Entrepreneurship | May 29, 2018

Data suggests impact accelerator programs do, indeed, accelerate

Dennis Price
ImpactAlpha Editor

Dennis Price

ImpactAlpha, May 29A study of 52 accelerator programs compares the overall “flow of funds” for ventures that participated in programs and those that were rejected. Those funds include not only equity but revenues, debt financing and philanthropic support.

“The average flow of incremental funds into participating ventures is significantly greater than the average that flows into rejected ventures,” according to “Accelerating the Flow of Funds into Early-Stage Ventures.”

Every dollar spent by corporations, foundations, governments and other funders, “translates into more than one dollar of additional funds for participating entrepreneurs.”

  • Entrepreneurship Database Program. The Global Accelerator Learning Initiative is a collaboration between ANDE and Emory University’s Social Enterprise at Goizueta.
  • Revenue is king. “Programming that promotes revenue growth also leads to positive investment outcomes.”
  • Accelerator selection tool. Find an accelerator that fits your needs with this cool tool (a project of Conveners.org, Sphaera and ImpactAlpha’s ImpactSpace database).