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The top 20 European Business Accelerators you need on your radar

Accelerators are organisations that offer support services and funding opportunities for start-ups. They enrol businesses in programmes that offer mentoring, office space and resources. More importantly, business accelerator programmes will often offer access to capital and investment, in return for start-up equity. Think this is something that your business could benefit from? Here are twenty great European accelerators that may be worth looking in to…

Sustainable Cities Accelerator

Den Haag, Netherlands

The Sustainable Cities team are looking for start-ups in various areas like mobility, food, energy, housing and water management. The accelerator consists of a 30-day bootcamp, followed by 5 months of personal assistance by mentors, partners and investors. They offer support, networking and a unique urban playground in The Netherlands.

Female Founders Accelerator

London, UK

Over the past 2 years, the Female Founders accelerator has graduated 32 alumni with a combined turnover of £2.87M and 120 employees. Their exclusive 4-month programme combines business training, expert support and coaching to help you accelerate your business’s success.

THINK Accelerate

Helsingborg, Sweden

THINK is a start-up accelerator that supports early stage technology companies. Accepted start-ups take part in a 12-week accelerator program with mentor networking, workshops, tailored coaching, introductions to investors, free office space and access to products with a value of over $300,000 from Google, Microsoft, IBM, Amazon AWS, Stripe, Hubspot, Sendgrid, Trello and many more. Open to individuals and teams from all backgrounds with a tech start-up idea.

Hatch CoLab

Geneva, Switzerland

Hatch supercharges impacttech founders who tackle Humanity’s grand challenges with a 12-month accelerator and incubation program. They are searching for founders who are tackling challenges in energy, environment, food and sustainable cities & communities

Collider Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Collider run specialised accelerator programmes in both Amsterdam and London (see below), and are Looking for B2B or B2B2C start-ups that provide tools to help brands and agencies better find, understand, engage with or sell to consumers. In short: Marketing, Commerce and Advertising technology businesses.

Collider GB

London, UK

Collider choose the very best start-ups to join their four, six-month accelerator programmes a year, investing either £50k or £100k, and providing mentorship and access to the Collider network for life. They invest in B2B or B2B2C businesses that help corporates find, understand, engage, sell to and retain customers. If your business is building a technology that does just that, then check it out!

Food Stars

Den Haag, Netherlands

Innovation and investment in smart farming for metropolitan areas is crucial to achieving a sustainable food production in the future. The FoodStars Horti-Tech accelerator is on the lookout for 10 start-up teams working toward this goal, to join them over in The Netherlands for their 6-month programme.

HATCH Aquaculture Ireland

Cork, Ireland

HATCH are looking for teams with innovative and scalable solutions that solve significant problems in the aquaculture industry in order to enable its long-term sustainability, whether that be nutrition, health, genetics/biotech, production or tech. Must be a team of at least two, who are willing to focus 100% on their venture.

The Factory

Oslo, Norway

Winner of Best Accelerator Program in Norway in 2017, The Factory are looking for start-ups with great ideas in fintech, insurtech, regtech, blockchain, AI, proptech and fintech impact to join them for 12 weeks of action, insights, and fun in the lovely Oslo.

Startup Bootcamp

Amsterdam, Netherlands

With its dedicated innovation program, Startup Bootcamp aims to empower start-ups and scale-ups to build successful businesses and transform the fintech & cyber security industries. A 3-month innovation program focuses on the 10 selected companies, providing them with access to a global network of industry experts, business mentors, investors, corporate partners, co-working space in Amsterdam’s first startup hub and €15K to cover living expenses.

Deloitte Foodforward Accelerator

Milan, Italy

FoodForward is a global foodtech accelerator that brings top Made in Italy corporates and best international innovators together to disrupt agrifood and retail sectors. They’re on the lookout for the most promising start-ups with a disruptive solution in areas such as agritech, omnichannel, alternative ingredients and quality & traceability.

Geovation Programme – Geotech

London, UK

This Geotech Programme, supported by Ordnance Survey, is the perfect funded startup accelerator if you want to create a product or business using location data. Both the PropTech (mentioned below) and GeoTech programmes take you through four phases over the course of 12 months, with at least six months of focussed support.

Geovation programme – Proptech

London, UK

The Geovation Proptech Programme, backed by HM Land Registry, is the perfect funded startup accelerator if you want to create a product or business using property data. It supports innovative technology businesses to revolutionise the property industry using property and geospatial data through a 12-month accelerator programme.

New Mobility II

Paris, France

This program is designed to take early-stage mobility start-ups to scale-up via a hands-on, structured accelerator. If your start-up is involved in the development of connected vehicles, autonomous vehicles, e-mobility/alternative energy, urban mobility or mobility services then this may be the accelerator for you.

Data Pitch Accelerator

London, UK

Data Pitch is an EU-funded open innovation project bringing together corporates and public sector organisations that want to discover the untapped opportunity in their data, with start-ups and SMEs innovating with data. It is centred around a competition with several challenges set by the data-owning organisations, and an incubation programme to help start-ups and SMEs use the data to address these challenges with innovative products and services.

The Barclays Accelerator

London, UK

The Barclays Accelerator Powered by Techstars is a three month intensive startup accelerator focused on financial technology innovation and disruptive solutions. Ten companies will be selected and mentors will be engaged from the Techstars network and from Barclays. If you are thinking about disrupting the world of finance, this is the program for you.

Fast Track Malmo Accelerator

Malmo, Sweden

Fast Track Malmo is a start-up accelerator that helps talented teams accelerate their growth and raise their first VC round. The accelerator was voted as the best accelerator in Sweden in 2017 and offers weekly workshops, weekly 1on1s, weekly investment meetings, world-class mentors and a sponsorship package.

Accelerator Academy

London, UK

The Accelerator Academy is a successful and established 12-week high growth training and mentoring programme for ambitious digital entrepreneurs looking to grow their business, through training, mentoring and access to capital. Focused on start-up and early stage high growth potential tech, media, telecoms (TMT) businesses and ambitious entrepreneurs.

F10 Accelerator Program

Zurich, Switzerland

This accelerator already has a proven track record of innovation, acceleration, and product creation for financial services. Working with SIX, the Swiss stock exchange and other leading financial institutions, the program is intended for international teams/start-ups with a prototype in fintech, regtech, or insurancetech.

The FAB Accelerator

Oxford, UK

FAB is Oxford’s first accelerator programme for ambitious entrepreneurs and start-ups designed by people who’ve been there, done it and bought the t-shirt. Open to individuals and teams from all backgrounds and sectors, FAB combines 12 x weekly evening classes covering key startup business topics, each delivered by expert speakers and special guests, with regular 1-to-1 sessions with expert business mentors.

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