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Observing Acceleration: Uncovering the Effects of Accelerators on Impact-Oriented Entrepreneurs

Posted By Abigayle Davidson, Aspen Institute, Thursday, January 10, 2019

Observing Acceleration: Uncovering the Effects of Accelerators on Impact-Oriented Entrepreneurs

by Peter W. Roberts and Saurabh A. Lall (Foreword by Randall Kempner)

This book summarizes five years of learning from data collected as part of the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative. The authors present data describing impact-oriented ventures and accelerators that operate in both high-income countries and in emerging markets. Blending survey data with insights from sector experts, their various analyses shed light on the basic structure of accelerators, showing where they are having their most promising results. Unlike previous studies, this book does not focus on a few high-profile accelerators (like TechStars and Y Combinator) and startups (like AirBnB and Uber). Instead, it compares a range of accelerator programs that target specific impact areas, challenging regions, and marginalized entrepreneurs. Therefore, it serves as a valuable tool for scholars, policymakers, and practitioners interested in the effectiveness of accelerator programs as tools that unleash the economic potential currently trapped in entrepreneurial dead spaces.

Tags:  2019  acceleration  accelerators  GALI  sector publication 

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Measuring the Value for Money of Acceleration: An Introduction and Methods Brief

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 28, 2018

Measuring the Value for Money of Acceleration: An Introduction and Methods Brief
by the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI)

The Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI) - a collaboration between ANDE and Social Enterprise @ Goizueta (SE@G) at Emory University - published Measuring the Value for Money of Acceleration in September 2018.

This methods brief provides guidance for practitioners interested in assessing the value for money of acceleration programs. It first frames the various ways accelerators can think about value for money of their programs. It then explores one practical approach to calculating this value for money, and finishes with a summary of similar evaluations conducted for other entrepreneur support programs.

Tags:  2018  accelerators 

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Accelerating Youth-Led Enterprises in Nigeria

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Accelerating Youth-Led Enterprises in Nigeria
GALI

This knowledge brief seeks to capture information about incubators and accelerators in Nigeria and how they support youth-led enterprises. The brief was developed using Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI) data alongside interviews and stakeholder meetings held in Lagos and Abuja with support from Oxfam in Nigeria.

Read the full report.

Tags:  2018  accelerators  africa  ANDE publication  gali  nigeria  youth 

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Acceleration in India

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Acceleration in India
Initial Data from Indian Startups
GALI

In partnership with the ANDE India Chapter, GALI is working to increase understanding of acceleration and early stage ventures in India. This data summary includes information from 1,214 ventures operating in India, contributed by 26 accelerators.

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Tags:  2018  accelerators  ANDE publication  gali  india  startup 

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A Knowledge Brief of South Africa's Incubator and Accelerator Landscape

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 14, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, June 13, 2018

A Knowledge Brief of South Africa's Incubator and Accelerator Landscape
ANDE

The South African Business Development Services Provider (BDSP) space is active and growing. In an effort to deepen understanding of the incubator and accelerator landscape in South Africa, ANDE hosted a series of breakfast roundtables in Johannesburg and Cape Town in 2017 and 2018. Discussions focused on gathering qualitative information regarding key activities and services, programme structure and funding sources, as well as challenges and opportunities faced by BDSPs. This document presents an overview of the key findings from the roundtables and provides recommendations for further research.

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Tags:  2018  accelerators  ANDE publication  Incubation 

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Accelerating the Flow of Funds into Early-Stage Ventures

Posted By Shira Wolkenfeld, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Accelerating the Flow of Funds into Early-Stage Ventures
An Initial Look at Program Differences and Design Choices
GALI

The third major report from GALI examines the ability of accelerators to drive funds into participating ventures and explores which programmatic choices correspond with superior outcomes. The report shows that in a sample of 52 accelerators, the average flow of incremental funds into participating ventures is significantly greater than the average that flows into rejected ventures. In the majority (but not all) of these programs, this difference exceeds the reported cost of running the program. These superior funding outcomes are accomplished in different ways; many programs are most effective at stimulating revenue growth, while others are best at increasing the supply of outside equity investment. Given these differences in program efficacy and different paths to funding success, we then examine how specific program choices correspond with the ability to drive funds into participating ventures.

