Accelerator is a type of business incubator that provides support to high-potential, early-stage companies. It helps businesses get the required guidance, mentorship and funding so that they can achieve huge growth in no time. Here's our list of the top 10 accelerator programs in India that you should apply for when starting your startup.
Top 10 Accelerators in India
1. (ERA) Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator
Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA) is New York City’s leading technology accelerator and early-stage venture capital fund. It has invested in more than 280 start-ups since launching in 2011. Its alumni companies, who come from all over the world, are already playing leading roles in the evolution of virtually every major global industry.To date, ERA alumni companies have raised more than $1 billion in capital and collectively exceed $6 billion in market capitalization.
Top Industries active in: Software, E-Commerce and Health Care.
Number of Investments: 331
(ERA) Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator's most notable exits include Katapult, SeamlessDocs, and SummitSync.
2. Forum Ventures
Forum Ventures is the leading early-stage fund, program and community for B2B SaaS startups. Founded in 2014 as Acceleprise, we’re on a mission to make the B2B SaaS journey easier, more accessible and successful for early-stage founders, through pre-seed and seed-stage funding, high touch programming, corporate perks and introductions, and an active SaaS community.
Forum For Founders, our pre-seed program, provides founders with $100k in funding and 15 intense weeks of talks, events, mentorship and 1:1 guidance focused on go to market and fundraising. Forum Seed, our seed fund, backs exceptional SaaS startups at the seed-stage both from within and outside of our pre-seed program.
With over 250 portfolio companies, Forum founders have gone on to raise from NEA, Andreessen Horowitz, Uncork Capital, 8VC, Founders Fund, Menlo Ventures, Canaan, Bowery Capital, Susa Ventures, Salesforce Ventures, SV Angel, True Ventures and many more.
Learn more at www.forumvc.com
Top Industries active in: Software, SaaS and Information Technology.
Number of Investments: 324
Forum Ventures's most notable exits include Nova AI, Bbot, and Indio Technologies.
3. Techstars New York City Accelerator
The New York startup ecosystem is ranked #2 in the world. Some of the 60+ Techstars NYC alumni include ClassPass, Plated, Timehop and Jukely. The technology, the talent, the investors, the community - all combine to make NYC a hotbed of startup activity. New York is known for being the top choice as headquarters for many of the most successful brands in the world and is rapidly gaining traction as a tech hub.
Top Industries active in: Software, Finance and SaaS.
Number of Investments: 235
Techstars New York City Accelerator's most notable exits include Groupon, ClassPass, and BentoBox.
4. Starta VC
Our main mission is to introduce international startups to best practices, trusted advisers and mentors, and overcome cultural differences through a customized educational program at Starta Accelerator. We help startups to gain traction in the US and become part of the local startup and investing ecosystem. Diversity is one of our strong points:150+ portfolio companies with founders coming from Eastern and Western Europe, US, Africa, Latin America.
Top Industries active in: Software, Information Technology and E-Commerce.
Number of Investments: 158
Starta VC's most notable exits include GeoCV, FriendlyData, and ParkUpp.
5. XRC Labs
XRC Labs is an innovation accelerator for the next generation of disruptors in the retail and consumer goods sectors. It run two programs each year that bring together entrepreneurs, investors, brands, and retailers to foster rapid innovation and unlock new opportunities in retail. Startups receive access to capital, mentoring, operational support and workspace in the heart of Manhattan, the epicenter of retail and consumer goods.
XRC Labs works closely with best-in-class retailers, brands and technology companies to empower them to meet the needs of consumers today and for generations to come.
Top Industries active in: E-Commerce, Retail and Fashion.
Number of Investments: 117
XRC Labs's most notable exits include Billie, Fabulyst, and Forge.
6. Grand Central Tech
GCT is a community of startups and strategic partners that breaks from the traditional accelerator model by providing an unparalleled value proposition. Housed in Facebook's former NY Headquarters overlooking Grand Central, GCT's provides NYC's premier early-stage startups all the critical resources to achieve scale.
Accepted companies receive a full year of free office space, in-house talent recruitment team, a global network of investors, access to Fortune 1000 corporate partners, access to mentors/advisors, as well as legal/tax/PR/accounting services.
GCT takes NO EQUITY and charges NO RENT. Applications are open now until November 22, 2019: www.grandcentraltech.com
Top Industries active in: Software, Health Care and Internet.
Number of Investments: 91
Grand Central Tech's most notable exits include Otis, Backtrace, and Chartable.
7. Blueprint Health
Blueprint Health is an NYC based accelerator program that supports entrepreneurs who are building innovative companies at the intersection of health and technology. Their program provides access to capital, clients, and most critically, the largest and most engaged healthcare-specific mentor community of any accelerator in the world.
Top Industries active in: Health Care, Medical and Information Technology.
Number of Investments: 86
Blueprint Health's most notable exits include Artemis Health, RubiconMD, and Healthify.
8. Big Idea Ventures
Big Idea Ventures works to solve the World's Greatest Challenges by Supporting the World's Best Entrepreneurs. Our first fund: New Protein Fund, supports companies in the plant-based, cultured and alternative protein ecosystem. The New Protein Fund combines capital and partnership to develop products, ingredients and technology in the plant-based category.
Top Industries active in: Food and Beverage, Food Processing and Biotechnology.
Number of Investments: 74
Big Idea Ventures's most notable exits include Good Catch, Peace of Meat, and Gaia Foods.
9. Starta Accelerator
Starta Accelerator is an Accelerator specializing in technology startups with European R&D roots. It seeks to invest in technology companies.
Starta Accelerator seeks to invest in Eastern Europe with a focus on Russia. It seeks to invest $130,000 of which $110,000 in Program Services and $20,000 Cash in both program value and cash in exchange for 7 percent equity and also provides an additional $20,000 to startups that perform well in the program.
Starta Accelerator runs a 14-week acceleration program and a 3.5 month mentorship program. It began operation in 2015, with its headquarters in New York City as a subsidiary of Starta Ventures.
Top Industries active in: Software, Information Technology and E-Commerce.
Number of Investments: 65
Starta Accelerator's most notable exits include GeoCV and FriendlyData.
10. ICONYC labs
ICONYC labs is a accelerator firm specializes in early-stage and startups. It invests in early-stage Israeli tech startups looking to accelerate growth and cut time to market.
ICONYC seeks investments in Enterprise Software, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Digital Health, Drones, Fintech, Digital Media. Arie Abecassis and Eyal Bino founded it on March 29, 2015, with its headquarters in New York City.
Top Industries active in: Software, Artificial Intelligence and Health Care.
Number of Investments: 54
ICONYC labs's most notable exits include Zest, Fixel, and PushApps.