Early / Seed Stage

Angels are individuals who provide investment and intellectual capital to entrepreneurial startups. These resources are provided to startups in exchange for convertible debt and/or equity in the startup.  In recent years, these investors began organizing into groups for the purpose of sharing the efforts related to identifying and assessing potential opportunities and pooling their investments.

Background Information

Originating from the theatre industry, the term “angel” originally described wealth benefactors who provided funding for theatrical productions. Today it applies to high net worth individuals, (accredited investors under the definitions of such by the SEC) who provide seed capital for scalable, high growth companies. The Angel Capital Association and the Angel Fund, the major industry associations in the United States both promote membership rosters which exceed 200 groups.

There are two types of angel groups, angel networks and angel funds.  Groups whose members participate actively in the identification, screening, and vetting of the investment opportunities, who make their own investment decisions for each investment opportunity, and who invest as a group through a shared investment vehicle, are generally described as angel networks. When the members of the group invest based on established criteria and guidelines and primarily utilize the support of third parties to identify, screen and complete the due diligence on the opportunity, they are generally identified as a fund.  Under the fund structure, members commit capital and invest in all opportunities identified as appropriate based on the criteria established for the fund.

Angel investment carries with it a high degree of risk. As a result, angel investors usually seek returns of 10X within five years as most early stage investments fail, resulting in the angel losing their entire investment. These issues cause the angel investor to focus on developing a highly diversified portfolio, thereby reducing the risk of the overall investment.  Analyses over time has revealed the typical stable angel group with diversified portfolio returns at a rate in the mid to upper teens to the low to mid-twenties on a percentage rate basis.

The statistics concerning angel groups and investment vary widely.

  • Groups may have as few as 10 members or as many as 150.
  • Some syndicate, some don’t.
  • Some invest locally, regionally and nationally, even internationally, others invest only locally.
  • Different groups invest in different industries and at differing levels.
  • Smaller and newer groups may provide investments from $50K to $250K while large established groups may invest up to $1.5M or more.

It is therefore extremely important that the entrepreneur understand the angel groups structure, approach and criteria thoroughly.  Otherwise, pursuing an investment from any given angel groups may be little more than a shot in the dark, wasting the entrepreneurs’ time and resources, something they have in extremely limited quantities.


Angel Capital Association
The Angel Capital Association, (ACA) is a “leading professional and trade association supporting the success of angel investors in high-growth, early-stage ventures.”  With a membership of more than 200 angel groups and 12,000 angels / accredited investors, the ACA is a provider of professional development, industry representation, public policy advocacy and an array of benefits and resources to its membership.

ACA indicates its mission is “to fuel the success of angel groups and private investors that invest in high growth, early-stage ventures.”

Angel Pool
AngelPool is one of the largest organization of angels and accelerators in the world. They have a membership of Over 200 angel groups including 5,000 angels which share knowledge, deals, best practices, and learnings with each other. They are comprised of over 500 volunteer leaders who graciously volunteer their time on our various boards, judging and mentoring. Their mission is to help angels, groups, accelerators, and funds profitably find and invest in the best tech disruptors and founders globally to drive jobs, innovation, and growth.

Alliance of Texas Angel Networks
The Alliance of Texas Angel Networks, (ATAN) is a non-profit organization established to facilitate cooperation between the angel investor groups in Texas.  Over the last several years, these groups have worked together and shared investment opportunities and “know how”.

Appalachian Regional Commission
The Appalachian Regional Commission, (ARC) supports various activities in order to promote entrepreneurship and business development in the Appalachian Region. Their objective is to help diversify the region’s economic base and enhance entrepreneurial activity by developing and marketing strategic assets, increasing the competitiveness of existing regional businesses, and fostering the development and use of innovative technologies.

Angel Association New Zealand
The Angel Association New Zealand was established in 2008 to facilitate the efforts of business angel networks and early stage funds to work towards an agreed national vision. The Association desires to increase the quantity, quality and success rate of entrepreneurial investments in New Zealand facilitating the strengthening of the New Zealand entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The primary objectives of the association are to:

  • Promote the growth of angel investment by encouraging and educating entrepreneurs, new angel investors and angel groups.
  • Ensure the ongoing industry success by developing an industry strategy, providing education and encouraging collaboration among its members.

