Incubators/Accelerators | Region 5

Incubators/Accelerators | Region 5

Name of Program
City/State
Incubator/Accelerator
Notes
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GENESIS Technology Incubator Fayetteville, Arkansas Incubator GENESIS is a technology-oriented business incubator located at the Arkansas Research and Technology Park in Fayetteville, Arkansas. GENESIS offers a variety of services to qualifying technology-intensive entrepreneurs who desire to base their operations here during the critical early stages of company development. There is an established track record of helping to launch successful firms that have a lasting positive impact on the economy of Northwest Arkansas, and we have an important role to fulfill in advancing the state into the new, knowledge-based economy of the 21st Century. https://artp.uark.edu/genesis-technology-incubator/
FIS Fintech Accelerator Little Rock, Arkansas Accelerator FIS is the world's largest global provider dedicated to banking and payments technologies. FIS empowers the financial world with payment processing and banking solutions, including software, services and technology outsourcing. If you want to partner with or sell to financial institutions, the FIS FinTech Accelerator can get you there faster than you ever thought possible. https://www.venturecenter.co/accelerators
ICBA ThinkTech Accelerator Little Rock, Arkansas Accelerator The ICBA is the voice for nearly 5,000 community banks in the USA, representing banks with $4.9 Trillion in assets and $3.9 Trillion in deposits that have over $3.3 Trillion in loans. It is the only national association dedicated exclusively to serving and protecting the interests of the community banking industry and the communities and customers they serve. If you are interested in maximizing your company’s customer viability through a robust community banking network, the ICBA ThinkTech accelerator is for you. https://www.venturecenter.co/accelerators
Fuel Bentonville, Arkansas Accelerator Fuel is specifically designed for growth-stage technology companies ready to scale and become enterprise ready. Building a great product, solution, or technology is just one part of the equation for a successful company creation. Through this program, you'll receive mentorship and education within your specific industry vertical, as well as coaching and connections from Fuel’s enterprise partners to make the most of your interactions with new partners and potential customers. https://www.fuelaccelerator.com/program
Unreasonable Institute Denver, Colorado Accelerator The world is changed by unreasonable people with big dreams. The Unreasonable Institute tackles big issues of poverty, education and social injustices. This accelerator touts its social mission and asks participants to stretch themselves over a five-week period in Boulder. https://uncharted.org/
Telluride Venture Accelerator Telluride, Colorado Accelerator This accelerator focuses on areas important to a fulfilling life: outdoor recreation, tourism, natural products, health, energy, water and education. As a mountain town, the accelerator is also looking for businesses that have the potential to operate virtually and make a positive impact. https://www.tellurideva.com/
Boomtown Boulder, Colorado Accelerator This 12-week program gives participants $20,000 in cash for a 6% equity stake. https://boomtownaccelerators.com/
MergeLane Boulder, Colorado Accelerator is the only accelerator on our list that requires one of the leading members of the team be a woman. MergeLane takes a 6 percent equity in accepted companies in return for $20,000 investment, with the potential for additional funding. https://www.mergelane.com/
BetaBlox Program Overland Park, Kansas Accelerator We make startups in Kansas City AND Tulsa better, faster – guaranteed. We accept roughly 10 teams at once that start-and-grow together cohort-style; similar what it’d be like making lifelong friends in a military’s bootcamp. Not only do each of these teams help each other out, we step in with a bevy of products and services that will add gasoline to a founder’s trajectory. Think of it as our contribution to the founding of your company. In exchange we become small minority shareholders in your startup with no voting rights or power. We like to think of ourselves as your co-founder who doesn't expect a salary. We will only charge you once your company reaches a liquidation event (IPO, acquisition, dividends, etc.) – and even then, it’s just a pinch. The program represents a very structured and hands-on six months; followed by a less rigorous additional six months; followed by services and assets that will last for the life of your company. We start as an accelerator, grow into an incubator, and end as your friends and partners. https://betablox.com/about-the-betablox-program/
SIUC Small Business Incubator Carbondale, Illinois Accelerator The Office of Economic and Regional Development at Southern Illinois University Carbondale established the Small Business Incubator Program with assistance from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (formerly the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs). This program has assisted more than 50 organizations start and expand their operations since its inception in 1990. It is housed within the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center in the SIU Research Park, adjacent to the main campus at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. https://incubator.siu.edu/
New Orleans BioInnovation Center New Orleans, Louisiana Incubator Labs & Office Facilities
Our building holds state-of-the-art labs and equipment for your needs.
Business Assistance
Offering free consulting to assess promising new technologies.
