Business accelerators tend to run set courses with investment aiming to grow small businesses in a short space of time, they typically take 5-10% equity in exchange for initial seed funding averaging between £20,000 to £30,000. The programs typically last from 3 months up to a year and offer capital, exposure and access to networks of angel investors and experienced mentors, often their financial value is outweighed by what comes with being on a business acceleration program.

The programmes can include office space, initial investment, training and network access. They also offer specialised legal support and financial support such as accounting, which can be crucial for the technology businesses that typically take advantage of these accelerators. It is important to carefully research these as for the most part they are highly competitive to get on to.

Business Accelerators List


Location: London

Programme: Seedcamp are a hybrid accelerator and investor which can take your company from an idea to a fully functioning product or service. They accept highly scalable technology companies onto the program in a range of areas, they are focused on Europe. Seedcamp have a focus on founders first and ensuring transparency while accelerating the learning process and company life-cycle.

Investment Level/ Equity : $0 – $250,000 seed in exchange for a maximum of 10% equity (Typical deal €25,000 for 5%)

Program Length: 3 months

Seedcamp Companies: eMoovGaming Live TVWordy – you can see an entire list on a third party website here.

Contact/Apply:  Seedcamp have a user-friendly ‘Apply’ page, where you can view upcoming events here, they also have a contact page with a nice webform here.

Accelerator LondonAccelerator london

Location: London

Programme: Accelerator London are an ICT & Multi-Media accelerator program offering two types of incubation for Early-Stage and Pre-Stage (business plan) businesses.  As well as incubation, they offer 2-day intensive boot camps for companies. They can even offer you a prestigious address for your business.

Investment/Equity: You are expected to pay for the services you receive as Accelerator London will put you in contact with potential investors.

Program Length: Typical incubation lasts 3-4 years. Tech City Bootcamp lasts 2 days.

Accelerator London Companies: There is no current list of portfolio companies.

Contact/Apply: For incubation, click here. For all other enquiries, click here.

Oxygen AcceleratorOxygen accelerator

Location: Birmingham

Programme: Oxygen Accelerator are available to any company around the world, suited to technology start-ups. The programme is set into 3 core phases and they can even help you with accommodation. Please note: you should visit this page before applying. I

nvestment/Equity: £18,000 max for 8% equity. For programme fees, see here.

Programme Length: 13 Weeks Oxygen Companies: iGBL, PhotoPitch. Baacco – Full list found here.

Contact/Apply: On-line form here, all other contact details here.

Accelerator Academyaccelerator academy

Location: London

Programme: Accelerator Academy offer a 12 week programme for digital based Early-stage start-ups focusing on Technology, Media and Telecoms. They even offer a full refund of the £600 application fee if your company can raise funding within 3 months of completing the course.

Investment/Equity: Please see this page here.

Programme Length: 12 Weeks

Accelerator Academy Companies: Customuse, MyHelpster, Learner Lane – a full list can be found here.

Contact/Apply: Visit this page here.

Dotforge Accelerator

Location: Sheffield

Programme: DotForge is a 3 stage accelerator programme aiding Pre-Seed companies with capital, education and a comfortable environment. As well as helping to set up your company with potential clients and prepare to raise future rounds from investors. Invesment/Equity: Known on application

Programme Length: Known on application

Dotforge Companies: Boutiny, ScreenPush, Coacher – a full list can be found here.

Contact/Apply: See this page here

Ignite 100ignite

Location: Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Programme: Ignite 100 offer a comprehensive programme from concept ideas to Later-Stage companies in the software industry. The programme includes the use of workspace for 6 months. They also partner up with Northstar Ventures for follow-on funding.

Investment/Equity: £18,000 for 6-9%

Programme Length: 14 Weeks

Ignite 100 companies:, Rentecarlo, Velo Trainer – a full list can be found halfway down this page here.

Contact/Apply: To apply, visit this page here. Contact details are at the bottom of their main page here.

Student Upstartsstudent upstarts

Location: London

Programme: Student Upstarts invest in students or graduates, as long as you (or a member of your team) have graduated in the last 24 months, from a place of higher education – you can apply. They invest in either Early-stage businesses, or viable business ideas.

Investment/Equity: £15,000 for up to 8% equity

Programme Length: Not known.

Student Companies: Bearded Colonel, Fanbytes, Mapsit – a full list can be found here.

Contact/Apply: Visit this page here.

