Designed to explore and answer key questions about enterprise acceleration

GALI was co-created by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs and Emory University in 2015 as a research initiative to build the evidence base for what works in enterprise acceleration.

Why Accelerators?

Since 2005, hundreds of accelerators have launched around the world far beyond Silicon Valley in places like Nairobi, Mexico City, and Mumbai. Investors, development agencies, and governments are excited by their potential to drive growth, spur innovation, solve social problems, and increase employment opportunities in emerging markets. To ensure resources are used effectively, rigorous research on the effectiveness of acceleration methods is necessary for accelerators and funders alike.

To address this need, Emory University and the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) launched the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI) in collaboration with a consortium of public and private funders. GALI builds on the work of the Entrepreneurship Database Program at Emory, which worked with accelerator programs around the world between 2013 - 2020 to collect and analyze data describing the many entrepreneurs that they attract and support.



Do you have a question about accelerator effectiveness or early stage entrepreneurship? Send your ideas and research questions to the GALI research team.

Supporting Institutions

The Global Accelerator Learning Initiative has been made possible by its co-creators and sponsors

  • Omidyar Network
  • The Roberto C. Goizueta Business & Society Institute
  • The Lemelson Foundation
  • Argidius
  • Stichting Doen
  • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • Australian Government
  • German Cooperation

Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a global network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in developing economies. ANDE members provide critical financial, educational, and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) based on the conviction that SGBs create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth, and produce environmental and social benefits.

As the leading global voice of the SGB sector, ANDE believes that SGBs are a powerful, yet underleveraged tool in addressing social and environmental challenges. Since 2009, we have grown into a trusted network of nearly 300 collaborative members that operate in nearly every developing economy. ANDE grows the body of knowledge, mobilizes resources, and connects the institutions that support the small business entrepreneurs who build inclusive prosperity in the developing world.

ANDE is part of the Aspen Institute, a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society.