Accelerators share a set of program characteristics that distinguish them from other forms of capacity development services. Specifically, they are time-limited programs that work with cohorts or “classes” of ventures to provide mentorship and training, with a special emphasis on connecting early stage ventures with investment.
The global accelerator landscape is growing and changing at a rapid pace. We conducted this research to identify accelerators around the world and to provide insight into what acceleration looks like in various geographies and contexts.
Access the directory below to identify accelerators based in various regions, or review our survey results to see how accelerators differ based on location and mission.
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The Global Accelerator Survey provides a snapshot of the structure and focus of acceleration programs around the world. Filter the results by geography and impact orientation for more specific insights.
164 organizations completed the survey with information about all of their accelerator programs as a whole. These organizations are headquartered in 41 different countries and supported more than 8,000 ventures in 2016. Eighty-six are headquartered in an emerging market, and 86 focus explicitly on supporting ventures with a social or environmental mission. The majority ran their first accelerator program after 2010.