Welcome to the
GRINDSTONE.

Through relentless work, world-class mentors, and seed funding, at Start Co., we’re doing more than building startups. We’re turning startups into businesses, and founders into skilled entrepreneurs.

Start Co. Accelerators

Each summer, Start Co. hosts up to 18 startups across our core areas of focus: B2B Tech, Women-led Tech, and Social Impact Tech.

Seed Hatchery logo

Our B2B tech accelerator emphasizes rapid progress and connectivity for businesses facing software and hardware solutions.

Sky High logo

Build your vision for change into reality as part of our Social Impact Tech accelerator.

Upstart logo

Upstart connects women-led tech startups with the resources and funding they need to launch and flourish.

Part bootcamp, part summer camp, our 180-day accelerators are designed to take your business from seed-stage to funding to launch, with every step in between. Here’s how.

Days 1-90


Once accepted, we’ll assist you in relocating to Memphis. Then the fun starts. For the next three months, you’ll work alongside elite mentors and business leaders, honing your entrepreneurial game and earning invaluable experience and insight. Seed Hatchery, Upstart and Sparkgap founders will also get $25,000 in seed-funding to kickstart your journey.

Three months in, you’ll test your newfound skills at Start Co. Demo Day, pitching your big idea and forging lasting relationships with our global network of angels, VCs, business leaders, and fellow entrepreneurs.

Post-Acceleration


After Demo Day, it’s back to the grindstone to focus on sales, traction, and ongoing fundraising. By fall’s end you’ll be ready to tackle Silicon Valley for a rare opportunity to showcase your company to hungry investors, as well as B2B customers shopping for the resources to scale.

And it doesn’t end there. With access to our powerful network of mentors, partners, and alumni around the U.S., you’ll continue to reap the benefits of your Start Co. experience for years to come.

Start Co. founders come from all over the world to build their businesses.

Here are some of the results so far.

37 teams graduated from 11 locations worldwide 75% funding
$11 million in investments raised

Every accelerator says they’re unique. And we’re no different.

Still, founders and alumni agree there are a few things that make the Start Co. experience like no other.

More Fishbowl, Fewer Fish

While there’s no shortage of talent and competition in our region, unlike the mega-markets, there’s plenty of room to grow while getting vital support from the startup, business, and press communities. Start Co. is startup ground-zero in an MSA of over 1.3 million. That means top-tier investors, mentors, and media opportunities pass through our doors everyday. Which means you spend less time trying to stand out from the crowd, and more time launching and running a business.

Technical Support + Engagement

Our technical partners — including Paypal, SendGrid, Twilio, Softlayer, AutoZone, SAP, Keen IO, Mosaik Solutions and more — provide free infrastructure and ongoing support. But what sets them apart is a truer, deeper level of engagement with Start Co. founders and teams. Our tech partners regularly roll up their sleeves to conduct office hours, offer one-on-one mentorship, and share access to whole new networks of potential partners.

Three Programs, Zero Silos

If it seems weird for three accelerators to run concurrently it’s because, well, it is weird. Good weird. Here, surrounded by founders with diverse backgrounds, goals, platforms, and business models, you’ll begin to approach your work from new angles, finding fresh solutions to old problems and uncovering perspectives you won’t find in traditional cohorts.

Memphis

The city of Memphis’ character is steeped in a rich history of diversity, creativity, and commerce. From food to music to business, few cities can match Memphis’ historical influence, but perhaps none can match our relentless work ethic, as made notable by local corporate offices such as FedEx, Holiday Inn, Autozone and more. In a city that has moved the world in more ways than one, Start Co. startups are driven to do the same. And starting here, so can you.

Greg Jordan, Graph Story

“The Start Co. team and mentor network provided the resources and direction to help Graph Story move from an idea to a growing business.”

Casey Casterline, eDivv

“If you are serious about taking the next step in starting your business there is no better place than Start Co.”

Virag Reti, Cabsolutely

“It is worth moving to the other side of the world for the Start Co. program, I'm glad I came over from Europe. The resources are exactly what you need to start the next big thing.”

Sponsors

  • archer malmo inc
  • Baker Donelson
  • Marston Group
  • SendGrid
  • Mosaik Solutions