Accelerators are a cornerstone of the early-stage ecosystem, providing essential mentorship, capital, and connections. In the past few years there has been an explosion of business communities, governments and academic centers setting up accelerators, seed accelerators and accelerator programs. Although the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, for entrepreneurs it is important to know the difference between the diverse type of accelerators when seeking advisors or funding.
Articles and studies:
European Accelerator Summit: Acceleration today
Quora: What is a complete list of accelerators in Finland?
Tallyfox: Best Finnish incubators and accelerators
Nordic Founders: An open letter to startup accelerators in Finland
Top 11 Finland Accelerators
Start Up Accelerator Programs in US
The Result of The First Study of Accelerator Best Practices
The UBI World Benchmark Study 2017-2018
The Vigo Accelerators are private companies that are run by experienced entrepreneurs. They have been selected from the best applicants in their respective fields in a public procurement process. The Vigo Accelerators offer their proven business expertise, funding and extensive contact networks to the selected target companies. The Vigo Accelerators invest both money and time and take on both a strategic and an operative role in the companies. Every acceleration process is tailor-made for the selected company.
Focus areas: Vendep Startup Accelerator look for businesses, we can help achieve growth and international success. The businesses we invest in are mostly B2B software companies, especially with a focus on e-commerce and marketplaces. Experience: Vendep consists of both a startup fund and an accelerator program. Vendep Startup Accelerator was created in 2012 and has […]
Gorilla Capital (former Gorilla Ventures Accelerator) is is a team of experienced investors with serial entrepreneurial backgrounds. We’ve achieved a total of 3 exits to international buyers ourselves and know what it takes to build your startup into something others would like to own. We’ve been on both sides of the table, hands-on. We’re candid, straightforward, fair […]
Lifeline Ventures http://www.lifelineventures.com/
Winterbackwoods SAAS ACCELERATOR offers a total service solution, which supports SAAS startup business development, online sales channel development and also offers financial solutions usually with other investors. The objective is to find new, interesting SAAS related startups that have international potential, a unique idea and also good quality execution.
We are a venture capital firm and active service providers working in the design, fashion and lifestyle fields. We run a private equity fund which invests money into fashion, design and lifestyle start-ups usually during seed rounds.
Newe was founded in 2009 with a focus on building growth companies for global opportunities in the areas of Clean, Energy and Applied ICT. Newe partners have proven international careers, both in large global ICT companies and in agile high tech startups.
Helsinki Ventures is a boutique accelerator and early stage investor. What’s so special about it? Well, besides Finland we focus on companies and innovation from northeastern Europe. We have a credo and it’s this: It’s a shorter journey when you have paying customers. If you agree to that, maybe we should talk some more.
Icebreaker is a seed stage investor operating with a community-based model. We catalyze winning technology companies from untapped potential.
Avanto Ventures offers hands-on expertise, funding, office space and an inspiring community and vast network for startups developing innovative, digital and communal solutions. For companies Avanto Ventures offers tailored accelerator programs and is involved in building new, digital businesses.
Loudspring is the largest cleantech accelerator in the Nordic region, boasting several fast growing and high impact companies that solve global challenges. The portfolio companies are active in energy- and resource efficiency as well as decentralized renewable energy and are based in Finland, Sweden and Germany. The company management consists of company builders and investors who […]
Private business accelerators run a process or provide range of services that accelerates the successful development of startup and early growth companies. Models may vary a lot from the consultancy type of process to the investor and co entrepreneurial type of cooperation. Also the driving force for starting or running the accelerator varies. Some do it for marketing purposes to support their main business others as their main occupation. Also the revenue models vary from consultancy type of fees to revenue sharing and exit tied models.
The most common business models for the private accelerators are:
1. A fee for the additional services (i.e. mentoring, office space, etc).
2. A percentage of raised funding.
3. A percentage of the revenue.
4. A percentage of the equity when company is sold.
5. A percentage of the equity when company goes public
We accelerate and invest in early-stage technology startups with high international business potential. Nostetta team is built to offer the startups top hands-on experience in all key fields of business acceleration. We are eager to use our experience to create more successful startup growth stories.
