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Seed Accelerator Rankings

 

Seed Accelerator Ranking Project

 

Data assembly for the 2014 Accelerator Rankings will begin in early November. If you are an accelerator that wishes to be considered for the rankings, please contact <hochberg at mit dot edu> to submit contact person information. The Seed Accelerator Rankings Project will begin reaching out to programs in the next few weeks.

 

The 2014 Accelerator Rankings will be released in March of 2015 at SXSW Interactive, in Austin, TX.

 

The 2013 Seed Accelerator Rankings were released on March 10th at SXSW Interactive.

 

You can view the presentation here (www.seedrankings.com)

 

The 2013 top 15 accelerators are:

 

1 – Y Combinator

2 – Techstars

3 – Angelpad

4 – Mucker Lab

5 – Launchpad LA

6 - Alpha Lab (tie)

6 – Capital Innovators (tie)

8 – Tech Wildcatters

9 – Surge

10 – Brandery

11 -  BetaSpring

12 – BoomStartup (tie)

12 – ERA (tie)

12 – JumpStart Foundery (tie)

15 – Dreamit

 

VISIT SEEDRANKINGS.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION.

 

 

In 2011, I advised Aziz Gilani of DFJ Mercury on his Kauffman Fellows project ranking Seed Accelerators across the US. In 2012, I took over the rankings project. In 2013, Susan Cohen of the University of Richmond and UNC Chapel Hill) joined me as co-director and Dan Fehder of MIT joined as Research Associate.

 

This annual ranking is aimed to start a broader conversation about what makes a great accelerator and inform entrepreneurs who are choosing between programs to apply to.

 

The 2012 Rankings of Top US Seed Accelerators can be accessed here, along with a report covering the methodology and approach taken.

 

The Cohen and Hochberg (2014) white paper “Accelerating Startups: The Seed Accelerator Phenomenon” can be accessed here.

 

 

TechCocktail’s 2012 accompanying Guide to Choosing the Best Accelerator for Your Tech Startup can be accessed from the media links below.

 

Selected Media Coverage:

 

TechCocktail, July 2012 – Top 15 US Accelerators Ranked

 

TechCocktail, July 2012 – A Guide to Choosing the Best Accelerator for Your Tech Startup

 

Inc. Magazine, April 2012 – Future Techstars, Step Forward

 

Los Angeles Times, July 2011 - Cities without business accelerators risk losing start-ups

 

BostInno, May 2011 - TechStars Boston Ranks 5th in 2011 Startup Accelerator Rankings

 

BetaBeat, May 2011 -  TechStars Boulder Edges Out Y Combinator in Accelerator Ranking

 

TechRockies, August 2012 - TechStars Dominates Startup Accelerator Ranking

 

Crain’s Chicago, August 2012 – Chicago’s Excelerate Names on of Top 15 Tech Incubators

 

Crain’s Chicago, October 2012 – startup Fever Grips Chicago Companies, From Blues to Law Firms