Two Internet-of-Things Accelerator Programs

Posted on by Gerd Kortuem

Interested in starting an Internet of Things start-up?

There are (at least) two Internet-of-Things Accelerator Programs you might consider:

SpringboardIoT is an accelerator program for IoT startups that combines investment capital with an intensive 13 week mentor-led accelerator programme (disclosure: I am one of the mentors). The Springboard program is based at Google Campus in London and ideaSpace in Cambridge, and is aimed at ambitious and scalable early stage businesses from both UK and overseas.  

Applications are open to 6 January 2013 with the program starting in March 2013, the application form is here can be found at

Bolt is another unique start-up program focused on helping start-ups with hardware development:

Bolt is the toolkit for hardware startups. Our program takes the best young hardware teams from across the globe and rockets their product into the right factories and onto store shelves. We provide everything from cash to shop tools to manufacturing know-how to buyer introductions. ...

Any small team of hardware entrepreneurs can apply. Bolt is looking for exceptional teams that want to change the world through a physical product. We're looking particularly closely at connected devices: relatively simple mechanical hardware with a PCB and a WiFi/BT/GSM/CDMA connection to another device or the cloud. Products can be in any stage of development (even just a sketch on a cocktail napkin).

We'll accept 10 teams for the Winter 2013 class. Teams must relocate to our facility in Boston and spend a majority of their time here for the duration of the 6 month program. The Bolt team will work with you every step of the way to help you get to market faster and cheaper.

More details at