The world’s most successful startups have at one time in their life-cycle had the backing of a startup incubator. These incubators have been the accelerators who have provided a good breeding ground for the startups and helped them fine-tune their ideas into the giant businesses they are today. The incubators have provided access to a working space, investment, mentorship, and much more. In this article we feature some of the most prolific and best known incubators and accelerators around the globe.
TechStars are the pioneers of, “Startup Weekend” their offerings go beyond the traditional showup, eat some food, meet some successful people action. They have a series of programs spanning 15 countries with a big focus on passion driven startups.
Techstars has incredible mentors, who dedicate in most cases a minimum of 12 weeks to program participants. This ensures that with every amazing graduate of the program, there are an infinite amount of new applications for the following cycle (usually four per year). TechStars has over 1600 launched companies in the market and at least a quarter of them focused on impact social impact.
The Hult Prize Foundation was founded in 2009 by leading social entrepreneur Ahmad Ashkar, this organization has a ten-year head start on nearly everyone else in the impact startup space with a workforce of more than 25,000 students spread out across
This is one of the most famous incubators in the world. Their seed funding program has more unicorns than any other. Their recent addition of free online content for entrepreneurs puts at the top. One of the most impressive things that Y Combinator offers is its extensive alumni of startups such as Airbnb, Dropbox, and Twitch as well as its celebrity speakers like Mark Zuckerberg, who regularly engage with the startup community.
500 Startups is a young but promising incubator. It admitted its first class of startups into their pilot California incubator in 2011. While primarily focused on early-stage venture and seed funding, their aim is to discover (self-proclaimed), “the world’s most talented
Wayra was originally launched in 2011 out of Colombia, It is a mega global hub that has a presence in 10 countries around the world. It is backed by Telefonica, one of Latin America’s and Europe’s largest telecommunications companies. Wayra is easily the largest
This accelerator program is unique in both it’s methodology as well as it’s access to international markets along with it’s exclusive focus on impact. While Changelabs is a relative newcomer in the space, it is currently focused on one of the fastest growing and under-served markets in the world, the Middle East. It has assembled a seasoned team with decades of experience and a
Halcyon is strategically located in the development capital of the world, Washington, DC . It has positioned itself to have sustainable global impact across all corners of the world. The Halcyon House offers impact and social entrepreneurs an epicenter in the heart of DC
Born in Zambia, this company was one of Africa’s first innovation and technology hubs focused on young people with a mission of changing the world.BongoHive is simply a game changer for the African continent. Based in Lusaka, the group of founders built their first accelerator to address the learning gaps they experienced in university and at their first jobs.
Founded in 2011, described as, “The World’s Toughest Entrepreneurs” and dedicated to providing economic equalizing opportunities, this accelerator is rapidly solving a local youth unemployment challenge that is amongst the worst in the world. It is based in
Seedcamp , UK
Seedcamp adopts a different approach, believing that startup entrepreneurs are more in need of intelligent human input rather than money. Their philosophy is that to set up a solid company, a startup must be able to draw on a global network of suitable advisors – thus allowing them to overcome all the standard challenges faced by all startups in the quickest time possible. Seedcamp provides consultancy, training and
At AIC RAISE we strive to join these ranks to create a holistic ecosystem for social startups for maximising both profits and benefits to society and the environment. Here we encourage and backup innovative startups with suitable physical infrastructure in terms of capital equipment and operating facilities, key domain knowledge support, coupled with the availability of sectoral experts for mentoring, business planning support, access to seed capital, market information, management, business strategy, industry partners, training as well as critical networking. We encourage you to reach us through the contacts and address below.