Join the Summer of Acceleration

4 accelerators, 24 teams, 100 mentors, and more than a few great parties

From May thru August, Memphis will be home to some of the most dense and intense acceleration in the country. As a founder in one of our four  accelerators, you’ll receive exclusive resources and services from world-class service providers, enjoy regional and national support from partner organizations, and receive insight and training from our partners and sponsors.

You’ll learn from heavy-hitting mentors ranging from Fortune 500 execs to founders and key players of high-growth startups.

Additionally, you’ll take part in one of the most diverse accelerator experiences in the country, with teams from multiple industries with diverse backgrounds.

The Summer of Acceleration in Memphis kicks off in May at the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, A.K.A BBQ Fest, A.K.A. The Burning Man of BBQ, and will culminate at the grandiose Orpheum Theater in a massive demo day/closing party.

Sound good? If so, apply to one of our accelerators using the links below

P.S. Three startups from Seed Hatchery 2013 just raised seed rounds, totaling over $700,000.

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The area’s first accelerator, our 90-day mentorship-driven program focuses on web/tech startups, and has launched 18 companies since its inaugural cohort class in 2011.
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Our logistics technology accelerator leverages Memphis’ status as a global shipping hub, connecting founders to preeminent partners, mentors, and more found only in Memphis.
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Part of our Start Empowering initiative, Upstart connects high-potential women founders with the resources, mentoring and opportunities they need to launch and grow.
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Memphis’ first Social Innovation Accelerator, Sky High, connects big-idea entrepreneurs with the tools and connections to make substantial social impact. Doing well by doing good.

Global Accelerator Network and plentiful resources make Start Co. the ideal place to start up

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Start Co. is thrilled to announce its membership in the Global Accelerator Network (GAN), an alliance that consists of over 50 of the top startup accelerators from around the world. Acceptance into the network is another step toward improving our efficacy in growing entrepreneurial leaders and building impact-driven companies quicker and better. Membership includes networking opportunities, training, special perks and ongoing support for its members and their entrepreneurs.

The four Start Co. accelerators accepted into the GAN are Seed Hatchery, Upstart, and the soon-to-launch Sparkgap. Each of these programs are based in Memphis, TN, a new hotbed of entrepreneurial activity in high-growth technology startups. Accepted teams receive $15,000 in funding coupled with mentorship, business development, and a healthy dose of motivation to turn visionaries into leaders and big ideas into scalable, technology-powered startups.

Entrepreneurs seeking to apply to Upstart Memphis, Sparkgap or Seed Hatchery for 2014 can find details below. The 2014 Accelerator Season runs from May 1 – August 23. Applications are due by March 15th (early applications due January 31).

  • Seed Hatchery, one of the first cohort accelerators to operate in the Southeast, focuses on information technology.
  • Upstart invests in women-led startups with high-growth-potential ideas.
  • Sparkgap will focus logistics innovation, leveraging the strengths of Memphis logistics partners.

“We’ve been impressed with the Start Co. programs and management team over the last year and are ecstatic to have them in the network. Their accelerator programs embody the values, ethos and high quality of the Global Accelerator Network. Start Co. has already done much to fuel the burgeoning Memphis startup community. With the addition of the Upstart program for women-led startups and the Sparkgap program drawing on Memphis’s logistics industry expertise, there is no doubt this is just the beginning of what will be a thriving startup community in Memphis.” – Patrick Riley, Executive Director of the Global Accelerator Network.