Did you see this great report about venture accelerators from last summer? The entire report is available for reading online or download.

Pointed out to us by an entrepreneurial friend of VentureSpur, Howard Haines, (@howardhaines), this study highlights the rapid growth and immediate impact that accelerators have had on the international startup and venture capital scene.

 Intended primarily as an introduction to accelerators and a launching point for discussion, this paper outlines the major accelerators in operation through mid-2010, catalogs their methods and histories, and describes their economics.

If you want a quick, thorough introduction to the worldwide accelerator ecosystem, this is the paper to read. For more in-depth financial and operational analysis, check out the many interesting papers in the bibliography. Many hours of fruitful reading to be had.