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20 Aug


Hardware and Internet of Things incubators, accelerators, etc.

August 20, 2013 | By |

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With all the incubator and accelerator programs popping up in the hardware / Internet of Things (IoT) / connected devices space, I thought it might help pulling together a quick overview of what’s out there. Consider it a snapshot for future reference.

Sources include Quora, Fancyhands, some good old research and plenty of bookmarks from the depth of my Pinboard. Some of these are more traditional incubators, others are more like coworking spaces with peer-mentoring, or investors. Some are hybrids: As the lines are blurry, I’m including all that seem like they might be relevant. Please also note that plenty of “traditional” startup incubators like YC of course also accept IoT/hardware startups, so if you’re looking for funding, don’t forget to look at these other programs (like these seed accelerators), too.





  • Techstars (Boston, Boulder, Chicago, New York City, Seattle, London, and Austin)
  • Brinc (Guangzhou, China)


There are quite a few still missing from this list, so I’ll keep adding. If you know one off the top of your head, please let me know and I’ll include it. Especially in Asia there are a number of programs, so any pointers there are welcome.

If you are looking for a list of European IoT startups/companies rather than incubators, Alex put together this neat map.

And if you’d like to set up an incubator or accelerator program backed by your company, feel free to get in touch. Give me a budget and I’ll bring in a kick-ass team to build a great program.