July 10, 2019
In collaboration with
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:
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:
Wednesday July 10th
|TIME||TITLE AND DESCRIPTION||Speaker|
|8:00 AM – |
|9:00 AM – |
|Opening remarks||Louis-Félix Binette|
|9:05 AM – |
|The real impact of accelerators on a global basis|
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 – |
|Talk 1: Accelerators as ecosystem builders||Isaac Souweine|
|9:20 AM – |
|Talk 2: The Startup life and mental health||Jessica Carson|
|9:25 AM – |
|Talk 3: Working with large corporations||Ravi Belani|
|9:30 AM – |
1. Accelerators as ecosystem builders
2. The Startup life and mental health
3. Working with large corporations
|Eman al Mahmoud|
|10:10 AM – |
| Roundtable discussion recap||Eman al Mahmoud|
|10:25 AM – |
|Talk 1: Setting KPIs||Gillian McCrae|
|10:30 AM –|
|Talk 2: Building a network for your program||Tariq Haddadin|
|10:35 AM – |
|Talk 3: Alumni services||Marvin Liao|
|10:40 AM – |
1. Setting KPIs
2. Building a network for your program
3. Alumni services
|11:20 AM – |
|Roundtable discussion recap||Jeffrey Donenfeld|
|11:35 AM – |
Accelerators promise access to funding, mentors, and a high-intensity environment that ruthlessly hones your message and proves your business model. On the other hand, they’re a huge distraction from meeting customers, shipping product, and focus.
At least, that’s what our two teams of debaters are going to argue.
In this Oxford-style Debate two teams try to win you over to their point of view. We’ll look at the pros and cons of accelerators, in a fast-paced, combative, and most of all fun format that explores all the challenges and advantages of participating in incubators and accelerators. Best of all, you decide the winner—whichever team swayed your vote!
FOR: Nina Stepanov, Vahid Jozi, David Crow
AGAINST: Marvin Liao, Noor El Bawab, Sage Franch
HOST: Brady Forrest
|12:05 PM –|
|Closing Remarks||Louis-Félix Binette|
|12:10 PM – |
|1:30 PM –|
|Accelerator Office Hours|
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.
Innovation @ American Psychological Association | Founder @ Wired This Way
Partner | 500 Startups
Founder and CEO | Startup Genome
Eman al Mahmoud
Strategy and Partnerships Manager | Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center
Venture Manager | Creative Destruction Lab – Atlantic
Director | Alchemist Accelerator
Manager | Techstars Toronto
Principal | Acceleprise
Founder | Yooshi.ai
Investment Manager | Boomtown Accelerator
Managing Director | Danger Capital Corporation
Co-Founder & CTO | Crescendo
Co-Founder & CEO | Breathe Life
Noor El Bawab
Director of Programs | Zú
Entrepreneur in Residence, Nova Scotia | Propel
Director, Accelerator Operations | Highline Beta