Research Proposal

Accelerator Programs in the U.S.


To provide the following about startup *accelerators* (NOT incubators):
  • Total number of startup accelerators in the United States.
  • To provide the location of each startup accelerator in the United States (a listing that provides the city and state, as well as a map that marks the location of each accelerator).
  • A note as to which accelerators have more than one U.S. location.
  • Case studies of U.S. municipalities or government agencies (state or local level) that have partnered with an existing/established startup accelerator in order to bring the accelerator to the municipality (i.e. the state/local government agency helped or convinced the accelerator to move to the local area). For each case study, there should be a description of each entity involved (the government and the accelerator), and a description of the process that took place to help the accelerator move to the local area).
Examples of startup accelerators include Y Combinator, Tech Stars, and 500 Startups.

Early Findings

Accelerator Locations in the United States

  • We have begun developing a list of startup accelerators in the United States along with all of their U.S. locations. This information has been presented in the attached spreadsheet.
  • Additional research is needed to continue adding to this list until it is exhaustive.

Total Number of Accelerators in the United States

  • According to a 2016 article published by Entrepreneur, there were over 170 accelerator programs in the United States at the time. This data was accumulated by Brookings.
  • This article shows a cluster map of accelerator programs as of 2015, which was also provided by Brookings.
  • According to a 2016 report pushed by Gust, a fundraising management platform, there are over 10,000 accelerators globally. According to StartupYard, "there are at least 7,000 self-identifying accelerators now operating" across Europe and America.
  • Data from 2016 appears to be the most recent data available that reports these figures. More recently published articles that analyze this topic also report the same 2016 data, as evidenced here.

Results of Early Findings

  • We should be able to work on compiling an exhaustive list of accelerator programs in the United States, and for each, we can list out all of their locations.
  • It would be most efficient for our team to compile these findings in the attached spreadsheet. This is because this specific research project will require multiple sessions of research with more than one analyst working on the request. The spreadsheet will allow our team to compile our collective findings in a single location, while simultaneously keeping all the information organized and ensuring there are no duplicates being reported.
  • While we were able to find a precompiled cluster map from Brookings (as noted in the findings above), if you would still like us to build a map based on our new findings, we can likely work on that in a subsequent research project once the spreadsheet/accelerator locations portion of the research has been completed. However, please be aware that the mapping request is a bit outside the scope of the services our team typically provides. Therefore, a member of our team may need to reach out to you to learn more about your expectations and discuss the available options before we proceed with this leg of the project.
  • Lastly, while we were able to identify direct data that shows the total number of startup accelerators in the U.S. as of 2016, an updated figure can be arrived at via the completion of our exhaustive list of accelerators that we will be developing in the attached spreadsheet.
Prepared By
Ashley N.
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