Based on an intensive literature review we use the following definitions throughout this site.


  • Help early-stage startups through various means but at least mentorship and connections to potential investors
  • Have management objectives that are often monetary
  • Are fixed-term with durations of max. 12 months
  • Are cohort-based
  • Have a selective application process
  • Typically provide stipends
  • Typically take a non-controlling amount of equity

Corporate Accelerator

Corporate Accelerators are Accelerator programs which exhibit in addition the following criteria:

  • They are either owned or sponsored to more than 50% by one or several corporate entities which main business is not work with startups
  • The program’s objectives are derived from the parent’s interest