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Join These 9 Accelerators To Propel Your Startup Forward

Updated: Dec 31, 2020

When you’re at the beginning stages of your start-up there will be a time where you’ll need advice, a little bit of direction and even funding. Accelerators are an excellent way to receive mentorship, guidance, and the knowledge to propel your business forward faster than you could’ve imagined.

In fact, some investors won’t invest in start-ups that haven’t attended some form of an accelerator program. Participating in one de-risks you to future investors. It’s intense and grueling but it shows investors not only can you and your team work towards a common goal, but that you’re willing and open to developing your skills as members of a founding team.

Black Girl Ventures received word on an additional nine accelerator programs from Techstars that you can join now. Techstars already has 15 programs for you to choose from. But applications open February 17th for the ones below. We focus on the pulse of the industry to bring you these opportunities to scale your business while you focus on working in your business.

Here are the 9 accelerator programs to choose from:

Barclays and Techstars brings two networks together into one accelerator program that offers entrepreneurs access to a leading world bank and to Techstars mentors & investor relationships.

The program is located in the financial capital of the world. You’ll be in the midst of commercial and investment banks, leading financial sector enterprises, consumer finance companies and investors.

Techstars Montreal AI Accelerator is the third Techstars accelerator in Canada with the support of Real Ventures. Techstars Montreal AI will select startups that advance the development and application of artificial intelligence across all industries and markets.

Techstars first Nordic accelerator, Techstars Energy Accelerator in Partnership with Equinor is based in Oslo, Norway. They are seeking innovative solutions within four areas in the energy sector: oil and gas, new business models, digitalization and renewables.

Colliers Proptech Accelerator Powered by Techstars focuses on solving problems across the property & commercial real estate industry. The partnership combines Techstars expertise in tech innovation, startups & alumni network with Colliers’ expertise in real estate, enterprising culture & global network.

The Heritage Group Accelerator Powered by Techstars is located at The Center in Indianapolis. It supports companies seeking to disrupt existing markets by pioneering the next generation of solutions that serve their core business needs.

The modernization of legacy enterprise creates massive potential for value creation along the intersections of materials science, specialty chemicals, remediation methodology, energy production, and systems automation.

The Techstars Sustainability Accelerator, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, focuses on innovations that make the world a better place to live.

Techstars and The Nature Conservancy are seeking for-profit entrepreneurs with commercially viable technologies that can rapidly scale to help sustainably provide food and water and address global issues like climate change.

Techstars Iowa, Techstars’ first accelerator in Iowa, is open to startups addressing innovations across a broad technology landscape. With specific relevance to Iowa industries such as Fintech, HealthTech, EdTech, AgTech and Insurtech, and cross-vertical disciplines such as automation, engineering, manufacturing, and virtual and augmented reality.

The program is run in partnership with Grinnell College, a private liberal arts college in Grinnell, Iowa and with support from Iowa State University and the University of Iowa.

Home to a thriving international community of tech, founders, innovators and investors, London is an epicenter of startup activity. Ranked as the #6 strongest startup ecosystem in the world, London is known as a powerful location for startups. Founders are flocking to London to start their business and to learn from the incredible mentor community there.

Global industry leader, Stanley Black & Decker and Techstars, have partnered to run The STANLEY+Techstars Accelerator in Hartford, CT. Focused on additive manufacturing and eco-friendly sustainable packaging solutions, they are looking for companies developing innovative solutions in either of those two areas, and they may have software, hardware or material solutions.

Some areas of interest are 3D printing, rapid prototyping, generative design, tooling, direct digital manufacturing, layered manufacturing, additive fabrication, sustainable materials, improved consumer packaging solutions and more.

Did you apply to one of these? Send us an email at to let us know which one you applied for. Please note, BGV is an affiliate, make sure to tell them you found this list on BGV. Be sure to join the meet and greets to connect with Techstars to get your questions answered.

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