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Report Launch & Reception: The Impact of Acceleration

When: Thursday, May 11
4:00 - 7:00 PM
Where: Aspen Institute
1 Dupont Circle, NW
Ste. 700
Washington, District of Columbia  20036
United States
Contact: Mina Alemzadeh

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Join ANDEEmory University’s Social Enterprise @ Goizueta (SE@G), and TechnoServe for a discussion of two new reports that explore the impacts of business acceleration on early stage ventures.

The first, Accelerating Startups in Emerging Markets: Insights from 43 Programs is the second annual report to come from the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI), a multi-year global research initiative designed to explore key questions about enterprise acceleration. This report compares the performance of acceleration in emerging markets with high-income countries, based on data from over 2,000 early stage ventures and 43 acceleration programs. It explores core beliefs about what drives those performance patterns, and tests them with quantitative and qualitative data.

From this broad perspective on acceleration, we will zoom in to one organization’s programs in one region.  The second report, Accelerating Impact from Entrepreneurs: Lessons learned from TechnoServe´s work with SGBs in Central America compares more than 400 companies that participated in ten different business acceleration cohorts from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. This diverse sample of entrepreneurs shows that carefully designed accelerator programs can, on average, facilitate revenue growth. However, it also shows important differences in revenue-growth performance across the companies in this TechnoServe sample.



Welcome and Introduction
Randall Kempner, Executive Director, ANDE
Will Warshauer, President and CEO, TechnoServe

Research Methods and Findings
Peter Roberts, Professor of Organization & Management, Academic Director, Social Enterprise @ Goizueta
Genevieve Edens, Director of Research and Impact, ANDE
Oscar Artiga, Project Manager - Business Accelerator LAC & WSA

Ecosystem Perspective
Mike Kubzansky, Partner, Intellectual Capital, Omidyar Network

Open Discussion and Audience Q&A
Facilitated by Kate McElligott, Director of Strategic Development, ANDE

An evening reception will follow the panel discussion. You are invited to join us for appetizers and drinks from 5:15 - 6:30 pm.

**This in-person event is now at capacity, but we invite you to watch via live stream here.**