Texas Accelerators and Co-working Spaces

What is the difference between an accelerator, incubator, and co-working space?

An accelerator generally takes a small percentage of equity in externally driven ideas in exchange for small amounts of capital and coaching. There is usually a program that an entrepreneur can sign up for ranging from 3 to 6 months in duration but most are in the range of 3 to 4 months. An incubator generally takes a longer-term view and may prepare you for an accelerator. It is primarily trying to help the entrepreneur vet, validate and refine their solution. There are even pre-accelerators that prepare you for an accelerator and last between 4 and 8 weeks long. A great directory from the State of Texas on Texas incubators, accelerators, and resources can be found here. It's a bit dated (2017) but still useful.

Co-working is a shared working environment, many times an office setting, with different small businesses or startups working independently side by side. Unlike in a typical office environment, space is filled with companies that don't belong to the same organization. Co-working can be a cost-effective way to have an office without the burden of owning a building.

Austin - Co-working Spaces

Austin - Accelerators and Incubators

  • 3-Day Startup - How students get funded
  • ATI - Austin Technology Incubator at the University of Texas - Tech, Clean Energy, Health/Bio
  • Bunker - Veteran owned
  • Capital Factory - Coworking/funding. Tech, Education, and Health. Josh Baer is all things startup!
  • Capital Kitchens - Culinary Co-Working Space. Austin's Largest Shared-Use Commercial Kitchen and Mobile Food Commissary.
  • Chicon Collective - Coworking
  • DivInc - DivInc bridges the gap between underrepresented entrepreneurs and the resources they need to build profitable, high-growth companies.
  • Dreamit - Technology and Health
  • Economic Growth Business Incubator - Multiple industries
  • Food + City – Food and Beverage
  • Founder Institute - The Founder Institute is the world’s premier startup launch program for talented entrepreneurs. If you are up to the challenge, our comprehensive step-by-step curriculum will give you the structure, mentor support, and global network you need to start an enduring company.
  • Galvanize - The Learning Community for Technology
  • Greater Austin WEN Community - Multiple industries
  • IBM PartnerWorld - Tech and multiple industries
  • ImpactLab - ImpactLab hones the execution skills of individuals who share their passion for educational opportunity. In short, it builds capacity.
  • International Accelerator - Focused on non-US citizen founders
  • LaunchLab Capital - Tech
  • Longhorn Startup Lab - Multiple industries
  • MassChallenge - Global merit-based startup accelerator for early-stage companies. It has programs in Texas (Austin, Houston), Boston, Rhode Island, Mexico City, Lausanne (Switzerland), Jerusalem (Israel).
  • SKU - Consumer products accelerator
  • Sputnik ATX Sputnik ATX is a venture-backed accelerator for maker-founders.
  • Startup Weekend - Multiple industries
  • TechBA - IC2 Institute at the University of Texas
  • TechRanch - Coworking and Tech
  • TechShop - Workshop and prototyping studio
  • TechStars - Tech
  • Texas Venture Labs - University of Texas
  • Thinktiv - Multiple industries; business builder
  • WeWork - Coworking space downtown
  • WeWork Food Labs - Co-Working at SXSW Building

Amarillo - Co-Working Space / Incubator / Accelerator

  • WT Enterprise Center - Founded in 2001, it is currently an incubator and co-working space. It will be launching an accelerator in 2019. Go Amarillo!

San Antonio - Accelerators and Incubators

El Paso - Accelerators and Incubators

  • Creative Startups
  • Pioneers 21 - Pioneers 21 is a non-profit organization and business incubator based in downtown El Paso, Texas. It is one of the first and longest-running incubators in the region. Founded in 2011, it has been an active participant in the development of its emerging innovation economy. Its mission is to unleash the creative and economic potential of El Paso and the U.S.-Mexico Border.
  • Medical Center of the Americas Foundation -

    The MCA Innovation Center, under the non-profit MCA Foundation, seeks to drive economic growth in the Paso del Norte region by sharing information and resources to help technology entrepreneurs commercialize ideas quickly.

Corpus Christi - Accelerator and Incubators

Corpus Christi - Co-working Spaces

West Texas - Accelerator and Incubators

  • Fusionovation Labs- A private virtual incubator helping entrepreneurs turn ideas into stellar software companies.