Who we are
We are thinkers and doers with a mission to improve the quality of lives and our environment through innovation. We team up with top startups to nurture and fuel growth.
We do it because we truly believe that they are the heroes who will create solutions for some of the biggest challenges of our time. Whether you’re a startup looking for hands-on support or a corporate seeking innovation you’ll find that we’re a bunch of passionate people with a strong sense of execution and above all, a willingness to get our hands dirty, together with you.
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Accelerace is Europe’s No. 1 seed accelerator according to the European accelerator report by Gust.
Since 2010, Accelerace has helped more than 250 startups raise over 269.5 million US dollars in funding and investment.
Many of the top accelerator programs can be found in regions all over the world. […] the top seed accelerators are Start-Up Chile, Latin America’s NXTP Labs, Europe’s Accelerace, and Canada’s Alacrity Foundation.
Business Insider Nordics
“Focus on the beachhead; park all other ideas that don’t seem to work. We were a part of the Accelerace program in 2015 and this was the main learning that helped us.” – Erdem Ovacik, CEO Donkey Republic
Gust Global Accelerator Report
Accelerace is a top 10 seed accelerator globally according to the global accelerator report by Gust.
Accelerace was on of Top 10 EU Accelerators 2017
Nordic Startup Awards 2017 Winner
Accelerace won the award as best accelerator 2017
“Accelerace validates your ideas and everything you’ve been working on. I mean, they have been looking on so many companies for so long, they have been entrepreneurs themselves. They know the game.” Read more about VI.ER AKVAVITs journey at the Accelerace Blog
Frederick-Sebastian Krause, Sole Founder of VI.ER AKVAVIT
“Accelerace helped us at a critical early-stage financing. This meant that we were able to finish our pilot study and raise an investment. With this investment, we could initiate our large scale randomized clinic study, and obtain evidence that our treatment can help the patients. The study has just been completed and currently we are busy bringing our LeucoPatch product to the market to help patients heal chronic wounds, like diabetic foot ulcers. We are happily looking back to our time in Accelerace.”
Niels Erik Holm, Chief Operating Officer, Reapplix
"I found the Accelerace program is unique in that it actually gives you a real chance of securing a pilot with a big company. Our biggest milestone more recently is, that Arla has decided to do a pilot with us. Obviously enabled by the Accelerace program, which is wonderful." Read more about the exciting pilot project of Mimica and Arla and their plans for the future on our blog
Solveiga Pakštaitė, Founder of Mimicalab
"In the beginning of the accelerator, we had a workshop where we got a thorough review of our past major decisions (e.g. what we have done and why). It was a good retrospective to form a base for future decisions. We are now forming stepping stones and a roadmap on what is needed for a complete scalable business model." Read more about PeiliVision on the Accelerace blog
Jussi Auvinen, CEO PeiliVision
Our participation in Accelerace has revolutionized our growth opportunities and showed us the way to a strong business case. Read more about Draupnir Bio on the Accelerace blog
CEO of DraupnirBio & PhD in Molecular Biology, Simon Glerup
"The Accelerace team has in the one month already proven to be a massive source of support, belief and education. It has increased our knowledge and keeps sharpening our focus while opening up doors to new corporate partners. We already have heavyweight director’s joining as mentors providing invaluable insight how to grow our business further.” Read more about StopMyCraving on the Accelerace blog
Sofie Annikki Dralle, CEO StopMyCraving
“Driven by the growth of renewable energy sources and the rise of digital technologies, the energy landscape is in transformation. Tomorrow, the consumer will have an ever more active role to play as a ‘prosumer’. This will offer opportunities to existing but also new actors. By joining forces, Elia and Accelerace aim to provide the necessary support and technical expertise to nurture innovations and help start-ups grow in the electricity sector.”
Manoël Rekinger, Strategic Partnership Manager at Elia
At the Novo Nordisk Foundation, we are very pleased with the Nordic Mentor Network for Entrepreneurship (NOME) that Accelerace has established over the last year. Today NOME covers the entire Nordic region including life science start-ups from all Nordic countries and several high-level mentors in the network. NOME is surely on its way to become the beacon in the ecosystem that we had hoped for from the very beginning.
Thomas Alslev Christensen, Head of Operations, Novo Nordisk Foundation
"Enel and Accelerace had the opportunity to collaborate in the implementation of the INCENSe program, a European accelerator funded by the European Commission. The collaboration was great, as the startups selected received a really valuable support and were well prepared to get in touch with Enel’s business lines to implement their solutions."
Luca Seletto, Head of startup Initiatives, Enel
"Accelerace helped us optimize our business model and scale our sales process. We grew from 10 to 25 employees, and we have tripled our revenues. We could never have done this without the help from Accelerace!”
Jens Reimer, Co-founder, Graduateland
“Above all, being part of the Accelerace program helped us understand how investors think. That’s basically why we were able to refine our business model, nail our pitch and eventually secure substantial venture funding to develop and grow our business."
Christian Lund, CEO, Templafy
"The Accelerace program has helped us with our strategic priorities in reaching product-market-fit. We have saved time and boosted our progress as a direct result of the advice we received from our Accelerace mentors and at their workshops. We are deeply grateful for the personal and professional way that the program has been executed and we do not hesitate to recommend Accelerace to other SaaS startups."
Andreas D. Christiansen, CEO & Co-founder at Praice