Organizations, networking groups, and other resources for getting ideas off the ground and into the marketplace.

Featured Accelerators and Incubators

VentureWell

Higher education network providing grants, fellowships, competitions, sponsored events, programs (incubators, accelerators), conferences, networking opportunities, and investments for young scientists to help launch ventures that improve life for people and the planet. enrich classrooms, curriculum and campuses. Promotes science and technology invention, innovation and entrepreneurship on university and college campuses, and commercialization of ideas.

Timeline: Many: Year-round
Location: US
Eligibility: Student, Faculty

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Rock Health

A full-service seed fund for early-stage medical and biotech startups–with funding, access to networks, hands-on support, medical expertise, and an option to work in San Francisco. Also sponsors several events, including the Rock Health Summit, to connect professionials in healthcare delivery and technology.

Timeline: Many: Rolling
Location: Bay Area
Eligibility: Any

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Santa Clara Global Social Benefit Institute–GSBI® Online

Provides startups with several learning labs, Silicon Valley mentors, a network of investors and other entrepreneurs, as well as fellowships and research opportunities for University of Santa Clara students and faculty. Through weekly calls over the course of 6 months, mentors works with social entrepreneurs to develop opeorational and social impact strategies, metrics, and investment summaries.

Timeline: 1: Spring
Location: Any
Eligibility: GSBI Online: Non-profit, For-profit For Students, Faculty (Fellowship and research)

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Impact Hub Bay Area

Innovation lab, business incubator, and social enterprise community center offering coworking and event spaces in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland, for social impact organizations, as well as member networking with other professionals addressing social and environmental change; guidance, resources, events, workshops, and a variety of programs.

Timeline: Rolling
Location: Bay Area
Eligibility: Any

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The Foundry @ CITRIS

An applied technology incubator at UC Berkeley that supports early stage startups developing disruptive solutions for today’s biggest challenges. Theprogram provides: $5,000-$10,000 in seed funding for startups; more than $50,000 in resources including office, meeting & lab space, cloud computing, legal services and education; customized mentorship specific to your needs from our extensive network of entrepreneurs, investors and industry experts; A strong community of fellow founders and access to design and prototyping tools at the CITRIS Invention Lab.

Timeline: 2: Spring, Fall
Location: UC Berkeley
Eligibility: Any (UCB Affiliated)

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“A semi-complete list of startup accelerator programs” – Robert Shedd’s Blog

A list of global seed-stage startup accelerators, university-affiliated startup accelerator programs, and social entrepreneurship organizations, as well as a map of seed accelerator programs around the world and application deadlines.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Provides early-stage companies with funding, a startup 4-month accelerator program with mentorship, hands-on sessions with startup experts, a great office space, and network with other founders around the world, as well as special events such as Demo Day where teams can connect with investors for potential funding.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Network of tech innovation hubs in Africa, spanning a network of 40 technology innovation hubs in 20 African countries. Each hub serves as a physical convening space for entrepreneurs, technologists, developers, designers, and investors in each tech community.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: International (Africa)
    Eligibility: Any

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    Global Development Incubator program that provides diagnostics, manpower, and networks to increase the scale, reach, and impact of social enterprises. Addresses several key initiatives including Agriculture, Development, Health, and Business.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Recognized as Africa’s leading and most established incubator and accelerator, incubating hundreds of innovation and technology start-ups, generating thousands of new jobs, and helping numerous entrepreneurs and start-ups with their roots in Cape Town to become global success stories. Offers courses, events, mentorship, training, funding, co-working spaces, virtual offices, creativity labs, and recreational areas with restaurants, recreational facilities, meeting rooms, and more.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round (please see specific programs for deadlines) Rolling: for Co-working spaces
    Location: International (South Africa)
    Eligibility: Any

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    Enables scientists and biotech entrepreneurs to research and develop their products by providing economical lab facilities, a large biotech community, and a host of services to accelerate their success. These services are ideal for early stage synthetic biology, clean tech, green chemistry, food, and natural products focused companies.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: Bay Area
    Eligibility: Any

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    Design, innovation, culture and technology news blog at UC Berkeley featuring various campus organizations, student projects and startups, thought-provoking and interesting news articles, events, and ideas. Emphasis on building connectionis, cross-disciplinary collaboration on campus, and exposure to fresh ideas.




