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38 Best & Most Active Chicago Accelerators

Accelerators play an important role in the startup ecosystem. We have curated a list of the top Chicago Accelerators. We have tried to select a variety of different types of investors across a variety of niches.

This list is designed to show off the investors with exceptional track records, industry experience and a unique understanding of the ecosystem.

Top Chicago Accelerators

Data sourced from Crunchbase and SemRush.


Techstars Chicago

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Seed

Techstars Chicago conducts programs for startups to connect with investors, mentors, and entrepreneurs.


Healthbox

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Late Stage Venture, Seed

Healthbox is a an innovation consulting and fund management services firm, helping organization build and sustain innovation strategies.


REACH

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Seed, Venture

REACH is an accelerator with a focus on technology companies in the real estate and adjacent industries.


Sandbox Industries

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator, Venture Capital

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Late Stage Venture, Private Equity, Seed

Sandbox bridges the gap between startups and corporations in three ways: strategic venture funds, accelerators, and consulting services.


Financial Solutions Lab

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Seed

The Financial Solutions Lab cultivates, supports and scales innovations that advance the financial health of LMI and underserved individuals


Clean Energy Trust

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator, Startup Competition, Venture Capital

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Seed

Clean Energy Trust supports early-stage startups working on solutions for clean energy, decarbonization, and environmental sustainability.


Cleveland Avenue

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator, Venture Capital

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture

Cleveland Avenue is a Chicago-based venture fund and accelerator that invests in food, beverage, and tech businesses.


Financial Health Network

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator

Investment Stage: Convertible Note, Grant, Seed

Financial Health Network is a trusted resource for business leaders united in a mission to improve the financial health of their customers.


EMERGE CoLab (Powered by TechNexus Venture Collaborative)

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator, Venture Capital

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Seed

The gateway to an ecosystem of enterprises, startups, first responders, and cities building tech to increase productivity and public safety.


Lofty Ventures

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator, Family Investment Office, Venture Capital

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Seed

We help passionate founders, disruptive startups and innovative organizations change the world.


Elmspring Accelerator

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator

Investment Stage: Seed

A seed-stage tech accelerator for start-ups in real estate and its related industries.


EVC Ventures

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator, Venture Capital

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Seed

EVC Ventures is a Chicago-based venture capital fund that focuses on early-stage startups.


Relish Works

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Seed

Relish Works is an innovation hub focused on challenging the status quo and pioneering the next evolution of the food industry.


Envestnet

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator

Investment Stage:

Envestnet is a provider of technology-enabled investment and practice management solutions to financial advisors.


Brand Accelerator

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator

Investment Stage:

Brand Accelerator is a startup accelerator backed by multiple major brands that allows major brands make partnering with startups.


University of Chicago New Venture Challenge

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator, University Program

Investment Stage:

Launched in 1996, the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge (NVC) is one of the nation’s premier business launch programs.


MATTER

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator

Investment Stage:

MATTER provides the healthcare industry with technology solutions to improve products and services.


Portal Innovations

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture

Portal Innovations invests in therapeutics, med tech, and bioinformatics startups with strong leadership teams.


Excelerate Labs

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator

Investment Stage:

Excelerate Labs is one of the summer accelerator programs for startups, goal is to empower startups with connections, capital and communit.


New Mobility World

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator

Investment Stage: Seed

New Mobility World – Inside the Future of Mobility and Transportation


Chicago Venture Summit

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator

Investment Stage: Seed

Chicago Venture Summit is an event that showcases the best early-stage tech companies in the Midwest.


Workbox Company

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator, Co-Working Space, Incubator

Investment Stage:

Workbox is a Coworking Accelerator that provides bold companies with the resources to grow faster, smarter and together.


Insight Accelerator Labs

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator

Investment Stage: Seed

Insight’s Accelerator Labs is an accelerator program distinctly focused on helping medical device startups.


Good Food Business Accelerator

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator

Investment Stage:

The Good Food Business Accelerator gets farm and food businesses ready for prime time, giving them the skills to launch or scale up.


StartUp Port

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator

Investment Stage:

Startup Port is a hybrid support platform that offers venture development solutions for early stage entrepreneurs.


Vantedge Ventures | Healthcare Innovation Fund

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator, Syndicate, Venture Capital

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Seed, Venture

Focused on the investment and cultivation of novel technologies, devices, and methodologies to solve everyday problems in healthcare.


SmartHealth Activator

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator

Investment Stage: Seed

Accelerating innovation for biotech


EdTech Venture Fund

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator, Venture Capital

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Venture

Campus Consortium’s Venture Capital Arm (Rebranded to EVC Ventures)


DWG Business X-celerator

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator

Investment Stage: Crowdfunding, Early Stage Venture, Grant, Private Equity, Secondary Market, Seed

We select and grow most promising ukrainian and international projects providing strategic development programs: seed and VC financing.


Moderne Passport

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture

Immersive, seven month long programmatic experience that provides expertise, positioning, exposure, and insight to drive customer growth.


Engelwood Accelerator

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator

Investment Stage:

Engelwood Accelerator is a small business accelerator operated by the Greater Englewood Community Development Corporation.


Cocktail Meal Kits Accelerator Programme

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator

Investment Stage:

Cocktail Meal Kits Accelerator Programme is for restaurant owners who want to run Cocktail Meal Kits.


Women’s Tech Accelerator by Brad Deals

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture

Women’s Tech Accelerator by Brad Deals provides the resources and support to Chicago-based female entrepreneurs with great business ideas.


EGrAccelerator

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator

Investment Stage:

EGrAccelerator focuses on the financial readiness of the startups.


Coalescense Tech

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator

Investment Stage:

Coalescense Tech builds open source tools that creators can use to make their own CPU and GPU.


Pizza Meal Kit Accelerator 2020

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator

Investment Stage:

Pizza Meal Kit Accelerator 2020 helps restaurants, grocers, or small businesses start a Meal Kit service easily.


Asian Meal Kit Accelerator Programme

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator

Investment Stage:

Asian Meal Kit Accelerator Programme helps restaurants, grocers, or small businesses start a Meal Kit service easily.


Startup Boost 2020 Spring Chicago

Crunchbase | Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Twitter

Investor Type: Accelerator

Investment Stage:

Startup Boost 2020 Spring Chicago lead pre-seed stage startups towards Accelerators, Investment, and/or Revenue (AIR).

Written by Mark Kendall

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