Angel Resource Institute
The Angel Resource Institute, (ARI) is a non-profit organization focused on providing information on best practices and educational information related to the field of angel investing.  ARI’s programs include educational workshops and seminars, research projects and reports, and information about angel investing for the general public. Their programs are available to those interested in the early-stage capital including investors, entrepreneurs, policy makers, entrepreneurial support professionals, and many others.

Australian Association of Angel Investors
The Australian Association of Angel Investors, (AAAI) is a not for profit company which serves as the national voice of the early stage investment community. Their objective is to provide a platform for the growth of the early stage investment capabilities of Australia.  They provide information and resources, a platform for collaboration and internationally recognized professional development programs to the countries angel investors and entrepreneurs.  AAAI also advocates on behalf of the participants in the entrepreneurial ecosystem to shape policy and uphold professional standards.

Business Angels Europe
Business Angels Europe, (BAE) is the European Confederation of Angel Investing.  It represents the European Business Angels’ Federations and Trade Associations. Its objective is to bring together the most active and developed countries operating in the angel markets in Europe and serve as the voice of angel investing on the continent.

Council for Economic Development
Membership of the CED includes a wide range of startup companies, maturing entrepreneurial companies, corporate partners, investors, academics, service providers, and individuals interested in entrepreneurship.  The organization, located in the North Carolina Research Triangle provides education, mentoring and capital formation resources to new and existing high-growth entrepreneurs.

European Business Angel Network
European Business Angel Network, (EBAN) fuels innovation and growth throughout EMEA. Representing the early stage investor community, EBAN membership includes over 145 member organizations from 46 countries throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Their members include angel networks, early stage venture capital and seed funds, electronic funding platforms, individual angels, crowdfunding platforms and accelerators.

Launch Tennessee
Launch Tennessee, (LaunchTN) is a public-private partnership focused on supporting the development of high-growth companies in Tennessee. Their objective is to make Tennessee the No. 1 place in the Southeast to start and grow a business.  LaunchTN is funded in part under an agreement with the State of Tennessee.

National Angel Capital Association
National Angel Capital Association, (ACO) was established as a non-profit in 2002 to promote and support the creation of a vibrant Angel community in Canada.  The ACO provides Angel investors with a secure environment to network and collaborate.

ACO has more than 2,000 members across Canada. Their members are a diverse group of individual investors, Angel groups, and other industry partners that provide support to early-stage companies.

Pipeline Fellowship
Pipeline Fellowship is an angel investing bootcamp for women which works to increase the diversity in the U.S. angel investing community and create capital for female social entrepreneurs. Launched in NYC in April of 2011, the Pipeline Fellowship has expanded from NYC to Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

Wisconsin Angel Network
The Wisconsin Angel Network (WAN) fuels the growth of capital in Wisconsin by operating as an umbrella organization providing services and resources to the early stage investing and entrepreneurial communities. It is part of the Wisconsin Technology Council’s overall economic development and job creation efforts. WAN is a Wisconsin public-private initiative operated by the Technology Council.


Several of these Angel Funds and Networks are spotlighted on our FundingSage  Startup Investor Spotlight. Learn more about potential Angel and VC investors there!

Angel Funds and Networks

10x Ventures

37 Angels


460 Angels

Acorn Angels

Active Angels

Advising Angels

Aggie Angels Network

AIM – Auburn Angel Network

AIM – Central Alabama (Birmingham) Angel Network

AIM – Central Gulf Coast Investor Network

AIM – Gulf Coast Angel Network

AIM – Shoals Angel Network

Akron ARCH Angels (Akron Regional Change Angels)

Alliance of Angels

Amplifier Capital

Angel Capital Group

Angel Investment Forum

Angel Investor Forum

Angel Venture Forum

Angels Corner

Angels’ Forum

Angels of Southwest Louisiana

Angels on the Water

Angelvision Investors LLC

Anges Quebec

ARC Angel Fund

ArcView Angel Network

Ariel Southeast Angel Partners

Arizona Tech Investos

Astia Angels – NYC

Astia Angels – San Francisco

Atlanta Technology Angels

Baltimore Angels

Band of Angels

Baylor Angel Network

BC Angel Forum

Beacon Angels

BELLE Capital

BELLE Michigan LP

Bellingham Angel Investors BAI)

