Top U.S. Accelerator 2018, 2017, 2016 & 2015

Created by professors from MIT, Rice University, Brown University and support from the MIT Innovation Initiative, the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project is the only quantitative research study that provides reliable information about the performance of accelerator programs.

2018: Top Tier – Platinum Plus
2017: Top Tier – Platinum Plus
2016: Top Tier – Platinum
2015: Highest Ranking – #1 Accelerator (Techcrunch)

The rankings reflect a variety of metrics, including the valuations of participating startups, amount of funding raised, startups’ exits and satisfaction / ratings provided by program graduates.

The Seed Accelerator Rankings Project helps entrepreneurs choose an accelerator by rigorously benchmarking performance, results and graduates’ satisfaction.

In 2018, more than 160 accelerator programs were invited to participate. The rankings are based on detailed confidential data on accelerator portfolio outcomes. The research team survey the satisfaction of accelerator programs’ graduates – more than 1,000 graduates have taken the survey to date.

The graduates would rank everything from how easy it was to apply for funding; whether the accelerator provided resources and advice like the best custom packaging company to go to; the different funding options that were provided; and what training and mentorship opportunities they were given.

Lead researcher Yael Hochberg (MIT) says “Our goal is to provide reliable information to entrepreneurs about the relative performance of accelerator programs”.

“AngelPad has again landed the top ranking in the 2018 rankings from the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project, a benchmarking program run by entrepreneurship and management experts from Rice University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Georgia.”

2018: For the 4th consecutive year, AngelPad has landed the coveted Platinum Plus spots in the annual rankings from the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project (Press Release)

2017: Now in its 3rd year, the “Seed Accelerator Rankings Project” (SARP), an annual benchmarking study published by Rice University, MIT and the University of Richmond, has again ranked AngelPad in the top category. (Press Release)

2016: After evaluating over 150 accelerator programs, the “Seed Accelerator Rankings Project” (SARP) published its rankings and AngelPad is awarded the highest tier: Platinum. (Source: Press Release)

2015: The list is topped by a new champion: AngelPad (last year’s #3 program). Mucker Lab (#4 last year) and Techstars (last year’s #2) took second and third respectively. (Source: Techcrunch)