Business accelerators in the UK

Accelerator

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

 

Seedcamp

Location: London

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 : $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 web form here.

 

Accelerator London

Location: London

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: There is no current list of portfolio companies.

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

 

Oxygen Accelerator

Location: Birmingham

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: £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 Academy

Location: London

Programme: Accelerator Academy offers 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.

Investment/Equity: Known upon application.

Programme Length: Known upon application.

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

Contact/Apply: See this page here.

 

Ignite 100

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: Leaf.fm, 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.

 

Startup Manufactory

Location: London

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

Investment/Equity: Various cash/equity options.

Programme Length: Variable.

Targeting: FinTech, HealthTech, FashTech, EduTech, Online Retail.

Startup Manufactory Companies: PlayEnable, Smithfield Partners.

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

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

 

Entrepreneurial Spark

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.

 

Emerge 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 Accelerator

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 Alive

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 the 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 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 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 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.

 

Collider

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 – the full list can be found at the bottom of their page here.

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

 

JLAB (John Lewis)

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.

 

The Bakery

Location: London

Programme: The bakery runs 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 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)

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 Ventures

Location: London

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.

Cinnamon Bridge

Location: London

Programme: Cinnamon Bridge offers a business incubation and acceleration program for start-ups in the beverage industry only, helping them to increase 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.

 

EcoMachines Incubator

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 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 Programme

Location: London

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.

Portfolio: 3R Waste Management, Adaptricity, Agromet (Italian) – full list here.

Contact/Apply: Apply bottom of this page here and contact here.