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Accelerators

These are organizations of which I am aware that have a great track record of launching entrepreneurs in the Bay Area and elsewhere.  For healthcare acceletators, visit "For Healthcare Entrepreneurs" tab.

More than just incubators, accelerators typically provide seed funding and mentorship. Please let me know if there are others that you hold in high regard.

500startups
Seed fund for early-stage companies with funding ranging from $10K to $250K, a startup accelerator program, and a new micro-fund model like the Twilio Fund. Based in Mountainview, CA, 500 invests primarily in consumer & SMB internet startups, and related web infrastructure services.

Accelprise (Washington, DC)
A 4-month accelerator focused on enterprise technology founded and anchored by investor and entrepreneur Sean Glass. It is the first independent accelerator focused solely on enterprise technology in the United States. Over the next three years, Acceleprise will invest in over 60 companies focused on building web based software to solve large organizations’ problems. 

Alchemist (San Francisco Bay Area)
The Alchemist Accelerator is an accelerator exclusively for startups whose revenue comes from enterprises, not consumers.  The acclerator focuses on enterprise customer development, sales (direct and online), market validation, and a structured path to fundraising.

AngelPad (San Francisco)
Mentorship program founded by Thomas Korte and other ex-Googlers to help web-technology startups build better products, attract additional funding and ultimately grow more successful businesses. Twice a year, AngelPad provides an extensive mentorship program to carefully selected startups, during the course of 10 weeks. 

betaspring (Providence, RI)
betaspring is a mentorship-driven startup accelerator program for technology and design entrepreneurs who are ready to build a product, launch a company, and change the world. 

Dogpatch Labs
Created by Polaris Venture Partners to connect entrepreneurs and help founders conceive, launch and grow startups. Dogpatch has 4 locatoins: Cambridge, MA; Palo Alto; New York; and Dublin. Dogpatch offers aspiring entrepreneurs desk space, bandwidth, coffee/snacks, and a community of like minded entrepreneurs who share a spirit of “open source entrepreneurship”.

Excelerate Labs (Chicago)
Excelerate Labs is an intensive 13 week summer accelerator for ten startups driven by proven entrepreneurs and investors.

Founder Institute
The Founder Institute is the world's largest early-stage accelerator, having launched over 500 companies in 26 cities in just three years of existence. Prospective founders apply using advanced social science testing, and through a four month program that meets one night a week they collaborate with local CEOs to discuss company-building subjects in a planned curriculum.

Google Ventures Startup Lab
Workshops with industry experts. Fireside chats with fascinating people. Guest speakers. Co-working space. Happy hours and barbecues. It’s all available to our portfolio at Startup Lab, and we’re just getting started.

Hatchery (NYC)
Founded in 2007 on the fundamental principle that all technology companies have the right to access business experts and leading-edge information. 

HUB Ventures (San Francisco)
Hub Ventures helps high caliber entrepreneurs build their world-changing startups better and faster.  HUB operates 12-week cohort cycles at Hub Bay Area, during which participating companies receive seed funding and engage in best-in-class mentorship, collaborative sessions with program peers, and workshops and speaker events on topics relevant to impact oriented startups.  

i/o Startup Accelerator
Super early stage 3 month startup accelerator in San Francisco that focuses heavily on its mentorship program. 

Startup Labs (Seattle)
We accept applications from early stage tech startups around the globe.  Startup Labs then hosts a local event providing 5 teams with seed capital ($16,000 for 8%) and 22 days of mentorship and technical support to build their startup and validate their idea and team in front of mentors and investors.

StartUp Leadership Program
SLP is a highly selective, 80-hour / 12 class, 6-month fee based training program and lifetime network for founders and innovators.  The program is offered in various cities throughout the US (Boston, Chicago, NYC, Seattle, Silicon Valley, San Diego) as well as various locations throughout EMEA, Asia and Australia to entrepreneurs focused on Technology, Lifesciences, Clean Tech, or Social Enterprise.

Startup Monthly (San Francisco)
Startup accelerator devoted to helping entrepreneurship communities around the world to build and launch successful startups. We are a team of passionate, experienced entrepreneurs, coaches, mentors and investors with the best tools and expertise to help you succeed - whether you are just getting started or have some successful companies behind you.

TechStars
Provides seed funding from over 75 top venture capital firms and angel investors who are vested in the success of your startup, as well as intense mentorship from hundreds of the best entrepreneurs in the world 

WebFWD
A three-month business creation program for startups around the world, Mozilla's Open Innovation Program, supports Open Source projects that extend the Web. The program consists of weekly training sessions & exercises, office hours with industry experts, ongoing coaching and guidance from the world's best technologists. Upon graduating, teams can qualify for follow-on funding from Mozilla.

Y Combinator
Venture fund which focuses on seed investments to startup companies. It offers financing as well as business consulting along with other opportunities to 2-4 person companies looking to take an idea to a product. Y Combinator looks for companies with “good” ideas over companies with experience and a business model.

The Global Accelerator Network has a great list of high quality start-up accelerator programs.  Championed by TechStars, the Global Accelerator Network was created in 2010 under the management of top accelerator programs and alongside the White House’s Startup America Initiative. 

Launch also is building a comprehensive list of programs by state.

This article, written by a Chicago founder who went through HealthBox, might also be helpful to you in doing due diligence on an accelerator.

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