Monday, April 27, 2015

Lesson #204: Startup Accelerators by Industry

Posted By: George Deeb - 4/27/2015

It has been interesting to watch the original "generalist" startup incubators and accelerator programs evolve into ones foc...



It has been interesting to watch the original "generalist" startup incubators and accelerator programs evolve into ones focused on various niche industry verticals.  Which to me, makes a ton more sense. Here is a list of some of the industry focused startup accelerators and incubators that I have learned about.

BIO TECH

University Technology Park (Chicago)

CLEAN TECH

Elemental Excelerator (Honolulu) - Corporate backed by Emerson Collective
Enel Citris Foundry (Berkeley) - Corporate backed by Enel
Green Lite Labs (Boulder)
Greentown Labs (Boston) - Corporate backed by Saint-Gobain
LACI (Los Angeles) -  City backed by Los Angeles
Shell Foundation Incubator (London) - Corporate backed by Shell
Urban-X (New York) - Corporate backed by Mini

CONSUMER PRODUCTS

Incubation Station (Austin)

EDUCATION

AT&T Aspire (San Francisco) -  Corporate backed by AT&T
Catalyst (Virtual) - Corporate backed by Pearson
DVX Labs (Chicago)-- Corporate backed by DeVry
Kaplan Ed Tech Accelerator (New York) - Part of Techstars (corporate backed by Kaplan)
Imagine K12 (Palo Alto)
Start 1 (New York)

ENERGY

Enviromental Cluster (San Jose)
Green Start (San Francisco)
NYC ACRE (New York)
Surge Accelerator (Houston)

ENTERPRISE/ BIG DATA

Accelerprise (Washington DC)
Citrix Startup Accelerator (Santa Clara) - Corporate backed by Citrix
Hive Data (Palo Alto)
Microsoft Accelerator (Seattle)
Tech Wildcatters (Dallas)
Techstars Cloud (San Antonio)

FINANCE

Barclays Accelerator (New York) - Part of Techstars (corporate backed by Barclays)
Citi Accelerator (Tel Aviv) -  Corporate backed by Citi
FinTech Innovation Lab (New York)
Innotribe (New York)
Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator (San Francisco) - Corporate backed by Wells Fargo

FOOD/ AGRICULTURE

Accel Foods (New York)
Budweiser Dream Brewery (Shanghai) - Corporate backed by Budweiser
Canvas (Baltimore, Phoenix & Irvine) - Corporate backed by Marriott
Chobani Food Incubator (New York) - Corporate backed by Chobani
Cleveland Avenue (Chicago)
Coca-Cola Founders (San Francisco) - Corporate backed by Coca-Cola
Craft Catalyst (Atlanta)
Farm 2050 (Palo Alto)
Food Centricity (Los Angeles)
Food Hatch (Naples)
Food Innovation (New Jersey) - Affiliated with Rutgers University
Food-X (New York)
Forge Food (Portland)
Fund The Food (Toronto)
Good Food (Chicago)
NOFFN (New Orleans)
Royse Law Incubator (Palo Alto)
Terra (San Francisco) - Corporate backed by Nestle and others
The Yield Lab (St. Louis)
World Food Center (Sacramento) - Affiliated with U-C Davis (corporate backed by Mars)

GOVERNMENT

Code for America (San Francisco)

HARDWARE

Alpha Lab (Pittsburgh)
Bolt (Boston)
Catalyze (Chicago)
Haxlr8r (San Francisco)
Highway 1 (San Francisco)
Lennos Labs (San Francisco)

HEALTHCARE

BD BioVenture Center (Raleigh-Durham)
Blueprint Health (New York)
Boom Town Health Tech Accelerator (Boulder)
Cedars-Sinai Accelerator (Lost Angeles) - Powered by Techstars (corporated backed by Cedars)
Central New York Biotech Accelerator (Syracuse)
CIMIT (Boston)
Dream It Ventures (Philadelphia)
43North (Buffalo)
Health Wildcatters (Dallas)
Healthbox (Chicago & Boston) - Corporate backed by Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthXL (Boston)
Infield Medical (Raleigh-Durham)
Insight Accelerator Labs (Chicago)
JLABS (New York, San Diego & Toronto) - Corporate backed by Johnson & Johnson
Mass Challenge (Boston)
Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (Boston)
Matter (Chicago)
Medtech Innovator (Los Angeles)
New York Digital Health Accelerator (New York)
Penn Medicine Center for Healthcare Innovation (Philadelphia) -  University backed by Penn.
Rock Health (San Francisco)
Startup Moonshot Health Academy (New York)
Technogym Wellness (Venice) - Corporate backed by Technogym
Techstars Healthcare (Los Angeles) - Corporate backed by Cedars-Sinai
The Iron Yard (Asheville)
Startup Health (New York)
StartX Med (Palo Alto, CA) - University backed by Stanford

