Europe is home to some of the most innovative and progressive minds in their field. From tech to fashion and everything in between, these 10 incubators help entrepreneurs explore new ideas, find global partners and investors, and give them the tools they need to succeed.
Top 10 Incubators in Europe
Agoranov is a public Science & Tech incubator that provides mentorship, office space, funding, and consultancy services to startups. The company is based in Paris.
Agoranov has supported more than 380 startups that have already created more than 7,000 direct jobs and raised €700 million from private funds. Among them Criteo (NASDAQ: CRTO),Anevia, Biophytis, Gensight and Pixium listed on Alternext, or Aldebaran, Dataiku, Doctolib, Point Vision and Ynsect. Agoranov, founded by the Universities Pierre and Marie Curie and Paris-Dauphine, Ecole Normale Supérieure, ParisTech, and INRIA, is supported by the Ministry of Research and Higher Education, the Ile de France Region, the City of Paris and the European Social Fund. Agoranov provides its 60 incubated with personalized support, a state-of-the-art acceleration program, quality accommodation in the center of Paris and a rich community of several hundred entrepreneurs.
Top Industries active in: Software, Health Care and Biotechnology.
Number of Investments: 359
AGORANOV's most notable exits include Cryptosense, PayPlug, and GenSight Biologics.
2. SpinLab - The HHL Accelerator
The application process is very easy and straight-forward. You can apply on a rolling basis, but after the above-mentioned deadline they will start to evaluate all applications. The applications will be reviewed by an independent advisory board.
If you are an excellent team of passionate and entrepreneurial founders with an scalable, technology-based in the seed or expansion phase feel free to apply. Pre-seed projects will be chosen in exceptional cases as well.
They are a 0 equity startup, they take no shares from accepted startups, nor do we charge any fees. Accepted startups are awarded 6000 Euros from the City of Leipzig to help cover living costs for the duration of the program. An additional 15000 Euros can be acquired based on where the company is based, and from various competitions that are held during the duration of the program.
They accept startup applications worldwide.
Top Industries active in: Software, Health Care and Artificial Intelligence.
Number of Investments: 99
SpinLab - The HHL Accelerator's most notable exits include Replex, Stresscoach, and Rhebo.
Each year H-FARM runs industry-focused accelerators with the aim to select, support and invest in emerging early-stage and market-ready startups. All programs take place in H-Farm Campus, an innovation hub where selected startups experience an immersive 4-month program, surrounded by ventures at different stages, corporations, business leaders, mentors and investors.
H-FARM provides to each startup an all-inclusive investment package of seed investment, room & board, working facilities, acceleration services: mentorship, workshops & seminars, deals from tech partners, business network, Demo Day.
Our Accelerators are supported by a world-class network of Industry Partners to give startups privileged access to these industry leaders: our objective is to reinforce the relationship between startups and corporates and provide mutual benefits for both parties.
Moreover, trough its Venture Capital Arm, H-FARM invest in European startups with global ambitions in the fields of SaaS and consumer internet.
Top Industries active in: E-Commerce, Software and Mobile.
Number of Investments: 86
H-FARM's most notable exits include Depop, The Data Appeal Company, and Zooppa.
4. Digital Magics
Digital Magics, listed on AIM Italia (symbol: DM), is an incubator of digital projects that provides consulting services and acceleration services to startups and enterprises, to facilitate the development of new technological businesses. Thanks to the partnership with Talent Garden and Tamburi Investment Partners, Digital Magics has created the most important national platform for innovation for DIGITAL MADE IN ITALY, by offering services for the digital transformation and Open Innovation to excellent enterprises, while providing support to innovative startups to create successful projects, from conception to IPO. The incubation and acceleration services offered by Digital Magics are active in the TAG co-working campuses present throughout Italy. Complementary services include investment activities, which have produced over the years a portfolio of 48 investments in startups, scaleups and digital spinoffs with high growth rates. Accelerated companies are flanked by Digital Magics LAB, a team of highly experienced business partners, and benefit not only from the large network of private and institutional investors that support them through club deals, but also from the many partner companies that support them on an industrial scale.
