The U.S. Small Business Association (SBA.gov) setup an accelerator demo day along with the Global Accelerator Network (GAN). Accelerators exist to help increase the likelihood of startups success. Depending on the accelerator, they provide various kinds of assistance. That assistance can take the form of money, office space, connectivity, mentoring, assistance with obtaining follow on funding, employees, and other methods of assistance with the goal of accelerating the progress of the startup and hopefully increasing their chances of survival and success.
How Does the SBA Intend to Be Involved?
The news release states that the SBA has $5 Million in their 2014 budget to that they will invest in the form of matching funds to accelerators. The event allowed accelerators to pitch potential investors.
There is a complete list of accelerators that pitched potential investors here on the SBA site.
Global Accelerator Network – Find an Accelerator
If you are not familiar with accelerators or are looking to find a potential program then take a look at GAN. GAN stands for the Global Accelerator Network. The accelerators in the GAN network have helped companies raise $548 Million and operate in other 63 cities. This is a great place to start and find an accelerator.