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What's Working in Startup Acceleration?
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What's Working in Startup Acceleration?

When: May 12, 2016
4:00 - 5:30pm EDT (reception to follow)
Where: The Aspen Institute (Smith Conference Room)
One Dupont Circle NW
Suite 700
Washington, District of Columbia  20036
United States
Contact: Abby Davidson

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Event Description 

Join the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs and Emory University’s Social Enterprise @ Goizueta for an in-depth presentation on the recent findings from the first annual Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI) report.

GALI is a multi-year global research initiative designed to explore - and answer - key questions about enterprise acceleration. Within a few short years, the program has collected detailed data from fifteen different  Village Capital programs across several countries, including the United States and many emerging markets. Analyzing this data, we have produced the first GALI annual report, which provides a valuable opportunity to learn about how specific program choices are driving accelerator performance.

After a detailed presentation by the report authors, key GALI partners and stakeholders will share their reactions to the findings as well as their hopes for the research program moving forward.


Welcome and Introduction

Randall Kempner, ANDE Executive Director

Presentation by the Authors and Q&A with Audience (30 minutes)

Peter W. Roberts, Academic Director, Social Enterprise @ Goizueta, Emory University

Saurabh Lall, Research Director, ANDE

Ross Baird, Executive Director, Village Capital

Panel Discussion and Q&A (60 minutes)

Mike Kubzansky, Partner, Intellectual Capital, Omidyar Network

Kenneth Turner, Program Officer, The Lemelson Foundation

Matthew Guttentag, Patnerships Advisor, USAID

Kate McElligott, Director of Strategic Development, ANDE (moderator)

An evening reception will follow the panel discussion. You are invited to join us for appetizers and drinks from 5:30 - 7:00pm.


The Global Accelerator Learning Initiative has been made possible by its co-creators and founding sponsors, including the U.S. Global Development Lab at the U.S. Agency for International Development, Omidyar Network, The Lemelson Foundation and the Argidius Foundation.

Additional support for GALI has been provided by the Kauffman Foundation and Stichting DOEN.