  • Timeline: Many: year-round
    Location: UC Berkeley
    Eligibility: Any

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    Venture capital firm providing funding to companies creating scalable, technology-driven social impact projects with initial investments of $25,000-$200,000 in early-stage companies. Strong preference for Bay Area-based companies, especially in Oakland and Berkeley.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: Bay Area
    Eligibility: Any

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    Venture Capital Fund that invests $100k to $500k in early stage startups at the intersection of hardware and software, and offers world-class prototyping shops and office space in San Francisco and Boston; a team of professional engineering teans to assist with prototyping, manufacturing, shipping products, and scaling production efforts.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: US (Boston, San Francisco)
    Eligibility: Any

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    India’s largest executive training program and organization database for leaders of non-profits and social businesses empowering them with funds, networks, leadership forums, partnerships, and skills to help them scale. Provides two programs: Leadership Development and Portfolio Support, and a large database of organizations addressing India’s most pressing problems.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: International (India)
    Eligibility: Non-profit, For-profit

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    CASE provides offers resources, such as courses, service-learning opportunities, speakers and events, career planning support, and financial aid, for Duke MBA students, as well as scholarships for incoming students who intend to pursue careers in the social sector. Helps students bridge the gap between business and the social sector, between theory and practice, so that their knowledge will be translated effectively for use by front-line social entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders, and philanthropists.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: US
    Eligibility: Students

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    Currently open to for-profit ventures only, the E-Team Program is a competitive process that consists of three stages where teams can earn up to $25k in grant funding ($5k during Stage 1, and $20k during stage 2, as well as additional funding from investors during Stage 3), as well as workshops, coaching, and investor-and partner-readiness training and matching investment opportunities.




  • Timeline: 2: Fall, Winter
    Location: US
    Eligibility: For-profit

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    Incubator database listing edtech entrepreneurs and educators, providing information on trends, available jobs, opportunities, and events, as well as series of conferences for educators and entrepreneurs looking to improved educational outcomes.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    E4C is a hybrid organization with three integrated arms: An online academy, innovation lab, and a media platform. E4C’s mission is to improve the lives of underserved communities by better preparing the global development workforce, optimizing the solutions development cycle, and ensuring public health and safety.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Entrepreneurs receive non-equity fellowships, qualification for funded pilots, and preparation to attract venture capital. Tackles issues of public safety, including community stability, substance abuse, housing, neighborhood surveillance, re-entry employment, and youth/gang violence.




  • Timeline: 1: Winter
    Location: US (Philadelphia)
    Eligibility: Any

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    This global champion of the seed-stage, mentorship-driven accelerator model includes 70 of the most respected accelerators from six continents and over 106 cities around the world. A cohort of 10-20 companiesThe 1-3 month summer mentorship program had helped companies earn funding of an average of $923k, and benefits include training, connections to mentors and investors, consulting services, discounts, annual conferences, and access to industry data, as well as space, internet, and workspace.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: International, US
    Eligibility: Any

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    Incubator program supporting social entrepreneurs through a unique 14-month fellowship totaling more than 1000 hours during residency; five months of free housing; one year of free workspace at Halcyon House and six months of reduced rent space post-residency; $10,000 stipend; complimentary strategic, legal, business, and PR support and training; mentors; and access to potential funders, investors, press, and partners during Demo Day, conferences, and other events.




  • Timeline: 1: Spring
    Location: US
    Eligibility: Any For-profit, Non-profit, hybrid, or undecided venture (NOT COLLEGE STUDENTS)

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    Hardware focused incubator that offers a 4-month curriculum taught by industry experts in fundraising, marketing, retail, and product and business development, community and connections via workspaces and networking, hands-on learning about manufacturing and supply chain management in Shenzhen, China, and up to $100k in investment Capital. Helps startups go from prototyping to large scale manufacturing, including a demo day, 1000 square foot lab, and trained staff and researchers.




