Wednesday, January 11, 2017

January fundraising - acceleration programs and competitions

Winter season brings new accelerators and competitions and January can be part of your New Year, New Me moto. Don't miss the opportunity to apply to the ones that suits you best! Check out the awesome list we've prepared for you!

Lafayette Plug and Play

Lafayette Plug and Play is ground-breaking innovation platform designed to boost the next generation of retail and fashion companies. It is where startups meet experts, mentors, corporations and investors.

Two times a year we hold application calls for our intensive 3-month programs in our prime location in Paris - right in the heart of the Paris tech and social scene.

Location: Paris, FR
Closing date: 2nd of February, 2017


Techstars is a global ecosystem that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market wherever they choose to build their business. With 18 mentorship-driven programs worldwide, Techstars exists to support the world's most promising entrepreneurs throughout their lifelong journey. Techstars provides access to over 5,000 founders, mentors, investors and corporate partners, allowing entrepreneurs to accelerate the pace to innovation and more faster.

Location: London, United Kingdom
Closing date: 9th April, 2017

Startupbootcamp Smart City & Living 2017

Startupbootcamp is the number 1 accelerator in Europe. Startupbootcamp will innovate the Smart City & Living ecosystem by providing the most promising startups in the "Smart City & Living space". This means that we'll realise together with the selected startups in 3 months what normally would take you 18 months. 

Over the 3 month program, 10 selected high potential startups will accelerate their companies with the help of our team of world-class entrepreneurs.

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Closing date: 10th February, 2017

Startup Wise Guys accelerator

Startup Wise Goys is a mentorship-driven accelerator program for early stage B2B startups, providing seed capital (20K eur), office space and most importantly - world-class mentors.

The intensive 3 month accelerator program is focused on validating, developing and selling products to business customers. Over 100 international and local mentors with B2B startup experience help startups move through those stages much faster than they would on their own. Founders are also prepared to sell their vision to investors, and the programs culminates inn a Demo Day, where startups get to present to nture capitalist and angel investors.

Location: Tallinn, Estonia

Closing date: 31st January, 2017

xEdu Spring 2017 Program

xEdu is an accelerator that works with startups creating transformative learning solution in the education sector. Based in Finland, we maximise upon the expertise of our nation's superior educational system and pioneering tech/gaming scene and combine it with our dynamic global network of innovators, educators, entrepreneurs and investors.

Location: Helsinki, Finland

Closing date: 31st January, 2017

Rockstart Smart Energy Accelerator 2017

Join our Smart Energy Accelerator program where we help you build, validate and scale your business and find the best international product/market fit. We help you better understand product design, market fit and business models by enabling you to directly work with relevant supplies, users, professionals and other stakeholders in energy.

Location: Amsterdam, Neitherlands
Closing date: 17th February, 2017

Le Tremplin - Sports incubator in Parsi

Le Tramplin, Paris&Co's Sports Innovation Platform, is launching a 3rd call for applications in order to recruit its 3rd cohort for its incubation program. Le Tremplin offers a wide range of services to the selected startups such as mentoring, coaching, access to funding, access to our network and a brand new co-working space (inside the Jean Boulin Stadium, in the heard of the Parison sports ecosystem).

Location: Paris, France
Closing date: 23th January, 2017


The purpose of the Virtual Reality Venture Capital Alliance is to foster long-term growth in the VR industry through identifying, sharing and investing in the world's most innovative & impactful VR technology and content companies.

Location: Global

Closing date: 3rd February, 2017

TechChill Pitch Battle 2017

The 10 best startups will get a chance to participate in mentoring sessions on February 9th, 2017, and all together 5 of them will be nominated to pitch at TechChill conference on February 10th, 2017.

Pitch winner will get a chance to get a fast track, fully paid trip to Silicon Valley in order to meet-up with investors and venture funds!

Location: Riga, Latvia

Closing date: 15th January, 2017

Drive with Belron

Drive with Belron was designed to find startups with disruptive solutions who could help us improve operations and discover new ways of working. We understand that innovative collaboration is crucial for continued development, which is why Drive with Belron is back for its second year.

Location: Egham, United Kingdom

Closing time: 29th January, 2017