Yael Hochberg

Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship 2016

Poets and Quants Best 40 Under 40 Business School Professor 2015

Yael Hochberg

Ralph S. O’Connor Professor of Entrepreneurship - Rice University
Academic Director - Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship
Research Affiliate - MIT Sloan School of Management
Research Associate – National Bureau of Economic Research

“If history teaches us anything, it is that man, in his quest for knowledge and progress, is determined and cannot be deterred.” John F. Kennedy

Professor Hochberg's research and teaching interests are focused on entrepreneurship, innovation, and the financing of entrepreneurial activity. Her research focuses on the venture capital industry, accelerators, networks and corporate governance and compensation policies. In addition to her doctorate in finance from Stanford, she holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and an A.M. in Economics from Stanford University. Her research has been published in top tier journals, including Science Magazine, the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Accounting Research, and the Journal of Financial Economics, and has been presented at numerous universities and governmental bodies around the world. She is an Associate Editor at the Journal of Banking and Finance and the Journal of Empirical Finance, and previously served as an Associate Editor at the Review of Finance.

Prof. Hochberg serves as the Head of the Entrepreneurship Initiative at Rice University and as Academic Director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship.

She holds a Research Affiliate position with MIT’s Sloan School of Management and is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Prof. Hochberg is also Managing Director of the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project, which publishes the annual ranking of accelerator programs in the U.S.

Prior to her appointment at Rice, Prof. Hochberg was previously on the (tenure track) faculty at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University. She has also served as a visiting faculty member at at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she retains a research affiliation. Previously, she was employed in the technology industry in both larger and startup companies. She serves on the advisory board and board of directors for a number of early stage startups. In 2015, she was named one of the world’s 40 under 40 best business school professors by Poets and Quants. In 2016, she was awarded the Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship.

For more information on the Rice University entrepreneurship Initiative, visit entreprenuership.rice.edu.


Prof. Hochberg’s research focuses on entrepreneurship, innovation, and venture capital. Her work on accelerators and their effects on regional entrepreneurial ecosystems is supported by the National Science Foundation and the Kauffman Foundation. Her earlier work on networks in the venture capital industry was twice acknowledged with an Emerald Citation of Excellence for scholarly work with long-term proven impact.

A full list of publications, working papers and links to PDF of articles are available through the link below.

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Mountain View

Cornell University

Johnson School of Management

Mountain View

Northwestern University

Kellogg School of Management

Mountain View


Sloan School of Management

Mountain View

Rice University

Jones School of Business

Mountain View

University of Chicago

Booth School of Business

Past and Present University Advisory Roles:

Advisory Board – InNUvation (Northwestern University)

Faculty Advisory Board – Northwestern University Innovation and New Ventures Office (Technology Transfer)

Faculty Advisor – Big Red Ventures (Cornell)

Faculty Advisor – Big Red Incubator (Cornell)

Seed Accelorator Rankings

Since 2010, Prof. Hochberg has served as managing director of the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project.

The goal of the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project (SARP) is to encourage a larger conversation and research about the seed accelerator phenomenon, its effects, and its prospects for the future. The last few years have seen the emergence of hundreds of groups titling themselves ‘accelerator.’ But not all such programs meet the definition of accelerator, and even for those that do, there are often significant differences in program structure and goals. For an entrepreneur considering an accelerator program, finding data regarding the performance of programs is difficult, and there is much confusion and debate regarding how ‘performance’ should be measured for an accelerator.

The goal of our project is to provide greater transparency regarding the relative performance of programs along multiple dimensions that may be of importance to entrepreneurs. Many of the metrics in question, such as fundraising and valuations, are metrics accelerators and startups are reluctant to publicize out of concern for negative competitive effects should they become widely known to investors and competitors. As an independent, non-partisan research entity run by academics, we collect this sensitive data in confidence, distill it down, and provide information on the relative success of the programs and of the phenomenon as a whole – without revealing individual deal details. Our rankings are meant to provide guidance for entrepreneurs who are considering going through an accelerator, and who are wondering how they differ on performance across various categories.


Professor of Finance and Ralph S. O'Connor Professor of Entrepreneurship Jones Graduate School of Business
Rice University
6100 Main Street, MS-531
Houston, TX 77005

Research Affiliate
Sloan School of Management
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02142

Faculty Research Fellow
National Bureau of Economic Research
Cambridge, MA

Managing Director
Seed Accelerator Rankings Project
Cambridge, MA


Email: hochberg @rice.edu

Twitter: @yaelhochberg