Accelerators in Silicon Valley
Accelerators in Silicon Valley
Building Successful Startups
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Foreword by Vish Mishra Acknowledgements Respondents and Key Features of Participating Accelerators 1. Silicon Valley: The DNA of an Entrepreneurial Region Introduction Europe and Silicon Valley Accelerators: pillars of Silicon Valley's startup support infrastructure Accelerators: role, research & results Methodology Overview 2. Innovation and Startups in Silicon Valley: An Ecosystem Approach Modeling the Valley's ecosystem The model in more detail The micro level: product, people & pivot The meso level: capital, universities, government & support networks The macro level: culture, culture, culture 3. Unique Selling Points: Accelerator Philosophy, Business Model & Cooperation Incubators versus accelerators Core philosophy & focus Business model External cooperation Conclusion 4. Strong Teams Will Win: How Accelerators Select and Coach Startup Teams Selection procedure Mentoring Conclusion 5. Working on a Dream: Accelerator Startup Programs General and specialized accelerators Accelerating platforms Conclusion 6. Accelerator Darlings, Challenges & Future Plans Success, failure, and showcases Challenges and future plans Conclusion 7. What Can Europe Learn From Silicon Valley Accelerators? Summary: main findings, main lessons Bridging Europe's innovation gap Accelerator decision tool: 10 basic questions Final thoughts Notes Glossary References Appendix 1. Interviewed Silicon Valley Accelerator Founders & Chief Executives Appendix 2. Questionnaire Personal Interviews Silicon Valley Accelerators

Reviews and Features

"A must read for anyone interested in how Silicon Valley launches and grows startups." - Naomi Kokubo, Co-Founder and COO of Founders Space

"Entrepreneurs are not just dreamers. They are doers. Dive in, and surround yourself with good people who will support your journey. This inspiring book will help you." - Prem Talreja, Vice-President of Marketing at The Fabric

"Peter Ester did a great job in telling the story of Silicon Valley accelerators. I highly recommend this book." - Danielle D'Agostaro, Partner and COO at Alchemist Accelerator

"Excellent insights into the world of accelerators in Silicon Valley." - Emily Kirsch, Co-Founder and CEO at Powerhouse

"Outstanding study of how accelerators empower startup teams." - Saeed Amidi, Founder and CEO of Plug and Play

Peter Ester

Accelerators in Silicon Valley

Building Successful Startups

This book describes how accelerators, the 'schools of startup entrepreneurship', help startups to become successful companies in Silicon Valley, the world's most successful innovation region.

Peter Ester

Peter Ester is Professor of Human Capital & Entrepreneurship at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands.