A three-day workshop specifically designed to help new accelerators get off the ground and running and dig deep into the pain points that new accelerators face.


GAN and hosted by Speed



Date & Time

  • Dec 3rd, 2019 | 14:00 - 21:00
  • Dec 4th, 2019 | 9:00 - 18:30
  • Dec 5th, 2019 | 9:00 - 12:00


$3,500 - $4,400

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Building an Accelerator is Hard Work

No one knows that better than GAN Managing Directors, which is why GAN Accelerator Workshops are available to new accelerators, both within and outside of the GAN community. These three-day events are designed to help accelerators like you get off the ground and running, find a sustainable program model that works in your ecosystem, and explore the challenges that new accelerators face.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is specifically designed for accelerator leadership (individuals or teams) from all geographies, verticals, and specializations who are currently operating a new accelerator or plan to launch or restructure a new program within the next year.

What Past Attendees Are Saying

“You have huge knowledge based on data from more than 100 accelerators around the world. This type of content provides attendees best practices that have been adopted are generating results. I felt a true desire to collaborate and build a global community of accelerators, impacting startups in a positive way.” João Paulo Geroldo, Sevna Startups

“Insightful, targeted and well-organized content.” Jon Atkinson, The Idea Village

“Just learned so much. It was like going back to college. Pretty much everything we learned is actionable for us.” Ryan King, Cardano-X, part of EmurgoHK


Tickets are $3,500 per person for an individual or $2,200 per person for a team of two ($4,400 Total). This does not include your travel and hotel accommodation. To find something close, here is the address Speed’s location where the workshop will take place.

This cost includes:

  1. Deep Dive
    One-on-one deep dive into your current accelerator model.
  2. Topic-Driven Sessions
    Seven topic-driven sessions lead by GAN staff or top GAN MDs.
  3. Accelerator Guide
    GAN’s exclusive compilation of tools produced by accelerators, for accelerators.
  4. Workshop Notes
    Comprehensive workshop notes for you to take home and reference.
  5. Meals
    All your meals during the event

What’s Covered

GAN Accelerator Workshops are specially-designed for Managing Directors and Program Managers who are building or relaunching accelerator programs. Over the course of three days, you will dig deep into the pain points that new accelerators face and unveil viable solutions from some of GAN’s most well-established programs to help identify a sustainable accelerator model that will thrive in your ecosystem.

  1. Learning from Other Accelerators
    We will cover some of the most pressing structural and strategic questions facing those who are building accelerators.
  2. Collaboration with Peers & Leaders
    Get to know other workshop attendees, work as a group to address challenges brought forth by individual participants, and have fun doing it.
  3. Setting Your Game Plan
    Leave with actionable steps to build or restructure your accelerator, connections to GAN MDs leading successful programs, comprehensive notes, and GAN’s Accelerator Guide.
  4. Enjoy Yourself
    Accelerator workshops are meant to be enjoyable and attendees leave refreshed and ready to build a solid program.

The workshop will be lead by members of the GAN team along with special guest Sami Abou Saab.

Guest Speaker

Sami Abou Saab is currently the CEO of Speed, a tech accelerator based out of the Beirut Digital District that empowers software startups to succeed and scale globally. He has been occupying this role since July 2015 and during his tenure, he officially launched Speed and recruited five batches with a total of 34 startups to accelerate. Part of his role, he has been mentoring startups in Lebanon and the MENA region and helped them grow in their early stages. Sami has more than 14 years of experience in technology, both in startups and big tech firms. Prior to Speed, he worked at Skype and Microsoft Corporation in the US, covering strategy, marketing, and channel modeling. In Silicon Valley, Sami started his own company, MobiLock, which was voted as the best startup in the Berkeley MBA program entrepreneurship class. Sami holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the American University of Beirut and an MBA from Berkeley-Haas and London Business School.

Specific Topics

This three-day session will specifically cover:

  • Your team: Program staff + leader roles
  • What will it cost: Program operating budgets + sustainability models
  • Partnerships: Building and sustaining alliances with service providers
  • Mentors: How to find them, how to keep them and when to fire them
  • Startup communities: How to engage your local ecosystem to sustain growth for your program
  • Deal flow: Recruiting startups and selecting the right ones
  • Running a program: Topics to cover and methods for guiding companies
  • Investment: Follow on funds, demo days and term sheets


Day 1:
14:00 – 14:30: Welcome
14:30 – 16:00: Session 1
16:15 – 17:30: Session 2
17:30 – 18:30: Networking Happy Hour
18:30 – 21:00: Networking Happy Hour and Dinner

Day 2:
9:00 – 9:30: Coffee and Breakfast
9:30 – 11:00: Session 3
11:15 – 12:30: Session 4
12:30 – 13:30: Lunch
13:30 – 15:00: Session 5
15:15 – 16:30: Session 6
16:30 – 18:30: Networking Happy Hour

Day 3:
9:00 – 9:30: Coffee and Breakfast
9:30 – 11:00: Session 7
11:00 – 12:00: Conclude and Wrap up

How to Apply

GAN Accelerator Workshops are open by application for accelerator operators. This will be a small, curated group of new or relaunching accelerator programs focused on building sustainable programs to support startups in their ecosystem. Space is limited, and we accept participants on a rolling basis. Please register to attend below.