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Top 25 Accelerators and Incubators in Pennsylvania in 2024

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If you are looking to start your business in Pennsylvania, it is never a bad idea to join an accelerator or incubator.

These organizations are designed to help startup businesses by providing them with office space, advice and access to potential partners, investors, and customers.

In this article, we have collected the 25 most popular accelerators and incubators from Pennsylvania.


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1) Innovation Works

Innovation Works

Innovation Works puts money, business knowledge, and other resources into companies that are most likely to help the regional economy.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 1999
  • Founders: Lisa Greenleaf
  • Industries: Music, Media, Software, SaaS, Information Technologies, HealthTech, Electronics, Robotics, Energy, Consumer Goods, Biotech, Medical Devices
  • Number of investments: 512
  • Number of exits: 34

You can find their website here.

2) AlphaLab

AlphaLab

AlphaLab is a software accelerator in Pittsburgh, PA, that is ranked among the best in the country. They help young tech companies figure out quickly the best way to build and grow.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2008
  • Founders: Jim Jen
  • Industries: Technology, Software, Gaming, Mobile, Consumer Internet
  • Number of investments: 104
  • Number of exits: 7

You can find their website here.

3) Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse

Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse

The Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse is an investment firm that is known all over the world for helping local entrepreneurs.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2001
  • Industries: Life Sciences, HealthTech
  • Number of investments: 52
  • Number of exits: 5

You can find their website here.

4) ic@3401

ic@3401

In Philadelphia, ic@3401 is the largest group of funded early-stage tech companies.

Details of the startup:

  • Industries: Software, HealthTech, EdTech, Information Technology, Healthcare
  • Number of investments: 50
  • Number of exits: 10

You can find their website here.

5) Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, Powered by Techstars

Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, Powered by Techstars

Comcast gives people access to money, guidance, talent, and infrastructure.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2006
  • Industries: Industry Agnostic
  • Number of investments: 38
  • Number of exits: 1
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 13

You can find their website here.

6) Life Sciences Greenhouse of Pennsylvania

Life Sciences Greenhouse of Pennsylvania

LSG Investments is making the future of patient care and the economy of Pennsylvania.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2002
  • Industries: Life Science, FinTech
  • Number of investments: 17

You can find their website here.

7) NextFab

NextFab

NextFab is a network of makerspaces that allow people to join and get access to tools, technology, education, events, and services.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2009
  • Founders: Evan D. Malone
  • Industries: Cleantech, Medical Devices, AgTech, IoT Wearables, Robotics
  • Number of investments: 13
  • Number of exits: 1
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 12

You can find their website here.

8) AlphaLab Gear

AlphaLab Gear

AlphaLab Gear is a startup accelerator for hardware and robotics companies that gives them money, mentorship, and connections.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Josh McElhattan
  • Industries: Hardware
  • Number of investments: 13
  • Funding amount: $25,000
  • Number of exits: 2
  • Equity Taken: 5%

You can find their website here.

9) SteelBridge Laboratories

SteelBridge Laboratories

SteelBridge Laboratories is a place where new ideas for technology can grow.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2016
  • Founders: James Haluszczak, Luis Burgos, Tim Haluszczak, Todd Haring
  • Industries: Software, Technology
  • Number of investments: 11
  • Number of exits: 1

You can find their website here.

10) Musketeer Capital

Musketeer Capital

Musketeer Capital works with great companies in the early, middle, and later stages to provide patient capital and share useful operating experiences.

Details of the startup:

  • Industries: Information Technology, Productivity Software, Educational Software, HealthTech
  • Number of investments: 04

You can find their website here.

11) Coal Hill Ventures

Coal Hill Ventures

Coal Hill Ventures invests in ambitious deep tech companies to help speed up changes in the industry.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Christopher Moehle
  • Industries: Information Technology, SaaS, Infrastructure, AI
  • Number of investments: 03

You can find their website here.

12) Walnut St. Labs

Walnut St. Labs

Walnut St. Labs is a company in Louisville, Colorado that helps with digital marketing, product development, and performance analytics.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Chris Dima, Kevin Fleming
  • Industries: Technology, Ecommerce
  • Number of investments: 02

You can find their website here.

13) Bucks Built

Bucks Built

Bucks Built helps early-stage, scalable companies grow by connecting their founders with a community, resources, and money.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2020
  • Industries: Industry Agnostic
  • Number of investments: 01
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 52

You can find their website here.

14) Penn Wharton VIP

Penn Wharton VIP

Penn Wharton VIP gives students and alumni the best chance of being able to use entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial approaches to solve important problems.

Details of the startup:

  • Industries: Industry Agnostic
  • Number of investments: 01
  • Number of exits: 1

You can find their website here.

15) Wilkes-Barre Connect

Wilkes-Barre Connect

Wilkes-Barre Connect is a part of the Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce that helps businesses start up and grow.

Details of the startup:

  • Industries: Industry Agnostic

You can find their website here.

16) CANBE Innovation Center

CANBE Innovation Center

The goal of CAN BE is to encourage entrepreneurship and the creation of new businesses in the Hazleton area, which will help businesses grow and become more diverse.

Details of the startup:

  • Industries: Technology

You can find their website here.

17) Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies

Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies

The Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT) helps its members find capital, talent, and customers, which helps them grow faster and be more successful.

Details of the startup:

  • Industries: HealthTech, FinTech, MedTech, SaaS, Life Sciences, Technology

You can find their website here.

18) Bridgeworks Enterprise Center

Bridgeworks Enterprise Center

Bridgeworks Enterprise Center is the only business incubator in the Lehigh Valley that focuses on manufacturing startups.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 1989
  • Industries: Manufacturing

You can find their website here.

19) Startup Lewisburg

Startup Lewisburg

Startup Lewisburg is a program that helps entrepreneurs from Bucknell University connect with each other.

Details of the startup:

  • Industries: Industry Agnostic

You can find their website here.

20) Carbondale Technology Transfer Center

Carbondale Technology Transfer Center

CTTC is a business incubator that helps new companies get started by renting out space, giving them technical help, and helping them find funding.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 1996
  • Industries: Technology

You can find their website here.

21) Ascender

Ascender

Ascender is a thriving group of innovators who help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses by providing free educational programming, mentorship, expert coaching, incubation, and a coworking space.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2012
  • Industries: Industry Agnostic

You can find their website here.

22) Sustainable Energy Fund

Sustainable Energy Fund

The Sustainable Energy Fund has worked hard to make sure that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will have a sustainable energy future.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 1999
  • Industries: Energy, Renewable Energy, Clean Energy

You can find their website here.

23) Vibrant Pittsburgh Connection Accelerator

Vibrant Pittsburgh Connection Accelerator

Vibrant Pittsburgh is an organisation for economic development that was set up by the region's leaders. Its goal is to increase the diversity of the region's workforce by attracting, keeping, promoting, and educating people from all walks of life.

Details of the startup:

  • Industries: Energy, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Information Technology, Communications

You can find their website here.

24) Alphalab Gear - Hardware Cup

Alphalab Gear - Hardware Cup

The AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup is a pitch competition for hardware companies that are still in their early stages.

Details of the startup:

  • Industries: Hardware

You can find their website here.

25) Baiada Institute

Baiada Institute

The Close School of Entrepreneurship is the first independent school in the country to give degrees in entrepreneurship.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2001
  • Industries: Industry Agnostic

You can find their website here.

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