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Measuring Accelerator Performance

Understanding the performance of accelerators is important to a wide range of individuals and organizations: participating startups, accelerator managers and staff, investors, partners, donors, funders, and policymakers.

Each of these stakeholders may have different priorities and objectives in their efforts to measure accelerators’ performance and impact. Startups, for example, may be most interested in participating companies’ survival rates, revenues, and growth. By contrast, an accelerator manager’s top concern may be average returns from a cohort. An investor may be most interested in deal-making efficiency, and a policymaker may prioritize startup job creation or an accelerators’ impact on local industries.

Learn more about the “4Cs” of Accelerator Measurement: Consistency, Coordination, Comparison, and Continuation.