Texas Accelerators and Co-working Spaces
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.
- Atmosphere Coworking – 2400 E. Cesar Chavez
- Capital Factory – 701 Brazos St. – Dubbed the “coolest coworking space in the US”
- Center61 – 2921 E. 17th St.
- Chicon Collective – 301 Chicon St.
- Createscape Coworking – 701 Tillery St.
- fibercove – 1700 S. Lamar Blvd.
- Galvanize – 118 Nueces St.
- HubAustin Coworking – 706 W. Ben White Blvd.
- Link Coworking – 2700 W. Anderson Ln.
- Orange Coworking – 2110 W. Slaughter Ln.
- Patchwork Austin – 4600 Mueller Blvd.
- Perch Coworking – 2235 E. 6th St.
- TechSpace – Austin – 98 San Jacinto Blvd.
- Vuka – 411 W. Monroe
- WeWork – 600 Congress Ave.
- YETspaceATX – 912 Congress Ave.
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