What Accelerators and Incubators Want

March marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere: flowers bloom, greenery reappears, spring water trickles from snow melt, mammals awake from hibernation, birds return from migration, bees take off in search of nectar, and forward-looking ecosystems fire-up their engines:

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Many of the best ideas we’ve funded were ones that surprised us. There are, however, specific startups that we’re very interested in [Calendata's pick of 10 out of 25]:
  • Agriculture - Alt-meat, cellular agriculture (agriculture at the cell level)
  • Bio - Reading DNA, genetic programming
  • Creators - How to pay content creators?
  • Education - Human brain power is vastly under utilized, fix this to fix the rest
  • Energy - Looking for 10x better batteries
  • Healthcare - Preventative healthcare is the best healthcare
  • Jobs - Can you create jobs (instead of replacing them with algos, bots etc)?
  • Memory - Supplement memory with wearables, voice assistants etc
  • PalmOil - Big market, low tech, ungreen: looking for disruptors (fya my id)
  • Programming - Make programming more accessible (not only for nerds)
Y Combinator graduates include Airbnb, Dropbox, Stripe, Docker and Coinbase.

I’m currently on the hunt for amazing companies for the Techstars London program. [Eamonn Carey, MD, Techstars]
  • Apps - Apps that are ubiquitous, device agnostic and don't require download
  • Audio - More expressive and communicative than text, less hassle than video
  • Blockchain - Coins for the masses (not only for insiders, geeks, speculators)
  • ElderTech - Folks living longer, having fewer children (in some countries)
  • Food - By 2050 need to feed 9 billion people (7.6 billion now)
  • Happiness - Social media can be a downer, any happier alternatives?
  • Marketing - Web and mobile ads are broken (annoying, ignored)
  • Sharing - Share annotations and notes (surface what you jot)
  • UI - Gestural interface (hand signs, head nods/shakes, body language)
Techstars graduates include ClassPass, DigitalOcean and Sphero [top image].

In addition to novel solutions, accelerators will likely also be looking for exceptional founders, competent team, minimum viable product, cogent business model, traction, market size etc as well. [11-Mar-2018]