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Accelerators and incubators are essential for helping new startups take flight.

New entrepreneurs looking to transform their great business idea into a successful and sustainable business sometimes don’t have the experience or connections to make that happen on their own.

The staff of an accelerator or incubator can help by providing support, space, mentorship, connections and more.

To help you out, we've compiled a list of 38 accelerators and incubators that invest in the Hardware industry.


38 Hardware Accelerators and Incubators

1) StartX (Stanford-StartX Fund)

1) StartX (Stanford-StartX Fund)

StartX is a non-profit organization that assists Stanford's finest entrepreneurs.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: Palo Alto
  • Started in: 2009
  • Founders: Cameron Teitelman, Christopher Morace, Dan Ha, Jonathan Golden, Karen Katz, Matt Man, Steve Petersen
  • Number of investments: 333
  • Number of exits: 63

You can find their website here.

2) Communitech

2) Communitech

Communitech is a Waterloo-based industry-led innovation center.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Canada
  • City: Kitchener
  • Started in: 1997
  • Founders: Danielle Graham, Tom Jenkins
  • Number of investments: 13
  • Number of exits: 2

You can find their website here.

3) Accelerator Centre

3) Accelerator Centre

A network of facilities dedicated to the development and commercialization of technology companies is known as the Accelerator Centre.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Canada
  • City: Waterloo
  • Started in: 2006
  • Number of investments: 112
  • Number of exits: 6
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 144

You can find their website here.

4) NextAI

4) NextAI

NextAI is a global innovation hub dedicated to the invention and commercialization of artificial intelligence-related businesses and technologies.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Canada
  • City: Toronto
  • Started in: 2016
  • Founders: Ajay Agrawal
  • Number of investments: 89
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 27

You can find their website here.

5) CITRIS Foundry

5) CITRIS Foundry

CITRIS Foundry is a deep tech accelerator at UC Berkeley.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: Berkeley
  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Alic Chen, Patrick Scaglia, Peter Minor
  • Number of investments: 97

You can find their website here.

6) NEXT Canada

6) NEXT Canada

NEXT Canada is a national non-profit organization dedicated to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in Canada.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Canada
  • City: Toronto
  • Started in: 2010
  • Founders: Ajay Agrawal, Claudia Hepburn, Reza Satchu, Tim Hodgson
  • Number of investments: 316
  • Number of exits: 16

You can find their website here.

7) HAX

7) HAX

SOSV's Hard Tech Venture Program is known as HAX.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: San Francisco
  • Started in: 2011
  • Founders: Cyril Ebersweiler, Sean O'Sullivan
  • Number of investments: 465
  • Number of exits: 10
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 26

You can find their website here.

8) EvoNexus

8) EvoNexus

Motivated entrepreneurs can use EvoNexus to turn their disruptive ideas into fundable and commercially successful businesses.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: La Jolla
  • Started in: 1998
  • Founders: Rory Moore, Walter Davis
  • Number of investments: 231
  • Number of exits: 29
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 72,104

You can find their website here.

9) MiLA Capital (Make in LA)

9) MiLA Capital (Make in LA)

MiLA Finance is a seed-stage venture capital firm focused on next-generation hardware firms.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: Los Angeles
  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Noramay Cadena, Shaun Arora
  • Number of investments: 23
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 16

You can find their website here.

10) FuturePlay

10) FuturePlay

FuturePlay is an early-stage investor and accelerator focused on deep tech firms.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: South Korea
  • City: Seoul
  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Danny Yoon, Hoseok JUNG, Jaesun Han, Jung-hee Ryu, Sungjae Hwang
  • Number of investments: 32

You can find their website here.

11) Industrio

11) Industrio

Industrio Ventures is situated in Italy and serves as a launchpad for hardware, industry, and technology entrepreneurs.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Italy
  • City: Trento
  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Jari Ognibeni
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 16

You can find their website here.

12) Buildit Accelerator

12) Buildit Accelerator

Buildit is a hardware and IoT accelerator for startups.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Latvia
  • City: Riga
  • Started in: 2018
  • Founders: Aleksander Tõnnisson, Matiss Neimanis, Rene Tonnisson, Toomas Noorem
  • Number of investments: 29
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 4

You can find their website here.

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13) Highway1

13) Highway1

Highway1, a branch of PCH, is a San Francisco-based hardware startup accelerator.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: San Francisco
  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Brady Forrest, Liam Casey
  • Number of investments: 86
  • Number of exits: 10

You can find their website here.

14) Silicon Catalyst

14) Silicon Catalyst

The only startup incubator in the world dedicated solely to semiconductor solutions.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: Santa Clara
  • Started in: 2014
  • Founders: Rick Lazansky
  • Number of investments: 13

You can find their website here.

15) Founders Space

15) Founders Space

The world's leading Global Incubator + Accelerator is Founders Space. We help entrepreneurs shock the world with 50 partners in 22 countries!

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: San Francisco
  • Started in: 2010
  • Founders: Naomi Kokubo, Steven Hoffman

You can find their website here.

16) Start Co.

16) Start Co.

Start Co. is a startup accelerator that focuses on B2B, logistics, women-led businesses, and social impact.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: Memphis
  • Started in: 2008
  • Founders: Andre Fowlkes, Eric Mathews
  • Number of investments: 25

You can find their website here.

17) WNT Ventures

17) WNT Ventures

From Garage to Greatness, WNT Ventures exists to champion and inspire New Zealand pioneers at the start of their frontier tech adventure.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: New Zealand
  • City: Tauranga
  • Started in: 2014
  • Founders: Beppie Holm, Carl Jones, Ian MaCrae, Peter Wren-Hilton, Steve Saunders
  • Number of investments: 18
  • Number of exits: 2

You can find their website here.