Community Impact
Dedicated to fostering economic growth in our region and helping create jobs.
https://neworleansbio.com/
BRF Shreveport, Louisiana Accelerator BRF has engaged in knowledge-based economic development for over twenty years, with programs and facilities that support innovation through its InterTech Science Park, its relationship with LSU Health Shreveport, and science/technology education programs. Launched in 2014, EAP provides the services and resources to accelerate the creation of the innovation ecosystem in northwest Louisiana by creating a one-stop shop for a comprehensive pipeline from idea to market.
As of 2019, EAP had screened more than 780 ideas, products or services. EAP portfolio companies received more than $74 million in grants, bank loans and investments and created more than 190 jobs.
https://www.brfla.org/project/entrepreneurial-accelerator-program/
CLBI Alexandria, Louisiana Incubator Consulting support is offered to all Incubator clients in a variety of management, financial, marketing and
administrative areas by our incubator staff, Small Business Development Center personnel, and the Management
Assistance Team (MAT) — community professionals.
https://www.clbi.org/
Louisiana Technology Park Baton Rouge, Louisiana Accelerator Louisiana Technology Park is the hub for technology development in Louisiana. It was created to drive economic development and job creation by providing high-tech startups with the resources to bring their products and services to market faster and more effectively.
The Louisiana Technology Park has a team of experts ready to guide your business through to success. Upon joining any of our programs, you will be surrounded by other hi-tech startups. This creates a synergistic effect in the office that is priceless.
https://www.latechpark.com/
SWLA SEED Center Lake Charles, Louisiana Incubator Benefits of becoming an incubator client
Whether you're a start-up in the pre-revenue stage, or you've been operating your business out of your home, our incubator program can help you reach your goals with business training, start-up office space, access to business equipment and services that are usually too expensive for a new business. Clients will receive coaching, counseling, managerial and technical services, along with the opportunity to network with other emerging businesses.
https://seedcenterswla.com/services/business-incubator/
Propeller New Orleans, Louisiana Accelerator A 4-month program to start, grow, or transform your business.
Propeller’s Impact Accelerator is an interactive 4-month accelerator program that provides start-up and growth entrepreneurs with coaching, community building, curriculum, and technical assistance.
Our program enables entrepreneurs to build ventures that are grounded in financial viability, social impact, racial equity, and a demonstrated commitment to the prosperity of our city and region.
http://gopropeller.org/accelerator/
Think Big Kansas City, Missouri Accelerator We advise the world’s most
progressive minded cities, companies,
innovators and entrepreneurs.
We build smart cities. We design and implement smart technologies. And we help entrepreneurs and innovators create fresh solutions to the world’s toughest challenges by accelerating technology commercialization powered by human centered design principles.
Think Big brings people, ideas, processes and opportunities together to create more vibrant, smarter, globally connected high impact communities.
https://thinkbigpartners.com/
Prosper Women Entrepreneurs St Louis, Missouri Accelerator Prosper Women Entrepreneurs (PWE) was created to advance women-led companies. The Prosper Women Entrepreneurs Startup Accelerator is a for-profit organization focused on increasing women entrepreneurs' access to growth capital and the number of women investing in early stage capital markets. http://www.prosperstl.com/about
SixThirty St Louis, Missouri Accelerator SixThirty is different from most programs in that we maintain a healthy balance of helpful programming and networking opportunities. SixThirty invests in FinTech companies with working products, so the type of value-added discussions we seek to have are based around the typical issues for companies at this stage, which involve sales, marketing, hiring and fundraising.
Our intention isn’t to have you “in class” 9am to 5pm, seven days a week; we want you to be out talking with customers and partners, and generating business. We aim to be flexible with our program and respond to the individual needs of each of our portfolio companies.
https://sixthirty.co/program-overview/
Innovation Stockyard St Joseph, Missouri Incubator Innovation Stockyard is a one-stop business incubator for those who want to start or grow any business, but specializing in the animal sciences field. We offer business and scientific consulting—and facilities—to help bring your idea to market. http://innovationstockyard.com/
Missouri Innovation Center Colombia, Missouri Accelerator The Accelerator Fund was created by the Missouri Innovation Center in 2016 to help entrepreneurs launch market-changing companies in the state of Missouri. The accelerator fund provides early investment to selected companies who have a well-defined plan for a technology-based product or service. The Accelerator Fund leads investments of up to $50,000 to help a startup company create an initial product and/or launch their product or service. Recipients can receive additional business services and mentoring at our Mid-MO Tech Incubator to more fully flesh out a business model and investment strategy. In exchange for the investment capital and business coaching, companies will be required to enter into a convertible note agreement or equity purchase agreement with the Accelerator Fund. Apply below, or learn more about the Accelerator Fund on our Accelerator FAQ page. https://missouriinnovation.com/accelerator-fund/
OzSBI West Plains, Missouri Incubator Space
The OzSBI facility includes all-inclusive office space for entrepreneurs.
Workshops
OzSBI offers training programs designed to help your business grow.