  • Timeline: 1: Spring
    Eligibility: Any

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    Start-up accelerator and annual competition for young social entrepreneurs attending universities worldwide to create and launc the most complleing social business ideas and start-up etnerprises tackling social issues, with each year addressing a different theme for young social entrepreneurs emerging from the world’s universities, Winners receive $1 Million in seed capital, mentorship and advice from the international business community, and a chance to attend CGIU with President Clinton.




  • Timeline: 1: Winter
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Students

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    Nairobi’s Innovation Hub for the technology community is an open space for the technologists, investors, tech companies, and hackers in the area.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: International (Kenya)
    Eligibility: Any

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    Supports innovators and entrepreneurs addressing water problems by offering prize competitions, a business accelerator, access to capital and investment, market visibility, mentors and feedback, as well as in-kind resources. Their global innovation ecosystem includes leading utilities, corporations,
    investors, academic institutions and associations with the water sector, government, and social enterprise.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: Bay Area
    Eligibility: Any

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    Part innovation lab, part business incubator, and part community center, Impact Hubs across the globe offer members a unique ecosystem of resources, inspiration, and collaboration opportunities to grow impact.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Early-stage venture capital firm providing tech and social enterepreneurs based in the US and Israel looking to make a social impact worldwide. Provides workshops, founders dinners, Curiosity Camp, industry working groups, a space for convenings, a rooftop for happy hours, reverse job fairs, and an entrepreneur support group.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: US, International (Israel)
    Eligibility: Any

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    The competition and three month long UC Berkeley-affiliated accelerator is designed to help UC startups grow.




  • Timeline: Winter
    Location: Bay Area
    Eligibility: Any (UCB affiliated)

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    Matches entrepreneurs with advisors who provide market intelligence, capital, courses and workshops, connections to funding and potential partners, market research, and networking opportunities. MaRS focuses its work on several main sectors: Information & Communications Technology (ICT), Cleantech, Health, and Social Innovation.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: International (Canada)
    Eligibility: Any

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    Startup accelerator and early-stage venture capital that invests up to $50k in media entrepreneurs over a course of five months. The structured and supportive program, based in San Francisco and New York City communities, involves a week-long Design Thinking bootcamp in San Francisco, a monthly Design Review in New York, and a final Demo Day in both locations as well as design reviews, workshops, weekly speakers, and office hours throughout.




  • Timeline: 1: Spring
    Location: US (Bay Area, New York City)
    Eligibility: Any

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    Coworking spaces in San Francisco, Bay Area, Los Angeles, Chicago, and beyond.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: US (Bay Area, Chicago, Los Angeles)
    Eligibility: Any

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    A social enterprise incubator based in Chicago, providing co-working space, concept and business strategy development, peer-to-peer group meetings, funding, events, and a network of entrepreneurs and industry professionals.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: US (Chicago)
    Eligibility: Non-profit, For-profit

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    Nonprofit in Irvine, California that provides 15,000-square-foot space where people with common interests in computers, technology, science, art, entrepreneurship and start-up business can meetup, socialize, collaborate, teach and learn. Our three major areas of focus are education, workspace and events – offering workshops, classes, pre-accelerator programs, community schools, training, and various events.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: US (Irvine, California)
    Eligibility: Any

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    An elite product focused 9-week program that leads technical entrepreneurs through the process of turning their project into a startup through a program that includes instructors from 500 Startups, networking with Alumni and PeopleSpace Member. This program is product focused on Validation, Traction, Pitching, Operations, Funding and more.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: US (Irvine, California)
    Eligibility: Any

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    Provides services tailored to health and biotech startups offering graduates and postdoctoral fellows at UC Berkeley with a matrix of support for entrepreneurs, incubators, venture capital fund, innovative partnerships and healthtech and science industry alliances, discounted conferences and events, and team-based coaching and advice. The Global innovation program works with individual country or regional clients to tailor a training program done, via satellite, for entrepreneurs across the globe, entrepreneurial partnerships, and site visits.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Bay Area
    Eligibility: Students, faculty, staff, or alumni (UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Merced, UC Santa Cruz, UCSF)