18) Flex Lab IX

18) Flex Lab IX

The world's largest hardware ecosystem is being built by Flex Lab IX.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: San Jose
  • Started in: 2013
  • Number of investments: 9

You can find their website here.

19) Bucks Built

19) Bucks Built

Consumer Products, E-Commerce, and Hardware are all examples of SaaS.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: Doylestown
  • Started in: 2020
  • Number of investments: 1
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 52

You can find their website here.

20) AlphaLab Gear

20) AlphaLab Gear

AlphaLab Gear is a hardware and robotics business accelerator that offers funding, mentorship, and connections to entrepreneurs.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: Pittsburgh
  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Josh McElhattan
  • Number of investments: 13
  • Funding amount: $25,000
  • Number of exits: 2
  • Equity Taken: 5%

You can find their website here.

21) USC Viterbi Startup Garage

21) USC Viterbi Startup Garage

Viterbi Startup Garage is a 12-week technological accelerator program with $50,000 in financing, space, and strategic and financial resources.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: Marina Del Rey
  • Started in: 2013
  • Number of investments: 16

You can find their website here.

22) İTÜ Çekirdek

22) İTÜ Çekirdek

TÜ ekirdek was established in 2011.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Turkey
  • City: Istanbul
  • Started in: 2011
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 10

You can find their website here.

23) HARDS

23) HARDS

The Brazilian Software/Hardware Accelerator was the first of its kind in the country.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Brazil
  • City: Florianópolis
  • Started in: 2019
  • Founders: Marcos Buson
  • Number of investments: 5
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 24

You can find their website here.

24) Hardware.co

24) Hardware.co

HARDWARE.co is a global community and accelerator for hardware-focused entrepreneurs, industry professionals, and makers.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Germany
  • City: Berlin
  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Aydogan Ali Schosswald, Jeff Katz, Maximilian von der Ahe, Yatan Blumenthal, Yatan Yatan Blumenthal
  • Number of investments: 68
  • Number of exits: 3

You can find their website here.

25) ProMontreal Entrepreneurs

25) ProMontreal Entrepreneurs

(PME) assists young Jewish entrepreneurs by assisting them in the development of their company ideas. We provide funding, mentorship, and resource information.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Canada
  • City: Montréal
  • Started in: 2000
  • Number of investments: 40
  • Number of exits: 2

You can find their website here.

26) InNEVator Blockchain Accelerator

26) InNEVator Blockchain Accelerator

InNEVator is a blockchain accelerator program for technology entrepreneurs that takes place on a regular basis.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: Reno
  • Started in: 2017
  • Number of investments: 5

You can find their website here.

27) SK Telecom Americas Innopartners

27) SK Telecom Americas Innopartners

SKTA Innopartners is a venture capital firm that invests in and accelerates core technology firms.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: Sunnyvale
  • Started in: 2013
  • Number of investments: 6

You can find their website here.

28) Startupbootcamp HighTechXL

28) Startupbootcamp HighTechXL

HighTechXL, Europe's business accelerator for hardware entrepreneurs, is a startup bootcamp.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: The Netherlands
  • City: Eindhoven
  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Eric Van Den Eijnden, Guus Frericks
  • Number of investments: 27
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 12

You can find their website here.

29) Startups Ignite

29) Startups Ignite

Where vision and action collide. Developing programs and communities to help new businesses get off the ground.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: Vienna
  • Started in: 2014
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 12

You can find their website here.

30) Start You Up Accelerator

30) Start You Up Accelerator

Start You Up Accelerator is a global startup accelerator that focuses on the creation of innovative and scalable businesses.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Brazil
  • City: Vitória
  • Started in: 2010

You can find their website here.

31) TechX Ventures

31) TechX Ventures

Funding, mentoring, development, prototyping, and supply chain creation for IoT and tech hardware companies.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: Warren
  • Started in: 2016
  • Founders: David A. Rosen
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 48

You can find their website here.

32) Central Research Laboratory

32) Central Research Laboratory

The CRL is a hardware startup, designer, and maker community. We offer desk and studio rental, as well as excellent machine shops and an accelerator.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • City: Hayes
  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: James Nettleton
  • Number of investments: 1

You can find their website here.

33) NYDesigns

33) NYDesigns

NYDesigns is a non-profit organization that supports and promotes design entrepreneurs of all types and phases of development.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: Long Island City
  • Started in: 2006
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 12

You can find their website here.

34) The European Startup Prize

34) The European Startup Prize

The European Startup Prize is Europe's largest award and accelerator program for sustainable mobility.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: France
  • City: Paris
  • Started in: 2018
  • Founders: Jean-François Dhinaux, Karima Delli, Sophie Bailly
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 20

You can find their website here.

35) HaxAsia

35) HaxAsia

HaxAsia is a new startup accelerator specializing in Hardware 2.0 and IoT.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Singapore
  • City: Singapore
  • Started in: 2014
  • Number of investments: 6

You can find their website here.

36) Smart Impact

36) Smart Impact

Hardware Accelerator With Impact

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Mexico
  • City: Mexico City
  • Started in: 2015
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 96

You can find their website here.

37) Sydney Hardware Incubator

37) Sydney Hardware Incubator

The Sydney Hardware Incubator is a program that focuses on hardware startups in their early stages.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Australia
  • City: Marrickville
  • Started in: 2019
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 25

You can find their website here.

38) Alphalab Gear - Hardware Cup

38) Alphalab Gear - Hardware Cup

The AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup is a pitch competition for hardware startups in their early stages.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: Pittsburgh

You can find their website here.

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