Calling All B2B Startups: There?s An Accelerator In Dallas Looking For You
New startup accelerators have been popping up left and right over the past few years, and we seem to have entered a sort of renaissance for these early-stage business-builders. It?s difficult to say how many accelerators there are in the U.S., let alone the world. The NBIA puts the number in the thousands in the U.S., though the number of ?relevant? accelerators is really closer to the range of 100 to 200. DFJ Mercury (in conjunction with Tech Cocktail and the Kellogg School of Management) put together a great list of the top 15 accelerators in the U.S., though there are many more.
By and large, this profusion of accelerators exciting news for the ecosystem; startups create jobs, build disruptive businesses and services, and boost the economy. Of course, there can be too much of a good thing. At a certain point (some would say we?ve already reached this point in some verticals), the market becomes saturated, deal flow suffers, affecting talent dilution, too many features get funded, and on and on.
There are still entire industries that are badly in need of new ideas, new blood, and disruptive technologies ? education, healthcare, and media, I?m talking to you ? and accelerators that focus on particular verticals are still very much welcomed. Specialization is key, as it narrows scope and depth, and gives startups the confidence that they?ll be advised and mentored by experts who?ve actually worked (and succeeded) in their particular field.
One of those accelerators, which has flown under the radar somewhat (at least on TechCrunch), is Tech Wildcatters, an accelerator based in Dallas. Founded in 2010, Tech Wildcatters made DFJ?s top 15, and is part of the TechStars Network ? an association of 35 incubators around the world that, among other benefits, offer startups a unified application site called accelerato.rs.
I?ve written about the opportunities (and need) for startups that focus on B2B ideas and services, which is something that?s somewhat unique about Tech Wildcatters. Besides a