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The Network

6 continents, 59 cities, 50 accelerators—1 standard for entrepreneurial excellence

GAN is the global champion of the seed-stage, mentorship-driven accelerator model and includes 50 of the most respected accelerators from six continents around the world. Our goal is simple: support the top accelerators that grow top companies. Because of the strength and connections of our members, mentors, investors, founders, and strategic partners… well, the results speak for themselves. We just love what we do.

Our Story

In 2010, two co-founders of TechStars—Brad Feld and David Cohen—had the grand idea to connect the top mentorship-driven, seed-stage accelerators around the world. At the time, TechStars was becoming more well-known and accelerators were popping up everywhere. Alongside the White House’s Startup America Initiative, we launched to align top accelerators and create a standardized model for their success. The rest is, as they say, history.

The GAN Advantage

Industry-leading accelerators, recognized on sight

With GAN, members and their founders receive unparalleled support, along with world-class networking opportunities, and access to the best new talent and ideas via our dynamic application system.

  • Professional development for managing directors
  • Quarterly GAN meetups
  • Annual Founders Conference
  • Annual Managing Directors Conference
  • Discounts, upgrades and perks for GAN accelerators and their companies
  • Community of peers
  • Unified application
  • Connections to mentors and investors
  • Use of the GAN brand
  • Consulting Services
  • Open invitation to all GAN member demo days

In short: We give Clark Kent accelerators their cape to be Superman.

Meet Our Members

A quick look at a few GAN Members

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Our Program Criteria

What qualifies an accelerator program for GAN membership?

  1. Short-Term
    3-6 month long program
  2. Mentorship-Driven
    40-80 mentors
  3. Small class size
    max of 10-20 companies going through a program at a time
  4. Accelerator funding
    Each program has set aside funding & resources for multiple sessions
  1. Terms are favorable to entrepreneurs
    • Companies are not charged to join the acclerator program
    • A small equity stake (usually 6-8% in the U.S. and 8-10% non-U.S.)
    • Space, internet and desk/chair provided to the entrepreneurs
  2. Strong management teams
    (who are usually entrepreneurs themselves)
  3. Have run at least 1 successful program.

The Industry:

Are Accelerators Really Helping Startup Companies?

It’s a great question and one that I’m asked about every other day.
There is a new accelerator that seems to be popping up at least once a week. I would argue that every large city around the world has at least one accelerator that’s promising boatloads of funding, connections to famous mentors, and life-long happiness. But are accelerators really delivering on their promises?

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Who We Are

Meet the people behind GAN

Leadership Team

  • Peter Barth
  • Jon Bradford
  • Gonzalo Costa
  • Nicole Glaros
  • Jim Jen
  • Ramez Mohamed
  • Bernard Moon
  • Patrick Riley
  • JJ Oslund
  • Dani Larson
  • Sarah Strauss
Peter Barth

Peter Barth

Peter is founder and CEO of The Iron Yard, which operates multiple intensive code schools, startup accelerators, kids programming and electronics classes, and coworking locations throughout the country. In 2011, Peter launched The Iron Yard, the first startup accelerator of its kind in the southeast and as one of the original members of the Global Accelerator Network.