Thursday, December 8, 2011

Technology Accelerator Rankings

Since I've done some research on tech startup accelerators, I thought I'd put it down on paper.  There are no statistics behind these rankings.  It is just my subjective list based on reputation, hearsay, successful graduates, mentors, offerings, and other rankings.  I've excluded accelerators that have a more focused approach (for example they're only interested in companies that deal with music or the cloud), as well as those that were outside the U.S., and those that require companies to be at a more advanced stage.

For the most part these programs provide $10,000 - $25,000 in exchange for their guidance, expertise, office space, and 5-10% stake in the companies they accept.

Here they are in order and separated by tiers:
Tier 1
1) Y-Combinator - Silicon Valley
2) TechStars Boulder - Boulder, CO
3) TechStars NY - New York
4) 500 Startups - Silicon Valley
5) AngelPad - San Francisco
6) TechStars Boston - Boston
7) TechStars Seattle - Seattle
8) Excelerate Labs - Chicago

Tier 2
9) DreamIt Philadelphia - Philadelphia
10) DreamIt NY - New York
11) LaunchPad LA - Los Angeles
12) LaunchPad New Orleans - New Orleans
13) Founders Co-op - Seattle
14) Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator - New York

Tier 3
15) i/o Ventures - San Francisco
16) LaunchBox Digital - Durham, NC
17) The Brandery - Cincinnati
18) MuckerLab - Los Angeles
19) Capital Factory - Austin

Tier 4
20) AlphaLab - Pittsburgh
21) Tech Wildcatters - Dallas
22) BetaSpring - Providence, RI
23) NYC SeedStart - New York
24) Gazelle Lab - Orlando
25) The Next Big Thing - Greenville, SC

Tier 5
Hub Ventures - San Francisco
10xelerator - Columbus, OH
Boom Startup - Salt Lake City
StartFast - Syracuse, NY




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