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ISDI Accelerator ranked World Top 5 Public Business Accelerator

ISDI Accelerator ranked World Top 5 Public Business Accelerator

ISDI Accelerator is ranked World Top 5 Public Business Accelerators by UBI Global, which has compared 364 programs from 82 countries. The ranking states that ISDI Accelerator is above the global average, outperforming their global peers with regard to the value they provide, to their innovation ecosystems and client startups, as well as the attractiveness of the programs themselves.

Madrid, 7 November 2019.- Last evening UBI Global presented The UBI Global World Rankings of Business Incubators and Accelerators 2019 – 2020 during the World Incubation Summit in Doha. In the category World Top Public Business Accelerator 19/20 ISDI Accelerator was ranked amongst the top 5. Compared to previous rankings there is only three categories presented this year; world #1, World Top 5 and World top 10.

“At ISDI Accelerator we feel very proud to be ranked among the world’s top 5 accelerators, as measured by UBI Global. There are many other business accelerators doing an incredible job, so it’s amazing to be here. This is only possible thanks to our team, partners, investors, mentors and of course to our startups; this is an award for all of them, too. And they have our commitment to continue working hard to be able to help them to achieve their goals,” says Miguel Ángel Díez Ferreira, Director at ISDI Accelerator.

During previous year’s rankings, 259 incubators and accelerators participated in the process, which can be compared with this year’s 364 participating organizations in UBI Global World Rankings 19/20. The ranking shows that ISDI Accelerator is well placed internationally in terms of the number of companies that are accepted to the acceleration programs, access to funds, the availability of a great network and outstanding performance in nurturing entrepreneurship and innovation.

Since the birth of ISDI Accelerator in 2014, we have developed 14 Open Calls, distributed 45 million Euros, accelerated 154 startups from 64 countries, startups have obtained 183 million Euros in funding after being part of our programs and our Net Promoter Score is 92 (scored by startups). Also, recently, our acceleration program IMPACT Connected Car was awarded Project of the year 2019 by the European Commission.

The UBI Global world rankings of business incubators and accelerators 19/20

About ISDI Accelerator

ISDI Accelerator is born in 2014 with the objective of channeling the entrepreneurial interest of the ISDI students and to boost and professionalize the startup market in Europe. Our first startup acceleration program, IMPACT, marked a milestone in the continent thanks to the collaboration between public entities, corporations, educational entities, investors and, of course, startups.

Since then we have developed dozens of incubation and acceleration programs, we have created, trained and accelerated hundreds of startups, and thousands of companies have already applied to our programs.

All this has led us to be listed in the top positions of the European and global rankings as one of the most important accelerators in Europe, and in 2019 one of our programs (IMPACT Connected Car) was chosen as the best startup acceleration project of 2019 by the European Commission.

But we don’t do it alone. We are accompanied by our parent company, ISDI, and also hundreds of mentors, teachers and experts, the best investors in Europe, our partners and colleagues in the different acceleration programs and the corporations and institutions we work with.

About UBI Global 

UBI Global is a Swedish-based intelligence company and community specializing in mapping, highlighting, and connecting the world of business incubation. Through a network of more than 700 member organizations from over 90 countries worldwide, UBI Global provides matchmaking, benchmarking, and research services to corporations and business incubation programs.

Previous results from UBI Global’s studies have been featured on BBC Radio, The Chicago Tribune, Le Figaro, Der Standard, The Huffington Post, The Irish Times, France 3, and many other media outlets around the world.

For more information:

Alexandra Carrasco Szulc, Communications Manager
ISDI Accelerator
Phone: (+43) 900 814 144


We are in the middle of our rebranding, soon we will have a new website where we will inform about all that is happening in ISDI Accelerator, before known as IMPACT 🙂

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A record-breaking number of 2,000 startups apply to IMPACT Growth’s last open call 1024 768 IMPACT Accelerator

A record-breaking number of 2,000 startups apply to IMPACT Growth’s last open call

IMPACT Growth's last open call for startups is a huge success!

  • The IMPACT Growth accelerator will select 14 startups from among the 2,000 participants
  • The program, which offers €3.6 million in equity-free funding, has received applications from more than 60 countries. Among IMPACT Growth’s four verticals, Smart Content and Smart Cities accounted for 71% of the applications
  • These selected startups will join the 14 companies that were selected in the first open call and are currently being accelerated
  • IMPACT Connected Car, IMPACT Accelerator’s other program, has also had an open call seeking startups and SMEs that offer to disrupt the emerging market of connected vehicles; the program had more than 500 applications

IMPACT Growth, the startup acceleration program backed by leading accelerators, venture capital entities and global brands, wrapped up its second and last call for applicants with the participation of over 2,000 startups. The call, launched in September in DLD Tel Aviv, and promoted in top global events such as MWC Americas, Web Summit, Slush, South Summit and MWC Shanghai, has received applications from more than 60 countries, in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe. From among the participants IMPACT Growth will select a total of 14 startups to initiate an acceleration process headed by ISDI and Accelerace. These selected startups will join the 14 companies that were selected in the first open call and are currently being accelerated.

Out of the 2,000 applicants, 20 semi-finalists will be chosen before narrowing it down to the 14 finalists

Application stats

Spain, Italy, Poland and Denmark led the number of applications in this second call. Among IMPACT Growth’s four verticals, of special note was the participation of startups in the Smart Content (41% of applications) and Smart Cities (30% of applications) sectors. Smart Agrifood and Smart Manufacturing are the other two verticals, accounting for 13% and 11% of the applications, respectively. The global brands Ferrovial Servicios, MADE, Danone and DOCOMO Digital will support the startups selected in their verticals.

About IMPACT Growth

IMPACT Growth is an initiative funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program, with a total of €3.6 million for its initial phase. The project, led by FundingBox, features two calls for applicants for the selection of a total of 28 startups, granting each with 100,000 euros equity-free for their initial funding and the best four with an additional funding of 150,000 euros equity-free. Participants have the possibility of obtaining more funding through partner Invesdor‘s crowdfunding platform. The top startups will be able to receive private investment of up to €1.5 million from the European venture capital Kibo Ventures.

The startups will participate in a training program featuring international experts and entrepreneurs in Madrid, Copenhagen and Barcelona, and access an international network of over 100 renowned mentors, founders and investors. The training program will go hand in hand with participation in the different international events organised by 4YFN, the business platform for the growing community of technology startups at the global level supported by Mobile World Capital Barcelona (MWCapital).

The startups will also benefit from support by the FIWARE Foundation for the integration of this technology into the development of their projects. FIWARE is an innovative, open source, Cloud-based technology that makes possible the creation and deployment of global services and applications in the new digital age.

Other IMPACT programs

IMPACT Growth is one of the two programs IMPACT Accelerator, which invested over €14 million in 77 startups from 2014 to 2017 and has recently been named among the global top ten in Gust’s Global Accelerator Report after evaluating 579 programs from five continents. IMPACT Connected Car, IMPACT Accelerator’s other currently-running program, has also recently had a call for startups and SMEs that offer to disrupt the emerging market of connected vehicles. More than 500 startups applied, for a total of more than 2,500 applications to IMPACT programs in recent months. In 2018, IMPACT Accelerator plans to launch a new acceleration program focused on startups disrupting the robotics market.

IMPACT Growth's Jury Day will be held at ISDI Madrid in the spring of 2018

Jury Day to announce the winners

The winners of this selection process will be announced after a Jury Day slated for March 1st at the ISDI Digital Acceleration Center in Madrid. A shortlist of selected startups will pitch in front of panel of experts that will judge these companies taking into account account criteria such as scalability and international growth.

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