9 hot startup accelerators

From energy and education to robots and food, these specialty programs offer startups seed money, mentoring and connections in exchange for equity.

Consumer-focused

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The Brandery's Cincinnati, Ohio, offices.

The Brandery

Started in 2010, the Brandery is ideal for startups that need branding and consumer marketing. The program taps its 70 mentors from P&G (PG), Macy's (M), Kellogg's (K), and PepsiCo (PEP). It provides $20,000 for a 6% stake in the company.

"The people you're around are quality," says James Fischer, cofounder of Roadtrippers, a trip-planning app that raised $3.1 million from investors and inked partnerships with the Travel Channel and Michael's.

Other graduates

  • Ahalogy: Helps companies market on Pinterest. It's raised more than $5 million.
  • FlightCar: Peer-to-peer carsharing at airports in Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles. It's raised $6.1 million.
  • Frameri: Makes interchangeable eyeglass frames. The company graduated in October and has $60,000 in pre-sales and nearly $1 million from investors.

- Last updated January 21 2014 10:52 AM ET
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