Cincinnati’s Brandery & 9 More Accelerators From Everywhere Else Make Top 15 List


The top 15 accelerators in the US has just been published by TechCocktail. They were the official media partner for the startup accelerator ranking project now in it’s second year. The ranking project was spearheaded by Aziz Gilani from DFJ Mercury and executed in partnership with Kristen Kamath a second year MBA candidate at the Kellogg School of Management at NorthWestern University.

After pitching a fit for coming in second place last year, Paul Graham’s Y-Combinator is again placed at the top of the top 15 accelerator list. An additional four accelerators from Silicon Valley rounded placed in the top 10; KickLabs (#3), i/o Ventures (#4), AngelPad (#6) and Mountain View based 500 startups at number 10.

To rank on the top 15 list of accelerators, the accelerator programs had to meet a certain criteria. The criteria factored in follow on capital, qualified financing activity and qualified exits. You’ll notice that four of the TechStars programs made it into the top 15 list, as did the most visible accelerators out there.

The best ranking for a startup accelerator “everywhere else” was Chicago’s Excelerate Labs which came in fifth. TechStars New York and Boston came in seventh and eighth place respectively. LaunchPad in Los Angeles placed ninth. Dreamit Ventures in Philadelphia came in eleventh place, TechStars Seattle, NYC SeedStart, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator New York, and The Brandery in Cincinnati rounded out the top fifteen.

There were a lot of other accelerators across the country that were used in the research. The editorial team at TechCocktail came up with a great 22 page report called “Best Accelerator For Your Tech Startup” that can be downloaded for free at TechCocktail’s site here.

The report outlines some of the other accelerators across the country and pays close attention to some of the specialty accelerators that may be more inline with your accelerator goals.  Actually after reviewing the entire 22 pages, the report will be a big help to any startup that is considering an any accelerator around the country.


Check out the complete review and report at here at

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