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.
Related: Business incubators in the UK
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
Programme: Seedcamp is 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 has a focus on founders first and ensuring transparency while accelerating the learning process and company life-cycle.
Investment Level/ Equity : €75k for 7%, 3% via a Warrant, other options for investment
Program Length: 3 months.
Programme: Accelerator London is 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: You can find a list of companies here.
Location: Birmingham & London (Google Campus)
Programme: Oxygen Accelerator is 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.
Investment/Equity: €21,000 max for 8% equity. For programme fees, see here.
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.
Investment/Equity: Known upon application.
Programme Length: Known upon application.
Contact/Apply: See this page here.
Location: UK wide (Includes Newcastle, London..)
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% (Last reported, unconfirmed though as of 2017)
Programme Length: 14 Weeks.
Contact/Apply: Contact details are at the bottom of their main page here.
Programme: ESpark accepts applicants from the 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 doesn’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.
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: £40,000 – 100,000
Programme Length: 3 months.
Contact/Apply: You can apply here.
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.
Contact/Apply: E-mail or call +44 (0)1223 422404.
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: £20,000 for 6% equity.
Programme Length: 3 months.
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. (Updates coming soon on the figures above, March 2017)
Programme Length: 4 months to 1 year.
JLAB (John Lewis)
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: Unspecified investment fromt the JLAB fund.
Programme length: 15 weeks.
Contact/Apply: Click contact on the main page for a pop uup.
Location: Slough, Greater London
Programme: The bakery runs an intensive course which brings the brands to the start-ups.
Investment/Equity: £50,000 for 5% (Unsure if this is still running March 2017)
Programme Length: 8 Weeks.
Portfolio: Not known, although there is a vague list of companies they’ve worked with.
Contact/Apply: Click this link here.
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 €550,000 free services for 8%
Programme Length: 3 months.
Barclays Accelerator (Run by Techstars)
Location: London, New York, Cape Town, Tel Aviv
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: 6% equity stake taken by Techstars, unknown equity amount. Assume similar to their London program.
Programme Length: 15 weeks.
Portfolio: Not Known.
Contact/Apply: To get in contact, click here.
Programme: Distill Ventures run a programme especially for drinks companies. They offer two different types of accelerators, 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.
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.
Programme: Expert-led bootcamps in London and Oxford for pre-seed ventures that tackle social problems.
Investment/Equity: Not Known.
Programme Length: 4 months.
Programme: A programme for biotech and clean-tech (climate-related) to help build and grow your company.
Investment/Equity: Between €20,000 and €50,000 for an unknown amount of equity.
Programme Length: 12-18 months.
Contact/Apply: Contact here.
Note: Pivoted to a business incubator, we’re unsure if their still providing funding and a set program.
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.
Note: Beta foundry appears to have now closed.
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.