Ben Franklin Central / North Angels

Billiken Angels

Biltmore Angel Group

Bit Angels

Blu Venture Investors

Blue Water Angels

Bluegrass Angels

Bluestem Ventures

BlueTree Allied Angels

Boise Angel Alliance

Boston Harbor Angels

Boynton Angels


Brightstar Wisconson Foundation

Broadway Angels

Buffalo Angel Network

Capital Community Angels

Catalyst Fund, LLC

Centennial Investors

Central Florida Technology Ventures

Central Illinois Angels

Central Texas Angel Network

CEO Ventures

Charleston Angel Partners

Chattanooga Renaissance Fund

Chemical Angel Network

Cherrystone Angel Group

Clean Energy Venture Group

Coachella Valley Angels

Common Angels

Core Network

Cornerstone Angels

Cowtown Angels

Crossroads Venture Group

CTEK Angels

Delaware Crossing Investor Group

Desert Angels

Dingman Center Angels

East Central Ohio Tech Angels

Eastern New York Angels

eCoast Angels

ECS Angels

Element 8 Angels –  (Formerly Northwest Energy Angels)

Empire Angels

Enterprise Angel Group LLC

Excelerate Health Ventures

Executive Forum Angels

Family Media Angels

First Angel Network

First Angels

Florida Angel Investors

Florida Angel Nexus

Fort Point Angels

Frontier Angel Fund

FSI Angel Network

Full Stack

Georgia Angel Network

Go Beyond Network

Golden Angels Investors

Golden Seeds LLC

Golden Triangle Angel Network

Gopher Angels

Grand Angels

Granite State Angels

Great Lakes Angels

Hawaii Angels

Hulumni Angels

HealthTech Capital

Heartland Angels

Hivers and Strivers

Houston Angel Network

Hub Angels

Hyde Park Angel Network

iGan Partners

Ignition Point Capital Group

Impact Angel Group

Inception Micro Angel Fund

Innovation Works

Investors Circle

Irish Angels

Jumpstart New Jersey Angel Network

K Street Capital

Kiretsu Forum

Lancaster Angel Group

Landmark Angels

LaunchBox Digital

Launchpad Venture Group

Life Science Angels

Long Island Angel Network

Louisiana Angel Network

Louisville Enterprise Angels

Main Street Venture Fund

Maine Angels

Maple Leaf Angels

Marquette University Golden Angels

Mass Medical Angels

Maverick Angels

Maximize Angel Investments

Merced Angels

Michigan Angel Fund

Mid Atlantic Angel Network

Mid-America Angels

Mid-Atlantic Bio Angels

Midwest Venture Alliance

Mississippi Angel Network

Myeloma Angels

Nashville Capital Network

NCIC Capital Fund

Nebraska Angels

New Dominion Angels

New Mexico Angels Inc

New Richmond Ventures

New World Angels

New York Angels

Newfoundland& Labador Angel Network

NJIT Highlander Angel Network

NO/LA Angel Network

North Bay Angels

North Coast Angel Fund

North Country Angles

North Dallas Investment Group

North Texas Angel Network

Northeast Angels

Northern Michigan Angels

Northern Ontario Angels


Ocean State Angels

Ohio TechAngels

Oregon Angel Fund

P3 Alliance (Purdue Angel Network)

