We’ve been exploring to what extent top startup accelerators like Y Combinator, Techstars, and 500 Startups are contributing to the top of the venture capital funnel.
According to Mattermark data, the prevalence of graduates from these programs raising Series A rounds was near all-time highs in 2016, with 9.3% of Series A deals. 2015 marked the high point, with the trio of accelerators contributing 10.1% of all Series A deals. Read all Mattermark’s coverage of Series A trends
The upward trend for these three programs contributes to the overall upswing of Series A round activity, which has more than doubled over the past 10 years. One interesting question is whether the influx on accelerator programs and micro VCs has lead to a greater number of startups, or if they would have come into existence and received Series A funding regardless.
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Data shows @ycombinator + @techstars + @500Startups accelerator companies were nearly 10% of Series A rounds in 2016 https://t.co/F1jlxfAneg
— Danielle Morrill (@DanielleMorrill) January 9, 2017
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- Startup accelerator batch directory
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- Y Combinator portfolio overview
- Techstars portfolio overview
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