MEDIA/ENTERTAINMENT/NEWS

Disney Accelerator (Los Angeles) - Part of Techstars (corporate backed by Disney)
Matter (San Francisco)
Media Camp (San Francisco/Los Angeles) - Corporate backed by Turner/Warner Bros.
News Challenge (Miami)
Telenet Kickstart (Belgium) - Corporate backed by Telenet
Virgin Media Accelerator (London) - Powered by Techstars (corporate backed by Virgin)
YLE Media Accelerator (Helsinki) - Corporate backed by YLE Media

MOBILITY/AUTOMOTIVE

Samsung Accelerator (Palo Alto & New York) - Corporate backed by Samsung
Sprint Accelerator (Kansas City, MO) - Focused on mobile health (corporate backed by Sprint)
Techstars Mobility (Detroit) - Corporate backed by Ford, Magna & Verizon
Volkswagen ERL Tech Accelerator (San Jose) - Corporate backed by Volkswagen

REAL ESTATE

NAR Reach (Chicago) - Corporate backed by National Association of Realtors

RETAIL

JLAB (London) - Corporate backed by John Lewis
Plug and Play Retail (San Jose) - Affiliated with Clorox, Hershey, Hilton, Home Depot, J&J, Kohls, P&G, Panasonic, Pizza Hut, Sears, and Simon Malls.
Store No. 8 (Silicon Valley) -  Corporate backed by Walmart
Techstars Retail (Minneapolis) - Corporate backed by Target.

ROBOTICS

Qualcomm Accelerator (San Diego) - Corporate backed by Qualcomm

SOCIAL GOOD

Endeavor (Miami)
Fledge (Seattle)
Impact Engine (Chicago)
Techstars Impact Accelerator (Austin)
Unreasonable Institute (Boulder)

SPORTS

Nike+ Fuel Lab (Portland) - Part of Techstars (corporate backed by Nike)

TECHNOLOGY/ INTERNET OF THINGS

Chicago Connectory (Chicago)
Cisco Entrepreneurs in Residence (Silicon Valley) - Corporate backed by Cisco
Google Accelerator Launchpad (Mountain View) -  Corporate backed by Google
IBM Alpha Zone (Tel Aviv) - Corporate backed by IBM
NC RIoT (Raleigh)
R/GA Accelerator (New York) -  Part of Techstars (corporate backed by R/GA)
Sprint Accelerator (Kansas City, MO) - Corporate backed by Sprint
Techstars IoT (New York)

TRAVEL

Travel Startups (Orlando)

I am sure there may be many others that I missed.  So, let me know if I have missed any important ones in the comments section below.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Download @RedRocketVC's Two Free eBooks--Over 202 Startup Lessons for Entrepreneurs

Posted By: George Deeb - 4/23/2015

Here are the links to download Red Rocket's free eBooks from your favorite eBookstore.  Now it is easy to download our entire collec...


Here are the links to download Red Rocket's free eBooks from your favorite eBookstore.  Now it is easy to download our entire collection of startup lessons to your e-readers, if easier than reading these same lessons on our website.


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Posted By: George Deeb - 4/23/2015

Red Rocket started writing its " 101 Startup Lessons--An Entrepreneur's Handbook " back in March 2011.  Over four years...





Red Rocket started writing its "101 Startup Lessons--An Entrepreneur's Handbook" back in March 2011.  Over four years later, it has grown to over 202 startup lessons for entrepreneurs.  It is a comprehensive, one-stop read for entrepreneurs who want actionable learnings about a wide range of startup and digital-related topics. The book is a startup executive's strategic "playbook", with "how-to" lessons about business in general, sales, marketing, technology, operations, human resources, finance, fund raising and more, including many case studies therein. We have demystified and synthesized the information an entrepreneur needs to strategize, fund, develop, launch and market their businesses.

We published our first "101 Startup Lessons" in November 2013.  And, today, are excited to announce the publishing of our second book, "Startup Lessons #102-#202" in April 2015.


Thanks to all of our 400,000+ readers who have already benefitted from these lessons via our blog, which we will continue to update with new lessons in the years to come.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Lesson #203: Top Startup Blogs and Bloggers

Posted By: George Deeb - 4/17/2015

In case you are looking for more juicy how-to lessons for startup entrepreneurs, from some of the most-active startup bloggers, here is a li...

