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Our selection of the best corporate accelerators in the U.S.

In the world of incubators/accelerators, a new kind has appeared and is popping up everywhere: the corporate incubators/accelerators. This article intends to provide visibility to these new kind of open innovation initiatives.

Healthcare

Healthbox 

  • Where: Chicago, Boston, Salt Lake City
  • Field: Healthcare
  • Description: The program provides
    • Coaching and mentoring.
    • Help also large healthcare organization to innovate internally.
  • How long: 8 Weeks
  • Partners: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners, Walgreens, and Express Scripts
  • Criteria to enter the program: Has to be in Healthcare.
  • Comments: No investment and equity required.
  • Deadlines
    • Chicago: April 22
    • Miami: March 16
    • Salt Lake City: May 13

StartUp Health Academy

  • Where: Virtual offices
  • Field: Health
  • Description: The program provides coaching and mentoring program
  • How long: 3 months
  • Partners: GE and StartUp Health
  • Criteria to enter the program: Health field.
  • Deadlines: April 1st

Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator

  • Where: Kansas City
  • Field: Mobile Health
  • Description: The program provides
    • Coaching and mentoring
    • Up to $120,000 in funding from Sprint and Techstars
  • How long: 3 months
  • Partners: Techstars
  • Criteria to enter the program: Wearable Tech, Patient Care, Animal Health, Mobile Diagnosis, Health Data, Wellness
  • Deadlines”: Closed for 2015

Nike+ Accelerator

  • Where: San Francisco
  • Field: Fitness, Healthy life, Nike Technology
  • Description: The program provides
    • Free access to Nike Technology to create products and services in the Fitness and Healthy field.
    • Coaching and mentoring
  • How long: 3 months
  • Partners: Techstars

Education

Kaplan EdTech Accelerator

  • Where: New York
  • Field: Education
  • Description: The program provides
    • Coaching and mentoring
    • A $20,000 equity investment from Techstars
    • An optional $150,000 convertible note from Kaplan, which all accepted companies can elect to take
  • How long: 3 months
  • Partners: Techstars
  • Criteria to enter the program: In education

Pearson Catalyst

  • Where: Virtual accelerator.
  • Field: Education
  • Description: The program provides coaching and mentoring
  • How long: 3 months
  • Partners: N/A
  • Criteria to enter the program:
    • “Technology-centric, viable product that addresses one of the Pearson’s challenges
    • In the marketplace for less than 3 years.
    • Stand-alone company, not part of (or spin-off from) a larger corporation.”

Media

Disney Accelerator

  • Where: Los Angeles
  • Field: Media and Entertainment
  • Partners: Techstars
  • Description: The program provides
    • Coaching and mentoring.
    • Startups will receive up to $120 K
  • How long: 3 months
  • Criteria to enter the program: Has to be in the field mentioned earlier.
  • Milestones
    • Deadlines: April 19th
    • July 6th : Program begins
    • October 6th: Demo day.

Turner/Warner Brothers Media Camp Academy

  • Where: LA in 2015
  • Field: Media
  • Description: The program provides
    • Coaching and mentoring
    • Funding: $20k for each startups
  • How long: 3 months
  • Criteria to enter the program: Media
  • Deadlines: Applications will start in Spring

Hardware

Citrix Startup Accelerator

  • Where: Santa Clara – CA, Raleigh – NC and Bangalore – India
  • Field: Cloud, Mobile Entreprises Solution, Collaboration, IoT
  • Description : The program provides
    • Coaching and mentoring
    • Seed funding Investment: 250 000$
    • Working space for 12 to 18 months
  • Partners: N/A
  • How long: 3 months
  • Criteria to enter the program: early stage and in the field mentioned earlier
  • Deadlines: On going process

Microsoft Accelerators

  • Where: Seattle
  • Field: Microsoft technology
  • Description: The program provides
    • Microsoft technology
  • How long: 3 months
  • Partners Techstars
  • Criteria to enter the program
    • Developing software or apps
    • Less than 5 years old and privately held
    • Making less than US$1M annually

Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator

  • Where: San Diego
  • Field: Smart Tech
  • Description: The program provides
    • Coaching and mentoring
    • $120 k per team
    • $350,000 worth of partner perks.
  • How long: 4 months
  • Partners: Techstars
  • Criteria to enter the program: The startup has to be in the smart machine field.
  • Deadlines:
    • 2015 class:
      • 8 March
      • Beginning May 26th
      • End: September 15
    • Class 2016 to be announced

R/GA Connected Devices Accelerator

  • Where: New York
  • Field: Connected devices, IoT
  • Description
    • Coaching and mentoring
    • Up to $120k in funding from R/GA and Techstars.
  • How long: 3months
  • Partners: Techstars
  • Criteria to enter the program: IoT

Samsung Accelerator

  • Where: San Francisco, CA and New York
  • Field: smart home, IoT, Mobile Tech, Workplace solutions
  • Description:
    • Coaching and mentoring
    • Not fix amount of investment.
  • How long: No fix duration
  • Criteria to enter the program: Technologies that changes the way we use TVs, cameras, mobile phones, home appliances, workplace solutions, and more

Volkswagen ERL Technology Accelerator

  • Field: Automotive, Speech Recognition, Seamless connectivity solutions, Infotainment applications, Driver Assistance/Drive distraction management, Sensor technologies, Data Mining and analytics, Social media/Recommendation Engines, Gamification, Augmented Reality / digital reality, Mobile device integration, Mobility/Parking applications/detection, Location based services, Discovery, Advanced visualization, Virtual intelligence and personalization.
  • Description: The program provides coaching and mentoring
  • How long: 3 months
  • Partners: Plug and Play
  • Criteria to enter the program: Has to be in the field mentioned

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