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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.

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
Jim Jen

Jim Jen

Jim is a co-founder and Executive Director of the AlphaLab accelerator programs, located in Pittsburgh, PA. Jim has been part of the Pittsburgh tech community since 2002, leading seed investments in over fifty companies through Innovation Works, one of the most active seed stage funds in the country. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh, Jim built and launched software products at venture-backed companies in CA.