Dallas's 16 Best Startup Accelerators & Incubators [2021]

Dallas's 16 Best Startup Accelerators & Incubators [2021]

Dallas may not necessarily be known as a startup hub, but that is changing.

Startups in Dallas raised $6.5B from 2010-2019, and ranked in the Top 5 city in the "Mighty Middle".

If you're starting a startup in Dallas or the DFW area, you might be wonder what startup accelerators or business incubators exist in the area.

In this list, you'll find the best business incubators, startup incubators, and startup accelerators in Dallas. Here's the full list:

Startup Accelerators & Business Incubators In Dallas

# Accelerator/Incubator Investment Location Apply
1 Tech Wildcatters $130,000 Downtown Apply
2 Health Wildcatters Between $30,0... Apply
3 RevTech Ventures $100K First C... Downtown Apply
4 SKU DFW $20,000 Dallas/Fort W... Apply
5 DFW Excellerator $20,000 Apply
6 AT&T Aspire Accelerator $100,000 Apply
7 AccelerateNFC $15,000 Apply
8 MOTIVE $40,000 Apply
9 Innov8te Smart Cities Incubator None Apply
10 Alliance For Higher Education None Apply
11 CodeLaunch None Dallas/Frisco... Apply
12 SMU Incubator None SMU Apply
13 Tech Fort Worth Innovation Lab None Fort Worth Apply
14 LaunchBio None Pegasus Park Apply
15 Collide Village Incubator Program None Addison Apply
16 Dallas Startups None Downtown Apply

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1. Tech Wildcatters

  • Industry: All Industries
  • Investment Size: $130,000
  • Program: 3 months
  • Location: Downtown

Dallas' foremost startup accelerator gives companies up to $130,000 in seed funding, intensive top-notch mentorship, and the opportunity to pitch to angel investors, venture capitalists, and corporate development.

Apply to Tech Wildcatters, or learn more ➜

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2. Health Wildcatters

  • Industry: Healthcare
  • Investment Size: Between $30,000 - $380,000
  • Program: 6 months

An offshoot of the Tech Wildcatters, Health Wildcatters invests in startups in the health space in the DFW area.

They offer $30,000 for 8% equity and opportunities for follow-on and convertible note investments, up to a maximum potential investment of $380,000.

Apply to Health Wildcatters, or learn more ➜

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3. RevTech Ventures

  • Location: Downtown
  • Industry: Retail
  • Investment Size: $100K First Check, $200K-$2M after

Formerly named RevTech Accelerator, RevTech now operates as a venture capital firm, and invests in the concepts and technologies transforming the future of retail. They select talented entrepreneurs and couple them with their management teams to help retail-focused startups grow.

Although no longer a startup accelerator, they provide the support of an accelerator with the business model of a VC, and give founders the same support while giving up less equity.

Apply to RevTech Ventures, or learn more ➜

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4. SKU DFW

  • Location: Dallas/Fort Worth area
  • Industry: Consumer
  • Investment Size: $20,000
  • Program: 2 months

SKU is an 8-week program running September to November. Their curriculum covers topics important to startups, including Mission + Vision, Branding, Channel Strategy, Finance and Legal. Their cohort consists of five companies supported by 30 mentors.

Apply to SKU DFW, or learn more ➜

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5. DFW Excellerator

  • Industry: All Industries
  • Investment Size: $20,000
  • Program: 4 months

The four-month DFW Excellerator program provides up to $20,000 in seed money in exchange for 6% to 10% percent equity.

Apply to DFW Excellerator, or learn more ➜

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6. AT&T Aspire Accelerator

  • Industry: All Industries

  • Investment Size: $100,000

An accelerator inside of AT&T, Aspire offers mentorships, investment funding of $100K and additional funds of $25K, access to experts & resources, and networking opportunities.

Apply to AT&T Aspire Accelerator, or learn more ➜

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7. AccelerateNFC

  • Industry: All Industries
  • Investment Size: $15,000
  • Program: 3 months

AccelerateNFC provides mentorship and funding.

Up to five selected companies will participate in an intensive, 12-week mentoring program designed to provide access to resources normally beyond the reach of start-up or early-stage companies.

Apply to AccelerateNFC, or learn more ➜

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8. MOTIVE

  • Industry: Real Estate

  • Investment Size: $40,000

  • Program: 3 months

Motive invests in real estate-focused technology companies in Dallas.

They offer a $40,000 investment on a convertible note.

Apply to MOTIVE, or learn more ➜

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9. Innov8te Smart Cities Incubator

  • Industry: All Industries

  • Investment Size: None

  • Program: 6 months

Innov8te Smart Cities Incubator is an-equity free programme.

Apply to Innov8te Smart Cities Incubator, or learn more ➜

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10. Alliance For Higher Education

  • Industry: Government
  • Investment Size: None
  • Program: 2.5 months

Formerly named the North Texas Regional Center of Innovation, the Alliance For Higher Education does not invest nor take any equity.

Apply to Alliance For Higher Education, or learn more ➜

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11. CodeLaunch

  • Location: Dallas/Frisco, TX

  • Industry: All Industries

  • Investment Size: None

CodeLaunch is an annual seed accelerator competition between individuals and groups who have software technology startup ideas.

Apply to CodeLaunch, or learn more ➜

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12. SMU Incubator

  • Location: SMU

  • Industry: All Industries

  • Investment Size: None

The [email protected] is a dedicated workspace that exists to encourage and facilitate the formation and growth of new organizations. The space provides a collaborative environment ideal for interaction with customers, mentors and entrepreneurs.

Apply to SMU Incubator, or learn more ➜

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13. Tech Fort Worth Innovation Lab

  • Location: Fort Worth

  • Industry: All Industries

  • Investment Size: None

  • Program: 4 months

A non-profit organization that has been helping entrepreneurs launch and grow emerging technology companies since 1998. We identify entrepreneurs and startup companies with technologies that have a high potential for success in the marketplace.

Apply to Tech Fort Worth Innovation Lab, or learn more ➜

14. LaunchBio

  • Location: Pegasus Park

  • Industry: Biotech

  • Investment Size: None

LaunchBio works to accelerate the entrepreneurial support network for the quickly growing North Texas biotech ecosystem, including its academic research institutions, corporate partners and investors.

Apply to LaunchBio, or learn more ➜

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15. Collide Village Incubator Program

  • Location: Addison

  • Industry: All Industries

  • Investment Size: None

The Collide Village Incubator Program (CVIP) for technology startups that requires team members to commit full time to the program.

Apply to Collide Village Incubator Program, or learn more ➜

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16. Dallas Startups

  • Location: Downtown

  • Industry: All Industries

  • Investment Size: None

An entrepreneurial community and business incubator that provides founders assistance with corporate standup, legal protection, insurance issuance, capital raise, product development, market penetration and more, to dramatically speed their launch date and path to profitability.

Apply to Dallas Startups, or learn more ➜

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Pat Walls,  Founder of Starter Story

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