Hall of Fame: Some of the best incubators and accelerators in London & UK



Appsjunction.net -  your favourite business networking, #crowdfunding & freelancers platform, brings to you a list of some of the best incubators and accelerators in London & UK. We will keep it updated as and when new ones arrive on the horizon. Following list is not in any order of rating or reputation. They all are good for specific kind of startups. 


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  1. http://camdencollective.co.uk/hubs/ - free desks long Q, pre seed or first 6 months of trading - one minute london startup was born here
  2. http://www.launch22.co.uk/ - Launch22 helps early stage entrepreneurs grow their enterprise by providing co-working space for productivity, collaboration, events and mentoring
  3. incubusLondon - have spaces in We-Work locations and an incubation program with good content
  4. http://www.rockstarhubs.com/ - Our clients are either those who we have already invested in and whom we are committed to make succeed, or they are our mentees who are growing with our support to achieve private funding once they have properly developed their “proof of concept”
  5. http://www.warneryard.com/-  A co-working space for technology entrepreneurs, investors, and Techstars London
  6. http://cinnamonbridge.com/ - A popular food & beverage accelerator
  7. http://www.virginmediabusiness.co.uk/accelerator/ - We’re not searching for ideas,we’re searching for everyday simple ideas.Ideas that are based on connectivity and networks – but reach into the everyday lives of millions and make good things happen.

Popular Hot desking - co-sharing office locations for startups in London:

  1. https://www.campus.co/london/en - #1 choice for startups - hot desking available for free in cafe - free wifi
  2. http://camdencollective.co.uk/hubs/ - free desks long Q, pre seed or first 6 months of trading - one minute london startup was born here
  3. http://wework.com - its locations getting quite popular with startups - provides free beer on the tap all day
  4. http://spare-desks.com/,https://hubblehq.com/ , http://www.officegenie.co.uk/sharedoffices , https://www.sharemyoffice.co.uk/

Leading Accelerators In London


1. TechStars London

Techstars is a renowned startup accelerator from the US which merged with Springboard in UK to expand their own operations in UK & Europe. Entry criteria is strict but they have a lot of success stories to support their reputation. 

Find them here: http://www.techstars.com/program/locations/london/  also checkout their Accelerator dedicated to fintech http://www.barclaysaccelerator.com/ 

2. Rainmaking Loft

Rainmaking Loft is a 10,000 sqft startup hub in the iconic St Katharine Docks - in the heart of London (also in Berlin and coming soon in Copenhagen). Open plan workspace with 180 desks and a 150 person event venue. 

Home of Startupbootcamp Global, Startupbootcamp FinTech accelerators & other highly ambitious tech startups.

Find them here: http://www.rainmakingloft.co.uk/ 

3. Wayra UK and Wayra unltd- social enterprise incubator

Very well known among London digital startups is O2 Wayra Academy.  They are in 8 countries and UK hub called for first batch in 2013. They usually call around dec/jan for new applications and a day in Feb is usually the last day to apply.  

You can find them here: http://uk.wayra.org/en/academia 

4. Microsoft Ventures

Microsoft Ventures is a strategic partner for promising startups around the world focused on business growth & development, industrial strength technology and beautiful usable products. Build locally, scale globally. We help smart companies take flight. Every startup is unique. Microsoft Ventures has programs to help, no matter what stage of development your startup is in. London Application ends on 30th Jun.  Here is an interesting blog about life at Microsoft Ventures Incubator https://www.microsoftventures.com/blog/tabid/233/ID/66/Startup-Stories-A-Day-in-the-Life-of-Buying-Butler.aspx 

Find them here: https://www.microsoftventures.com/ 

5. Seedcamp 

Seedcamp is a pan-European London based accelerator launched in May 2007 by a group of 30 European investors that provides startups with seed money, mentorship, office space and support over a yearlong program. 

Find them here: http://seedcamp.com/events/seedcamp-week-london-apply-now/ . They usually have a seedcamp week in Sep to which you can apply at http://apply.seedcamp.com 

6. Oxygen

What is Oxygen Accelerator?

