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Austin is quickly becoming one of the hottest places to launch a startup. With a large population of tech and creative talent, and an even bigger source of customers, it’s no wonder why some of the most promising startups are coming from the city that some have called “Silicon Hills”.

The Austin Founder Institute is looking for aspiring entrepreneurs. Apply today!

One of the biggest reasons for Austin’s startup community, however, is its vast number incubators, accelerators, and other founder programs, many of which are listed out below for your convenience.

 Austin Founder Institute

  • Description: The Founder Institute is the world’s premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program. Through a challenging and rigorous curriculum, we provide early-stage and aspiring entrepreneurs with the structure, training, mentor support, and global network needed to start an enduring company.

  • Sectors / Markets / Who they’re looking for: Any

  • Requirements: Applicants should ideally be at the early- or idea-stage

 Austin Technology Incubator

  • Description: The Austin Technology Incubator is the startup incubator of the University of Texas at Austin. ATI focuses on helping startups compete successfully in the capital markets.

  • Sectors / Markets / Who they’re looking for: BioScience, Water, Transportation, and CleanTech

  • Requirements: Apply for more details

 Bunker Labs

  • Description: Bunker Labs supports military veterans throughout the journey of starting a business: from the idea stage - where active-duty service members are thinking about what to do post-service - to the growth stage of successful companies looking to hire, raise capital, and expand into new markets.

  • Sectors / Markets / Who they’re looking for: Any

  • Requirements: Veterans, active duty service members, and their spouses

 DivInc

  • Description: Their 12-week pre-accelerator program helps founders ensure their companies are built for success by providing them with top-notch, comprehensive programming and connect them with an extensive network of mentors and investors.

  • Sectors / Markets / Who they’re looking for: Any

  • Requirements: One of the founding members must be a woman or person of color and the company must be tech or tech-enabled

 Galvanize

  • Description: Galvanize campuses are home to tech companies of all shapes, sizes, and stages. These companies need different resources including knowledge, mentors, and introductions, based on the current stage of their company.

  • Sectors / Markets / Who they’re looking for: Any

  • Requirements: Apply for more details

 Impact Hub's Affording Housing Accelerator

  • Description: Impact Hub Austin’s Affordable Housing Accelerator (AHA) is a 3-month Austin-based program focusing on advocacy, innovation, and financing to keep Austin diversely weird and affordably engineered.

  • Sectors / Markets / Who they’re looking for: Civic, tech, and real estate

  • Requirements: Apply for more details

 Incubator For Innovation And Impact

  • Description: The Incubator’s framework enables entrepreneurs to discover and execute business practices and ventures that positively impact local and global communities.

  • Sectors / Markets / Who they’re looking for: Civic, tech, and real estate

  • Requirements: Apply for more details

 MassChallenge Texas

  • Description: MassChallenge Texas is a non-profit organization on a mission to help startups win without taking equity. They envision a creative and inspired society in which everyone recognizes that they can define their future and is empowered to maximize their impact.

  • Sectors / Markets / Who they’re looking for: Any

  • Requirements: Apply for more details

 Medical Innovation Labs

  • Description: MIL commercializes breakthrough medical and clinical research, translating discoveries and inventions into products that meaningfully improve patient care. Their team has decades of real-world experience in turning novel ideas into products that significantly impact healthcare.

  • Sectors / Markets / Who they’re looking for: Medical/Healthcare

  • Requirements: Apply for more details

 MobilityX Accelerator

  • Description: MobilityX is the first transportation technology accelerator aimed at fostering the growth of new mobility-as-a service companies and bringing innovative solutions to the transportation sector.

  • Sectors / Markets / Who they’re looking for: Transportation

  • Requirements: Apply for more details

 SKU

  • Description: SKU surrounds stellar startups with tailored mentor teams of rockstar entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts. Their 14 week intensive program provides exclusive insider access to industry leaders, key retailers, and the tools necessary to accelerate smarter, faster growth.

  • Sectors / Markets / Who they’re looking for: Consumer product goods

  • Requirements: Companies must have market-validated products

 SXSW Accelerator

  • Description: The SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event is proud to be the catalyst of many dreams and successes. From 2009 to 2017, 70% of all 403 finalists received over $4.63 billion in funding, and 16% were acquired by Fortune 500 companies.

  • Sectors / Markets / Who they’re looking for: Any

  • Requirements: Click here for more information

 Sputnik ATX

  • Description: Sputnik ATX funds maker-founders, and helps people reach their full potential by creating an ecosystem to attract hard-working nerds, connect them with investors, and train them for success.

  • Sectors / Markets / Who they’re looking for: Any (with a few exceptions)

  • Requirements: Requirements listed here

 Techstars Austin

  • Description: Through the Techstars Worldwide Entrepreneur Network, founders and their teams connect with other entrepreneurs, experts, mentors, alumni, investors, community leaders, and corporate partners who will help their companies grow.

  • Sectors / Markets / Who they’re looking for: Any

  • Requirements: Apply for more details

 Texas Venture Labs

  • Description: The TVL Accelerator provides an opportunity for startups to take their ventures to the next level with the unique benefit of leveraging UT Austin resources and talent. TVL also provides a venue for investors to engage with research and startups from The University of Texas at Austin.

  • Sectors / Markets / Who they’re looking for: Any

  • Requirements: Must be a graduate student

If you are looking to launch a startup in Texas, the Austin Founder Institute wants you! Apply today!

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