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Not All Startup Accelerators Are Created Equal

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With new startup accelerator programs popping up daily around the country, offering mentorship, funding and an opportunity to build a business, it has raised the question, are all accelerator programs created equal?
This panel discussion will explore accelerator program models, including the classic summer-class program model, industry specific programs, gender focused and contest-style programs, in an effort to explain the key differences within the vast landscape of startup accelerator options available to entrepreneurs.


Amy Millman Founder & Pres Springboard Enterprises

Amy Millman has established a successful career as an advocate working for and with business and government officials to develop and implement national business development and policy initiatives. In 2000, she co-founded non-profit venture Springboard Enterprises whose mission is to facilitate women entrepreneurs' access to the equity markets. The organization hosts educational programs and forums to provide women entrepreneurs with access to investors and information about sources and uses of equity capital.

Previously, Amy served as the Executive Director of a federal government commission focused on developing policy and initiatives concerning women's business ownership. Earlier in her career, she represented the interests of several corporate and industry groups before the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. Amy has served on the boards of many organizations including her current service on the boards of JumpStartInc and Enterprising Women magazine. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and holds a masters degree from The George Washington University. She and her family reside in the Washington, D.C. area.

Andy White Partner Vegas Tech Fund

Frank Gruber CEO/Co-Founder Tech Cocktail

Frank Gruber is the co-founder, CEO and Executive Editor of Tech Cocktail, a new media and events company better connecting and amplifying the startup technology community by offering tech startup events, news and resources. Tech Cocktail covers tech startups and hosts events and conferences across the country including the 7 day DCWEEK festival in Washington, DC and Tech Cocktail Week, a monthly retreat that gathers in Downtown Las Vegas, for tech industry leaders and startup founders in partnership with Downtown Project.

He has experience bootstrapping various startup efforts including Tech Cocktail. He also acts as an advisor to startups too. As a new media journalist Frank has shared his Web product analysis on emerging technologies in articles and videos online that have appeared in Fortune, WSJ, TechCrunch, ReadWriteWeb and more.