In case you are looking for more juicy how-to lessons for startup entrepreneurs, from some of the most-active startup bloggers, here is a list of some of the more widely-read online:

STARTUP BLOGS BY ENTREPRENEURS
Allens' Blog by Allen Morgan
cdixon Blog by Chris Dixon
Dan Martell by Dan Martell
Danielle Morrill by Danielle Morrill
David Cummings on Startups by David Cummings
500 Hats by Dave McClure
Gary Vaynerchuk by Gary Vaynerchuk
Grow Think by Dave Lavinsky and Jay Turo
How to Change the World by Guy Kawasaki
Joel.is by Joel Gascoigne
John Greathouse by John Greathouse
Justin Kan by Justin Kan
Kate Kendall by Kate Kendall
Noobpreneur by Ivan Widjaya
OnStartups by Dharmesh Shah
Quick Sprout by Neil Patel
Red Rocket Blog by George Deeb (yours truly)
Seth's Blog by Seth Godin
Startup Beat by Brian Kovalesky
Startup Blog by Steve Sammartino
Startup Bloggers by Avishai Sam Bitton
Startup CFO by Mark MacLeod
Startup Lawyer by Ryan Roberts
Startup Lessons Learned by Eric Ries
Startups and Burritos by Ethan Austin
Steve Blank by Steve Blank
The Growth Guy by Verne Harnish
The Naive Optimist by Ryan Carson
UP Global by Startup Weekend
Young Upstarts by Daniel Goh

STARTUP BLOGS BY VENTURE CAPITALISTS
A VC by Fred Wilson
Ask the VC by the Foundry Group Partners
Begin the Begin by Jeff Hilimire (obviously a fellow R.E.M. fan)
Ben's Blog by Ben Horowitz
Both Sides of the Table by Mark Suster
First Round Review by First Round Partners
Founder Institute by Founder Institute

STARTUPS BLOGS BY VENDORS
Buffer (social marketing)
Clarity (general advice)
Fresh Books (finance/accounting)
Good.co (human resources)
Hubspot (marketing)
Kiss Metrics (marketing)
MailChimp (email marketing)
Marketing Profs (marketing)
Moz (search marketing)
99U (creative design)
Shopify (ecommerce)
Unbounce (marketing)
Visually (marketing)

STARTUP SECTIONS OF MAGAZINES
Business Insider
Entrepreneur (I am a contributor)
Forbes (I am a contributor)
Inc.
New York Times Startup Strategies
Small Biz Daily
Start Your Business
Startup Nation
Tech Cocktail
Tech Crunch
Technori
The Next Web (I am a contributor)
The Startup Magazine
The Upstart
Venture Beat
WSJ Accelerators (I am a contributor)
WSJ Digital (formerly All Things Digital)
YFS Magazine

And be sure to check out the many others listed in the Top 100 Startup Blogs at Blog Rank and in the startup blog feeds at Alltop.  And, the list goes on and on.  But, this should be a good place to start.  If you think I am missing any good ones, please add them in the comments section.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Does Age Matter for Entrepreneurship?

Posted By: George Deeb - 4/16/2015

For years, people have tried to correlate an entrepreneur’s age when they launched their startup, with the ultimate success of that startup....

For years, people have tried to correlate an entrepreneur’s age when they launched their startup, with the ultimate success of that startup.  Many studies have been done on the topic, including reports by the Kauffman FoundationDuke University and the Founder Institute, to name a few.  So, I am not going to try and rehash those studies.  But, the collective summary of their learnings was the average entrepreneur is 40 years old when they launch their startup, and people over 55 are twice as likely as people under 35 to launch a high-growth startup.  The average age of a successful startup with over $1MM in revenues was 39.  It was determined age was less of a driver to entrepreneurial success than previous startup and industry experience.

Read the rest of this post in Forbes, which I guest authored this week.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

How to Screen VC's for Your Startup

Posted By: George Deeb - 4/09/2015

I have extensively written on what venture capitalists are looking for in startups (see my definitive checklist for startup success ), to in...

I have extensively written on what venture capitalists are looking for in startups (see my definitive checklist for startup success), to increase your odds VC’s will be interested in funding your business. But, what about the inverse?  What do VC’s need to offer you, before deciding to take their capital? It is perfectly acceptable to interview them, at the same time they are interviewing you. Below is the definitive checklist of questions you need to ask VC’s before accepting their money:

Read the rest of this post in The Next Web, which I guest authored this week.

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Five Sales Pitfalls That Could Hurt You Long-Term

Posted By: George Deeb - 4/06/2015

As a serial entrepreneur and growth consultant at Red Rocket, I have encountered hundreds of companies and some of the common pitfalls they ...

As a serial entrepreneur and growth consultant at Red Rocket, I have encountered hundreds of companies and some of the common pitfalls they run into related to sales. I've seen the impact those pitfalls have on effectively growing these businesses long term. Below are five pitfalls I see that commonly challenge entrepreneurs when they chase near-term revenues. These are pitfalls that often create long-term hurdles for these business down the road.

Read the rest of this post in Entrepreneur, which I guest authored this week.

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