2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Accelerators: Flaming Out or Burning Hot?

Friday, March 11
11:00AM - 12:00PM

Hilton Austin Downtown
Room 400-402
500 E 4th St

10 years after Paul Graham accidentally created Y Combinator and thus accelerators, startups going through these programs have raised well over $10 billion of capital, created thousands of jobs, and have a combined value of over $50B. They’ve been called the ‘new age business school’, regional development powerhouses and more elite than Harvard. At the same time, proliferation has been so fast and broad that some speculate if this phenomenon is merely a fad that has created an accelerator bubble that’s sure to pop.

We discuss and debate these questions and more. The session concludes with the 2016 Seed Accelerator Rankings – the list of the hottest accelerator programs in the country.

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Susan Cohen at SXSW

Susan Cohen

Asst Professor, University of Richmond

Seed Accelerator Ranking Project

Susan Cohen is an Assistant Professor of Management at the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond where teaches courses on innovation, entrepreneurship and corporate strategy. She ...

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Yael Hochberg

Ralph S O'Connor Assoc Professor of Entrepreneurship

Rice University/MIT

Yael Hochberg serves as the Head of the Entrepreneurship Initiative at Rice University and as Academic Director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship.

She holds a Research Aff...

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