The Best Incubators

Scott Francis
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Interesting Techcrunch / Crunchbase post on the best incubators:

Business accelerators like Y Combinator and TechStars have come to occupy a critical geography in the tech landscape, and today two professors are announcing the results of their survey to determine which ones have come out on top at South By Southwest.

“The goal of the seed accelerator rankings project is to start a larger conversation about the accelerator phenomenon, its effects and its prospects for the future,” according to a presentation by Professor Yael Hochberg, a faculty member at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Hochberg and her colleague, Professor Susan Cohen of the University of Richmond and the Batten Institute at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, used original research and data from CrunchBase to determine the best 15 accelerators in the U.S. Those accelerators were then grouped into Gold, Silver and Bronze categories to reflect how they performed in a series of categories. Here are the best:

I guess one bit of irony is that they didn’t list Capital Factory of Austin in the list, which they announced at SXSW!  Actually, I’m not sure how their criteria work, perhaps Capital Factory was not categorized as an incubator, for example.  But if it were, it would be on my list just simply for the outsized impact it has had on the Austin startup ecosystem – including helping other incubators establish footholds in Austin – TechStars and DreamIt Ventures (who both appear on the list). A recent article highlights some of Capital Factory’s startups that pitched at SXSW.