July 10, 2019

Accelerator operators coming together.

Accelerator operators coming together.

AcceleratorFest is a specialized event, designed for the directors, program managers and community managers who drive acceleration programs across the globe.

Only open to the directors, managing directors, and community managers of accelerator programs.

What you can expect

What you can expect:

Accelerating startups is tough business, and as the field gains maturity, accelerators face pressure to reach higher levels of performance while delivering more value to startups. This year (with the help of Mouvement des accélérateurs d’innovation du Québec), we designed Acceleratorfest as a prime conversation space on the challenges facing the practitioners of business acceleration. We invited leaders in the field to help spur the important, sometimes tough, conversations we need to have. But we expect attendees to speak up, exchange and debate, all the while creating a worthwhile web of connections from around the globe.

Some past attending accelerators include:

Founder Institute

AcceleratorFest Agenda

Wednesday July 10th

8:00 AM – 9:00 AMBreakfast
9:00 AM – 9:15 AMOpening: The Real Impact of Accelerators on a Global Basis
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While accelerators focus on increasing startup success they also can have a real impact on their ecosystem. We will discuss the latest data-driven insights on their dual impact leveraging our global data from startup founders and Impact Insights (private scorecard service for accelerators).
9:15 AM – 10:40 AMRound 1 Discussions
Talk 1: Accelerators as Ecosystem Builders
Talk 2: The Startup Life and Mental Health
Talk 3: Working with Large Corporations
10:40 AM – 10:55 AMBreak
10:55 AM – 12:20 PMRound 2 Discussions
Talk 1: Setting KPIs
Talk 2: Building a Network for your Program
Talk 3: Alumni Services
12:20 PM – 12:50 PMOxford-Style Debate
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To end Acceleratorfest on a fun note, we will have an Oxford-style debate. Two teams of three will volunteer to debate some hot topics rocking the accelerator world. The first team will have to answer “Yes” to a controversial question and provide some supporting arguments. The second team will then have to refute or debunk those arguments.
12:50 PM – 12:55 PMClosing Remarks
12:55 PM – 1:45 PMLunch
1:45 PM – 5:00 PMAccelerator Office Hours
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The Accelerator Office Hours are a chance for early-stage founders to learn all about how accelerators work, what they’re looking for, mistakes applicants often make, and what to do to get the most out of time with some of the world’s top accelerators and incubators.
These accelerators have also committed to giving founders real feedback when they apply—no more ghosting! It’s a unique opportunity to connect with your next possible cohort members so they can learn how to move their startups forward in a casual, office-hours setting.

2019 Speakers

Marwan Elfitesse

Marwan Elfitesse

Head of startups | STATION F

Jessica Carson

Jessica Carson

Innovation @ American Psychological Association | Founder @ Wired This Way

Isaac Souweine

Partner | Real Ventures

Marvin Liao

Partner | 500 Startups

JF Gauthier

JF Gauthier

Founder and CEO | Startup Genome

Eman al Mahmoud

Strategy and Partnerships Manager | Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center

Ravi Belani

Director | Alchemist Accelerator