The Top 4 Startup Accelerators In India

Mayank Thanvi

Dec 25th, 2016

As part of our new series , we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the top 4 most active startup accelerators in India along with their typical funding ranges, equity terms and focus areas.


Location – Hyderabad, Founded In 2014

Focus Area – Technology, Brick & Mortar, Social Enterprises and Non Profits.

Catalyzer Startup Accelerator Program is a 101 days mentorship driven entrepreneurship cohort accelerator program for startups. Twice each year, it select up to 12 startup teams (or individuals) and help them navigate the crucial first stage. Selected startups receive financial support in the form of pre-seed capital, work space, IT facilities and other resources.

Funding – INR 5 – 10 lakhs on 7 – 12% equity

Notable Startups – Not yet

Reach Out - Sunil Mayreddy


Location – Mumbai, Founded In – 2012

Focus Area – Mobile, Internet & Cloud

Freemont is India’s first Global accelerator and incubator,  which provides seed funding to entrepreneurs focused on technology driven startups. It provides mentorship, strategic direction and access to local/global mentors and partners.

Funding – Seed capital of up to INR 50 Lakhs

Notable Startups – Natural Mantra

Reach Out – Vivek Mohan


Location – Gurgaon, Founded In – 2012

Focus Area – Internet and Mobile

GSF Global Accelerator is a 13 week program, it aims to provide select startups with unparalleled access to venture and business networks, personalized & intensive mentoring, and initial capital. GSF Accelerator is designed to help product-oriented startups.

Funding – $25k – 30K for 5 – 8% equity

Notable Startups – Pokkt, Silverpush, Playcez, Little Eye Labs, Browntape

Reach OutRajesh Sawhney


Location – Mountain View, San Francisco, and Mexico City, Founded In – 2010

Focus Area – Open for all domains

Founded by Dave McClure famous angel investor from Silicon Valley, 500 Startups run 4 – month accelerator. It’s like a Startup MBA on steroids providing startups access to a network of 1000+ founders, 200+ mentors, and its staff for guidance and mentorship

Funding – It invests $100k in exchange for 7%, and charge a $25K program fee for a net $75K investment. (Mountain View & San Francisco). And $40k in exchange for 10%, and charge a $12K program fee for a net $28K investment.

Notable Startups – Pricebaba, Tushky, Thinknum

Reach OutPankaj Jain

Though not an Indian accelerator, but 500 Startups is quite active in the Indian startup space and has accelerated and invested in a good number of Indian startups over the past 2 years.