Accelerators, Disruption and the Evolving Role of Corporations

Kauffman Fellows is a Silicon Valley-based leadership program for venture capitalists and innovators of all kinds.  Today, Fellows hail from 50 countries on 6 continents. They work in venture capital firms, private equity firms, Fortune 100 companies, startups, accelerators, micro-funds, angel organizations, family offices, universities, foundations, and at the highest levels of government. The common thread is that Fellows are primarily focused on investing in and supporting entrepreneurs.  Learn more here.

The venture capital (VC) industry has greatly expanded  in the last 10 years.  The shape of the industry has both expanded and evolved as the early stage venture has developed with the emergence of angels, seed funds, accelerator sand more corporate involvement. To take a long term view of the changing face of the VC industry, with a focus on the early stage part of the market, Kauffman Fellows Research has produced the following report – The changing shape of Venture Capital Markets: Accelerators, Disruption and the Evolving Role of Corporation Venture.  You can download a copy here.

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Kauffman Fellows has also teamed with the California Business Incubation Alliance to do do  an in-depth look into California based accelerators and incubators.  Please see the the report here.

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