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Top Accelerators Accepting Applications This Week

Updated: Aug 7, 2023


Are you a founder seeking resources, mentorship, and funding to propel your startup to new heights?

One of the most effective avenues to supercharge your startup growth is through accelerator programs. These programs offer invaluable mentorship, funding, and a supportive community to empower you along your entrepreneurial journey.

Here are a few accelerators that are currently accepting applications from founders. Whether you're just starting out or looking to scale your existing venture, these accelerators can provide the guidance and resources necessary to accelerate your success.

1. Y Combinator

Location: San Francisco

Deadline To Apply: Sept 11, 2023

Startup Stage: Pre-Seed

When? Winter 2024

Y Combinator, renowned as one of the best startup accelerators in the world, has a track record of success with companies like Airbnb, Dropbox, and Reddit. Their three-month program offers funding, mentorship, and a robust network of industry experts. Y Combinator is currently accepting applications for their Winter 2024 batch, so seize this opportunity to join the ranks of game-changing startups.

Investment: $500,000 - $125,000 on a post-money safe, $375,000 on an uncapped safe

Notable Investments: Airbnb, Doordash, Coinbase, Dropbox, Gitlab

2. Tech Stars

Location: New York, Seattle

When? August 9th

Techstars is the largest pre-seed investor in the world with $99.6B all-time accelerator portfolio market cap. Each year, they choose over 500 early-stage companies to join one of our 3-month, mentorship-driven accelerators, investing $120K and providing hands-on mentorship and access to the Techstars network for life.

Investment: $120,000 in funding

Notable Investments: ClassPass, Digital Ocean, Sendgrid, Allow

3. Alchemist Accelerator

Location: San Francisco

When? September 2023

Deadline To Apply: August 18th 2023

The Alchemist Accelerator is a venture-backed initiative focused on accelerating the development of early-stage ventures that monetize from enterprises.

Alchemists accelerated 500+ startups with $2.1B in funding.

Investment: $36,000 for 5% equity

4. Founder Institute

Location: San Francisco

Deadline To Apply: Aug 19, 2023

Startup Stage: Pre-Seed

When? October 2023

Duration: 6 Month

The Founder Institute is a renowned startup accelerator that has helped entrepreneurs turn their ideas into successful businesses. With a global network and a proven track record, they offer a comprehensive program to support pre-seed stage startups. Apply by June 18th, 2023, to join their San Francisco cohort starting in October 2023.

Notable Investments: Udemy

5. Launch Accelerator

Location: Silicon Valley

When? September 2023

Duration: 15 weeks

Launch is a mission here at LAUNCH to support founders and inspire innovation. Their small team of rebels put on the largest startup conference in the world, the LAUNCH festival, the podcast This Week In Startups and run the LAUNCH Incubator. They invest millions of dollars into 40 promising founders a year, some of which go on to change the world. Most of these founders spend 12 weeks in our very intense -- but fabulously fun -- accelerator.

Investment: $100,000 for 6% equity

Notable Investments: Eightsleep, Robinhood, Calm

6. Afore Capital

Location: Silicon Valley

Deadline To Apply: July 31st, 2023

When? September 2023

Duration: 10 weeks

We’re a $300M fund investing $1-3M with high conviction in pre-traction, pre-everything companies!

Notable Investments: Neo, Flatfile

7. Women's Startup Lab

Location: San Francisco

Deadline To Apply: No deadline

Startup Stage: Pre-Seed/Seed

When? September 2023

Women's Startup Lab is a leading Silicon Valley-based accelerator focused on supporting and empowering women entrepreneurs worldwide. With their bold vision and commitment to innovation, they provide a unique platform for growth and competitiveness. Apply today for their September 2023 program and join a community of like-minded women who are ready to make their mark.

Choosing An Accelerator

These accelerator programs, tailored specifically to empower and support entrepreneurs, offer a unique platform to propel your startup to unprecedented heights. Whether you're seeking mentorship, funding, or a vibrant community, the accelerators mentioned above are currently accepting applications and are dedicated to helping founders succeed.

Don't let this moment pass you by—apply now and unlock the full potential of your startup, where innovation thrives and dreams become reality. The future is waiting for you to make your mark, and these accelerators are here to amplify your success.


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Mariane Bekker is a passionate advocate for women in tech, an angel investor, and the founder & CEO of Upward, a premier boutique recruitment agency connecting companies with exceptional diverse tech talent. With over a decade of experience building diverse engineering teams at leading startups, she’s navigated the intricacies of the startup landscape and understands the unique needs and aspirations of founders. Follow her LinkedIn and Twitter for insights, industry trends, and valuable resources about Startups, Tech, and Diversity.

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