The growing popularity of accelerators is an encouraging sign, as it supports a growing startup ecosystem and gives entrepreneurs more chances to succeed. Today’s corporates are becoming significant players in this market with their corporate accelerator programs – motivated by keeping up to pace with innovation.
The first seed accelerator, Y Combinator, started in the US in 2005. As with many stories in the startup world, what happens in Silicon Valley rapidly spreads around the world. Today Europe sees a rapid increase in startup accelerators including top-rated seed accelerators such as Seedcamp (London), Startupbootcamp (Europe) and Startup Sauna (Helsinki).
What is a startup accelerator?
While traditional business incubators often are government-funded and generally take no equity, startup accelerators can be either privately or publicly funded and often comes with an investment. Accelerators “graduate” startups by a given deadline, typically after 3-6 months. During this time, they receive intensive mentoring and training, and they are expected to iterate rapidly. Startup accelerators typically end their programs with a “Demo Day” when the startups present their business to investors.
Most startup accelerators are highly competitive – Fast Track Malmö last year received 400+ applications and accepted only six companies. Here’s a great post on how to get accepted to an accelerator (in this case Y Combinator).
Startup accelerators in Southern Sweden
Here’s a compiled list of accelerators in Southern Sweden or close by that you as a Scanian can benefit from. Best of luck with your startup acceleration!
|Last application day|
|– Accelerace||Copenhagen||Tech, Foodtech, Cleantech, Life Science, Medtech||November 1, 2007|
|– Eon Agile Nordic||Malmö||Energy related||February 2018|
|– Ericsson Garage||Stockholm||August 23, 2017|
|– Fast Track Malmö||Malmö||Spring batch 2018 soon open|
|– Health2B||Lund||Connected Health||Fall batch 2017 soon open|
|– HealthTech Nordic Fast Tracks||Lund||HealthTech||Open for applications|
|– IKEA Bootcamp w/ Rainmaking||Älmhult||August 9th, 2017|
|– Sopact||Helsingborg/Lund||Social ventures||September 11, 2017|
|– StartupSauna||Helsinki||September 15, 2017|
|– Sting||Stockholm||Internet/media||Open for applications|
|– Think Accelerate||Helsingborg||August 27th, 2017|
|– Water Innovation Accelerator||Lund||Water related|
Do you know more accelerators for entrepreneurs in Southern Sweden (or close by)? Help us complete the list – send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll keep the list up-to-date.