Who Makes it onto the List of the Top 20 Seed Accelerator Programs?
It might not be who you think….
According to CNBC and the Kaufman Report, “The group estimates that every month, some 530,000 people become new business owners. Most of those start-ups, of course, will fail. But to increase their odds, a select handful will enlist the help of an incubator or accelerator.” This is significantly up over prior years. One of the things that may be spurring this increase in business startups is the increase in seed accelerators across the county, which is supplying needed support to budding entrepreneurs.
SeedRanking.com publishes a report that ranks the top Seed Accelerators in the nation. They’ve been doing it since 2011, in order “to encourage a larger conversation and research about the seed accelerator phenomenon, its effects, and its prospects for the future.” However, as the organization is quick to point out, an accelerator is not an accelerator just because they call themselves one. The Seed Accelerator Ranking Project pulls confidential data directly from the accelerator programs, from founder surveys (with over a 90% response rate… wow!), from investor interviews, and more. So who made the cut?
Angel Pad was ranked #1, which was founded by an ex-Googler, Thomas Korte. It’s been called the “anti-Y-Combinator.” A young, small, and intensive mentoring system, Angel Pad handles two classes a year with approximately 12 companies per class.
MuckerLabs and TechStars take the 2nd and 3rd positions, not surprisingly, having been consistently two of the top accelerators for years. Kaplan’s NVC takes the 4th position with a partial focus on student accelerators, and the Alchemist Accelerator takes 5th place with a specialized focus strictly on enterprise software. Start X in 6th place is a probono accelerator out of Stanford. Amplify and 500 Startups predictably grab the 7th and 8th positions, but then a bit of a surprise hits with Capital Innovators out of Altlanta, GA taking 9th and DreamIt with innovation hubs in Austin, Baltimore, New York, and Philly taking the top 10.
To learn about the next ten accelerators that made the list, which consist of: Surge, Mass Challenge, The Brandery,gener8tor, Zero to 510 Medical Device Accelerator, alphalab, Blue Startups, the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelrator, BetaSpring, and the Iron Yard, visit the Seed Accelerator Ranking Project and explore their data. If you’re involved with the tech scene in your region, you should learn more about what this program is doing.
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