As many of you know I’m a proud alumni of Techstars, one of the top startup accelerators in the US. I can tell you first-hand that going through an accelerator definitely changed our lives and our company forever. A lot of amazingly awesome companies have gone through Techstars with companies like SendGrid that have raised over $80M, Salesloft who just announced a $15M Series B last week, to companies that you might use every day like Classpass.
I recently gave a talk where I covered our experience with startup accelerators along with all the accelerators that we applied to and didn’t get into along the way. Getting into a top tier accelerators can actually less likely than getting into Harvard. However, like Harvard, a top tier accelerator can make a world of difference. You’ve likely heard of Y Combinator and 500 Startups, but you might not know about AngelPad, Mucker, or Launchpad, or many of the other incredible accelerator programs around the US and the world.
Forbes did a nice roundup last year with the best startup accelerators of 2016, but now it’s a new year and time to update the list. I’m pretty confident that Y Combinator, Techstars, and AngelPad will likely stay in the top 3 – 5 but what about all the new accelerators that might not have been on the radar last year but are coming out swinging this year?
So I thought I’d reach out to my readers to hear what they think the top accelerators of 2017 are going to be? I’m biased so forget me, what do you think? Comment and let your voice be heard!