Startup Accelerator Ranking for 2018

08 May 2019,   By   

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Startup Accelerator Programs are an increasing trend in Europe. In 2018, we saw new accelerators emerging, older ones transforming and corporates jumping on the waggon. In fact, corporate accelerators are an important piece in an overall strategy to access innovative power outside of R&D departments. For a more in-depth explanation of corporate startup engagement (CSE) head over to our ultimate strategy guideline.

About the Startup Accelerator Ranking

The primary goal of our short report is to provide an insight into the nature of successful European accelerators. We did this by using our internally developed scoring model. In addition, we provide a simple path of evolution of the ecosystem as well as our projections for further developments in this field.

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Top European Accelerators 2017

This report is already our second edition. In 2017 we published our first report allowing us this year to compare the performance of accelerators. However, as we further improved and slightly changed our ranking method, the comparison should be considered with precaution.

For more info please see our findings of Top 20 European Accelerators 2017.


What you can expect from our report:

  1. Key Take Aways
  2. Overview, History and Trends of the Startup Accelerator Ecosystem
  3. The Ranking with analysis of the data

Top 10 Startup Accelerators

These are the Top 10 Accelerators in 2018. Clicking on the Logo will direct you to the company’s website.


Barclays and Techstars combine their two networks into one accelerator program that offers entrepreneurs access to a leading bank and international mentor and investor relationships from Techstars. The London program is located in the heart of the financial industry in close distance to banks, government and Europe’s largest VC ecosystem.


Startupbootcamp support early-stage tech founders to scale their companies by providing direct access to an international network of mentors, partners, and investors. Each program of Startupbootcamp focuses on a specific industry.


MassChallenge Switzerland is a non-profit organization on a mission to help startups win without taking equity. They also give out over $2M in equity-free cash prizes globally every year. The organization also has offices in Boston, Israel, Mexico, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.


NDRC invests primarily using an accelerator model through its NDRC Launchpad, NDRC Catalyser and NDRC VentureLab investment programmes, providing modest amounts of capital and high amounts of hands on support to early stage companies.


The French accelerator supported in the last 5 years over 500 startups in the fellowship, with over €1B in total portfolio value and organised over 300 events. They select 20 startups every 8 weeks and take 5% equity.


FinTech Village is a Corporate Accelerator by the Dutch Bank ING. The acceleration program takes four-months, allowing startups and scale-ups to put their technologies to the test in a real banking environment and was set up in 2015.


50 Partners is a startup accelerator in France. Cofounded by 50 tech-entrepreneurs (BlaBlaCar, Showroomprivee, Le Bon Coin), the program provides selected startups with high quality mentoring, financing, international connections, networking and office space in central Paris.


IMPACT Accelerator was founded in 2014 in Spain. In 2016 they launched IMPACT Growth which is funding already more mature startups. IMPACT accelerated 102 startups in total and invested about €12mn, while 70% of their startups achieve additional funding after finishing the program.


F10 is a Zurich based FinTech Incubator and Accelerator which supports and guides Startups in transforming their ideas into successful companies while stimulating worldwide collaboration with international finance organizations.


Rockstart launched in 2011 in Amsterdam as one of Europe’s first startup accelerators. Today, Rockstart is an international company that supports and empowers the best startups on their way to success across four domains: Energy, Health, AgriFood, and Emerging technologies.

Accelerator Long List

This is the long list of all accelerators we took under consideration in alphabetical order. Do you miss any European accelerator? Simply add them and help us to build the most comprehensive European accelerator list on the net.

360Lab, Austria

50Partners, France

Accelerace, Denmark

Accelerator Academy, United Kingdom

Airbus Bizlab, France

Allianz Accelerator, France

APX – Axel Springer & Porsche Accelerator, Germany

Barclays Accelerator by Techstars, United Kingdom

Base Launch, Switzerland

Beta-i, Portugal

Collider Accelerator, United Kingdom

Continuous Ventures, United Kingdom

Digital Magics, Italy

Elevator Lab by Raiffeisen, Austria

Entrepreneur First, Germany / France

Entrepreneurial Spark, United Kingdom

European Innovation Academy, Italy / Portugal / France

F10 FinTech Incubator & Accelerator, Switzerland

Fabrica de Startups, Portugal

FinLab, Germany

Fintech Innovation Lab, United Kingdom

Fintech Village powered by ING, Belgium

Founders Accelerator, Germany

Fusion, Switzerland

German Accelerator, Germany

Grow F, Austria

Hub:Raum, Germany

imec, Belgium

Impact Accelerator, Spain

InnoPeaks, Switzerland

Kickstart Accelerator, Switzerland

Lanzadera, Spain

L’Atelier BNP Paribas, France

Le Cargo, France

Le Hub by Bpifrance, France


MassChallenge, Switzerland

Microsoft Accelerator, Germany / United Kingdom

Nana Bianca, Italy

NDRC, Ireland

NEXT Amsterdam, Netherlands

Next Media Accelerator, Germany

Next Step Challenge, Denmark

Nordea Accelerator, Finland, not active anymore

Pitch@Palace, United Kingdom

Propeller Shannon, Ireland

Rockstart, Netherlands

Seedrocket, Spain

Space3ac, Poland

SpinLab – The HHL Accelerator, Germany

Startup Sauna, Finland

Startup Wise Guys, Estonia

Startup@HSG, Switzerland

StartUp42, France

Startupbootcamp, Denmark

Station F, France

Swiss Startup Factory, Switzerland

Techstars, United Kingdom / France / Germany

TechX, United Kingdom

The Family, France

TheVentureCity, Spain/USA

UniCredit Start Lab, Italy

Velocity, United Kingdom

Venture Kick, Switzerland

Wayra, Spain

WeXelerate, Austria

Zollhof, Germany

Are you missing any accelerator programs?
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