We provide management consulting to SMEs and startups and work as commercialisation consultants for technological innovations. Typically these innovations are developed by technology experts and these experts need support and advice to commercialise the products or services, to create a business based on the innovation and how to take manage the financial aspects. We work […]
Venture Gym Oy:n toiminta-ajatuksena on tarjota kasvua ja kansainvälistymistä tukevia asiantuntijapalveluita aloittaville yrityksille – sekä olemassa olevista yrityksistä irtautuville yrityksille. Olemme tuotteistaneen tätä varten oman Startti – ohjelman, joka on tarkoitettu innovatiivisille yrityksille, joilla on kansainvälistä potentiaalia ja halu kasvaa. Startti -ohjelmamme yhdistää innovatiiviset liike- ja tuoteideat, kansainvälisesti kokeneet yrittäjyyden ammattilaiset sekä julkisen- että yksityisen […]
We help entrepreneurs build better commercial digital products. Our investment can include anything from business design to code. We can develop your digital product together for 6-12 months against 10% stake of your startup. You decide what the package will include. Following expertise can be included in the project: > business design, concept design, service design, […]
Konsulttiyhtymä AJAN yrityskiihdyttämö on erikoistunut vakiintuneiden yritysten kasvun kiihdyttämiseen: Potentiaalikartoitus: Yrityksellä on kilpailuetua ja liikevaihtoa vähintään 300 t€ Yrittäjätiimillä on vahva halu kasvattaa yrityksen arvoa moninkertaiseksi Yritys tarvitsee lisää pääomaa kasvun toteuttamiseen Kiihdyttämön vaiheet: Valmistelu: valmistelun aikana teemme kattavan selvityksen yrityksen kasvupotentiaalista ja rahoitustarpeesta. Kirkastamme yrityksen tarinan rahoittajia kiinnostavaksi. Valmisteluvaihe kestää 4–6 viikkoa. Rahoitus: löydämme […]
Signal is the acceleration program that connects startups to SME’s and corporations in IoT space and especially around SIGFOX technology. Program runs in sprints to accommodate hardware development cycles and aims to fast certification and commercialization to global markets in SIGFOX networks. Signal accelerator is run by Helsinki Ventures.
First Round Ltd. is a private development company and business accelerator. Our team of experts offers startups and other companies services for accelerating new business operations, for growth and for seeking growth financing. Our specialised expertise focuses on the digital world and how to utilise digital skills to create new business. Our customers are all companies […]
Suomen Yrityskehitys Oy kehittää, kiihdyttää ja järkeistää asiakkaidensa yritystoimintaa. Tyypillisiä asiakkaitamme ovat startup-, perhe- ja kasvuyritykset. Kasvatamme yrityksesi arvoa esimerkiksi luomalla kannattavaa kasvua, alentamalla kuluja tai avustamalla rahoitus- ja yritysjärjestelyissä.
Tarjoamme suoran sijoituskanavan lupaavimpiin kasvuyhtiöihin. Seuraa pääomasijoitusstandardien mukaisesti valittuja sijoituskohteitamme. Osallistumme jokaiseen rahoituskierrokseen samoilla ehdoilla sijoittajien kanssa.
We focus on early stage technology companies with high growth potential. Our operation model is based on increasing the value of our portfolio companies. Our operation style resembles having professional serial entrepreneur co-founders for the duration of the early stages of the company.
Accelerator Programs are fixed-term, cohort-based programs, that include mentorship and educational components and culminate in a public pitch event or demo day. Seed accelerators are either sector focused (eg. cleantech) or open for a wide range of industries. The application process is open to anyone, but might be quite competitive. A seed investment in the startups is sometimes made, in exchange for equity. Typically, the investment in Finland is between 5 000 – 15 000 €.
Programs last typically between 3 to 4 months. During this time, entrepreneurs receive mentoring and training, and they are expected to iterate rapidly. Programs end to a “Demo Day”, where the startups present their business ideas and concepts to an audience (eg. investors).
The business model is based on generating venture style returns, not usually rent or fees for services. Costs are covered mainly by sponsorship’s.
