Texas Accelerators and Co-working Spaces

Overview

What is the difference between an accelerator, incubator, and co-working space?

An accelerator generally takes a small percentage of equity in externally driven ideas in exchange for small amounts of capital and coaching. There is usually a program that an entrepreneur can sign up for ranging from 3 to 6 months in duration but most are in the range of 3 to 4 months. An incubator generally takes a longer-term view and may prepare you for an accelerator. It is primarily trying to help the entrepreneur vet, validate and refine their solution. There are even pre-accelerators that prepare you for an accelerator and last between 4 and 8 weeks long. A great directory from the State of Texas on Texas incubators, accelerators, and resources can be found here. It's a bit dated (2017) but still useful.

Co-working is a shared working environment, many times an office setting, with different small businesses or startups working independently side by side. Unlike in a typical office environment, space is filled with companies that don't belong to the same organization. Co-working can be a cost-effective way to have an office without the burden of owning a building.

Austin

Co-working Spaces

Accelerators and Incubators

  • 3-Day Startup - How students get funded
  • ATI - Austin Technology Incubator at the University of Texas - Tech, Clean Energy, Health/Bio
  • Bunker - Veteran owned
  • Capital Factory - Coworking/funding. Tech, Education, and Health. Josh Baer is all things startup!
  • Capital Kitchens - Culinary Co-Working Space. Austin's Largest Shared-Use Commercial Kitchen and Mobile Food Commissary.
  • Chicon Collective - Coworking
  • DivInc - DivInc bridges the gap between underrepresented entrepreneurs and the resources they need to build profitable, high-growth companies.
  • Dreamit - Technology and Health
  • Economic Growth Business Incubator - Multiple industries
  • Food + City – Food and Beverage
  • Founder Institute - The Founder Institute is the world’s premier startup launch program for talented entrepreneurs. If you are up to the challenge, our comprehensive step-by-step curriculum will give you the structure, mentor support, and global network you need to start an enduring company.
  • Galvanize - The Learning Community for Technology
  • Greater Austin WEN Community - Multiple industries
  • IBM PartnerWorld - Tech and multiple industries
  • ImpactLab - ImpactLab hones the execution skills of individuals who share their passion for educational opportunity. In short, it builds capacity.
  • International Accelerator - Focused on non-US citizen founders
  • LaunchLab Capital - Tech
  • Longhorn Startup Lab - Multiple industries
  • MassChallenge - Global merit-based startup accelerator for early-stage companies. It has programs in Texas (Austin, Houston), Boston, Rhode Island, Mexico City, Lausanne (Switzerland), Jerusalem (Israel).
  • SKU - Consumer products accelerator
  • Sputnik ATX Sputnik ATX is a venture-backed accelerator for maker-founders.
  • Startup Weekend - Multiple industries
  • TechBA - IC2 Institute at the University of Texas
  • TechRanch - Coworking and Tech
  • TechShop - Workshop and prototyping studio
  • TechStars - Tech
  • Texas Venture Labs - University of Texas
  • Thinktiv - Multiple industries; business builder
  • WeWork - Coworking space downtown
  • WeWork Food Labs - Co-Working at SXSW Building

Amarillo

Co-Working Space / Incubator / Accelerator

  • WT Enterprise Center - Founded in 2001, it is currently an incubator and co-working space. It will be launching an accelerator in 2019. Go Amarillo!

San Antonio

Accelerators and Incubators

Fort Worth

Accelerators and Incubators

Corpus Christi

Accelerator and Incubators

Co-working Spaces

West Texas

Accelerator and Incubators

  • Fusionovation Labs- A private virtual incubator helping entrepreneurs turn ideas into stellar software companies.