MBA News: Business School Professors Rank the 15 Best Seed Accelerators

Amidst the buzz about tech innovation and start-up ideas that typically accompanies Austin’s SXSW festival, a pair of business school professors have announced their annual ranking of the nation’s top 15 business accelerators, reports TechCrunch. Yael Hochberg, an MIT Sloan professor, and Susan Cohen, a professor at the University of Richmond Robins School of Business and a fellow at UVA Darden’s Batten Institute, compiled data for the 2013 rankings using CrunchBase. The researchers divided the accelerators into Gold, Silver and Bronze categories, based on a number of factors measuring the success of their portfolios—including valuations of portfolio companies, number of exits and the overall quality of the experience for both investors and entrepreneurs. As entrepreneurs vie for start-up funding, accelerators such as Y Combinator, TechStars and AngelPad—which dominate the ranking’s Gold category—have become vital resources for early-stage ventures seeking seed capital, work space and professional services and mentoring in exchange for a share of their equity.

The 2013 Top 15 Accelerators:

1. Y Combinator (Gold)
2. Techstars (Gold)
3. AngelPad (Gold)
4. Mucker Lab (Silver)
5. Launchpad LA (Silver)
6. [tie] AlphaLab (Silver)
6. [tie] Capital Innovators (Silver)
8. Tech Wildcatters (Silver)
9. Surge (Silver)
10. The Brandery (Silver)
11. Betaspring (Bronze)
12. [tie] BoomStartup (Bronze)
12. [tie] Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (Bronze)
12. [tie] Jumpstart Foundry (Bronze)
15. Dreamit (Bronze)

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