Best Startup Accelerators in USA 2017


According to Global Startup Economy Report 2017, the impact of startups is becoming significant in all walks of life. With the US taking the first two positions, UK stood on third based on the performance, funding, market reach, talent & startup experience. With increasing startup economy day-by-day we need more accelerators.

Startup accelerators are cohort-based programs that include mentorship, educational components and to reach in a public event. Accelerators which can be either privately or publicly funded, focus on a wide range of industries. The application process for accelerators is open to anyone but is highly competitive.

Keeping the worldwide reach in mind, connections with global strategic partners, quality of startup education & training, reputation & brand, here are the top leading startup accelerators available in USA based on 2017 accelerator rankings.


AngelPad is a technology startup accelerator. It’s currently based out of New York, with strong connections to Silicon Valley. In the past 5 years, they have launched more than 130 companies.

Every 6 months they select about 12-14 teams out of 2000 (approx.) to work with them.

  • Platinum plus rated accelerator of 2017.
  • Ranked the #1 U.S. Accelerator by MIT’s U.S Seed Accelerator Rankings.
  • StrictlyVC called it the “Anti Y-Combinator“.
  • The application deadline is July 16th, 2017.

Y Combinator:

Y Combinator provides seed funding for startups. Seed funding is the earliest stage of venture funding. They are truly a global brand. It pays your expenses while you’re getting started. Their goal is to get you through the first phase. That is, get you to the point where you’ve built something impressive enough to raise money on a larger scale. Then they can introduce you to later stage investors.

  • Platinum plus rated accelerator of 2017.
  • Accepting applications for the Winter 2018 funding cycle which starts from January 2018.
  • Last day of application – October 3rd, 2017

Alchemist Accelerator:

The Alchemist Accelerator is a venture-backed business incubator, focused on accelerating startups whose revenue comes from the enterprise. The accelerator backs team with distinctive technical founders, & provides startup capital investments of around $36k.

  • 6 months program
  • limited to 17 teams
  • access to early customer adopters & highest calibre mentors & network.
  • Platinum rated accelerator of 2017.
  • Last date of application – July 1st, 2017
  • Next program starts on August 10, 2017.


Amplify.LA is a startup accelerator to help passionate technology entrepreneurs grow their startups into strong, scalable, successful companies. They do not have a structured calendar of activities or fixed investment terms. The program is unique to each company, and companies apply to join the accelerator on a rolling basis. Amplify invests in all companies in exchange for an equity stake in the business.

The program is unique to each company, and companies apply to join the accelerator on a rolling basis. Amplify invests in all companies in exchange for an equity stake in the business.

Amplify is recognised by the Harvard Business Review as one the top 10 accelerators nationwide.

  • Platinum rated accelerator of 2017.
  • Apply any time: all time access to application


Mucker Capital invests in seed and “pre-seed” stage companies building defensible and scalable businesses in Internet software, services and media. They partner with exceptional entrepreneurs who have deep domain expertise, principally in the greater Los Angeles area, to provide their earliest institutional funding and work side-by-side to help launch and scale their new ventures.  They act as a bridge to help entrepreneurs expand their sphere of influence beyond Southern California into Silicon Valley.

  • Platinum rated accelerator of 2017.
  • Last date to apply: September 1st, 2017


StartX is an educational non-profit accelerator that accelerates the development of Stanford’s top entrepreneurs through experiential education and collective intelligence.

  • No fees and takes zero equity.
  • Provide access to the Stanford-StartX Fund.
  • They accept teams of all sizes, but teams typically with two to three founders.
  • They accept founders from companies of all industries and stages.
  • Platinum rated accelerator of 2017.
  • Application deadline 11:59 PM July 2nd, 2017


Techstars is a global ecosystem of founders, mentors, investors, and corporate partners who work together to create a network of support that lasts throughout your entrepreneurial journey.

They make entrepreneurship accessible by opening doors to capital, mentorship, marketing, business development, customer acquisition, and talent recruitment.

  • They have over 3,500 mentors working tirelessly.
  • you can grow your business and expand your network through over 1.5 million people across the Techstars ecosystem.
  • Platinum rated accelerator of 2017.
  • Deadline for applying: July 14th, 2017

Below is the infographics showing the ranking of startup accelerators by SARP

Along with these the next Gold rated accelerators of 2017 are: 500 startups, HealthBox, HAX, Mass Challenge, IndieBio.

Following them are the Silver rated accelerators: Brandery, Capital Innovators, DreamIt, Plug And Play, ZeroTo510, Yield Lab. And then comes Bronze rated accelerators: Accelerprise, AlphaLab, Food-X, XLR8UH, UpTech.