You and the GAN Community



Date & Time

  • Jan 13th, 2021 | 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. MT
  • Jan 14th, 2021 | 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. MT
  • Jan 15th, 2021 | 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. MT


$3,500 per program

Questions: hello@gan.co

Building an Accelerator? Great idea.

Let GAN help you build an accelerator in the ecosystem you call home.

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 virtual events are designed to help accelerators like you build or re-establish your program, find a financially sustainable model that works in your ecosystem, and explore the challenges growing 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

“The community, the expertise, the data that allows us to back up what ‘good practice’ means, plus the genuine sense of a ‘curated’ community where we can connect and ask tough questions about what other programs are dealing with… all of it simply makes GAN a special place.” Zaki Raheem, DAI Accelerator

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


$3,500 per program*

*Included in all GAN Launch and Pre-Launch Memberships; limit of two attendees per program

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.

What’s Covered

GAN Accelerator Workshops are specially designed for managing directors and program managers. Over the course of three days, you will dig into the pain points that emerging accelerators face, and we’ll unveil viable solutions from GAN’s most well-established programs to identify a sustainable accelerator model that thrives in your ecosystem. Every workshop session will include:

  1. Learning from Other Accelerators
    You’ll share your most pressing structural and strategic questions, and get answers from others who are building accelerators.
  2. Collaboration with Peers & Leaders
    Get to know other workshop attendees, work as a group to address challenges, and have fun doing it.
  3. Setting Your Game Plan
    Leave with an exclusive compilation of tools produced by accelerators for accelerators, connections to GAN MDs’ leading successful programs, comprehensive notes, and GAN’s Accelerator Guide.
  4. Having Fun
    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 and a respected accelerator leader from the GAN Community.

Specific Topics

This three-day session will 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

Sample Agenda

You’ve never been part of a workshop this productive. While the final workshop agenda will be set based upon the accelerators registered, to ensure you leave with the help you’re looking for, every workshop is fine-tuned for an engaging, virtual experience.
Each day is broken down into a total 3 content sprints, 2 discussions, 1 exercise, and 1 AMA session.

For example:

9:00–9:20: Sprint #1: Program Readiness and Ensuring a Fundable Program
9:20–9:40: Sprint #2: Selecting the Right Accelerator Funding Model for You
9:40–10:00: Sprint #3: Polishing Your Accelerator’s Pitch
15-minute break
10:15–11:15: Case Studies in Success with a Guest Panel, Followed by a Peer Discussion and Exercise
15-minute break
11:30–12:00: Ask Me Anything, Daily Closing Guest Panel
12:00–2:00: Optional 1:1 Mentor Sessions


How to Register

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 submit your application to attend below.