2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Demystifying the Startup Accelerator Journey

Sunday, March 15
5:00PM - 6:00PM

Hilton Austin Downtown
Room 400-402
500 E 4th St


To optimize your chances of becoming a corporate CEO, graduate from a top tier MBA program. To optimize your chances of getting drafted for the NFL, play for a Division 1 college. To optimize your chances of a successful startup do you join an accelerator program? If you're an entrepreneur, it’s hard to imagine ANY better environment than a startup accelerator to increase your chance of success. Offering seed funding, mentoring, office space, and investor exposure, accelerators seem to be the perfect startup boot camps. But what are the must-knows in this evolving accelerator landscape? With over 230 programs and thousands of startups fighting to be accepted to them, it's never been more important to know fact from fiction. Our perfectly stacked panel of experts and accelerator graduates will demystify the application process, experience and what you can expect to gain from attending a top-tier accelerator. Attendees will walk away refreshingly knowledgeable about startup accelerators.


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Diane Tate

Program Mgr


Luke Deering



Luke Deering is the Author of the 1st comprehensive book on Accelerator programs - Accelerate. Luke is also co-founder and CEO at VineUp. Prior to VineUp, Luke worked for Estée Lauder before joinin...

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Matthew Cartagena

Co-author of Accelerate


Patrick Riley

Exec Dir

Global Accelerator Network

Patrick Riley is the Executive Director the Global Accelerator Network. He started his career working for W.L. Gore and Associates and moved into the leadership of the American Red Cross in Washing...

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