Plug and Play

Plug and Play Tech Center is a thriving Silicon Valley community of over 300 startups from all over the world. Our mission is to help startups grow. We accomplish that mission through a number of strategic partnerships, including 170 investors who participate in regular screening sessions exclusive to Plug and Play members. We also have active International, University, and Corporate divisions to create an ecosystem of innovation that goes beyond just startups.


Y Combinator runs two three-month funding cycles a year, one from January through March and one from June through August. We ask the founders of each startup we fund to move to the Bay Area for the duration of their cycle, during which we work intensively with them to get the company into the best shape possible. Each cycle culminates in an event called Demo Day, at which the startups present to an audience that now includes most of the world’s top startup investors.


500 Startups provides early-stage companies with funding ranging from $10K to $250K via seed investments, our startup accelerator program, and new micro-fund models like the Twilio Fund. With over 160 experienced startup mentors around the world, creative work space in the heart of Silicon Valley, and a vibrant community of startup founders, we help our companies succeed in ways other venture firms do not.


Startup Labs is a three week program providing seed capital, mentorship and technical support to teams in an effort to help validate their team and business model to later stage investors.  Our goal is to help early stage startups succeed and accelerate their growth with capital and support from influencers.

Focused on making investments in emerging markets and hosting 3 week bootcamps for their portfolio companies in countries like Russia, Brazil, Turkey, South Africa, Singapore etc, Startup Labs aims to get teams running at a very fast pace, get them validating their products in 3 weeks and defining revenue and user targets. In each city, a local investment partner will help support the program preferably investing half of the funds required for an approximate 8% stake. (total investment amount between $30-50k). On the last day of the program, an investor day will be held, closing the program, where teams will be able to raise further capital from investors from the region.

Tech Wildcatters

TechWildcatters is a mentorship-driven microseed fund and startup accelerator. Our 12-week accelerator “bootcamp” runs every spring and fall starting April 2010 in Dallas. We’re very selective – each year we expect hundreds of companies to apply to the program and 8-10 of them will be invited to Dallas for each class. The companies get up to $25,000 in seed funding, intensive top-notch mentorship, and the opportunity to pitch to angel investors, venture capitalists and corporate development teams at our end of program “Pitch Day”.


Springboard is a mentorship-led accelerator program for startups. We provide seed capital, office space and – most importantly – that magical ingredient of “smart-community” with mentors and other entrepreneurs. Springboard comes in the shape of an intensive 13 week programme originally based at the inspirational ideaSpace, part of Cambridge University’s state-of-the-art Hauser Forum and is now in London from early 2012.


Greenstart shifts your startup into hyper-drive. Past founders have referred to the program as “a speed train,” or “cramming two years of development into three months.” You’ll get more done than you thought possible, but most importantly, they’ll be the right things. Weekly one-on-one mentoring sessions dive into the most pressing issues your company faces. Successful entrepreneurs stop in for evening chats to share battle scars, lessons learned, and wisdom for the long road ahead. Investors observe your pitch and give you uncensored feedback that you are unlikely to get anywhere else. Top-notch resources are at your fingertips: design, engineering, legal, and more. Every startup we work with is in a different stage of development with its own unique challenges and obligations. Over 12 weeks, our ~8 hours per week of mentoring is scheduled in the late afternoon/evening to make sure that your other 50+ hours are devoted to your company’s top priorities.


Based in Houston, “The Energy Capital of the World,” SURGE assists companies seeking to innovate and exploit the massive shifts in technology, policy, and expertise in the traditional energy industry. SURGE will accelerate both entrepreneurs and established companies who are innovating in five primary segments: Smart Grid Applications, Energy Trading & Risk Management, the Digital Oilfield, Energy Efficiency, and Regulatory Compliance. We accomplish this goal by providing both startups and later-stage companies with the expert mentorship, access to the energy ecosystem, and opportunities for capital to reach market validation or market expansion.

Rock Health

Rock Health is the first seed accelerator for digital health startups. We’ve created an ecosystem of passionate individuals–from investors to startup founders to doctors–who work together tirelessly to make meaningful change in healthcare through scalable, innovative technology.


Imagine K12 is a for-profit enterprise looking to invest time, experience, energy and resources in entrepreneurs who have a passion for education and the technical know-how to create their vision. Over a three month period, we will draw on our extensive entrepreneurial experience, understanding of the Silicon Valley ecosystem, and knowledge of the education industry to help bring your idea to life, get your company funded, and to get your company on the road to success.


What help will you receive if you are selected? Wayra will choose up to 20 of the proposals received and they will access the Wayra acceleration process, an ambitious and fast paced set of acceleration services combined with a global footprint. Up to EUR 50,000 to start your business project or to give you a boost to your business plan and help you get to market quicker.  In addition, Wayra can help you to find alternative ways of funding, such as external VCs and internal funds from other Telefonica ventures.


Global Accelerator Network

The Global Accelerator Network consists of independently owned and operated regional organizations that operate a high quality start-up accelerator program. The Network provides professional development, networking opportunities, training, consulting and ongoing support for members.

Stanford University Entrepreneurship Corner

Entrepreneurs Foundation

South East Asian Accelerator

Research Data about Global Entrepreneurship

Awesome Chilean Initiative Designed for Women Entrepreneurship

Russian Accelerator TexDrive

Israel Start Up Scene

StartupBootCamp, an European Accelerator

Emprendedores Zaragoza in Spain

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