World’s First Virtual Accelerator launched for SDG Innovators by Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) in collaboration with  SAP Next-Gen

World’s First Virtual Accelerator launched for SDG Innovators by Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) in collaboration with  SAP Next-Gen

[September 25, 2018- New York, USA] Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) collaborates  with SAP NextGen to launch the first virtual accelerator program for SDG innovators and entrepreneurs. GSEwill accept up to 100 finalists from an expected applicant pool of thousands. While there are hundreds of global initiatives to accelerate the success of SDG projects, this collaboration seeks to be a pioneering step towards digital scaling of SDG innovative solutions.


The SDG Accelerator program will have over 25 global experts and judges from leading corporations, VC funds and media networks that specialize in sustainable impact. The program will run from January 15-17 2019 virtually from 12pm – 3pm EST (to accommodate for multiple global time zones). The schedule is as follows: *subject to change.


January 15 12pm-3pm EST

  • 12:00pm – 12:30pm Introductions by GSE and SAP Next-Gen
  • 12:30pm – 12:45pm Opening Keynote TBA
  • 12:45pm – 1:00pm SDG Accelerator Orientation
  • 1:00pm – 1:15pm Keynote speaker TBA
  • 1:15pm – 1:30pm Overview of SDG Ecosystem (Entrepreneurs, Corporations, Investors, Media, & Government networks)
  • 1:30pm – 1:45pm Keynote speaker TBA
  • 1:45pm – 2:00pm Overview of top resources, programs and platform for impact innovators
  • 2:00pm – 2:15pm Keynote speaker TBA
  • 2:15pm – 2:30pm Speed Pitch Advice- 10 investors and entrepreneurs provide top 3 advice for success (1 minute each)
  • 2:30pm- 3:00pm Virtual Q/A, Assignments & Debate Roundtables

January 16 12pm-3pm EST

  • 12:00pm – 12:30pm Recap by GSE and SAP Next-Gen
  • 12:30pm – 12:45pm Opening Keynote TBA
  • 12:45pm – 1:00pm GSE Accelerator Bootcamp: Ideation,  Launch & Product Hacking
  • 1:00pm – 1:15pm GSE Accelerator Bootcamp: Growth Hacking-Customer Acquisition
  • 1:15pm – 1:30pm  GSE Accelerator Bootcamp:  Press Hacking – Digital Marketing @ Scale
  • 1:30pm – 1:45pm  GSE Accelerator Bootcamp: Fundraising & Monetization
  • 1:45pm – 2:00pm   Keynote speaker TBA
  • 2:00pm – 2:15pm   GSE Accelerator Bootcamp: Pitching 101
  • 2:15pm – 2:30pm   Keynote speaker TBA
  • 2:30pm- 3:00pm Virtual Q/A, Assignments & Debate Roundtables

January 17 12pm-3pm EST

  • 12:00pm – 12:30pm Recap by GSE and SAP Next-Gen
  • 12:30pm – 12:45pm Opening Keynote TBA
  • 12:45pm – 1:00pm SDG Innovators Panel (Three 5 minute lightning talks)
  • 1:00pm – 1:15pm  SDG Investor Panel (Three 5 minute lightning talks)
  • 1:15pm – 1:30pm  SDG Corporate Panel (Three 5 minute lightning talks)
  • 1:30pm – 1:45pm  Keynote speaker TBA/ Break
  • 1:45pm – 2:00pm   Introduction and advice from the judges
  • 2:00pm – 2:45pm   Top ten pitch competition
  • 2:45pm – 3:00pm Voting and closing remarks

The SDG digital accelerator program is open to all small businesses, startups, and freelancers. Startups can apply for admission the digital accelerator via our partner platform F6S by December 31st. The program is free. No equity ask. No obligation.  The accelerator program grants access to GSE’s network which consists of the following:

  • Part 1 Startup Training: Our digital accelerator program covers GSE blueprint materials on ideation, product development, customer acquisition, fundraising, press hacking and more. These workshop topics are complemented with guest workshops and keynotes from local experts and international influencers. While only 10% of each cohort is selected for demo day, all participants are given the opportunity to participate in a Q/A forum with the judges.
  • Part 2 Expert Training: The SDG program specifically has over 20 experts within the social impact space providing mentorship and guidance on launching, scaling, fundraising and sustainable development.
  • Part 3 Pitch Off: 10 companies will be selected to pitch for prizes, perks and post program support.

Applicants can prepare for the SDG accelerator by applying for GSE’s 3rd annual cohort this fall. The GSE program has scaled rapidly as the world’s first and largest digital online accelerator program with 500 companies across 63 countries completing the program n 2016 and 700 companies across 91 countries completing the program in 2017. With 140 global partners, GSE seeks 1000 innovators for the 2018 series which will be facilitated by over 50 global speakers. Speaker, partnership and sponsorship inquiries can be directed to the GSE team via


Global Startup Ecosystem Team



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ABOUT GSE: Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE): is a central hub designed to educate, inspire and prepare startup communities for the digital age.GSE primarily provides online digital accelerator programs for startup ecosystems in different geographic regions, industry verticals, and impactful topic areas. Regions of focus are: Africa, Asia,America,Caribbean, Europe, Latin America and the  Middle East . Frontier tech areas of focus are: Space , Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Blockchain, Drones IOT (Network + Sensors), Robotics, Synthetic Biology (Nano Tech) and Manufacturing (3d printing). Topic and industries of focus are: Fintech, Ed tech, Health Tech, Sustainable Development Goals. Smart City, Diversity and more.GSE also inspires influential stakeholdership by providing the world’s leading lab platform for training institutional entities such as governments, corporations, foundations, and universities. The GSE Digital Lab trains entities on the key elements of digital innovation and help these entities host customized digital accelerator programs that empowers their respective constituents.We culminate our digital programs by providing unique ecosystem experiences through a series off offline summits, bootcamps, and tours.

About SAP Next-Gen

SAP Next-Gen is a purpose driven innovation university and community aligned with SAP’s commitment to the 17 UN Global Goals for sustainable development and supporting SAP’s 404,000+ customers across 32 industries in 180+ countries. The community leverages 3,600+ educational institutions in 116 countries, 110+ SAP Next-Gen labs/hubs at universities and at partner and SAP locations, nearly 100 SAP Next-Gen Chapters, as well as startups, accelerators, tech community partners, venture firms, futurists, and purpose driven institutions. The community also leverages SAP’s 100+ innovation, development and customer experience centers and SAP’s network of 17,000+ partner companies.

SAP Next-Gen connects companies around the world to academic thought leaders and researchers, students, startups, accelerators, tech community partners, purpose driven partners, venture firms, futurists, and SAP experts to reimagine the future of industries and the intelligent enterprise; seed in disruptive innovation with startups; build skills for digital futures; and use new mindsets such as science fiction thinking and initiatives such as #sheinnovates to accelerate “Innovation with Purpose” linked to the UN SDGs. Customers can benefit from SAP Next-Gen services as well as events where digital innovators come together in an open “innovation with purpose” community to foster the future of industries with SAP’s latest technologies and in support of SAP’s commitment to the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development.


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