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Seed Accelerator Rankings


Seed Accelerator Ranking Project


Data assembly for the 2015 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 2014 Accelerator Rankings were released in March 2015 at SXSW Interactive, in Austin, TX.


Detailed information can be found at www.seedrankings.com.





About the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project:


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