Startup ManufactoryStartup Manufactory

Location: London

Programme: Startup Manufactory are a venture development firm that specializes in developing startups, scaling SMEs and building accelerator programmes.

Investment/Equity: Various cash/equity options

Programme Length: Variable

Targetting: FinTech, HealthTech, FashTech, EduTech, Online Retail

Startup Manufactory Companies: PlayEnable, Smithfield Partners

Contact/Apply: You can contact Matt for program details/ applications.

Entrepreneurial SparkEntrepreneurial Spark

Location: Belfast|Birmingham|Bristol|Cardiff|Dundonald|Edinburgh|Glasgow|Leeds|Manchester

Programme: ESpark® accept applicants from idea stage to those who have been running for up to 4 years (£1,000,000 turnover), offering a free service for a 2-tier accelerator process. The programme begins with a 3-day boot camp.

Investment/Equity: Entrepreneurial Spark don’t offer investments, or ask for equity.

Programme Length: 6 months with the ability to apply for a further 12 months

ESpark Companies: Not known.

Contact/Apply: Visit this page here.

WebFWDMozilla Web Fwd

Location: Online

Programme: WebFWD is Mozilla’s online accelerator programme working with the Mozilla community and industry experts.

Investment/Equity: Not known

Programme Length: 3 Month structured

WebFWD Companies: gameleon, Tomahawk, ViziCities – a full list can be found here.

Contact/Apply: E-mail

Emerge EducationEmerge Education

Location: London

Programme: Emerge Education are an accelerator for the education industry. They work from initial idea start-ups, to Early-stage (dependant). No business plan necessary, you just need to fill in their on-line application form.

Investment/Equity: £15,000 stipend for 3-8%

Programme Length: 3 months

Emerge Companies: Edhub, Ellumia, Lexicum – a full list can be found between the ‘Team’ and ‘Mentors’ tab on their page here.

Contact/Apply: E-mail, or apply here.

Qi3 Acceleratorqi3

Location: Cambridge

Programme: Qi3 work by having your product, or service, rapidly commercialised for the technology/product industry. Working with seed and early-stage companies.

Investment/Equity: Not known.

Programme Length: 2 day boot camp, or a year long partnership with ideaSpace.

Qi3 Companies: isotera, Lintbells, Lumejet – a full list can be found here.

Contact/Apply: E-mail or call +44 (0)1223 422404

Idea Aliveidaea-alive-logo

Location: North West (Manchester/Liverpool) England

Programme: Idea Alive take on ideas, seed or early-stage companies on a part-time accelerator programme basis, but do not supply funding. They can turn your idea into a business plan.

Investment/Equity: Charge of £5,000 or 1% of amount raised, whichever is greater. This is only payable after the company has raised finances.

Programme Length: 10 Weeks

Idea Companies: Not known

Contact/Apply: Apply here.

Beta Foundrybeta foundry]

Location: Oxford

Programme: Beta Foundry run a start-up accelerator programme for Oxford students and alumni, however only one member of the team need to have this connection. Primarily based in technology, as long as there is potential for growth, your company may be considered. They also offer benefits such as £10,000 worth of RackSpace credit and the best team win a trip to San Francisco.

Investment/Equity: £5,000 plus over £20,000 of benefits for 5-10% of equity.

Programme Length: 2 week boot camp to begin then 2 months.

Beta Companies: Not known.

Contact/Apply: Apply here, or contact here.

Bethnal Green Venturesbethnal green ventures

Location: London

Programme: Bethnal Green invest in technology designed to better the world. Providing an accelerator programme for early-stage companies that must fit the criteria of being able to aid millions of people.

Investment/Equity: £15,000 for 6% equity

Programme Length: 3 Months

Bethnal Green Companies: Good Gym, Fluency, Meetup – a full list can be found at the bottom of this page here.

Contact/Apply: Apply here with further contact details here.

WebStart Bristolwebstart bristol

Location: Bristol

Programme: WebStart will take on 10 start-ups who are web based with a direct link to Bristol per programme. They run 3 programmes per year.

Investment/Equity: £10,000 for 10% equity

Programme Length: 10 weeks

WebStart Companies: Not known

Contact/Apply: Apply here.


Location: London

Programme: Collider consider distributable technology platforms for all start-ups that are SEIS ready and under 2 years old, and a limited company in the UK. With 10 start-ups per programme.

Investment/Equity: £50,000 for 11% equity after 4 months, 5 start-ups will be offered £100,000 for another 11% equity and 8 months’ support. Costs £10,000 initial and another £10,000 for further 8 months.

