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$3 Million for High Tech, Small Business Focused Accelerators in 2019

For the fifth year, the U.S. Small Business Administration launched the Growth Accelerator Fund competition for the nation's most innovative and promising small business accelerators and incubators to compete for monetary prizes of $50,000 each. 

The 2019 Competition focused on accelerators that work with high tech entrepreneurs that are potential Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Tech Transfer (STTR) program applicants ( This year’s award recipients will focus at least 60 percent of their Competition-related work to entrepreneurs who represent one of the following groups: women; socially and economically disadvantaged individuals; entrepreneurs living in or whose businesses are located and operate in states with a lower number of SBIR/STTR awards, or in an Opportunity Zone.  

The recipients, representing accelerators and incubators across 39 states and territories focused on a broad set of industries and sectors, will receive a total of $3 million in awards to support startups and entrepreneurs researching and developing STEM-related innovations. 

Class of 2019

Organization City State Targeted Group Submission
Bioscience & Technology Business Center Lawrence KS OZ Video
Bixel Exchange Startup LAunch Los Angeles CA OZ Video
Black River Innovation Campus (BRIC) Springfield VT OZ Video
Catalyst Space Accelerator Colorado Springs CO OZ Video
Defense Alliance St. Paul MN OZ Video
Domi Education, Inc. Tallahassee FL OZ n/a
Harlem Biospace New York City NY OZ Video
Innovation Depot Birmingham AL OZ Video
Momentum Sacramento CA OZ Video
Mtech Ventures College Park MD OZ n/a
NextCorps Rochester NY OZ Video
Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, Inc. Fort Wayne IN OZ Video
Oregon Technology Business Center Beaverton OR OZ Video
Parallel18 San Juan PR OZ Video
Tech Alliance of Central Oregons, DBA BendTECH Bend OR OZ Video
BioGenerator Entrepreneur Development St. Louis MO SEDB n/a
digitalundivided BIG Incubator Atlanta GA SEDB Video
F³ Tech Accelerator Easton MD SEDB n/a
First Flight Venture Center Durham NC SEDB Video
Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship (dba Creative Startups) Santa Fe NM SEDB Video
Halcyon Incubator Washington DC SEDB Video
LifeBridge Health Accelerator Program Baltimore MD SEDB n/a
Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator Los Angeles CA SEDB Video
TechTown Detroit Detroit MI SEDB Video
Blue Startups Honolulu HI US Video
Eastern Foundry Arlington VA US Video
Entrepreneurial Development Center Cedar Rapids IA US Video
Eva Garland Consulting Raleigh NC US Video
Fuel, by Startup Junkie Foundation Bentonville AR US Video
gener8tor Madison WI US Video
Horn Entrepreneurship: Blue Hen Proof of Concept Program Newark DE US Video
Innovate Mississippi Jackson MS US Video
Invest Nebraska Corporation Lincoln NE US Video
ITEN St. Louis MO US Video
Launch Tennessee Mentor Networks: Student Edition Nashville TN US Video
Maine Center for Entrepreneurs Portland ME US Video
New Orleans BioInnovation Center New Orleans LA US n/a
OK Catalyst SBIR Accelerator Oklahoma City OK US Video
Trailhead Boise ID US n/a
TREAT - Center for the Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances in Technology Lebanon NH US n/a
XLerateHealth (non-profit), Inc. Louisville KY US Video
FastForward at Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures Baltimore MD WOB n/a
Games for Change Accelerator New York City NY WOB n/a
Health Wildcatters Dallas TX WOB Video
Innovation Works' Growth Accelerators Pittsburgh PA WOB n/a
Life Science Washington Institute Seattle WA WOB n/a
Peninsula Technology Incubator t/a REaKTOR Technology Innovation Center Hampton VA WOB Video
Rocky Mountain Innovation Initiative dba Innosphere Fort Collins CO WOB n/a
Southern Illinois Research Park (SIRP), Inc. Carbondale IL WOB Video
Sprints at Arrowhead Center/New Mexico State University Las Cruces NM WOB Video
Startup Tucson Tucson AZ WOB Video
Stella Labs, AKA Hera Labs San Diego CA WOB Video
STEM to Market: The AWIS Accelerator Washington DC WOB Video
The Capital Networks' Female Founders Cohort Boston MA WOB Video
The Rosie Network San Diego CA WOB n/a
UCI Beall Applied Innovation Irvine CA WOB Video
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign EnterpriseWorks Incubator - AWARE Program Champaign IL WOB Video
VentureWell Hadley MA WOB Video
WMed Innovation Center Kalamazoo MI WOB Video


See the full list of past winners