Y Combinator

Y Combinator is a pioneer in the startup accelerator space. Each year the accelerator funds a group of new startups with $120k. A number that was lowered to reduce friction between founders. So far, the companies it has been involved with have a combined valuation of over $100B. Some of the most notable include: Airbnb, Dropbox, Stripe, Reddit, Twitch, Coinbase, and Weebly.

500 Startups

500 Startups is a seed and early stage venture capital fund, consisting of 4 major funds and 13 micro funds which have invested in startups in at least 60 countries. Funded startups include Udemy and Credit Karma. Exits have included sales to Google and Rakuten. 500 Startups recently took in equity from Abu Dhabi Financial Group, giving the firm one of its only two board seats.

TechStars Boulder

https://techstarts.org/boulder
Techstars funds, mentors and accelerates startups. Its accelerator program has produced over 1,000 companies valued at over $8B. Techstars is the name behind Startup Week and Startup Weekend, which spur entrepreneurs to kick procrastination to the curb and launch new ventures in a matter of hours.

Plug and Play

Plug and Play Ventures has put 51% of its investments into pre-seed ventures, achieved 8 exits in 2017, invested in 262 new startups last year and holds networking events every day. The accelerator’s in-house VC is reportedly willing to write checks from $25,000 to $500,000. It’s portfolio companies have raised a combined $7B.

Mass Challenge

Although based in Boston, MassChallenge has accelerator programs around the world, with locations in Israel, the UK, Mexico and Switzerland. In the past 8 years the accelerator says its startups have created 80,000 jobs. The program appears to be heavy in Biotech and Fintech.

SOSV

SOSV closed its own third round of funding for $150M in January 2017. The ‘accelerator VC’ started by Sean O’ Sullivan prides itself on creating real products, not just digital ones. With access to real labs and makerspaces it appears to be popular with food-tech and biotech startups.

Startup BootCamp

Startupbootcamp runs IOT, Fintech, Insurtech and Foodtech programs around the world from Singapore to London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Dublin, Dubai and Amsterdam. To date Startupbootcamp has accelerated startups with an average funding amount of 1.168M Euros.

Internet Initiatives Development Fund

The accelerator specializes in startups in Cybersecurity, Retail, Adtech, Edutech, Big Data and IOT. Over 4,500 startups participate in the basic online program every year, with 20,000 attending events and hackathons.

Wayra

Wayra began in Latin America, then expanded to Spain before launching in the UK. The accelerator is financially backed by one of the biggest telecommunications companies in the world, Telefonica. Wayra invests up to $50k in startups and boasts that 45% of its ventures have female founders.

Start-Up Chile

Startup-Chile appears to be one of the most active, unique and fastest growing accelerator programs in the world. It was launched by the Chilean government to spur investment and attract entrepreneurs. Accepted entrepreneurs can receive up to $80k in equity free funding and $100k in perks. Start-Up Chile also offers a pre-acceleration program just for startups led by female founders called The S Factory.

Excelerator Labs

exceleratelabs.com

 

LaunchBox Digital

launchboxdigital.com

TechStars Boston

techstarts.org/boston

Kicklabs

kicklabs.com

Techstars Seattle

techstars.org/seattle

Tech Wildcatter

techwildcatters.com

DreamIt Ventures

dreamitventures.com

The Brandery

brandery.org

Capital Factory

capitalfactory.com

NYC SeedStart

nycseed.com

Betasprint

betaspring.com

BoomStaratup

boomstartup.com

AlphaLab

alphalab.org

10 Best
based on the Number of Exits

1) Y Combinator
Number of investments: 1,834
Number of exits: 192
Location: Mountain View, California, USA

2) 500 Startups 
Number of investments: 1,694
Number of exits: 162
Location: Mountain View, California, USA

3) Techstars
Number of investments: 1,557
Number of exits: 134
Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA

4) Plug and Play
Number of investments: 731
Number of exits: 60
Location: Sunnyvale, California, USA

5) MassChallenge
Number of investments: 1,387
Number of exits: 39
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

6) SOSV
Number of investments: 1,152
Number of exits: 23
Location: Princeton, New Jersey, USA

7) Startupbootcamp
Number of investments: 424
Number of exits: 21
Location: London, UK

8) Internet Initiatives Development Fund (IIDF)
Number of investments: 335
Number of exits: 21
Location: Moscow, Russia

9) Wayra
Number of investments: 960
Number of exits: 18
Location: Slough, Buckinghamshire, UK

10) Start-Up Chile
Number of investments: 837
Number of exits: 16
Location: Santiago, Chile

Success Based on
Aggregate Amount of Dollars

  1. Y Combinator – $5B
  2. Techstars – $1B
  3. AngelPad – $493M
  4. DreamIT Ventures – $397M
  5. fbFund – $359M
  6. LaunchpadLA – $185M
  7. SeedCamp – $137M
  8. NYC SeedStart – $130M
  9. Amplify.LA – $57M
  10. Wayra – $44M

    Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/alejandrocremades/2018/08/07/top-10-startup-accelerators-based-on-successful-exits/#579b8bb44b3b

 

Top U.S. Startup Accelerators.

Here’s the list of the top startup accelerator programs in the United States.
TechStars Boulder narrowly edged out Y Combinator for the top spot. and these two programs are very different when it comes to their approaches.

TechStars takes a very hands-on approach giving founders a lot of guidance and mentorship, while according to some participants, Y Combinator has a more loose structure offering startup founders access to their strong Silicon Valley mentorship network and full-time advisors.

Coming in very close in third and fourth place in the rankings respectively were Excelerate Labs in Chicago only in it’s second year of operation and LaunchBox Digital in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina (formerly based in Washington, D.C.). Taking a solid fifth place was another TechStars program, this time in Boston where there has been a resurgence of tech startup activity. Taking the sixth, seventh and eighth spots in the rankings were KickLabs in San Francisco, TechStars Seattle and Tech Wildcatters based in Dallas, Texas. Dreamit Ventures and The Brandery rounded out the top ten. Ranked 11 through 15 were Capital Factory, NYC SeedStart, BetaSpring, BoomStartup and AlphaLab in that order. Considered but not ranked: I/O Ventures, LaunchHouse, JumpStart Foundry, Momentum, Shotput Ventures, NextStart, Extreme Venture Partners University. The full ranked list of the top 15 seed accelerator programs is listed below.

TechStars Boulder

https://techstarts.org/boulder

Y Combinator

https://ycombinator.com

Excelerator Labs

exceleratelabs.com

 

LaunchBox Digital

launchboxdigital.com

TechStars Boston

techstarts.org/boston

Kicklabs

kicklabs.com

Techstars Seattle

techstars.org/seattle

Tech Wildcatter

techwildcatters.com

DreamIt Ventures

dreamitventures.com

The Brandery

brandery.org

Capital Factory

capitalfactory.com

NYC SeedStart

nycseed.com

Betasprint

betaspring.com

BoomStaratup

boomstartup.com

AlphaLab

alphalab.org