Pasadena Angels

Phenomenelle Angels

Piedmont Angel Network

Pine to Prairie Fund

Pipeline Fellowship

Pittsburgh Equity Partners

Plains Angels

Point Positive Inc

Puget Sound Venture Club

Queen City Angels

RAIN Source Capital

REES Capital LLC

RevUp by Betaspring

River Valley Investors

Robin Hood Ventures

Rochester Angel Network

Rockies Venture Club

RTP Capital Associates

Sacramento Angels

SAGE – Shasta Angel Group for Entrepreneurs

Salt Lake Life Science Angels

San Joaquin Angels

Sand Hill Angels

Sand Hill Angels LLC

Saskatchewan Capital Network

Seed Capital Fund of CNY

Seedstep Angels

Seraph Capital Forum

SF Angels

Show Me Angels

SideCar Angels

Sierra Angels

Silicon Pastures

SLO Seed Ventures

SNK Investments

SoundBoard Angel Fund

South Coast Angel Fund

Southwest Angel Network

Southern Willamette Angel Network

Southwestern Ontario Angel Group

Space Angels Network

St Louis Arch Angels

Stanislaus-Merced Angels

Stateline Angels

Sustainable Local Food Investment Group

Tacoma Angel Network

Tamiami Angel Fund

Tech Coast Angels

Tech Coast Angels

Tech Coast Angels

Tech Coast Angels

Technology Concept Fund, LLC

Texoma Angels

The Angel Food Network

The Angel Roundtable

The ArcView Angel Network

The JumpFund

Third Coast Angels

Thunderbird Angel Network

TiE Angels – Boston

TiE Angels – Silicon Valley

Topstone Angels

Triangle Angel Partners

Tribe of Angels

Tribeca Angels

Tri-State Private Investors Network

TriState Ventures

Twin Cities Angels

Tyler Texas Angel Network

Upstate Carolina Angel Network

Urbana-Champaign Angel Network

US Angel Investors

Utah Angels

Valley Angel Investment Fund

Vancouver Angel Technology Network

Vegas Valley Angels

Virginia Active Angel Network

VisionTech Angels

Walnut Venture Associates


West Suburban Angels

West Texas Angel Network

West Virginia Angel Network

Wilmington Investor Network

WINGS – The Medical Technology Angel Group

Wisconsin Investment Partners

Wisconsin Super Angel Fund

Women’s Capital Connection

X-Squared Angels

York Angel Investors

York Angel Investors

ZINO Society

If you do not have an entrepreneurial idea to develop or are in the initial stages of considering entrepreneurialism as an option, you may want to consider attendance at one of the US colleges and universities which offer entrepreneurial programs.  A listing of these institutions appears below.

Many of these colleges and universities are spotlighted on our FundingSage University Entrepreneurial Program Spotlight.

Colleges and Universities with Entrepreneurial or Small Business Programs

Alfred University

Arizona State University

Babson College

Ball State University

Baruch College

Baylor University

Belmont University

Bentley College

Black Hills State

Boise State University

Boston University

Bradley University

Brigham Young University

Cal State, Fresno

Cal State, Hayward

California State University – Long Beach

California State University Monterey Bay

Canasius College

Carnegie Mellon University

Case Western Reserve University

Central Michigan University


Chatham College


Clarkson College

College of Charleston

Colorado State University

Columbia University

Columbia College (SC)

Community College of Indiana


Cornell University

Council for Entrepreneurial Development

Creighton University

Davenport University

DeMontfort University

DePaul University

University of Dublin

East Tennessee State University

Eastern Michigan University

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Florida Atlantic University

Florida International University

Florida State University


George Mason University

George Washington

Georgia State University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Grand Valley

Hampton University


Hawaii Pacific University

Howard Paine University

Husson College

Idaho State University

Illinois State

Imperial College (UK)

India School of Business

Indiana University

Iowa State University

John Carroll University

Johnson & Wales University

Johnson County

Kendall College

Kennesaw State University

Lehigh University

Louisiana State

Loyola Marymount University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Miami University

Michigan State

Middle Tennessee State University



Nazareth College

New England College

New Mexico State University

New York University

Norfolk State

Northeastern State University

Northeastern University

Northern Kentucky University

Northern Michigan University

Northwestern University

Notre Dame

Ohio University


Penn State

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Rider University

Robert Gordon


Saint Louis

Salem State

San Diego State University

San Francisco State University

Savannah State University

Seton Hall College

Sierra Nevada College

Southampton College

Southeastern Oklahoma

Southern Methodist

St. Mary’s University of Minnesota

St. Marys University of San Antonio

St. Cloud State

Stanford – Business

Stanford – Engineering

Sterling College

Stillman University

Suffolk University

Syracuse University

Temple University

Texas Christian University

Thomas College

Thomas Edison State College


Trinity Christian College

Troy State University


University of Akron

University of Alabama

University of Arizona

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

University of Baltimore

University of California Berkeley

University of California Riverside

University of Chicago

University of Cincinnati

University of Colorado- Boulder

University of Colorado, Denver

University of Dayton

University of Denver

University of Georgia

University of Hartford

University of Hawaii

University of Houston

University of Illinois Chicago

University of Iowa

University of Kentucky

University of Louisville

University of Maryland, College Park

University of Michigan

University of Minnesota

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

University of Missouri, Kansas City

University of Nebraska, Lincoln

University of North Carolina

University of North Dakota

University of North Texas

University of Oklahoma

University of Oregon

University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)

