The Ultimate Startup Incubator Directory

In 1997 Ohio University titled a study with its positive findings ‘Business Incubation Works’. According to the study, successful completion of a business incubation program increases the likelihood that a start-up company will stay in business for the long term, with a massive 87% of incubator graduates staying in business.  With a reported 70% of start-ups failing within the first 10 years, the magic ‘87′ should give budding entrepreneurs pause as to the ‘right’ way to start their venture.

So in the spirit of success, Fuel Your Venture has created a list/directory of companies providing this unique type of funding and mentorship for the earliest stage start-ups.

Although populated with some amazing incubators, we see this directory as a work in progress.  If you know of a company we are missing, submit it as a comment or email us directly at editor@fuelyourventure.com, and we will add it to the list.

Y Combinator Picture
Ycombinator
Location Mountain View, CA
Key People Paul Graham, Jessica Livingston, Trevor Blackwell, Robert Morris
Founded 2005
Focus Software and web services
Cash Investment $5,000 plus an additional $5,000 for each founder
Equity Stake 2-10%
Website http://ycombinator.com/
Contact info@ycombinator.com
Notes Ycombinator is one of the earliest of the seed-stage incubators. Based out of Mountain View, CA, Ycombinator hosts two classes of companies each year. Companies must relocate to Mountain View for the three month duration of the program. Ycombinator provides office space and mentorship to participants of the program. The program culminates in an investor and demo day. Graduates of Ycombinator include Reddit, Loopt, Justin.tv, Scribd and Dropbox.
techstars
Techstars
Location Boulder, Colorado; Boston, Massachusetts; and Seattle, Washington
Key People David Cohen, Brad Feld, Jared Polis, David Brown, Shawn Broderick
Founded 2006
Focus Technology oriented companies (web based and software)
Cash Investment $6,000 per founder up to three founders
Equity Stake 6%
Website http://techstars.org
Contact info@techstars.org
Notes TechStars was founded a year after Ycombinator. Companies must relocate to the Techstars location for the entire three month duration of the program. Past graduates include IntenseDebate, Socialthing, Brightkite, DailyBurn and ignighter. The program culminates in an investor and demo day. Over 70% of TechStars companies have had success outside of the program, either by raising outside funding or becoming profitable.
dreamit
DreamIt Ventures
Location Philadelphia, PA
Key People David Bookspan, Michael Levinson, Steven Welch
Founded 2007
Focus Any idea that can be developed into a product in three months
Cash Investment $30,000
Equity Stake 6%
Website http://www.dreamitventures.com/
Contact info@dreamitventures.com
Notes At the end of the program, companies pitch to potential investors at a demo day. Although younger than Ycombinator and TechStars, DreamIt has funded successful companies, including SCVNGR, NoteHall, and SeatGeek. Read our recent article about DreamIt for more detailed information.
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Capital Factory
Location Austin, TX
Key People Josh Baer, Sam Decker, Bryan Menell
Founded 2009
Focus Technology
Cash Investment $20,000 in cash plus additional products and services valued at more than $20,000
Equity Stake 5%
Website http://capitalfactory.com
Contact http://twitter.com/capitalfactory
Notes The program ends with a demo day in which companies pitch to potential investors. Previous classes included five companies, including PetsMD.com, SpareFoot.com, and Cubit planning.
shotput
Shotput Ventures
Location Atlanta, GA
Key People David Cummings, Sanjay Parekh, Allen Graber
Founded 2009
Focus Capital-light web companies
Cash Investment $6,000 per founder up to three founders
Equity Stake 5-10%
Website http://www.shotputventures.com/
Contact info@shotputventures.com
Notes Shotput also provides mentoring and a demo day at the end of the program but doesn’t provide any office space. Shotput requires companies to relocate to Atlanta for the duration of the three month program.
launchbox
LaunchBox Digital
Location Washington, D.C.
Key People Julius Genachowski, Sean Greene and John McKinley
Founded 2007
Focus Technology oriented companies
Cash Investment $15,000-20,000
Equity Stake 6%
Website http://www.launchboxdigital.com/
Contact theteam@launchboxdigital.com
Notes LaunchBox provides office space, mentorship and a demo day at the end of the 12 week program. Participating companies are required to relocate to Washington, D.C. for the duration of the program. Previous graduates include JamLegend, TapMetrics and unblab.
boomstartup
BoomStartup
