• Shahryar Barati

Equity Funding: Accelerators and Incubators



This is the third of a series of blogs to describe all of the common sources of equity funding. In this article, you will find key information about accelerators and incubators.


Accelerators/Incubators

Raising capital is difficult before you figure out your product/market fit, especially in competitive areas like mobile apps. Accelerators/incubators are often a good resource as they can provide some seed funding besides other resources. Some accelerators invest in their cohort startups, others provide access to a network of investors. You will also co-locate with other entrepreneurs in a similar sector or stage of development. Simply put, accelerators provide a support environment for startups to grow. That includes space, access to professionals, mentoring, legal advice, workshops, and access to funding!

Range (roughly)

£10k - £100k

Timeline

Generally operate as cohorts over anywhere from 3 months to a year or more, with application deadlines for each cohort.

Key players

There are close to 200 accelerators with different stage, regional or sector focusses in the UK. Here are some of the largest accelerator programmes in the UK.

  • London & Partners

  • The Accelerator Network

  • Natwest Accelerator

  • L Marks

  • Techstars

Pros

  • Often provide seed funding and office space, as well as hands on support and mentorship

  • Access to their network

Cons

  • Some offer better mentorship than others

  • Long programme with just a little funding

  • Sometimes charge rent and other fees

Helpful Links

F6S - Find and apply to accelerators all over the world.

Crunchbase - List of accelerators.

Beauhurst - UK accelerator programmes


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