Top 10 Startup Accelerators Sorted by Application Deadline [2016 Update]

There are tons of resources to find accelerators (best ones IMHO at the end of the article) but there isn’t a list ordered by application deadline which is what you need in practice before you start applying.

We checked 250+ accelerators and extracted the best ones, criteria were:

  • Quality: articles from trusted sources praising the accelerator and track record of startup funding after the program
  • Applications should be open within the next 6 months
  • Location: US or UK
  • Suitability: SaaS products (We’re applying with Startup Tracker— a tool to keep tabs on cool, up-and-coming and competing startups)

If you think I missed an accelerator, or disagree about the quality of a listed one, please ping me on Twitter @_JeremiahS

The list

Dec 31: MuckerLab (LA, US)
$21k–$150k for 7%–15% equity

Dec 31: Maven Ventures (Palo Alto, US)
Up to $500k for unknown equity %

Jan 8: Virgin Media Accelerator, powered by Techstars (London, UK)
$20k for 6% equity + $100k convertible note

Jan 31: MSFT Ventures Accelerator (London, UK)
No equity taken

Jan 31: Seedcamp (London, UK)
€75k for 7% equity or 3% equity to just participate
note: Seedcamp is not an accelerator anymore but a “first round fund” with an application process for its pre-seed investment deals

Opens in Feb: Y Combinator (Mountain View, US)
$120k for 7% equity

Opens in Feb: The Brandery (Cincinnati, US) 
$50k for 6% equity

February 7: AngelPad (SF and NYC, US)
$60k for unknown equity %

Mar 20: Techstars (London UK, Chicago and NYC, US)
$20k for 6% equity + $100k convertible note

Opens May 19: MassChallenge UK (London, UK)
No equity taken, grants of various sizes up to £50k

Rolling Applications

Amplify.LA (LA, US)
$50k — $200k for unknown equity %