Programme Length: 4 months to 1 year

Collider Companies: Stash Metrics, Sumo Insight, Living Lens – full list can be found at the bottom of their page here.

Contact/Apply: Apply here, more contact details here.

EcoMachines Incubatorecomachines

Location: London
Programme: The programme is open to companies which focus on green technology such as energy efficiency, water, waste, materials, transport, smart cities, industrials and power generation.
Investment/Equity: £100,000 for undisclosed amount of equity
Programme Length: 3-9 Months
Portfolio: Recycling Technologies, Q-Bot, Rotary EcoMachines – List here
Contact/Apply: Apply here, Contact here.

Emerge Venture LabEmerge Venture Lab

Location: London
Programme: Expert led bootcamps in London and Oxford for pre-seed ventures that tackle social problems.
Investment/Equity: Not Known
Programme Length: 4 Months
Portfolio: Workingrite, Spice, Maslaha – full list here. <>
Contact/Apply: Tweet | E-mail |Call on 020 8980 6263 | All other contact details are on the bottom of this page here.

Climate-KIC Accelerator Programmeclimate kic

Location: London
Programme: A programme for bio-tech and clean-tech (climate-related) to help build and grow your company.
Invesment/Equity: Between €20,000 and €50,000 for unknown amount of equity.
Programme Length: 12-18 months
Portfolio: 3R Waste Management, Adaptricity, Agromet (Italian) – full list here.
Contact/Apply: Apply bottom of this page here and contact here.

JLAB (John Lewis)JLAB

Location: London

Programme: JLAB is partnered with John Lewis, so they offer the same level of expertise as you’d find at one of their stores. The incubator, itself, is fairly standard, but with an amazing prize – £100,000 as well the chance to supply John Lewis.

Investment/Equity: £12,500 for 4%

Programme length: 15 weeks

Portfolio: Musaic, Localz, Tap2Connect – a full list can be found by clicking the ‘MEET THE JLABERS’ button on their website here.

Contact/Apply: Click here to sign up.


Location: Middlesbrough

Programme: Searchcamp are an accelerator as well as an incubator for follow-on internet based companies. Included in the programme is living space as well as 24/7 workspace.

Invesment/Equity: £15,00 for 6-10%

Portfolio: Not known

Contact/Apply: E-mail, or visit the bottom of their site here.

The Bakerythe bakery

Location: London

Programme: The bakery run an intensive course which brings the brands to the start-ups.

Investment/Equity: £50,000 for 5%

Programme Length: 8 Weeks

Portfolio: Not known, although there is a vague list of companies they’ve worked with on their website here.

Contact/Apply: Click this link here.

Startupbootcamp Fin Techstartupbootcamp fin tech

Location: London

Programme: The programme is a financial services based programme in London for 10 selected startups with access to at least 200 successful entrepreneurs.

Investment/Equity: €15,000 including €450,000 free services for 8%

Programme Length: 3 Months

Portfolio: Friendly Score, Creditable, InvoiceSharing – a full list can be found by scrolling down on their page here.

Contact/Apply: Apply here.

Barclays Accelerator (Partnered with Techstars)barclays-logo

Location: London

Programme: If you want initial funding, it makes sense to go to a bank, right? Barclays run the programme for startups, individual or company with no limit on size in the technology industry.

Investment/Equity: typical $20,000 (up to $50,000) for 6%

Programme Length: 15 Weeks

Portfolio: Not Known.

Contact/Apply: To get in contact, visit their main page here and scroll down to the bottom (alternatively, hit the ‘End’ key on PC or Linux)

Distill Venturesdistill ventures

Location: London

Programme: Distill Ventures run a programme especially for drinks companies. They offer two different types of accelerator, we’ll focus on seed. For more information on growth, click here.

Investment/Equity: £175,000 investment – £45,000 course fee. For an undisclosed amount of equity.

Portfolio: Not known.

Contact/Apply: Click (or tap) here to apply.

Cinnamon BridgeCinnamon Bridge 200x200

Location: London

Programme: Cinnamon Bridge offers a business incubation and acceleration program for start-ups in the beverage industry only, helping them toincrease their chance of success. It is a hands-on 6 stage program (Market Gap, Product development, Branding, Advertising and PR, Business Development) developed to prepare the products and businesses for the launch and funding.

Investment/Equity: Unknown.

Portfolio: Not known.

Contact/Apply: Click here to apply.