Demystifying the Startup Accelerator Journey
Sunday, March 15
5:00PM - 6:00PM
Hilton Austin Downtown
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.
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...Show the rest
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 joining New York City startup Panjiva, shortly after it raised $5m in venture capital funding.
Luke is an avid basketball player, winning the Under 20’s British National Basketball Championship in 2001, while attending the National Sports academy in Durham England. Luke’s passion for basketball was the catalyst for his move from the UK to the US.
After suffering an injury, Luke turned his efforts from basketball to academia and made a second move to the US. Upon returning, he attended several colleges before settling at Montclair State University on a full academic scholarship. Despite struggling with dyslexia, Luke went on to become Academic All-American and was presented with several other awards including The Wall-Street Journal Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement.Hide the rest
Co-author of Accelerate
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...Show the rest
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 Washington, D.C. Patrick left the Red Cross to manage the west coast sales and operations for a venture backed healthcare technology company. After moving to Colorado he completed an MBA at the University of Colorado. Following his passion to support start-up companies around the world, Patrick took on his current role at the Global Accelerator Network. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, bike riding, traveling, and skiing around Colorado.Hide the rest