Our First Year as an Energy Focused Accelerator


We launched a mentor-driven seed accelerator in the Energy Capital of the World, Houston, focused on the intersection of Energy + IT. We primarily focus on software and software enabled technologies that help solve the world’s energy problems. Software can make our world’s energy value chain more efficient by empowering new energy sources, reducing the footprint and resources required to find and extract our natural resources, upgrading our century old electric grid and protecting it from cyber attacks, creating new energy markets, increasing the visibility and diminishing the risk of new and existing energy markets, and enabling consumers to reduce their own power consumption.

Are Accelerators Really Helping Startup Companies?


It’s a great question and one that I’m asked about every other day.
There is a new accelerator that seems to be popping up at least once a week. I would argue that every large city around the world has at least one accelerator that’s promising boatloads of funding, connections to famous mentors, and life-long happiness. But are accelerators really delivering on their promises?

2012 Managing Directors' Conference in Review


Managing Directors from over 30 member accelerators gathered in Chicago for our yearly Managing Directors’ conference last week. This is the event for Managing Directors from the top accelerators from around the world. Over a jam packed 24 hours, attendees networked, shared ideas and best practices and worked in small groups to answer questions from 4 selected speakers on topics affecting accelerators.


Chinaccelerator was one of the first accelerators in China.

Can you share some background about why Chinaccelerator was formed and how you identified the market need for an accelerator?

China is a great place for mentorship-driven activities since the market is burgeoning and entrepreneurs are relatively inexperienced. Entrepreneurs are also extremely risk-averse and by providing some seed funding we help them jump into the arena. Failing becomes less an issue, since the program becomes a badge of honor and would help them – worse case scenario – to land a great job in a tech powerhouse.

Founder Profile: ShopSpot


ShopSpot is a mobile app that makes buying and selling items as easy as tweeting! Just find something you want to sell, then Snap, Tag, and Post. That’s it. It’s for anyone who wants to get rid of tired old stuff, but too lazy to do it on a traditional online marketplace.