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Angelpad Tops National Accelerator List As Y Combinator Drops Out

Posted by Tom Foremski - March 17, 2015

Rice University, MIT and the University of Richmond, today at SXSW unveiled their annual list of ranked startup accelerators. Y Combinator was top last year but this year it reclassified itself as a seed fund. 

The top 20:

  1. AngelPad
  2. MuckerLab
  3. Techstars
  4. University of Chicago New Venture Challenge
  5. Alchemist
  6. StartX
  7. Amplify.LA
  8. 500 Startups
  9. Capital Innovators
  10. Dreamit
  11. Surge
  12. MassChallenge
  13. The Brandery
  14. Gener8tor
  15. ZeroTo510
  16. AlphaLab
  17. Blue Startups
  18. ERA
  19. Betaspring
  20. The Iron Yard

About the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project

The Seed Accelerator Rankings Project aims to begin a larger conversation about what makes seed accelerators successful and to provide entrepreneurs with a tool to help them decide which seed accelerators are a good match for their startup. Confidential data provided by accelerator programs and accelerator alumni are incorporated into the evaluation process.

For more information about the project, go to


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