Incubators and Accelerators

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What are incubators and accelerators?

Incubators 

Incubators help entrepreneurs develop their ideas and business models. Incubator programs provide business advice that prepare entrepreneurs to scale their innovations. Incubators provide a more flexible timeline.

Accelerators 

Accelerators help existing start-ups advance. UC Berkeley accelerator programs connect entrepreneurs with leading professionals and investors. Following a fixed timeline, the commitment ranges from three to six months.

Campus Incubators and Accelerators

SkyDeckLAUNCHCITRIS FoundryBig IdeasBlockchain Xcelerator
Year Founded 2012 2015 2013 2005 2019
Startups Served 480 85 500 45
Teams Supported 480 120 131 2,800 5
Entrepreneurs Participating 1,173 427  8,000 100
Rounds to Date 10 6 16 3
  • Applications Received: ~150 each cycle
  • 5 student teams have participated, 3 on-going
  • $20+M follow on funding in 1.5 years
  • $130M raised
  • 5 acquisitions total, 3 female founders
  • Participation from all 10 UCs
  • Applications Received: 3,150 applications per year
  • 44% teams have a female founder
  • 30% of teams have a faculty founder
  • Supporting teams across 9 different techology sectors and 11 different social impact goals
  • Over 100 majors represented among student applicants
  • Approximately 50% of applicants are female
  • Over 65 countries of origin represented among student applicants

Student-Run Accelerators and Incubators

StEPFree VenturesAccelerateHer
Year Founded 2018 2013 2018
Startups Served 111 62 11
Teams Supported 89 11
Entrepreneurs Participating 296 150 75
Rounds to Date 3 14 1
  • StEP startups have collectively raised more than $2m
  • Multidisciplinary teams
    • 36% Business
    • 23%  Computer Science and Data Science
    • 17% Engineering
    • 13% Science
    • 11% Other
  • Over $40m raised from alumni companies
  • 3 acquisitions
  • Received applications from 11 different class years / programs
  • Received applications from 8 different majors (CS, engineering, business, humanities and natural sciences)
  • ~40 female participants
  • $10,000 from Blackstone Launchpad and NSF I-Corps