Smartup Accelerator brings together innovation actors in consumer cleantech field around the Baltic Sea to make the region a forerunner in sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship. The collaboration project of seven Baltic Sea Region countries – Latvia, Germany, Poland, Estonia, Sweden, Russia and Finland – is taking place throughout 2017-2020 and launches several national and international startup events, […]
Mediapolis Accelerator is created for start up companies in the media field. Acceleration covers all aspects of content creation, delivery and consumption. It is meant for agile companies in digital media and media business related services, who aim for international market and rapid growth. The focus is on companies based in Pirkanmaa region but companies […]
DREAM BIGGER. Entrepreneurs, this is your chance for supercharged growth. Turbopump is Microsoft’s unique market entry program for startups that are ready for some big-time scaling. Knuckle down that iron fist and cut into the European customer base with the sharpness of steel – Turbopump is your compass to the world. We will match you […]
Energyspin is a growth program for startup companies which are seeking for international growth. The ten-week-long Accelerator programme includes company-specific training for business growth planning, product development, commercialization, marketing and communications, and especially financing. All startup companies in the energy sector are welcome to apply, as well as startup enterprises in fields linked to the […]
Ahjo Accelerator Program helps ambitious teams take the next step with their business idea. The program brings experienced entrepreneurs, coaches and experts in various fields to help the teams with their business model validation, product development, and raising funding. Out of Ahjo (forge in English), every team comes out more prepared for the next stage […]
Kiuas Accelerator is the go-to place for early-stage startups. Intensive 10-week program consists of top-level coaching on e.g. sales, legal, tech, funding, design and marketing from the most experienced entrepreneurs and professionals in the Northern Europe. Kiuas Accelerator is designed to be a low-risk program for startups of all types, at all stages of their […]
The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Business Incubation Centre (BIC) in Finland was founded in 2017 in A Grid, Aalto University’s new startup hub. ESA BIC welcomes ideas and business models proposing New Space solutions and technologies from positioning and navigation to communications, robotics, nanosatellites, Augmented Reality, autonomous driving, self-navigating and self-flying devices, ships and vehicles, novel materials, Artificial Intelligence, innovations specifically for arctic conditions, gaming, just […]
Life Science Accelerator is a new accelerator concept for viable concepts within pharma, diagnostics and related areas (e.g. smart health data), including service business. We prepare you for a path to a next level of commercial maturity & success by a systematic 6-12 months program, supported by an assigned coach and a mentor pool as […]
xEdu is an accelerator that works with startups creating transformative learning solutions in the education sector. Based in Finland, we maximize upon the expertise of our nation’s superior educational system and pioneering tech/gaming scene and combine it with our dynamic global network of innovators, educators, entrepreneurs and investors.
We all want increased health and a happier life. We believe that services based on innovation in healthcare, wellness, big data in health, and the quantified self are those with the most immediate impact on how we live today. We are also specialists with wide and deep experience in the following sectors: preventative, diagnostic, therapeutic, […]
In 2009 we at Startup Sauna started with only an empty warehouse, entrepreneurs and ideas. During the next nine years the ecosystem and accelerator itself has grown so much and changed in the process. It is time for us to re-figure our place and purpose. We aim to create something unique, cool and keep providing […]
Scaling up European Digital Ventures The EIT Digital Accelerator supports European digital ventures to scale up their business in Europe and beyond. Our goal is to accelerate the growth of promising digital technology startups and scaleups by helping them secure target customers and raise capital. Our offer is tailor made to provide the best support […]
The Enterprise Accelerator of CoastAl is an innovative pedagogic approach which helps the students to become experts and entrepreneurs already during their studies. The Enterprise Accelerator of CoastAl offers those students who are interested in entrepreneurship the following services: mentoring personal study plan development of a business idea help in marketing networks, potential clientele co-operation […]
Satakunnan yhteinen yrityskiihdyttämö ALL IN tarjoaa aidon yrittäjyysekosysteemin jokaiselle satakuntalaiselle opiskelijalle: • mahdollisuuden saada lisätietoa yrittäjyydestä (yrittäjätarinat, teemapäivät, tapahtumat jne) • tietoa yrittäjätapahtumista yhden väylän kautta • mahdollisuuden pallotella yrittäjyyttä tutun oppilaitoskoutsin tai mentorin kanssa ja mahdollisuuden opinnollistaa tämä työskentely • mentoriverkoston palvelut (yli organisaatiorajojen) • verkostoitumismahdollisuuden muiden opiskelijayritysten sekä satakuntalaisten yrityksien sekä yrittäjäyhteisöjenkanssa Katso […]
OULU EduLAB is a one semester, full-time pre-incubator + incubator program in English supporting the creation of prototypes, products and start-ups targeting the global education technology industry http://www.oamklabs.fi/ouluedulab/
Customized, digitally accessible accelerator program to boost startup growth. Levelup in Kotka, Finland welcomes all companies with a scalable business, no restrictions on your sector or industry. We join local & global business minds. The program is free of charge & non-equity based.
Aalto Start-Up Center is a fast-developing business accelerator within Aalto University. They provide an excellent springboard to success for aspiring entrepreneurs by offering modern premises, high level business development and coaching as well as access to a wide network of business expertise.
Turbiini Startup Accelerator supports new startups in Vantaa and is actively searching for new companies to offer innovation services. Our goal is to help business ideas evolve into teams and startups.
We help promising startup teams with international growth potential to take their businesses to the next level and grow internationally. We are Finland’s Best Service Provider 2014 and Finland’s Top 5 Accelerator Programs 2015 and 2016 by Nordic Startup Awards.
Spinno Enterprise Center delivers world class, award winning pre-incubation and incubation programs for technology and knowledge based start-ups aiming at rapid growth and international success.