The startup accelerator remains one of tech's most popular ways to get a business up and running. But which ones are the best for new startups?

With hundreds of programs to choose from -- the most popular receive more than 5,000 applications for each class -- and the average program taking 6% of equity in any hosted company, not all accelerators are created equal.

Would-be founders can take some comfort in an annual effort by a team of researchers to classify the best of the bunch. Called the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project, the ranking announced this week is compiled by researchers from Rice University, the MIT Innovation Initiative Lab for Innovation Science and the University of Richmond. And the group takes into account a range of quantitative factors and feedback scores to tap the leaders in a crowded category of startup support.

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Robins School of Business

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Accelerator Programs
Early Stage Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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