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What's Working (and isn't!) in Social Venture Acceleration

Event Date: 
Feb 28, 2019
9:00 pm to 11:00 pm EST
Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs


Event Description:

Join authors Saurabh Lall and Peter Roberts along with Heather Strachan of Village Capital to discuss two new milestone publications on accelerating social ventures: the book Observing Acceleration, which provides the most comprehensive analysis to-date of what happens to social ventures going through hundreds of acceleration programs, and a new report from Village Capital examining the effectiveness of using a peer selection model for accelerator investments. There will be a reception to follow. 

Presentation and Panel Participants:

Peter W. Roberts is Professor of Organization & Management at Emory University, USA, and Academic   Director of Social Enterprise @ Goizueta, Goizueta Business School. For the past several years, he has been spearheading Social Enterprise @ Goizueta, which focuses on making markets work for more   people, in more places, in more ways. This led to the establishment of the global Entrepreneurship  Database Program, the Start:ME accelerator program, and the Transparent Trade Coffee and Grounds for Empowerment programs.

Saurabh A. Lall is Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon, USA in the School of Planning, Public Policy and Management. Saurabh has worked previously at the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), a global network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets, where he helped set up the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative. He has also worked at the World Resources Institute's New Ventures accelerator on sustainable entrepreneurship. Saurabh's research focuses on accelerators, social entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Heather Matranga is the Senior Manager for Vilcap Innovations at Village Capital, where she leads   engagements with corporations, foundations, and governments to support entrepreneurs worldwide. In this role, Heather has led several research initiatives focused on unlocking capital for world-changing entrepreneurs. Prior to joining the team, Heather worked as an attorney advisor for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, where she provided legal support to the Agency's efforts to   help individuals and state and local governments recover from disasters. Heather holds a J.D. from  SUNY at Buffalo Law School, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and a B.A. in International Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Matt Guttentag is ANDE’s Director of Research & Impact. Matt joined ANDE from LINC, where he served as a Program Director, leading action research programs to improve financial sustainability for civil society around the world. Prior to his time at LINC, Matt was the Partnership Advisor for the U.S. Global Development Lab (USAID) where he managed the Partnering to Accelerate Entrepreneurship (PACE) program, working directly with over 30 for- and non-profit partners to build and manage 12 public private partnerships connecting early-stage enterprises to over $100 million of private seed investment capital. Matt also led the development of the partnership to support the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI), working with the Lemelson Foundation, Omidyar Network, and Argidius Foundation to seed phase one of ANDE’s program.


Lydia Dishman is a reporter writing about the intersection of tech, leadership, and innovation. She is a regular contributor to Fast Company and has written for CBS Moneywatch, Fortune, The Guardian, Popular Science, and the New York Times, among others.

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