Oxygen Accelerator is a technology accelerator. It is a full-time 13-week bootcamp that combines investment with intensive mentoring and training. We also offer a further 13-weeks of less intensive incubation to allow teams to complete their investment rounds.

13-Week Accelerator + 13- Week Incubator

Find them here: http://www.oxygenaccelerator.com/accelerator/faqs/ 

7. Forward partners

How we help

We believe that at the heart of every great company is a great entrepreneur. We provide entrepreneurs a unique combination of investment, people, robust methodologies and office space. Our team can help find product-market fit, the first customers and the first hires.

We invest from inception of a company (early seed) to post launch (late seed).

Find them here: http://www.forwardpartners.com/blog/the-second-forward-partners-open-day/ and this is how funding works with them: http://www.forwardpartners.com/blog/explaining-tranched-investments/ 

8. Springboard

Springboard combines investment capital with an intensive 13 week mentor-led accelerator programme.  Whilst the Springboard program is based at Google Campus in London and ideaSpace in Cambridge, it is aimed at ambitious and scalable early stage businesses from both UK and overseas.In addition to fantastic office space, Springboard also provides seed capital, over $150k of free services, and most importantly on site, one to one support from over 100 high calibre experienced entrepreneurs and investors throughout the programme plus access to a wider network of mentors and partners.  Springboard ends with an Investor Day where the teams present their propositions to an audience of Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists.

Annually, Springboard invests in over 30 companies with founder friendly investment terms for between 3-6% equity stake in the business.  Historically, over half of the companies that participate in the programme raise additional investment funding, with alumni teams around the world. 

Find them here: http://springboard.com/  and this blog is worth reading about experience at Springboard programme: http://thenextweb.com/uk/2012/07/09/springboard-accelerator-11-startups-talk-about-their-incubation-experiences/ 

9. Entrepreneurial Spark

Entrepreneurial Spark is a FREE business startup accelerator program designed to help enable new companies throughout Glasgow, Edinburgh and Ayrshire.The Accelerator gives free office space, IT and meeting rooms, the opportunity to work alongside like-minded individuals in a collaborative environment. With structured support for up to 18 months within a deep dive programme developed and delivered by the Espark Team to shape, accelerate and grow your business. The focus will always be on the entrepreneur, developing mindsets and behaviours, leadership qualities and the mantra to #GoDo in a safe yet challenging environment.

Find them here: http://www.entrepreneurial-spark.com/the-accelerator.aspx 

10. Innovation warehouse

Innovation Warehouse is a coworking space with a business incubator programme led by an Angel Investor syndicate.

Innovation Warehouse was founded in 2010, by a group of entrepreneurs, investors and the City of London Corporation to support early stage, high growth, technology start-ups.More than 50 start-ups are based at Innovation Warehouse.

The Innovation Warehouse community includes Business Angels, Venture Capitalists and other investors, London Universities and Business Schools, R&D bodies and Technology Transfer Departments. Mentors advise and manage a micro-lending fund for startup companies.

find them here: http://www.innovationwarehouse.org/ and their accelerator programme can be reached here: http://acceleratoracademy.com/ 

11. BBC Worldwide's Labs 

BBC Worldwide's Labs is a comprehensive six month programme for emerging digital media companies in the UK. Labs aims to help selected start-ups gain traction and scale by working closely with them with the objective of helping them strike a commercial partnership with BBC Worldwide. We don't take equity but rather focus on promoting innovation through mentorship and access to the varied resources of BBC Worldwide.


12. Ignite100

Do more, go further, burn brighter.