University of Portland

University of South

University of South Carolina

University of Southern California

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

University of Texas Austin

University of Texas at El Paso

University of Virginia

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin-Madison


University of Virginia

University of Washington

University of Wyoming

Wake Forest

Washington State University

Washington University in St Louis

Western Carolina University

Wichita State University

Wright State University

Xavier University

The process of raising funds by obtaining small amounts of money from large groups of people, through the internet is known as crowdfunding.  Following are information, resources, and tools, related to this financing methodology.

Background Information

Crowdfunding is a process of raising funds for an opportunity by obtaining small amounts of money from large groups of people, generally through internet sites designed specifically for this purpose.  The internet facilitates crowdfunding through fundraising platforms, which, when leveraged with social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Linked-in are able to rapidly and efficiently attract vast numbers of potential investors resulting in successful fundraising campaigns for opportunities ranging from personal projects and social support to entrepreneurial ventures.

Crowdfunding, a recent phenomenon, has the potential to radically change the fundraising processes for individuals, non-profits and for profit entrepreneurial endeavors.

Crowdfunding can be utilized to obtain “Money for Goods”.  Under this funding model donations are solicited for creative personal projects, social welfare projects/non-profits, scientific and research and to a lesser extent, “for-profit” projects.  Monies obtained under this approach are generally categorized under one of the following three funding models:

  1. All or Nothing (AON)
    Fund-raising pledges are pursued with a pre-determined minimum. If the minimum is not met, no money is collected.
  2. Keep it All (KIA)
    Fund-raising is pursued without a pre-determined minimum. All of the funds collected (less commission) are provided to the entrepreneur. Even if the entrepreneur has insufficient funds to meet the objectives, he/she has the discretion as to whether or not to refund the funds.
  3. Bounty
    Funds are raised for the purpose of creating a product or providing a solution to a particular problem (i.e.; a software bug). Funds are awarded when someone successfully provides the requested service.

Crowdfunding can raise equity or borrow money for entrepreneurial opportunities/business ventures. Under this model, crowdfunding platforms and social media websites are leveraged to expand the potential investor base providing significantly higher numbers of potential investors for entrepreneurial opportunities.

Currently, in the United States, the options here are somewhat limited as the processes generally continue to require “Accredited Investor” status and transparency. However, the regulators are reviewing current regulations based on the “Jobs Act” and some liberalization my result in expanding the pool of investors to include non-Accredited Investors use of the crowdfunding platforms and capabilities. The environment is dynamic and interested parties in all countries should monitor the environment on a continuing basis for change.

As described above, crowdfunding for equity and debt can be further defined as follows:

  1. Debt crowdfunding The start-up borrows money which must be repaid, usually with interest.
  2. Equity crowdfunding Equity is provided to investors for funds invested in start-ups raising funds.
  3. Property crowdfunding Owners raising funds provide investors an interest in the underlying property.
  4. Other crowdfunding Various structures generally unique to particular services, (i.e.; perqs, publication, or rewards).


Crowdfunding Professional Association
The Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA) is a 501 (c)(6) nonprofit trade organization that was established following the signing of the Jumpstart Our Business Startup Act (“JOBS Act”) in April of 2012. The association is dedicated to representing the Crowdfunding industry, engaging the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and providing the industry with education, a professional network, and tools that will accelerate the capital formation and ensure investor protection.

The Full Text of the America JOBS Act posted on the White House website.

SEC Press Release (SEC Issues Proposal on Crowdfunding)
The Securities and Exchange Commission, (SEC) press release related to the commissions proposed rules on crowdfunding.

Proposed SEC Rule on Crowdfunding
The Securities and Exchange Commission, (SEC) proposed rules on crowdfunding.


