Accelerating Startups: The Seed Accelerator Phenomenon

16 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2014  

Susan Cohen

University of Richmond

Yael V. Hochberg

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Rice University - Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business

Date Written: March 30, 2014

Abstract

We examine and discuss the seed accelerator phenomenon which has recently received much attention both in the US and across the globe. While accelerators appear to be proliferating quickly, little is known regarding the value of these programs; how to define accelerator programs; the differences between accelerators, incubators, angel investors and co-working environments; and the importance of the various aspects of these programs to the ultimate success of their graduates, the local entrepreneurship ecosystems and the broader U.S. economy.

Keywords: Accelerators, startups, incubators, angels

Suggested Citation

Cohen, Susan and Hochberg, Yael V., Accelerating Startups: The Seed Accelerator Phenomenon (March 30, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2418000 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2418000

Susan Cohen

University of Richmond ( email )

28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, VA 23173
United States

Yael V. Hochberg (Contact Author)

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) ( email )

1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Rice University - Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business ( email )

6100 South Main Street
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77005-1892
United States

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