There is a number of exciting things happening in the seed/accelerator space, which somehow are linked to each other. Let me just make a quick list:
– Techcrunch is opening up its startup database, Crunchbase APIs are available to connect applications to it;
– Startup Genome Project is releasing its first beta of the investor dashboard;
– TechStars and the Kauffman Foundation launched Accelerato.rs a standard application form for different accelerator programs;
– Platforms like Angel List gather now, thousands of startups and various forms of investors and entrepreneurs;
Seed capital is definitely developing new avenues, it is becoming more transparent, interconnected.It is becoming truly global. New accelerators and seed funds are being launched in Latin America, while the best programs in Europe are evolving towards an investment model. These will definitely provide benefits to all the industry.
Standardizing metrics, being able to compare and benchmark, will provide valuable data to support business decisions. Useful tools for entrepreneurs, but also for investors and acceleration programs. It will be more and more possible to compare and benchmark results, identify ‘top quartile’ entrepreneurs and best performers in seed capital. If all of this is true than, it should also allow a much more substantial flow of institutional money and Limited Partners making the industry bigger and more efficient.
So, how scalable is seed capital?