Location Salt Lake City, UT
Key People John Richards, Robb Kunz and Josh James
Founded 2010
Focus Tech startups
Cash Investment $15,000
Equity Stake Not stated
Website http://www.boomstartup.com/
Contact http://www.boomstartup.com/?q=contact
Notes BoomStartup is mentorship-driven. It provides office space in Salt Lake City as well as services to help startups. The incubator hosts a demo day in September for member companies to pitch to potential investors.
springboard
Springboard
Location Cambridge, UK
Key People Neil Davidson, Simon Galbraith and Amir Chaudhry
Founded 2009
Focus Business-to-business software
Cash Investment Varies
Equity Stake None
Website http://springboard.com/
Contact amir.chaudhry@red-gate.com
Notes Springboard is an ‘accidental’ incubator founded by Red Gate. Springboard provides mentorship and office space in Red Gate’s offices. Springboard doesn’t take any equity in the companies they support. Past participating companies include PagerDuty, TidePowered and MetaAlternative.
excelerate
Excelerate
Location Chicago, IL
Key People Sam Yagan, Kapil Chaudhary, Kelli Rhee, Troy Henikoff
Founded 2010
Focus None stated
Cash Investment $15,000-20,000
Equity Stake 5%
Website http://www.exceleratelabs.com/
Contact http://www.exceleratelabs.com/contact/
Notes Excelerate is a ‘bootcamp’ for startups and provides mentorship, office space in downtown Chicago and access to potential investors. Companies are required to relocate to Chicago for the duration of the 13 week program.
sproutbox
SproutBox
Location Bloomington, IL
Key People Marc Guyer, Mike Trotzke, Brad Wisler
Founded 2008
Focus Web based applications
Cash Investment $10,000-15,000
Equity Stake 25-40%
Website http://sproutbox.com/
Contact Phone: 888.417.9341
Notes SproutBox is a development focused incubator. Sproutbox selects four companies a year to be a part of a 10 month program. SproutBox provides office space and services worth between $200,000-250,000 in order to ‘mitigate initial distractions’. Participants must relocate to Bloomington for a minimum of three months during the development phase. SproutBox provides access to potential investors at the end of the program.
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NextStart
Location Greenville, SC
Key People Michael Mino, Kim Dawson, Kristie B. Byrum, Neil Grayson, Rick Heller, David Setzer, Peter Walschmidt, David Wyman, Robert Fletcher
Founded 2009
Focus None stated
Cash Investment $5,000 per team member ($10,000 maximum per company)
Equity Stake 5-10%
Website http://www.nextstart.org/
Contact Phone: 864.370.3038
Notes NextStart is an incubator based in Greenville, South Carolina. The program provides mentorship and office space for the duration of the summer program. NextStart culminates in a demo day at which companies pitch to potential investors. The program takes between 5-10% equity.
GoodCompany Ventures
GoodCompany Ventures
Location Philadelphia, PA
Key People Garrett Melby, Chris Bentley
Founded 2009
Focus For-profit social enterprises
Cash Investment $0
Equity Stake 0%
Website http://www.goodcompanyventures.org/
Contact http://www.goodcompanyventures.org/about/contact-us/
Notes GoodCompany is an incubator that’s specifically focused on “socially conscious entrepreneurs who can make a difference.” GoodCompany doesn’t provide any money to participants and doesn’t take any equity, but it provides mentoring, support, and facilities. The incubator also facilitates a first investment round. Participants are required to attend weekly meetings at the GoodCompany offices in downtown Philadelphia. The program culminates in a demo day at which participating companies pitch to potential investors.
betaspring
Betaspring
Location Providence, RI
Key People Allan Tear, Jack Templin, Owen Johnson
Founded 2009
Focus Technology and design from web services to physical devices
Cash Investment Average of $20k per team
Equity Stake 6-8%
Website http://betaspring.com
Contact info@betaspring.com
Notes Competitive entrepreneurial teams from around the world come to Providence, RI, for our intensive twelve week program. During these twelve weeks, we help teams transform themselves into functional, fundable companies by providing mentorship, kickoff funding, and immersion in an intense startup community of like-minded entrepreneurs. At the end of the program teams have the opportunity to present their company to investors from the Boston, New York corridor during our Demo Day event.

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We would like to make this a comprehensive resource for startup incubators everywhere.  If you have one to add to the list, please submit it to editor@fuelyourventure.com

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