Milwaukee- and Madison-based startup accelerator gener8tor held steady at “Gold” status in the 2018 Seed Accelerator Rankings Project, placing it in the top 16 accelerator programs in the nation.

gener8tor co-founders Joe Kirgues and Troy Vosseller.

The SARP, released today, this year included 25 accelerators, down from 30 last year. The categories are Platinum Plus, Platinum, Gold and Silver. There was no Bronze category in 2018.

gener8tor was ranked 14th on the 2015 list (out of 20) and Gold on the 2016 list (out of 23) and 2017 (out of 30) lists. In 2018, gener8tor acquired The Branderyaccelerator in Cincinnati, which was ranked “Silver” on the 2018 SARP.

The Platinum Plus category included AngelPad, StartX and Y Combinator. In the Platinum category were: Amplify.LA, Chicago New Venture Challenge, MuckerLab and Techstars. In Gold were: Alchemist, Dreamit, 500 Startups, gener8tor, HAX, IndieBio, MassChallenge and SkyDeck. And in Silver were: Acceleprise, AlphaLab, Capital Innovators, Healthbox, Health Wildcatters, Lighthouse Labs, Tech Wildcatters, The Brandery, and Zero to 510.

The report, which considered 160 programs, indicates the Platinum and Platinum Plus accelerators were ranked most highly because of their high funding and valuation numbers, as well as several significant exits.

Accelerators that have been added to the rankings since 2017 are: Tech Wildcatters and TMCx. Accelerators that have fallen off the rankings since 2017 are: FoodX, Plug and Play, REach, R/GA, UpTech, XLR8UH and Yield Lab.

This is the seventh year SARP has been released. It is compiled from Yael Hochberg, an entrepreneurship and finance professor at Rice University, and a researcher at the MIT Innovation Initiative Lab for Innovation Science; Dan Fehder, a management professor at the University of Southern California; and Susan Cohen, a management professor at the University of Georgia and researcher at the MIT Innovation Initiative Lab for Innovation Science. Read the full story here.