Accelerator Fest is…

A specialized event designed for those who run accelerator programs around the globe – directors, program managers and community managers. Take your accelerator to the next level through deep diving content and interactive round table discussions, in an environment where you can share, learn, and iterate your acceleration model to adapt to the current market realities.

Speakers (so far!)

  • Elizabeth Yin

    General Partner, co-founder,

    Hustle Fund

    Evan Patronik

    Captain of Venture Selection,

    Unreasonable Group

  • Karina Costa


    Techstars Anywhere Accelerator

    Alice Zagury

    CEO & Cofounder,

    The Family

  • Brady Forrest


    Highway1 & Ignite Talks

    Heather Hartnett

    CEO & Founding Partner,

    Human Ventures

  • Chris Kay

    CEO & Co-Founder,


    Kristjan Sjurdson

    Global Venture Recruitment Lead,

    Creative Destruction Lab

  • Michael Hauser

    Disruptive Horizons,

    Boeing HorizonX

Who Attends?


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The 2016 Agenda

Time Session Title Description
10:00 AM Welcome!
10:10 AM Opening Keynote
10:30 AM What do startups need? Infrastructure and culture for your startups Alice Zagury
11:10 AM Roundtables TOPIC 1: The numbers that matter: Going from vanity to impact // TOPIC 2: Incubate and accelerate: Blending the stages // TOPIC 3: Reaching out: extending your network around the world
12:15 TO 1:15 PM LUNCH Thanks to TWG!
1:15 PM Accelerators: Going Further, Faster How do accelerators themselves get traction? For experienced entrepreneurs and financiers, helping individual startups go further and faster can be relatively straightforward. But how do these accelerator ecosystems themselves continue to thrive in a post-Brexit world? Sean O'Sullivan, founder and Managing Director of SOSV, "the accelerator VC", will discuss accelerators' roles in the success of startups; the importance of accelerators backed by funds; and the emergence of vertical accelerators as opposed to geographic accelerators.
1:45 PM Next-generation programming: Adapting models to achieve impact "The best accelerators run a tight ship, with engaged mentors, proven content, and clear milestones. Not only does this make better startups—it's what the best founders demand. Accelerator curricula have evolved, and now the basic twelve-weeks-then-pitch is just table stakes. So what are the new models? What's working, and what's not? Should you create your own, partner with a broad accelerator network, or double-down on your current approach?"
2:15 to 3:15 PM Choose your own adventure An unconference where you take the lead in deciding the content. We'll take the top four topics that you tell us you want to talk about and those will be featured in a birds of a feather type conversation format, where you can connect to the people you want to meet and have the conversations you want to have!
3:25 PM Does specialization drive impact? Heinlein once said "specialization is for insects." He favored generalists. But does his disdain hold up to scrutiny? Vertically focused accelerators can concentrate their efforts, advisors, and intellectual property in a specific industry—so on the one hand, they apply more force to a smaller area for greater effect. On the other hand, their fortunes wax and wane with the industry they target, so they're riskier than a generalized portfolio of companies. In this session, we'll look at whether focus leads to better outcomes, or to myopia.
4:15 PM Closing Remarks!
4:30 PM Special Chain Reaction Panel: The startup life cycle In this unique one-on-one interview format, we'll hear from a successful founder, an angel, an accelerator, and an LP—all interviewing one another to answer the big questions: What's it like, what have you learned, how can we all work together/collaborate, and what would you change?