities.TBA Early 2017
Techstars - LondonLondon12 weeksn/a€15,000 with an optional convertible note of €70,000.6-10%http://www.techstars.com/programs/london-program/Techstars London provides 15k in seed funding and an optional convertible note of 70,000. This is on top of intensive mentorship and an amazing network of mentors and alumni in return for 6-10% equity in your company. Techstars are an internationally renowned accelerator with large success in the US. They are one of the hardest to get into with less than 1% of applicants making it on to their programmes.
Techstars - Virgin Media LondonLondon13 weeksn/a
$20,000 with an optional convertible note of $100,000.
IoT, Connectivity, Social Enterprise, Telecoms
http://www.virginmediabusiness.co.uk/news-and-events/accelerator/TBA Early 2017
The BakeryLondon8 weeksn/aUp to £50,0002-5%http://www.thebakerylondon.com/#!/
The Bakery bridge the gap between startups and brands. A place where brands and tech companies get new stuff to market together. It's for brands who want innovation done, not just talked about. It's a low cost and low risk model that gets tech to trial market.
The Food FounderyLondonn/a
starting from £300pm
The Grocery AcceleratorLondon12 monthsn/a£40,00015%Food & drinkhttp://groceryaccelerator.co.uk/
The Grocery Accelerator accelerate new Food and Drink brands with cash and coaching. Teams get access to specialist coaching and network partners to help grow their food & drink brands.
The London City IncubatorLondon
Supports the commercialisation of new ideas and technologies from City University London. The 12 week programme is of focused on producing a detailed feasibility report and analysis the market, competitors, partners, customers and the value proposition. SMEs and Start us have access to students from City University London -MBA and Masters students from Cass Business School and PhDs from School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering.
The Startup Tribe by Escape the CityLondonhttp://www.escapethecity.org/
A 3-month programme dedicated to helping 50 aspiring entrepreneurs off the ground. The focus is on a learning-by-doing community experience that teaches how to build a start-up and is recommended for those looking to change careers by launching a business. Paid by a flat-fee for the programme.
TrueStartLondon6 monthsn/a£25,000 or £50,0004.5% or 9%https://www.truestart.co.uk/
Truestart give entrepreneurs the tools to accelerate and grow in the retail and consumer space. The Truestart accelerator has the benefit of being a part of the True Capital group, a specialist retail investment fund.
UCL Advances HathcheryLondon
Catering to UCL student start-ups, where advice and support is at hand : open to students and those graduated in the last 12 months. Includes desk space, support from Advances business advisors and priority access to events.
UP AcceleratorEdinburgh, Manchester, London10 or 20 weeksn/a£25,00012%Avoidableshttp://www.upaccelerator.com/
UP is a digital technology accelerator that connects corporates wishing to become more effective innovators with entrepreneurs who are ready to scale up their businesses.
Virtual Technology ClusterLondonhttps://thevtcgroup.com/
A partnership between Lockheed Martin and Restoration Partners, the focus is on creating a virtual network of businesses to allow small UK-based companies, specialising in cyber-security expertise, to obtain support and investment for the development of new technologies and markets. The VTC provides SMEs with access to capital, professional services and suppliers and large company customers
Wayra UKLondon9 monthsn/aUp to $50,0007-10%http://wayra.co/en/
Telefonica's startup accelerator offering a place to work, mentors, business partners, access to a global network of talent and the opportunity to reach millions of Telefonica customers.
WebStart BristolBristol12 week£10,00010%http://www.webstartbristol.com/
WebStart Bristol is the internet accelerator for the dynamic city of Bristol which opened in January 2014. WebStart Bristol used Seedrs, crowdfunding site, to raise funds to invest in Bristol based startups.
Young Foundation VenturesLondon, North West
Launched in 2012, a four-month programme intended to accelerate small but successful social enterprises through a combination of expert tutoring, business support and social investment. The Young Foundation Ventures Team provides support and finance to organisations currently under served by traditional private and public sector funding routes. It has a thematic interest in identifying high potential ventures in the fields of health, education and housing. A second accelerator in Leeds launched in 2015