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Accelerator Effectiveness in Developing Countries

Megan Alt, U.S. Agency for International Development

Entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses frequently turn to accelerator programs for support. But are these programs effective? As accelerators continue to proliferate in developing countries, we must ask critical questions about what is and is not working. This panel showcases three studies of accelerator effectiveness across the developing world: from GALI's study of fifteen Village Capital programs, from four Technoserve programs in Latin America, and from InfoDev’s study of African programs operating in different entrepreneurial ecosystems. Panelists will discuss the interplay between accelerator program choices, ecosystem conditions, and entrepreneurial outcomes, while sharing findings and insights about accelerator effectiveness in developing countries.
accelerator programs, Africa, developing countries, entrepreneurial ecosystems, Latin America
Abby Davidson (Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs) Peter W. Roberts (Emory University) Sönke Buschmann (Enclude Solutions) Matthew Guttentag (USAID)

One Response

  1. Jan Piercy says:

    I want to vote enthusiastically for this proposed panel. Granted, Sonke is a colleague of mine at Enclude, but this recommendation is based on having seen the caliber of the work Enclude’s been privileged to be able to do, and knowing the questions and ideas this work has generated, that need to be shared with others. Although we — Enclude — have attended SoCap regularly over the years, we have rarely been on the program, and Sonke is Dutch, based in Zeist, so adds perspective and diversity to voices presenting. Really hope this panel is selected!

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