Accelerator Fest is…

A specialized event designed for those who run accelerator programs around the globe – directors, program managers and community managers. Take your accelerator to the next level through deep diving content and interactive round table discussions, in an environment where you can share, learn, and iterate your acceleration model to adapt to the current market realities.


  • Elizabeth Yin

    General Partner, co-founder,

    Hustle Fund

    Evan Patronik

    Captain of Venture Selection,

    Unreasonable Group

  • Karina Costa


    Techstars Anywhere Accelerator

    Alice Zagury

    CEO & Cofounder,

    The Family

  • Brady Forrest


    Highway1 & Ignite Talks

    JF Gauthier

    Founder and CEO,

    Startup Genome

  • Chris Kay

    CEO & Co-Founder,


    Kristjan Sjurdson

    Global Venture Recruitment Lead,

    Creative Destruction Lab

  • Michael Hauser

    Disruptive Horizons,

    Boeing HorizonX

    Lauren Robinson

    Chief Operating Officer,

    Highline BETA

  • Edward Chan

    Senior Business Development Manager,

    Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation


    Sofiane Ammar

    Head of the accelerator,


  • Taylor Sanders

    Global Accelerator Partnerships,


    Ravi Belani


    Alchemist Accelerator

  • Lisa Besserman

    Founder & CEO,

    Startup Buenos Aires

    Isaac Souweine


    Real Ventures

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Who Attends?


Time Session Title Description
10:00 AM - 10:10 AM Welcome! Breakdown of the day ahead
10:10 AM - 10:30 AM The Secret to Building Technology Companies: Humans In an industry where capital and technology are rapidly becoming commoditized, people and execution become the only real value-add.
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Nothing standard After seeing the prevalence of misogyny, lethargy and elitism within the European startup ecosystem, The Family's Alice Zagury and her co-founders sought to build a program that countered that, by building a new kind of infrastructure that provides entrepreneurs with the most favourable environment for success, in Europe. Now, after five years, they've worked with over 500 startups, fundraised €350M, had 5M views on YouTube and shared some incredible startup success stories. In this session, Alice will look at what they've learned along the way, and what elements she thinks lead to the best program for startup success.
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Don't forget the graduates! A lot of us in entrepreneurship talk about building our networks so we can advance. But a network is innately something you take from - it's a transactional approach. But a community, on the other hand, that is something that you give to. This giving helps the community to grow - in depth, in trust, in value. And in giving, you will always naturally get back. And it's incredibly valuable to leverage this. If you’re an accelerator, it’s nigh impossible to scale in lockstep with your portfolio and directly keep up with the increasing quantity of graduates and their needs. You need to build the tools, assets and communication that allow your community to self support. Your much more manageable and valuable role is then one of fostering that growth and the continued evolution of your support system.
11:30 AM - 11:50 AM Coming soon! Stay tuned for more information!
11:50 AM - 12:10 PM How to compete for startups when there are now thousands of accelerator globally In the mid-2000s, YC and Techstars pioneered the accelerator concept. Today, there are thousands of accelerators globally, and startups have a lot of options in raising their first tranche of capital. In this session, we'll talk about A) how to differentiate your accelerator, B) how to attract the best startups, C) how to manage accelerator costs effectively, and D) how to evolve your accelerator to be well-positioned for the future.
12:10 PM - 1:10 PM LUNCH It’s time to check out the amazing variety of food trucks on site!
1:10 PM - 3:20 PM Round table discussions 1. Corporate relationaships 2. Fundraising and investor relationships 3. Operating budgets and real numbers (40 min each, attendees will have the opportunity to speak with experts in all three tracks)
3:20 PM - 3:50 PM BREAK Now that you’re inspired, it’s your chance to connect with the community!
3:50 PM - 4:10 PM Techstars Anywhere Can great companies be built anywhere or do they require the physical facility in order to thrive? In this session, Karina Costa, Director of Techstars Anywhere, will outline the takeaways, the pros and the cons from launching the first worldwide "semi-virtual" accelerator program that leverages the Techstars global network, and uses technology and a bit of travel to invest in, and work with founders, from #anywhere.
4:10 PM - 4:30 PM Scaling the Creative Destruction Lab Kristjan Sigurdson is one of the first employees of the Creative Destruction Lab, a seed-stage program for massively scalable, science-based ventures launched at the University of Toronto in 2012. The CDL has grown from an annual cohort of 25 companies at one site in 2012 to 350 companies accepted in 6 cities and two countries in 2018. Kristjan will share a series of lessons learned in scaling a university-linked startup program from one campus to six.
4:30 PM - 4:50 PM Creating a culture of innovation Well-known as Asia’s business hub, Hong Kong is also emerging as a start-up destination. Accelerators and co-working spaces have sprung up across the city, and entrepreneurs from around the world use Hong Kong as a base to expand into Asia and China. Edward will draw upon the experience of the Hong Kong Science Park, which runs some of the city’s most popular incubators and accelerators, to share tips on building relationships with stakeholders and fostering a dynamic start-up ecosystem.