Sprint Accelerator Joins Global Accelerator Network

To help startups succeed you need a large network of resources.  Today, we are pleased to announce our network is growing!  The Sprint Accelerator is now a member of GAN, the Global Accelerator Network.  GAN is an association of more than 70 of the most respected accelerator programs from six continents and in more than 1,000 cities.

Why GAN?

As a member of GAN, the founders in our program also become members of GAN.  Our memberships gives us access to resources, industry data, mentors, investors and free perks that we can offer to the companies that have graduated from or are selected for future programs.  We also have access to other accelerator programs around the world to share best practices and create connections for our founders.  Through GAN’s Exchange program our founders can visit other accelerator programs to make connections to other companies and mentors and be given up to 2-weeks free office space.  Plus, our founders have access to dozens of perks that offer them free and discounted services to help run their businesses.

GAN has an outstanding track record of success.  Believing that accelerators are the best method for startups to succeed, GAN has created a vetted and exclusive group of programs to help companies that are accepted into GAN accelerator programs.  And, GAN has the data to prove it:

GAN Startups on a Global Basis

  • 83% of startups are still in business
  • $4.9B – total amount startups have raised
  • 1 in 20 startups have had an exit
  • 21,622 jobs created by startups

“Sprint is running an innovative accelerator program with a strong leadership team. GAN is all about giving startups the power to create and grow wherever they are, and the Sprint program is uniquely positioned with strong corporate alliances to provide substantial value and offer amazing resources to entrepreneurs in Kansas City. We are thrilled to be partnered with them and their startups!” – Patrick Riley, CEO of the Global Accelerator Network

Corporate Partner Network

More and more corporations around the world are realizing they have the ability to support growing companies by providing resources, tools, connections and services that can help them grow.  Because of this, GAN recently announced the formation of their corporate partner network.  This new network aligns perfectly with our 2017 program.  As we previously announced, our next program will be corporate sponsored allowing for increased collaboration among corporations and the startups in our program.  Having access to this networks allows us to share what we’re doing but more importantly learn from other corporations who are regularly engaging with startup companies.  Learn more here: www.ganpartnernetwork.com

This is a great partnership for the Sprint Accelerator and we’re excited to bring these resources to startups and the Kansas City entrepreneurial community.  Applications for our 2017 program are open.  We are looking for great digital and AgTech companies.  Learn more about the types of companies and apply here.

About the author: Doug Dresslaer

Director of Innovation, Dairy Farmers of America