Books Reviews

Curated books on accelerators or on accelerator stage related topics

Startup Accelerators 

A Field Guide

Authors: Richard Busulwa, Naomi Birdthistle, Steve Dunn

The must – read guidebook for entrepreneurs looking to get into accelerator programs and to build and scale their startups with speed

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The most comprehensive guide to the accelerator value proposition, application / acceptance process and innerworkings of accelerators. Explains what different accelerator programs offer, how to get accepted, what to do during the program, how to raise money during accelerators, what to do after the program ends, and much more. Indepth coverage of each stage of the accelerator experience and each element of accelerator programs. Packed with real-world case studies and advice from founders who have been through accelerators, accelerator program managers and entrepreneurship educators / researchers.



Accelerate: Founder Insights Into Accelerator Programs

Authors: Luke Deering, Matt Cartagena, Chris Dowdeswell

Accelerate is the first comprehensive guide to the fast-paced world of accelerator programs featuring 230 accelerator programs spread across 46 different countries. Included in this book are responses from over 150 entrepreneurs whose businesses have benefited from participating in an accelerator.

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Provides a series of founder reflections on their accelerator experiences and lessons learned from their experiences. Since it was written a while ago now, you can look for online information on the founders and their startups to see how things turned out for them (e.g. on www/



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Techstars Lessons to Accelerate your startup

Authors: David Cohen, Brad Feld

Practical advice from some of today's top early stage investors and entrepreneurs -  TechStars is a mentorship-driven startup accelerator with operations in three U.S. cities.

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Collection of reflections by TechStars mentors about lessons learned in 5 years of running the program.Good reading prior to applying for an accelerator but also for general boots on the ground insights about navigating different challenges in the startup evolution process.



Successful Venture Creation and Growth

Authors: Mike Wright, Isreal Drori

Drawing on novel evidence from across the world, this is the first book to provide rigorous analysis of the nature and effectiveness of accelerators that will be invaluable for researchers, policymakers and entrepreneurs

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This is a research book. The book editors bring together leading researchers on the topic to weigh in on the role of accelerators in startup evolution and in entrepreneurial ecosystems. The book is more aimed at researchers, policymakers, accelerator operators and maybe even founders interested in understanding the role of accelerators in economic development.


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