Grants are funds, provided by a party, (grantmaker) such as a governmental agency, foundation, corporation, trust or industry association to the benefit of the recipient, which are not required to be repaid.  Such grants are usually based on an application or another form of written proposal or grant request.  Grants are usually provided to fund specific projects or objectives and typically require certain compliance and reporting to the grant maker. 


Despite media and internet marketing to the contrary, small businesses grants are few and far between.

Grants that are available tend to be focused on very specific areas, typically in technological research and innovation or technology transfer and development. Other limiting factors include types of companies (i.e., non-profits) or specific classifications like women or minority-owned businesses.

There are numerous websites that seek to lure the entrepreneur into believing they will guide them to grant funding. They tend to lead to either a sponsored loan program or to a fee for service program. The bottom line is that pursuing grants as a means of funding start-up businesses general has a low probability of return.

There are some unbiased government sources of information related to grant funding:



Small Business Administration: The SBA has a good introduction and description of the limited grant programs available through the Federal Government.

There are two types of grants that are available:

  1. Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR)
    SBIR is a highly competitive program that encourages small business to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization.
  2. Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR)
    STTR is an important small business program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development arena. Central to the program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small business and the nation’s premier nonprofit research institutions.

Grants.gov is your place to FIND and APPLY for federal grants. The United States Department of Health and Human Services is the managing partner for www.grants.gov/.

There is a search tool that allows a search for Federal grants by keywords or more specific criteria. All discretionary grants offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies can be found on Grants.gov. You do not have to register with Grants.gov to find grant opportunities.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
DARPA issues solicitations for research grants. These are exceptionally competitive.

The DARPA Small Business Programs Office has developed a tool to help small businesses define and prioritize the most important next steps in their path towards technology transition.

DARPA considers small business concerns as a primary source of innovative solutions. It seeks to expand small business relationships and training opportunities within DOD and other federal agencies and enable the small business community to create and transition radical, game-changing technologies that benefit the Warfighter, the federal government, and the commercial marketplace.

Accelerators, also known as seed accelerators, are organizations which support seed and early-stage startups through a formal, defined mentoring program from experts with experience across the startup spectrum. Typically organized as a cohort program lasting twelve to sixteen weeks, the programs end in a public pitch event or demo day presentation to investors.

Background Information

Accelerators provide defined cohort programs, for entrepreneurs and startups. The programs typically last 12 to 16 weeks, although the duration may vary.  They generally occur on-site at locations provided by the accelerator. Most include continuing mentorship during the course of the program led by multiple experienced mentors who have been trained for this purpose.

Most accelerators require attendees to be on-site and a few require the attendees to relocate their companies to the region in order to be accepted into the program. Most require a full-time effort by the entrepreneurial teams as opposed to the individual entrepreneur.

Accelerators are designed to address all the key issues from identification of the idea or concept, to building a prototype, conducting market surveys/tests/validating the market, building teams, creating and documenting the company infrastructure and ultimately obtaining third-party financing.

Other resources may include:

  • Startup stipends which could range from $10K – $100K
  • Office space during the program
  • Special events and/or dinners with guest speakers
  • Entertainment events
  • Specified professional services from accounting, legal, marketing and other professionals are provided to participants free of charge by some accelerators and their professional partners
  • Free access for defined periods to select web-hosting, software and SAAS tools supporting the development, growth, and operations of the startup
  • Occasional housing for the cohort participants (but this is usually the exception)
  • Post Demo-day mentoring

The culminating event is usually a Demo-day in which the entrepreneurs pitch their companies to the public and investors such as angel and VC groups. The value of the process for the entrepreneur includes a network of connections, the experience of participating in the cohort with peer companies, and recognition for having been chosen and participated in the program.

It is not typical for entrepreneurs or startups to be charged fees for these programs. Instead, the accelerators typically require equity in the startup, ranging from 6% – 10% depending on the accelerator.


Accelerator Assembly
A European based industry-led network that connects accelerators, entrepreneurs and policymakers to strengthen the support afforded to internet-based startups on the continent.

Business Innovation & Incubation Australia
Business Innovation & Incubation Australia, (BIIA) is an association of Australian business incubators which sets the practice standards for the incubator industry in Australia.

