Accelerators

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.

Vigo accelerators Other accelerators Accelerator programs

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

Vigo accelerators

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.

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Other accelerators

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

Reaktor Ventures

Reaktor Ventures

We want to invest in the best seed stage companies and help them create new markets and become global leaders in their industry. Along with investing venture capital we take pride in making our 400 professionals available for our portfolio companies for free.

Takeoff Partners

Takeoff Partners

Takeoff Partners are experienced growth advisors and private investors focused on internationalizing B2B software and service businesses. As entrepreneurs we have built pioneering businesses from the ground up into global leaders.

Accelerator programs

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.

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Public accelerators

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