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    Space for innovation, inspiration, and collaboration, with several locations in Southern California and Hawaii. With professional support services, educational events, and a stimulating environment, ROC is where you and your company will grow.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: US (California, Hawaii)
    Eligibility: Any

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    Offers several types of residency programs lasting 3-6 months, events and guest speakers, capital, administrative and operational support, strategic capital, networking, and office space to experienced entrepreneurs so they can build market-driven software and services. The “”Entrepreneur-in-Residence program”” is a build-focused, 6-month engagement where EIRs have product support and fixed funding to rapidly build their own software-based concept; and the “”Hacker-in-Residence”” Program is a 3-month program where entrepreneurial engineers and developers have a chance to take on a current topic of interest to the Accelerator and build an innovative solution to tackle it.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: US (San Francisco, New York City)
    Eligibility: For-profit

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    The Accelerator Program is a 10 month program that helps early-stage social enterprises formalize their business models through modules focused on business strategy, operational planning, metrics, and financials, entailing 2-3 hours of weekly phone calls with an online mentor located in Silicon Valley.




  • Timeline: 1: Fall
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Non-profit, For-profit

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    Virtual hub of practitioners, investors, policymakers, faculty, staff, and students to identify, assess, help develop, build capacity of, and scale solutions, technologies, and business models for healthcare delivery and preventive services in developing countries around the world. Through this program, SEAD will capture lessons learned and policy implications to ensure that our work impacts both entrepreneurs on the ground and the broader development community.




  • Timeline: 1: Summer
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    A large list of seed-stage accelerators, companies, and investors around the world, showing up-to-date program metrics (e.g. location, deadlines, share of equity), as well as past past performance outcomes (companies started, revenues, exits).




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    6 month practical, experience-based program that combines the consulting know-how of Silicon Valley accelerators with the vast resources of UC Berkeley to support startups of all industry fields, coupled with a mentorship program and wide network of investors, campus programs, the “”Skyfund”” investment, and a speical Skydeck Demo Day at the end of the program. Accelerates technology, science, and disruptive business startups. The program has five Practice Areas: Product Story, Market Traction, Business Model, Team Development, and Funding Plan.




  • Timeline: 1: Spring
    Location: Bay Area (UC Berkeley, LBNL, or UCSF)
    Eligibility: For-profit (UC Berkeley, LBNL, or UCSF Affiliated)

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    3 distinct programs support 200-250 companies a year based on the stage of the startup.
    S-factory: Pre-acceleration program for startups in early concept stage focusing in female founders.
    Seed Program: Acceleration program for startups with a functional product and early validation.
    Scaling program: Follow-on fund for top performing startups that are incorporated in Chile, have traction and are looking to scale in LATAM and globally.

    Start-Up Chile also offers an acceleration program that provides grants, co-working space, training program, peer to peer monitoring and support, pitch training, connections to mentors, investors, and market networks, events such as Demo Day and Tech Evenings, and hands-on experience.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: International (Chile)
    Eligibility: Any

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    A transformative 5-day experience for social impact entrepreneurs, activists, students, bridge-builders, and other innovators to connect with professionals and receive guidance. Fellows receive networks, funding, training, community support, etc.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: US
    Eligibility: Any

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    One-stop portal for the startup community in Hong Kong, listing the latest startup events and various resources including government incentive and incubation schemes, accelerators, angels and VCs. Also offers several competitions, venture forums, festivals, showcases, and summits. The StartmeupHK Venture Forum is the highlight of the week-long Festival where startups and key participants from the four industry verticals as well as international speakers will gather under one roof and share new ideas.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: International (Hong Kong)
    Eligibility: Any