Money
OzSBI Microloans can help your business expand quickly.
Mentoring
OzSBI’s network of experienced mentors will coach you toward success.
https://www.ozsbi.com/#contacts
Efactory Springfield, Missouri Incubator A business incubator, training center, support network and more.
The efactory opened its doors in March of 2013 with one goal in mind: to serve entrepreneurs and small business owners throughout southwest Missouri. Today our services cover all the bases – everything from office space for growing companies to custom trainings for businesses.
Since opening our doors, efactory programs have:
Served over 930 business clients
Created over 1,500 jobs
Helped clients secure more than $63 million in capital and equity
Helped clients secure more than $18 million in research and grant support
https://efactory.missouristate.edu/about/
Creative Startups City of Albuquerque, New Mexico Accelerator Creative Startups is a virtual accelerator program targeting the creative economy. Its curriculum is based on the design thinking concepts and the lean startup method. Companies are aligned with mentors and all of the initial work is virtual. Then the companies meet for an intensive five-day boot camp, a pitch day and more. https://www.creativestartups.org/
Pioneer Technology Center – Business Incubator Ponca City, Oklahoma Incubator Pioneer Technology Center’s Business Incubator is a Certified Business Incubator facility designed to create and nurture the growth and development of a new or start-up business. Space is available for service, light manufacturing, and wholesale startup businesses. Incubator tenants are able to use conference rooms and office equipment. In addition, the following professional services are available: https://staging.pioneertech.edu/business-incubator/
Norman Economic Development Norman, Oklahoma Incubator EDC’s featured entrepreneurial resource is our business incubator, Startup 405. This center has been designed to assist technology entrepreneurs by offering flexible office space equipped with the latest telecommunications infrastructure, basic shared business services, and a training/conference room. For more information, call NEDC at 405.573.1900 or email Maureen at mhammond@selectnorman.com. http://www.selectnorman.com/entrepreneurs
The Forge Tulsa, Oklahoma Incubator We are Tulsa’s only curriculum-based, certified business incubator.
The Forge accelerates the success of innovative, high-growth startups.
https://www.theforgetulsa.com/
BetaBlox Program Tulsa, Oklahoma Incubator BetaBlox is a business incubator that can increase an entrepreneur’s likelihood of success by more than twice the national average. We do this by awarding 10 entrepreneurs at a time with a package designed to accelerate a startup’s growth and increase its valuation. In exchange, we join the founding team by taking a small piece of equity instead of charging upfront cash. This mutually aligns our team with that of the founding team, and motivates us in a way that upfront cash never could. https://betablox.com/about-the-betablox-program/
innovation district Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Accelerator These activities will be focused on innovation, placemaking, enhanced education and training. Under this project plan, the TIF can be used for such things as the financing, construction, or long-term leasing of business incubators and accelerator spaces, education and training facilities, public spaces such as conference facilities, gathering spaces, entertainment spaces and green space. Funding can also be used for enhanced educational programs, skills training programs, internships, workforce development, and entrepreneurial support activities. http://www.okcinnovation.com/
The Catbird Seat Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Incubator he Catbird Seat is a small business incubator located in downtown Oklahoma City at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Santa Fe Plaza location. By joining our business incubation program, you'll have access to office space with break and conference room usage, but being in the Catbird Seat is so much more…. you’re part of a supported team with consulting services through UCO Customized Education, training opportunities, resources, and tax advantages. http://www.thecatbirdseat.org/
Autry Technology Center Enid, Oklahoma Accelerator Our Small Business Management Coordinator can help you maximize the potential of your business. From marketing, strategy, planning and problem solving, the Small Business Management Coordinator helps clients develop business skills and knowledge through one-on one mentoring as well as workshops, classes and networking events.
Workshops and classes are designed especially for the owners of new and existing small businesses. They are held at Autry Technology Center campus or at the James Strate Center for Business Development. These classes demonstrate practical methods and ideas for the further growth and development of each client’s business.
One-on-one conferences and meetings are held with each client at his or her place of business. Our Small Business Management Coordinator will provide the necessary individual assistance as well as the privacy required for identifying areas of vulnerability within your business.
https://autrytech.edu/small-business-entrepreneurship/
Student Entrepreneur Acceleration and Launch Austin, Texas Incubator SEAL is The University of Texas at Austin’s selective nine-week summer program designed to help student teams tackle the most difficult, deal-killing questions of their new ventures. https://ati.utexas.edu/seal/
Capital Factory Austin, Texas Accelerator The Accelerator gives Texas startups a competitive advantage in attracting talent, advisors, investors and customers. We focus on helping startups raise funding and increase customer growth by providing coworking space, hosting credits, a Startup Evangelist to advocate for your startup, and access to a mentor network of the top investors and entrepreneurs in Texas.