Canadian Association of Business Incubation
The Canadian Association of Business Incubation, (CABI) is a Canadian association dedicated to supporting the growth of new and early-stage businesses in Canada.  Their mission is “to advance the success of business incubators and accelerators across Canada while enhancing the knowledge and skills of incubator and accelerator professionals and promoting a better understanding of business incubation/ acceleration’s role in economic development.” 

National Business Incubation Association
The National Business Incubation Association, (NBIA) was established to advance business incubation and entrepreneurship in the United States.  It is a provider of information, education, advocacy, and networking resources to its members and partners to bring excellence to the process of assisting early stage companies.

Accelerator Listing

Many of these accelerators are spotlighted on our FundingSage Startup Accelerator Spotlight. Learn more about your favorite accelerator there!

01 Booster

406 Labs

500 Startups

757 Accelerate

Aarambh Ventures

ABQid, Inc.

Accelerate Baltimore

Acceleration Business City

Accelerator of Merck KGaA





Alchemist Accelerator


AltCity Bootcamp


Aviatra Accelerators



Better Ventures

Bisite Accelerator

Bizdom Cleveland

Bizdom Detroit

Blue Ridge Labs @ Robin Hood

Blue Startups

Blueprint Health

Boom Startup

Boomtown Accelerator

BR Intelligence Innovation Accelerator (BRIIA)


Capital Factory

Capital Innovators

Carao Ventures

Cherokee McDonough Challenge

China Accelerator

Co Lab Gig Tank


Coolhouse Labs

Creww Japan Accelerator

DAI Accelerator


Desai Accelerator


DreamIt Ventures

Elevator Programme


Elmspring Accelerator

Engage Ventures

Entrepreneurs Roundtable

Envestnet | Yodlee Incubator

EO Sydney

EVC Ventures

Excelerate Labs

Explorer Accelerator

Exponential Impact

F10 Fintech Incubator & Accelerator

FHI Ventures

Fintech Innovation Lab

Flat 6 Labs







Groundwork Labs





The Harbor Accelerator



Health Wildcatters


Healthbox Studios

Hillman Accelerator

Ice Lab Accelerator

Idea Boost

Idea Foundry

IDEA – Northeastern University Accelerator


Imagine K12

Impact Engine


India Accelerator

Innovation Crossroads

Iowa Agritech Accelerator

Iowa Startup Accelerator

Jaarvis Accelerator

Jumpstart foundry

Kickstart Accelerator

Knoxville Entrepreneur Center

Launch Alaska

Launch Chapel Hill

LaunchPad LA

Lighthouse Labs

Lightning Lab

Lightspeed Innovations

LUISS Enlabs

Microsoft Accelerator


Nex Cubed

Next Media Accelerator



Northeast Indiana Innovation Center


NYC Seedstart

OCEAN Accelerator

Orion Startups


Pioneer Square Labs

PlayLabs @ MIT

Portland Incubator Experiment

Portland Seed Fund

Project Music

Prosper Women Entrepreneurs

R/GA Ventures


RevTech Labs

Rock Health

SaltMines Group

Scratchpad Accelerator

Seamless Accelerator

Seed Fuel – Rowad

Seed Hatchery




Sevna Startups

The South Florida Accelerator


Spark* Accelerator


Spark Labs

Spark labs Cultiv8


Sprint Accelerator

Start Co.

Startfast Accelerator

Start It @ KBC


StartPlatz Accelerator

Startup Bootcamp

Startup Chile

Startup Health

Startup Studio Monterrey

Startup Reykjavik

Startup Yard

Start Zone


Sting Accelerate

Straight Shot


Summer Institute

Surge Accelerator

Swiss Startup Factory

Tampa Bay WaVE

Tech Ranch

Tech Wildcatters

TechrIoT XLR8


Telluride Venture Accelerator

Ten Habitat



The ARK Challenge

The Biz Foundry

The Brandery

The Edge

The Factory

The Hive by Gvahim

The Idea Village

The Seeds Lab

The Startup Factory

Thrive AgTech

TLV Global Launchpad


UpTech, Inc.

UTEC Ventures

Valley Venture Mentors Startup Accelerator



Vocus Upstart – Offbaorded

We Sprint

The Works



Y Combinator

The Yield Lab