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    An India-based 101 day entrepreneurship and accelerator program for startups working in Technology, space building, Enterprise Software, Mobile Applications, Software as Services, Web Applications, etc., as well as non-technology areas such as Education, Environment, Media, Finance, Healthcare, etc., and Social Enterprises. Catalyzer provides access to legal and financial advice, seed funding, office space, mentors and investors, special persk, and connections to experts in industry, academia, and investors.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: International (India)
    Eligibility: Any

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    International startup exchange network where entrepreneurs at participating incubators can spend time at other locations around the world to learn about local markets and trends (see list for ideas of participating incubators to apply to!). This one month program offers free office space, networking, and mentorship.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: International, US
    Eligibility: Any

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    90 day Techstars program with mentorship, office space for 3 months, connections with professionals, hundreds of perks worth over $1 million, a $20k stipend for living expenses, a Demo Day, and other investor evetns. Hosts three accelerator programs: METRO Accelerator, Techstars Connection, and Internet of Things. and has it’s own Venture capital program that provides $100,000-$300,000 to Seed companiesand $1-2M for Series A companies; a Startup program for companies at all stages worldwide; and conventions, summits, and networking opportunities.




  • Timeline: 1: Summer
    Location: US, International
    Eligibility: Non-profit, For-profit

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    6,300 sq/ft industrial chic warehouse that exists to provide people with the workspace and resources they need to put their good ideas into action and to keep at it even when it’s difficult. We do this through coworking, hosting events, workshops, and fundraisers, and through our start-up incubator program called Wayfare Labs.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: US (Costa Mesa, California)
    Eligibility: Any

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    An urban ventures accelerator with a mission to empower entrepreneurs to solve urban problems everywhere. Offers the Clean Energy Prize, a 4-month program to support early stage companies creating clean energy solutions, provides a $15k grant, consulting services and mentorship, seed-funding, and free office space.




  • Timeline: 1: Summer
    Location: Bay Area
    Eligibility: For-profit

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    This social impact organization gives entrepreneurs tackling the world’s greatest challenges an “unreasonable advantage”” by matching them with mentors and ventures, facilitating a “”boot camp,”” and matching ventures up with hundreds of angels, foundations, and funds. Programs address several regions and issues each year. with short “”labs”” or long “”institutes.””




  • Timeline: Many: (mostly in the summer)
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    An accelerator and open innovation plaform with a materials/environmental focus that supports social entrepreneurs via netowrks of mentors that provide pro-bono innovator support and mentorship, with hundreds of programs focused on a specific theme (e.g., materials for sustainability). LAUNCH challenges encourages innovators to create life-changing, sustainable solutions in water, health, energy, waste, materials and green chemistry.




  • Timeline: Many: Year-round
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Any

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    Innovation firm with a practitioner-focused and mission-centered approach that works with non-profit clients to design, implement, and manage their enterprise to create greater social value.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: Any
    Eligibility: Non-profit

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    Offers unique programs for nonprofit and social good startups, including dinners, events, workshops, coaching, advising, and support – built on the foundation of a Christ-centered community. Three programs are offered: Startup, Launch, and Growth (check specific programs for deadlines)




  • Timeline: 2: Spring, Fall
    Location: US (Costa Mesa, California)
    Eligibility: Non-profit, For-profit

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    Located in locations across the world, this company offers large spaces and sublets desks and offices through a membership service. Tenants pay on a month-to-month basis, with no long-term contract required. Prefurnished space includes access to shared conference rooms, high-speed internet, specialty coffee and printing services.




  • Timeline: Rolling
    Location: US, International
    Eligibility: Any

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    A leading Silicon Valley startup incubator (3-month accelerator program, plus networking opportunities post-progarm) for wide variety of companies, specifically commercial web, enterprise software, and other tech-heavy companies. Twice a year we invest a small amount of money ($120k) in a large number of startups who move to the Bay Area for weekly dinners, mentorship, special events, and training that culminates in a Demo Day where the startups present their companies to a carefully selected, invite-only audience.




  • Timeline: 2: Fall; Spring
    Location: Bay Area (Mountain View, California)
    Eligibility: Non-profit, For-profit

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