Designed to explore and answer key questions about enterprise acceleration

A collaboration between the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and Emory University, the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative has been made possible by its co-creators and founding sponsors, including the U.S. Global Development Lab at the U.S. Agency for International Development, Omidyar Network, The Lemelson Foundation and the Argidius Foundation. Further support has been provided by the Australian Government, the Kauffman Foundation, and Stichting DOEN.

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.

Despite this interest, rigorous research on the effectiveness of acceleration methods has not kept pace. We currently know little about their effectiveness or how differences across programs and models influence entrepreneur performance.

To address this gap, Social Enterprise @ Goizueta at Emory University (SE@G) and 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 has been working with accelerator programs around the world 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 founding sponsors.

  • Omidyar Network
  • The Lemelson Foundation
  • Argidius

Additional support for GALI has been provided by key partners.

  • Stichting Doen
  • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • Global Entrepreneurship Research Network
  • Australian Government

Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a global network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. ANDE members provide critical financial, educational, and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) based on the conviction that SGBs will create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth, and produce environmental and social benefits. Ultimately, we believe that SGBs can help lift countries out of poverty. ANDE is a policy program of the Aspen Institute.

Social Enterprise @ Goizueta

Social Enterprise @ Goizueta is a research center within Emory University that applies business acumen and market-based solutions to achieve meaningful and enduring societal impacts. SE@G is home to the Entrepreneurship Database Program. This program partners with a range of accelerator programs, integrating a core set of questions into their application processes. Then, the program follows up with every entrepreneur who applied to these programs, including those who were not selected for acceleration. The comparative, longitudinal data that are collected and collated allow for a deeper understanding of how different programs are affecting the growth of early-stage ventures.