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Tags:  2018  accelerators  GALI 

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Acceleration in Mexico: Early Impacts on Mexican Ventures

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 31, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Acceleration in Mexico: Early Impacts on Mexican Ventures
GALI

With the support of Citibanamex Compromiso Social, GALI is working to increase understanding of acceleration and early-stage ventures in Mexico. This report includes application and follow-up information from 318 ventures operating in Mexico, contributed by 15 accelerator programs.

Data at a Glance:

  • Ventures that participated in accelerator programs experienced greater growth in revenues, full-time employees, equity, and debt on average compared to rejected ventures.
  • The majority of ventures reported no equity or debt growth at all, suggesting that a small number of strong performers are drawing up the average changes in equity and debt.
  • The impact of participation is meaningful for ventures with no prior-year investment; participating ventures increased equity three times more than rejected ventures, and debt five times more.
  • First-time accelerated ventures reported higher average revenue growth, while ventures that had been previously accelerated reported greater equity growth.
  • Invention-based ventures reported greater average equity growth, while non-invention-based reported higher revenue growth.

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  2018  accelerators  ANDE publication  GALI  mexico 

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Entrepreneurship & Acceleration: Questions from the Field

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 31, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Entrepreneurship & Acceleration: Questions from the Field
Return on Investment for Accelerators
GALI

As the number and type of accelerator programs expand, funders are becoming more interested in calibrating the return on investment for investments in these programs. While there are a number of ways to think about the value for money that accelerators provide, most aspire to accelerate the funds available to grow early-stage ventures through increases in revenue and investment.

This brief provides an initial look at venture outcomes during the year of acceleration in comparison to the cost of programs, expanding the ROTI methodology developed by the Argidius Foundation.1 The analysis suggests that the incremental flow of new funds into cohort ventures exceeds the amount that programs spend on operations and direct investments into cohort ventures. However, it also reveals considerable variability, suggesting that funders need to pay attention to where their accelerator funding dollars are going. 

Read the full report here.

Tags:  2018  accelerators  ANDE publication  entrepreneurs  GALI  investment 

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Entrepreneurship & Acceleration: Questions from the Field (Funding)

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Entrepreneurship & Acceleration: Questions from the Field
Funding Accelerator Programs


December 2017

by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs and Social Enterprise @ Goizueta, Emory University

The GALI team consistently hears questions from accelerators and others in the field about financial sustainability. In this brief, we ask:

How do accelerators fund their programs, and how do different funding profiles relate to different accelerator offerings?

Tags:  2017  accelerators  ANDE publication  GALI 

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Landscape Study of Accelerators and Incubators in India

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Updated: Monday, December 4, 2017

Landscape Study of Accelerators and Incubators in India

by the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI) 

This study, conducted by the ANDE India Chapter with the support of Autodesk Sustainability and Foundation, uses GALI’s Global Accelerator Survey to add clarity to the profile of accelerators and incubators in India – their structure, objectives, goals, funding, and the financial and non-financial support that they offer.

 Data Highlights:

Sample Characteristics

  • University accelerators and incubators made up the largest portion of the respondents, at nearly one-third.
  • Two-thirds ran their first acceleration or incubation program after 2013.

Sector Focus and Impact Objectives

  • Over half of the respondents indicated a focus on energy or environment.
  • Three-quarters work specifically with ventures that have a social or environmental impact objective.

Program Structure

  • With a median size of 9 and an 11 percent acceptance rate, cohorts were small, programs were selective, and early-stage ventures were mostly likely to receive support.
  • One-third of respondents provide direct funding, and equity is the most popular investment instrument.

Funding Sources

  • At 43 percent, philanthropic grants were the most common funding source for programs, followed by government support.
  • One-third of the government-supported respondents received funds from the Department of Science and Technology.

Questions or comments? Contact Devyani Singh at devyani.singh@aspeninst.org.

Tags:  2017  Acceleration  accelerators  ANDE publication  India 

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