Incubators That Could Accelerate Your Startup

Updated: Nov 16, 2021

Creating your own business is especially hard during its beginning stages. This is where Incubators come in — collaborative programs that are designed to help your startup succeed by providing workspace, seed funding, mentoring, and training.


Here are some of the most famous incubators in the United Kingdom all the way to New York and Germany:

  1. Activate Capital

  2. Bethnal Green Ventures

  3. Catena Capital

  4. Consensys Mesh

  5. CyLon

  6. FFWD

  7. Hatch Enterprise

  8. Imperial Innovations

  9. IncuBus

  10. Tech City Tub

  11. The Bakery

 

Activate Capital







Location: London


About Activate Capital:

  • Programme length: 6 weeks

  • This intensive programme, called ‘The Startup Lab’, provides over £30k worth of value in helping entrepreneurs to develop their idea into something investor-ready and full of potential

  • The mentors will drive core principles such as purpose, vision, value, design, and product development

  • This incubator also has an accelerator and seed investment fund of £100k for successful applicants who have completed the incubator and wish to continue their growth journey with Activate Capital

 

Bethnal Green Ventures







Location: London


About Bethnal Green Ventures:

  • Europe’s leading early-stage ‘tech for good’ VC

  • Focus on socially-positive tech startups

  • Has backed 141 ventures in 9 years

  • Members of Bethnal Green Ventures’ portfolio have gone on to raise another £98m in funding

  • Learn more

 

CyLon








Location: London


About Cylon:

  • Programme length: 3 months

  • Offers training and mentorship to Europe’s most promising cybersecurity entrepreneurs, perfect for the crypto world!

  • There is a professional curriculum, loads of support from mentors, and personal guidance

  • At the end of the 3-month programme is ‘Demo Day’, which gives participants the chance to present and pitch their products and progress to potential investors

  • The incubator space also helps existing cybersecurity companies to grow and develop into something bigger through expert mentorship and a high-quality network.

 

FFWD






Location: London (through currently delivered online due to Covid-19)


About FFWD:

  • The UK’s leading pre-accelerator incubator

  • An incubator designed to validate entrepreneurs’ minimum viable products

  • Programme length: Dynamic day events spread over 6 weeks

  • Designed for: Early-stage tech entrepreneurs

  • Applies: Lean Startup methods, the application of Design Thinking, and mentoring from expert coaches

  • Aims to: Validate the minimum viable product, raise some pre-seed funding, and provide access or support applications to the top accelerators in the UK

 

Hatch Enterprise







Location: London


About Hatch Enterprise:

  • Programme length: 12 weeks

  • Hatch Enterprise actually offers a full-run service, with a 6-week long launchpad, a 12-week incubator, and a 16-week accelerator (for female founders)

  • Entrepreneurs at different stages of their business development will find a good home at Hatch Enterprise, especially with the incubator, which focuses specifically on growth during the early-stages of your business journey

Features:

  • Interactive workshops, expert speakers, and considerate mentors to provide the theory

  • Those who join Hatch Enterprise become part of the community and alumni, a value resource in South London, especially for events, contacts, and skill swaps

 

Imperial Innovations










Location: London


About Imperial Innovations:

  • Programme length: 6 weeks

  • Offered: Access to a free office and laboratory for early-stage businesses

  • Facility: a state-of-the-art two-storey enormous incubators facility with 12 labs, 22 offices, meeting rooms, and 24,000ft of opportunity

  • Also known as ‘White City Incubator’

  • Two different incubators offered, the ‘White City Innovators’ Programme’ which is specifically for tech startups, and the ‘Innovation Academy’ designed to help entrepreneurs build and grow their ideas

  • The White City Innovators’ Programme is well-suited to blockchain and cryptocurrency startups, however in 2020/2021, the programme is on hold as the research teams at the labs have committed to volunteering their skills in support of the pandemic recovery

 

IncuBus








Location: London


About Incubus:

  • Programme length: 12 weeks

  • This incubator programme is hosted on top of a double-decker London bus!

  • IncuBus is a collaborative effort from YCombinator and Techstars alumni, giving back to the startup community by helping them raise investment and apply for the world’s best accelerators

Included: Mentors, workshops and free desk space


 

Tech City Tub










Location: London - Bank & Bethnall Green


About Tech City Tub:

  • Programme length: variable

  • A less hands-on approach to incubation, the Tech City Tub is more of a coworking space and think tank where entrepreneurs can access subsidised desk space and plenty of free professional services from as little as £55pppm

  • The management do offer bursaries to qualifying individuals

  • Launched back in 2016, the space has grown to offer 40 open workspace desks, 9 private studios, 6 meeting rooms, and 2 breakout spaces

  • Incubation is driven by the community of ‘Bathroom to Boardroom’ entrepreneurs

 

The Bakery









Location: London (Dalston)


About The Bakery:

  • An incubator designed to help small startups acquire large companies as their clients. This is achieved by finding the business challenges of their large corporate partners and developing early-stage companies to solve those problems and offer sustainable solutions

  • The Startup Programme: a tech incubator for pre-idea entrepreneurs in the B2B space

  • Launched in 2013, the programme has helped over 5,000 entrepreneurs around the world and offers access to large corporate clients including Unilever, BMW, and Eurostar

Targeted sectors:

  • Finance, Healthcare, Consultancy, Automotive, Food & Beverage, and FMCG


 

Here are a couple of non-UK incubators that we can recommend:



Consensys Mesh










Location: Global, predominantly New York


About Consensys Mesh:

  • Founded in 2015

  • Incubator, investor, software provider, and educator based around the Ethereum blockchain and network

  • The venture studio recently split, with Consensys Mesh becoming a separate entity from Consensys, allowing it to thrive independently of its primary software business focus

Targeted businesses:

  • Web 3, open-source tools, new protocols, blockchain development and innovation

 

Catena Capital










Location: Berlin, Germany


About Catena Capital:

  • Continental Europe’s best blockchain-specific incubator

  • Invests in early-stage blockchain projects

Targeting:

  • Marketplaces, KYC solutions, Crypto education projects, Proptech, Blockchain scalability, Identity management, AdTech, and Community products

Offers:

  • Seed funding up to $250k, growth resources up to $250k, individual mentoring, and office space

  • 10 intakes per year globally, and can be remote, not necessarily in Berlin

 

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