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ANDE Asia Webinar: GALI Findings on Role of Gender in Acceleration
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ANDE Asia Webinar: GALI Findings on Role of Gender in Acceleration

When: Wednesday, April 29, 2020
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where: Webinar
Contact: Andrea Skinner
+66 82 249 2542

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ANDE Asia Webinar: GALI Findings on Role of Gender in Acceleration
April 29, 2020 | 3.30pm IST GMT +5:30 / 5.00pm BKK GMT +7 


There is significant evidence that women entrepreneurs face unique challenges in starting and growing businesses, particularly in emerging markets. Acceleration programs represent one potential model for overcoming these challenges through support services and investment. Using data from the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI), this webinar examines trends in the acceleration of women led ventures through two lenses: first, at the venture-level, by analyzing outcomes for women-led ventures applying to and emerging from accelerator programs; and second, at the program-level, by analyzing actions taken (or not taken) by acceleration programs specifically targeted at improving their support for women-led ventures.

About the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI)

The Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI) is a collaboration between the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and Emory University designed to explore key questions about enterprise acceleration such as: Do acceleration programs contribute to revenue growth? Do they help companies attract investment?GALI builds on the Entrepreneurship Database Program at Emory University, which works with accelerator programs around the world to collect data describing the entrepreneurs that they attract and support. To date,GALI has collected data from more than 19,000 early-stage ventures and partnered with more than 280 acceleration programs throughout the world. Click here to learn more >>

About the Gender Lens Incubation and Acceleration Toolkit (GLIA)

This practitioner-focused resource aims to assist entrepreneurship support organizations (ESOs, also known as incubators, accelerators, and intermediaries) to be more inclusive of allgenders. It provides practical guidelines, case studies, and frameworks outlining strategies for applying agender lens to organizations, programs, and ecosystems. This toolkit is the result of a collaboration between Sasakawa Peace Foundation’s Asia Women Impact Fund and Frontier Incubators program, an initiative of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and was delivered by a consortia of SPF, ygap,, and SecondMuse.


Abigayle Davidson | Senior Research Analyst | Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)

     Abby joined ANDE in January 2016 and supports the research initiative, with a special
focus on the role of accelerators in emerging markets. She served two years with 
ForgottenSong, a non-profit organization that supports small business as a means of
community development in war-torn countries and also co-founded Markham & Fitz,
a bean-to-bar chocolate company based in Arkansas. She holds a Bachelor’s in 
International Business and Economics and a Master’s in Economics from 
the University of Arkansas.


Dr. Lily Yu | Senior Advisor | Sasakawa Peace Foundation
     Dr. Lily Yu is a Senior Advisor in the Gender Investment and Innovation Department at
     the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF), one of the largest philanthropic organizations
     in Asia. As a founding team member of the Asia Women Impact Fund, an initiative to
     invest up to US $ 100 million from the Foundation to pursue gender lens investments
     that achieve favorable outcomes for women in Southeast Asia, she currently leads
     research and program design to advance gender equality, women’s entrepreneurship,
     angel investments, and inclusive business development in the region.
Audrey Jean-Baptiste | Rgional Director | ygap

Audrey is a Regional Director at ygap, an international development non profit that
    backs local impact ventures across Africa, Asia and the Pacific. To date, ygap has run
    45 accelerator programs and supported 515 impact ventures, which have gone on to 
    improve the lives of over 950,000 people living in Poverty.



Stephanie Arrowsmith | Network Development Lead | SecondMuse

Stephanie works with SecondMuse, a network-centered innovation agency that works
   around the world within the public, private and civil society sectors to identify the systemic
   causes of issues, opportunities where new action will have the biggest impact, and design 
   and coordinate collaborative efforts to implement change.


Matt Wallace | Managing Director | ONOW Myanmar

   Leading a social enterprise creating tech-enabled approaches to scaling financial literacy
   and MSME growth. Ten+ years of Myanmar experience. Building a creative cross-cultural
   team passionate about launching startups, financial health and story-telling. MA in
   International Commerce and focused on Economic Development