Top Industries active in: Software, E-Commerce and Financial Services.
Number of Investments: 78
Digital Magics's most notable exits include Moneymour, Diet to go, and MonkeyParking.
5. The Family
The Family is building the largest and most sophisticated service infrastructure for startups in Europe. Their model is to take 5% equity for free in exchange of long-term support. Today, they have a portfolio of 200+ active companies in London, Paris and Berlin, including Captain Train (acquired by Trainline), Algolia and Payfit.
Top Industries active in: Software, Apps and Health Care.
Number of Investments: 73
The Family's most notable exits include Inqom, Span, and Nestor.
CyLon is the world's leading cyber security accelerator and seed investment programme.
From defence to retail, telecoms to financial services, digital industries to health services, safeguarding information through rigorous and scalable cyber security has become central to a successful economy.
CyLon’s programme offers entrepreneurs all the training necessary to build and grow a successful cyber security company.
Top Industries active in: Cyber Security, Software and Security.
Number of Investments: 70
CyLon's most notable exits include Keyp, AimBrain, and Codebashing.
7. METRO Xcel
METRO Xcel is a highly selective sales driven program for technology-first startups across the entire value chain of Hospitality and Retail. We invest in companies who are market champions in pioneering new grounds with their unique digital solutions.
Focused on Hospitality Tech, METRO Xcel for Hospitality is for startup solutions that are aimingto digitize the Hospitality industry at each and every touch point. Startups joining the program for Hospitality have restaurants or hotels as customers. The applications for our 2019 are now open.
With a spotlight on Retail Tech, METRO Xcel is looking for startups devising solutions across the entire retail value chain and have exciting and scalable solutions for innovation in the sector. .
Top Industries active in: Software, Hospitality and E-Commerce.
Number of Investments: 62
METRO Xcel's most notable exits include Journy, KptnCook, and GuestU.
8. Centro de Incubação de Évora
The building has 20 private incubation offices, coworking space, meeting rooms, multipurpose room, bar and lounge. It is located in the center of Évora, close to the train station. - Surf the next wave of deep tech innovation with us.
Application at https://bit.ly/candidatura-linc
You can also incorporate your startup at Centro deIncubação de Évora, under the Portugal Tech Visa program that aims to ensure that highly qualified staff, foreigners to the European Union, can access the jobs created by Portuguese companies in a simplified way. The program is aimed at companies operating in the global market, with headquarters or permanent establishment in the national territory, which intend to attract qualified and specialized technical staff from third countries and residing outside the European Union to Portugal.
Top Industries active in: Consulting, Software and Information Technology.
Number of Investments: 52
Centro de Incubação de Évora's most notable exits include REBIS and outfit.
9. Via ID
Via ID is a business accelerator that supports in the long term projects related to sustainable mobility. Via ID offers a complete ecosystem for the entrepreneurs that choose to join it, providing incubation, financial support, expert advice and strong synergies with leading providers of mobility solutions. Today, Via ID has an incubator in France(Paris and Lille), but also an office in San Francisco, in Singapore and shortly in Berlin. Via ID has a portfolio of about twenty five startups (including Trusk, Smoove, Cyclofix, Getaround, Heetch, Xee, etc.). It is also part of Mobivia, European leader in car maintenance (Norauto, Midas, ATU etc.).
Top Industries active in: Transportation, Automotive and Car Sharing.
Number of Investments: 49
Via ID's most notable exits include Gojek, Drivy, and Reezocar.
10. Borean Innovation
BOREAN Innovation is one of four innovation incubators in Denmark. The incubators are approved as operators by The Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation under the Ministry of Higher Education and Science. The incubators provide professional counselling, pre-seed and seed capital for entrepreneurs and new innovative enterprises.
Top Industries active in: Software, Internet and Information Technology.
Number of Investments: 49
Borean Innovation's most notable exits include Swapsafe, Dynastrom, and BioCare Copenhagen.