This isn’t a 3 month curriculum-based boot camp. We are expecting you to engage with us and exploit our program benefits for a longer duration of time with a key focus on fundraising so that you can scale your business.
None of this costs you a dime. Capital Factory receives stock worth 1% of the company and rights to invest in your next big round of funding.
https://www.capitalfactory.com/accelerator/
Galvanize Austin, Texas Accelerator Galvanize works directly with your company to assess the opportunities faced within your workforce and determine how to meet the specific technical requirements of your organization.
Using a data-driven approach, industry knowledge, and the technical expertise of our instructional team, we create a customized, tailored education plan to help your company reach your goals.
Our world-class faculty will train your team according to your plan; including options for training in your office, at a Galvanize campus and online.
Galvanize can train your teams using your real-world projects with deliverables that further your company's tech goals. So your team is productive as they learn.
https://www.galvanize.com/companies
Longhorn Startup Lab Austin, Texas Incubator The Longhorn Startup Seminar is a lecture-based course in the Fall semester that features prominent entrepreneurs telling the stories of how they founded their companies and answering questions from the students. Students get to pitch their idea to the class and participate in speed-dating events to meet potential co-founders and get advice from mentors. Any student from any college can register for either of these course numbers: CS178, COM125, ES177, ES177, FA170, or MAN137.

The Longhorn Startup Lab is an intensive project-based course in the Spring semester that identifies student entrepreneurs who are building scalable technology companies and gets them real course credit for working on their startups while still in school. These students receive weekly one-on-one mentoring sessions with successful entrepreneurs and free coworking memberships at Capital Factory. The semester culminates in a Demo Day where the students present their companies to the Austin community. Any student from any college can register for the CS course number: CS378, ES377E, or MAN337

http://longhornstartup.com/
TechStars Austin, Texas Accelerator Recently ranked the #14 fastest-growing startup ecosystem in the world among many other top rankings (places to live, fitness, education), Austin has exploded onto the startup scene. With a strong tech community and a burgeoning investor network, Austin is attracting the best and brightest from all over the globe. Known for its friendly and welcoming startup vibe, founders are flocking to Austin to launch and grow their businesses. https://www.techstars.com/programs/austin-program/
Houston Technology Center Houston, Texas Accelerator Houston Exponential (HX) is a non-profit organization created to accelerate the growth of Houston’s innovation ecosystem. We believe Houston is where the world will come to solve problems that matter. HX is leading the charge to turn Houston into a hub for high-growth high-potential companies by creating pathways for innovation to flow at scale. We are aligning ecosystem support around strategic initiatives that are connecting, attracting, and promoting startups, investors, corporations, government, and universities. https://houstonexponential.org/about/
Owl Spark Houston, Texas Accelerator The OwlSpark accelerator is an intense, immersive 12-week summer program that provides startup teams with firsthand experience launching a tech startup.
Throughout the summer, OwlSpark delivers entrepreneurship education, teaches relevant business fundamentals, pairs teams with knowledgeable mentors and industry experts, features office hours with successful entrepreneurs, and yields key connections. The accelerator culminates with the Bayou Startup Showcase, a celebration of entrepreneurship, the Houston startup community, and the university accelerator programs that support them. Jointly hosted by OwlSpark and RED Labs, the event provides an opportunity for startup teams from both programs to showcase their businesses.
Together, these resources and collaboration provide exposure and direct access to the local entrepreneurial ecosystem, increasing the probability of continued success beyond the program.
https://www.owlspark.com/about/
Tech Fort Worth Fort Worth, Texas Incubator The SmartStart program assists the founder(s) in launching a new company. It focuses on helping the entrepreneur formalize the business framework necessary for the company to execute its path to market strategies, while at the same time the company must work to develop a minimal viable product. TechFW coaches work with founders through bi-weekly meetings to help facilitate the process of engaging early adopters, prototype, and test market the product/service idea. To this end the founder is connected with TechFW partners who assist them in executing in these early but crucial steps towards success. https://www.techfortworth.org/smartstart
Wyoming Technology Business Incubator Laramie, Wyoming Incubator The Fisher Innovation Launchpad is a platform for University of Wyoming students to launch companies sponsored by the Wyoming Technology Business Center (WTBC) and supported through the generous financial gift of Mr. Donne Fisher. The Fisher Innovation Launchpad is designed to encourage and stimulate Wyoming students to propose entrepreneurial and technology-based businesses that they are interested in developing. Winners in the Launchpad have the opportunity to apply for seed money to take the business past concept stage and into real-world first article builds and initial sales. The Launchpad will identify Winners who will all be eligible to apply to a $125,000 seed fund. While no limit is set for how much money a single winning team can receive, historically awards have been between $4,000 and $31,000. http://www.uwyo.edu/wtbc/