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Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI)
ANDE is excited to announce a $2.3 million investment in the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative! The program partners, including the US Global Development Lab at the U.S. Agency for International Development, Omidyar Network, The Lemelson Foundation, and the Argidius Foundation, are eager to examine the effectiveness of accelerators over the course of the next three years. To learn more about the partnership, please read the press release.
Institutions funding global development are excited about the potential of accelerators to transform start-ups into industry leading companies, but rigorous research on the effectiveness of acceleration methods has not kept pace with the proliferation of these programs. There are hundreds of accelerators around the world trying to grow early-stage ventures into growing businesses with the potential to scale. Investors, development agencies, and governments are excited by the prospects of these models to spur innovation, solve social problems, and increase employment opportunities in emerging economies.
The Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI), a collaboration between ANDE and Emory University, is designed to explore – and answer - key questions about enterprise acceleration including: Do acceleration programs contribute to revenue growth? Do they help companies attract investment? Do they work as well for developing-world impact entrepreneurs as they do for developed-world tech entrepreneurs?
This work is comprised of two complementary research programs:
Complementary support for the initiative has been provided by the Kauffman Foundation and Stichting DOEN.
This research has been conducted in association with the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network. GERN is a working coalition of institutions funding research as a tool in realizing the full potential of entrepreneurship to create inclusive prosperity on a global scale. Its objectives are to develop a next generation of entrepreneurship research, share lessons and knowledge and establish open, standardized data resources.
All GALI-related publications can now be found in the Publications Library.
Wall Street Journal
MIT Innovations Journal
We offer accelerator partners we work with free analysis of their cohorts over time. To learn more about what we offer, check out our benefits guide. For a detailed description of how we interact with our accelerator partners, visit entrepreneurdata.com.
What we offer. Our program conducts a baseline survey, and follow-on surveys of the entire applicant pool (both those who are selected for your program and those who are not selected) every six months. In return, we offer analysis on how your cohort performs over time, which can be useful for measurement and evaluation, to drive strategy, or to report to investors.
Who we work with? We are agnostic as to what your program is called– we have worked with “accelerators”, “incubators”, “fellowship programs” and other similar programs.
What about data privacy? Our program is based out of Emory University, and is bound by guidelines to never (without explicit permission) reveal information that can be used to identify individual entrepreneurs. This means that we will not sell your data, or present to others any specific information that might be used to “steal an idea” from an entrepreneur.
What we ask of you. Our program is free; there is no financial cost to the entrepreneurs, accelerators or researchers involved. We are designing our platform to be a service to the sector, with the goal of helping accelerators understand their entrepreneurs, and their impacts, so that they can build better programming.