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West Coast Accelerators/Incubators

Some well-known accelerators or incubators for early-stage startups that are based in the West Coast of the U.S. include 500 Startups, Y Combinator, Alchemist Accelerator, i/o Ventures, etc. This spreadsheet and the research brief below contain further details of our findings.

1. 500 Startups

500 Startups is an early-stage seed accelerator capital firm based in San Francisco, CA that supports startups through their Seed Accelerator Programs. It focuses on all tech-related businesses.

APPLICATION DATES FOR STARTUPS
It uses a four-month seed program application period, of which the most recent Batch 26 application period is now closed. Here's a link to their website.

2. Y Combinator

Y Combinator is a startup accelerator located in San Francisco, CA that provides seed funding of up to $150,000 for early-stage ventures. The funding focuses on all tech-enabled businesses.
APPLICATION DATES FOR STARTUPS
They provide funding twice a year. The summer 2019 funding cycle of June–August 2019 closed on March 25, 2019. Here's a link to their website.

3. Alchemist Accelerator

The Alchemist Accelerator is a venture-funded accelerator initiative located in San Francisco, CA, and focused exclusively on accelerating startups which derive their revenue from enterprises and not consumers. (Source 5)The Alchemist Accelerator focuses on collaboration, digital health, enterprise, FinTech, and IoT.
APPLICATION DATES FOR STARTUPS
The next application deadline is June 01, 2019, while the acceleration program will begin on the 8th of August 2019. Here's a link to their website.

4. I/o Ventures

i/o Ventures is an early-stage accelerator located in San Francisco, CA for startups, entrepreneurs, and founders. They provide a three-month accelerator program of about five teams per program. The funding theme focuses on all tech-enabled businesses.
APPLICATION DATES FOR STARTUPS
The application period is not publicly disclosed. Here's a link to their website.

5. MergeLane

MergeLane is a venture fund located in Boulder, CO that discovers, accelerates, and invests in potential startups with at least one woman in a leadership position.
APPLICATION DATES FOR STARTUPS
The next ‘Funderator’ seven-day startups recruitment and screening sessions are scheduled for 4th-8th November 2019. Here's a link to their website.

6. BoomStartup

BoomStartup, is a mentorship-driven seed accelerator, early-stage venture growth fund, and virtual accelerator program located in Salt Lake City, UT. The theme of the accelerator focuses on early-phase tech, software, EdTech, product, and biotech startups.
APPLICATION DATES FOR STARTUPS
The applications are open all year round with reviews undertaken every month. Here's a link to their website.

7. Capria

Capria is a global investment firm in Seattle, WA that also invests in backing an early-growth accelerator, seed, and early-stage ventures.
APPLICATION DATES FOR STARTUPS
Application for each investment cycle reviewed on a rolling basis. Here's the link to their website.

8. Founders' Co-op

Founders' Co-op is a seed-stage venture fund in Seattle, WA that invests between $100,000-$500,000 in software startups and early-stage ventures.
APPLICATION DATES FOR STARTUPS
Application is carried out via email response to specified application questions. Here's a link to their website.

9. TechStars

TechStars is a worldwide network in Boulder, CO that funds, mentors and accelerates startups. The theme of the accelerator focuses on technology-oriented companies, typically web-based or other software companies.
APPLICATION DATES FOR STARTUPS
TechStars currently has several open applications for accelerator programs such as the TechStars Proptech Accelerator in partnership with Colliers and The Heritage Group Accelerator powered by TechStars with deadlines on the 26th of May 2019. Additionally, submissions for general interest are open all year round while other program applications open four times a year for 12 weeks. Here's a link to their website.

10. Innosphere

Innosphere is a leading science and technology incubator located in Fort Collins, CO. It focuses on bioscience, medical devices, energy, advanced materials, hardware, enterprise software, financial technology, IoT, and artificial intelligence.
APPLICATION DATES FOR STARTUPS
Applications will close on the 15th of May, 2019. Here's a link to their website.

11. Boomtown

Boomtown, located in Boulder, CO, invests in early-stage startups in 16 industries across 32 technologies, with accelerator programs specialized in health tech & hardware, and connectivity. Boomtown accelerators are 12-week programs that operate twice per year.
APPLICATION DATES FOR STARTUPS
Applications for fall 2019 rounds which begin on the 2nd of September 2019 are currently open. Here's a link to their website.

12. Catalyst HTI

Catalyst HTI, located in Denver, CO, fuses private, government, academic, and non-profit organizations with healthcare providers and payers to accelerate innovations. They focus on healthcare industry innovations such as mobile and wearable tech, digital health enterprise platforms, smart device technologies, and related fields.
APPLICATION DATES FOR STARTUPS
Application periods are not publicly disclosed. Here's a link to their website.

13. Lemnos Labs

Lemnos Labs is an early-stage venture capital fund in San Francisco, CA that invests in pre-seed and seed startups including entrepreneurs in various industries.
APPLICATION DATES FOR STARTUPS
Application details and periods are not publicly disclosed. Here's a link to their website.

14. Female Founders Alliance

Female Founders Alliance is an accelerator program located in Seattle, WA, dedicated to investing in female and non-binary individual startups and early-stage startup investments.
APPLICATION DATES FOR STARTUPS
Application deadlines are on the 23rd of June 2019. Here's a link to their website.
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  • "500 Startups is a seed and early stage venture capital fund, consisting of 4 major funds and 13 micro funds which have invested in startups in at least 60 countries"
  • "Techstars funds, mentors and accelerates startups. Its accelerator program has produced over 1,000 companies valued at over $8B. Techstars is the name behind Startup Week and Startup Weekend, which spur entrepreneurs to kick procrastination to the curb and launch new ventures in a matter of hours."
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  • "At Y Combinator, our goal is to get you through the first phase. This usually means: get you to the point where you’ve built something impressive enough to raise money on a larger scale. "
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  • "i/o ventures is an early stage seed fund that focuses heavily on mentorship. We work closely with founders from product launch through the next stage of company development, sharing what has proven to work for product scaling, revenue growth and fund raising."
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  • "Specifically for women-led startups, MergeLane aims to support a diverse startup community through virtual mentoring, personal coaching and a curriculum targeting early-stage business issues and topics that specifically affect women leaders. The program takes place in Boulder, Colorado, but companies are only required to be there in person for part of the 12-week program. "
  • "BoomStartup is a seed, early-stage venture growth fund and virtual accelerator program. They provide entrepreneur boot camp basics like custom accelerator plans, extensive mentoring from seasoned professionals, personalized mentorship, investor introductions and pitch development. The program uses lean startup methodologies to launch a number of business startup programs such as early-phase tech, software, EdTech, product, and biotech startups."
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  • "Capria invests in venture capital, private equity, and other debt and equity funds backing early-growth businesses. Capria enhances fund managers’ ability to deliver superior returns through the network effect of collaborating fund managers, a proprietary investment platform backed by deep intellectual property, and advisory services."
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  • "Techstars Boomtown MergeLane The Founder Institute Innosphere Catalyst HTI UpRamp"
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  • "Your company and your challenges are unique. Boomtown Accelerators help early-stage startups turn ideas into profitable, sustainable businesses, with customized programs for what companies need most, when they need it most."