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.




Posner Center for International Development, Denver, Colorado

Date & Time

  • Jun 10th, 2019 | 2:00PM - 9:00PM
  • Jun 11th, 2019 | 9:00AM - 6:30PM
  • Jun 12th, 2019 | 9:00AM - 12:00PM



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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. This does not include your travel and hotel accommodation, but you can reserve your stay here.

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 David Tominsky.

Guest Speaker

David Tominsky is an entrepreneur and community builder based in Cedar Rapids Iowa. He is currently the Chief Relationship Officer for The New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative (NewBoCo).

As an entrepreneurial ecosystem builder focused on the local startup community he’s organized events like Iowa’s Creative Corridor Open Coffee Series, BarcampICR, Startup Weekend Cedar Rapids, Startup Weekend Iowa City, 1 Million Cups, Caine’s Arcade Global Cardboard Challenge, and many events during Global Entrepreneurship Week and Computer Science Education Week.

He has helped launch several PreK-12 STEM chapters like Coder Dojo Cedar Rapids, Imagination Foundation Cedar Rapids, Google CS First and littleBits Cedar Rapids which helped establish the foundation for NewBoCo’s K-12 Education work.

He served as the first Program Manager for the Iowa Startup Accelerator from 2014-2016, where he helped lead the program that brought 19 early stage tech startups to Cedar Rapids in its first two years.

He served as the Managing Director for the Iowa Startup Accelerator from 2016-2018. The 2016 ISA Cohort included 6 early stage businesses. 100% of the teams were Iowa-based companies and 50% of the teams were woman-led companies. In 2017, ISA invested in 7 new companies doing business in virtual reality, healthcare, transportation, agriculture, and experience marketing.

Today, Tominsky serves as the Chief Relationship Officer for The New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative where he focuses on growing enterprise partnerships for the nonprofit.

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


Monday, June 10:
2:00 – 2:30 pm: Welcome
2:30 – 4:00 pm: Session 1
4:15 – 5:30 pm: Session 2
5:30 – 6:30 pm: Networking Happy Hour
6:30 – 9:00 pm: Networking Happy Hour and Dinner

Tuesday, June 11:
9:00 – 9:30 am: Coffee and Breakfast
9:30 – 11:00 am: Session 3
11:15 – 12:30 pm: Session 4
12:30 – 1:30 pm: Lunch
1:30 – 3:00 pm: Session 5
3:15 – 4:30 pm: Session 6
4:30 – 6:30 pm: Networking Happy Hour

Wednesday, June 12:
9:00 – 9:30 am: Coffee and Breakfast
9:30 – 11:00 am: Session 7
11:00 – 12:00 pm: 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 submit your application to attend below.