The Most Active Investors In Y Combinator, 500 Startups And Techstars Companies by Mikey Tom, PitchBook
Accelerators play a vital role in the startup ecosystems. Not only do they give entrepreneurs a place to learn and develop skills, they also can act as an investment filter for VCs. The pools of founders that are chosen to participate in a given program, and subsequently complete the rigorous course, are often seen as attractive investment opportunities for venture capital firms as they have been de-risked, to a point.
Just as some businesses and people like to work together, some VCs seem to gravitate toward certain accelerators. While there are a handful of possible reasons for this, ranging from alignment of industry focus to an appreciation of how a specific accelerator trains its classes, being knowledgeable about these relationships can help empower entrepreneurs who are looking to narrow down which program to apply to.
We took a look at data sourced from the PitchBook Platform and put together a data visualization to highlight these relationships; some interesting, actionable trends became apparant. For example, if a founder hopes to secure investment from SV Angel, they may want to prioritize Y Combinator vs. other programs.
Value Partners Asia ex-Japan Equity Fund has delivered a 60.7% return since its inception three years ago. In comparison, the MSCI All Counties Asia (ex-Japan) index has returned just 34% over the same period. The fund, which targets what it calls the best-in-class companies in "growth-like" areas of the market, such as information technology and Read More
Below we’ve laid out some of the more active investors in companies coming directly out of three of the most well-known accelerators—Y Combinator, 500 Startups and Techstars—and mapped the relationships.
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