Accelerator and incubator programmes, educational events and tech meetups, co-working space, consultancy services and much more - we’re Ignite, and we’re here to help entrepreneurs, developers and designers grow, make a difference, change the world. Ignite is all new for 2014 - three world-class accelerator programmes (Summer, Autumn, Winter), each up to 18 weeks long, backed by an amazing group of investors and an unrivalled alumni network. It's a great deal in terms of cash and equity - a straight £18,000 ($30,000) per team in return for 6% to 9% in equity. We'll provide you with workspace for up to six months, and you can take advantage of our ongoing incubator programme. Applications for our Summer programme are open now. Find out more or apply now.

find them here: http://ignite100.com/ 

13. FastForward London - pre-accelerator programme

The “world’s first” pre-accelerator programme has launched to support the growth of fast-growth start-ups across Europe, backed by the European Regional Development Fund and the Capital Accelerator Programme. Unveiled by co-founders City University London and the Accelerator Academy, pre-accelerator FastForward (FFWD) London intends to help shape early-stage start-ups and prepare them for seed funding whilst offering a “fast track” to leading UK accelerators.

The initiative, which is designed as a blueprint to be rolled out across Europe in 2015, is tasked with creating 44 start-ups, of which 35 will be funded, and 172 new jobs over the next two years. It will select “ambitious” tech start-ups over a six week part-time “sprint” programme starting with an induction day for the initial 25 selected start-ups on June 19, with each participant receiving access to workspace, business training, and workshops covering key tops such as marketing and finance.

Leading firms such as New Entrepreneur First, HealthBox, BBC Labs, TrueStart, TechStars, The Bakery, and UK Trade & Investment’s (UKTI) Sirius Programme, will be providing advice and mentoring as part of the programme.The scheme will culminate in September where member companies will each pitch their ideas to a panel of London’s “best” accelerators, early stage funders, and grant providers. 

find them here: http://ffwdlondon.com/ 

14. Appsjunction London pre-accelerator & accelerator programme

A favourite among App startups,  http://appsjunction.net - a business networking, #crowdfunding & freelancers platform & London's biggest monthly App meetup @appsjunction, have joined hands to launch an App ecosystem focussed pre-accelerator & accelerator programme initially for App startups in UK & Europe. The details & launch date are still being finalised but you can register your interest in the Startups section of  http://appsjunction.net 

find them here: Apply for Appsjunction Pre-Accelerator Programme

15. The Accelerator Group (TAG)

Based in London, TAG has been an advisor and investor in early stage and start-up companies since 1995. They focus on the Internet services, eCommerce and multi-channel retail sectors, investing primarily in the US and Europe. TAG portfolio consists of 50 internet service, e-commerce and digital media busineses, among whom are the well-known Graze, LoveFilm, Mashery, MindCandy, MoshiMonsters, SeedCamp, Tweetdeck and others.

find them here:  http://the-accelerator.blogspot.co.uk/

16. Student Upstarts

Student Upstarts is a seed accelerator aimed exclusively at EU students. Our specialities lie within the technology, media and telecomm industries, however we are open to all fields and accept applications year round. We invest up to £15,000 for up to 8% of the company and invest in businesses even if they are still at the idea stage. To apply one member of your team must be a student or have graduated in the last 12 months from a UK higher education institute.

Find them here:  www.studentupstarts.com and follow us on twitter @studentupstarts

 17. Collider

Collider is an accelerator dedicated to marketing and advertising startups, who help brands and agencies identify, understand, engage with and sell to their consumers. We invest capital in these startups, we coach them through a highly structured programme and we connect them to potential corporate customers and investors. The aim of the game is to help these startups become sustainable, rapidly growing businesses..

Find them here:  http://collider.io/about/


New Incubators

There is always one or another news going around in the grapevine of Tech City (London, UK) about an upcoming incubator. We will update this space when one is announced.  Or you can try this link to checkout if there is any new listing http://techcitynews.com/category/directory/incubators/

If you are interested to know more about European Incubators like http://launchub.com/about-us/ and US/Asian Incubators then http://www.f6s.com/startupboard might be a good place to start as you will be in touch with news like the one mentioned below!

Tech All Stars - for the best EU startups?

Once again, Tech All Stars connects twelve of the best startups from accelerators and web camp competitions across Europe with top EU funding sources, successful entrepreneurs and networking opportunities. Tech All Stars is sponsored by the European Commission Information Society and Media and will take you to Europe's hottest startup events this summer. If you missed this year then make sure you keep in touch to hear about their next year programme.

 Find them here: http://www.f6s.com/techallstars 

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