As predicted here on i Business Angel, the number of new business accelerators is exploding, whilst also offering different flavours.
This month we’ve had news of a new accelerator in Moscow, Russia called TexDrive using the platform of the TechStars network along with Jon Bradford’s Springboard Cambridge and London based accelerator.
Also launching this month in London is Accelerator Accademy which combines an educational / training format with venture capital cash available at the end.
Similary, in Manchester, the idea based accelerator Idea Alive is beta launching. Idea Alive differs from current accelerator formats in that it will work with inventors and solo entrepreneurs whose first task is to build a team, whereas typically accelerators will turn down application from solo entrepreneurs.
Along a similar vein, Cambridge Business Angel Sherry Coutu has been driving the Silicon Valley Comes to the UK appathaon event in which developers will create a series of apps, in different UK cities during October, before choosing the best apps and the developers winning a trip to Silicon Valley.
Lastly, IBMs smartcamp – in November, is closing its doors to applications on Friday the 14th Oct.
Seems like business angels and entrepreneurs have an increasingly broad choice of camps, weekends, part-time and accelerators to join and support.
So, despite the economic gloom, tech looks ready to boom?
If you know of more relevant events or accelerators launching, please let us know or add a comment below…