Kauffman’s list of top US accelerators

Recently the Kauffman Fellows (associated with the Kauffman Foundation) released a list of the top US accelerators (aka Incubators).  This is the first year this list has been developed and therefore still very much a WIP.

http://techcocktail.com/top-15-us-startup-accelerators-ranked-2011-05

There are positives and negatives from doing these ranked lists:

POSITIVES:

– Helps entrepreneurs find out the top quality programs quickly,

– Helps provide some common measurement guidelines in the operation and effectiveness of the programs,

NEGATIVES:

– Many good programs do not get listed on the list thereby limiting the options for startups,

– The list and the producers take a life of themselves distracting from the work at hand: helping build great new companies.

Overall the list is a good starting point but definitely not an end-all for startups.  Many of the top programs may actually not be good fits for many startups so the due diligence of company founders should go beyond this list.

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