Because support drives success

cela is committed to assembling and developing innovation ecosystems emerging all over the world!  Here are a few of the things we’ve got coming up to bring the innovation industry together:

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The First-Ever Accelerator Summit Continues!

From enabling today's most recognizable startups at their earliest stages, to scaling innovation in the world's largest corporations – accelerators are the future of work, education, and opportunity in the new economy. At cela Summit, you meet the leaders, investors, and architects of the world's best accelerator programs – and find everything you need to play a part!

Click here for the livestream video of last year’s event.

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Why cela Summit?

From Digital Ocean to Dropbox, from SendGrid to Airbnb: accelerator programs have put some of our generation’s most influential brands on the map. And accelerators are radically changing the way we experience work, technology, entrepreneurship, and education.

But what does that mean for you and your latest enterprise? Join us for the first-ever accelerator conference. Discover the newest trends, tools and strategies driving people with great ideas across all industries. Discuss with leaders from the top accelerators of the world and become part of a brand new community!


Is cela SUMMIT for me?

Who should attend?


Program Operators

Are you a Managing Director, Platform professional, Program Managers, Curriculum Developers? We’re calling you!


Influence industry definitions and agreements on all aspects of our business.

Gain insight into best practices, what’s newest with other groups in the space, and connect with potential sponsors, partners, startups, and mentors for your program!

Institutional Innovators

Are you building innovation at corporations, governments, universities, or non-profits!


Find out how the best programs in the world are providing platforms for startup success — so that you can do it for you to deliver innovation success at your corporation, government, university, or non-profit!


Program Supporters

Do you want to mentor, coach, sponsor, or attend an accelerator?


Get immediate access to programs active from all over the world, and learn how to best participate with innovation programs everywhere!

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Our Speaker Community

See some past and present speakers for the summit!



Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 — Traveling speakers and attendees arrive in NYC

Thursday, June 13th, 2019:

For Select Speakers: 11AM-1PM Luncheon and select speaker interviews @ Nasdaq Marketsite; 2PM-5PM Interviews @ Forbes on Fifth

For All Ticketholders, Speakers, Sponsors, and cela Team Members: Kickoff Party at Google NYC HQ Rooftop, 6:00pm-8:00pm!

Friday, June 14th, 2019 — ALL THE ACTION @ SAP Next Gen, 10 Hudson Yards 48th floor. See below!

Track 1: cela Summit Main Stage

A unique gathering for a brand new community of innovators

Find out what’s happening with accelerators of all kinds, all over the world – and learn what potential they may have for you and your organization.

8:00am - 08:55AM

cela Breakfast

8:55am - 9:10AM

Welcome & Impact, Structure, Outcomes
Greg Dietz, COO SAP Next-Gen
John Lynn, cela

9:10am - 10:00AM

The State and Future of the Accelerator Space: Industry Keynote & Panel
Tanya Soman, Partner 500 Startups
Amy Nelson, Venture for America CEO
Ricardo Marvao, Co-Founder beta-i, Board Member, European Accelerator Summit
John Hill, Network Catalyst, Techstars

10:00am - 10:15AM

Keynote from the City
Mark Thomas, SVP, New York City Economic Development Corporation

10:15am - 10:30am

Keynote on Trends in the World Ecosystem
Will Koffel, Americas, Google Cloud

10:30am - 10:50am

Networking and Coffee Break

10:50am - 11:35AM

Business Model, Value Proposition, Outcomes with a Statement from Google
Tejpaul Bhatia, Google Cloud, Startup Lead NYC
Nina Stepanov, Principal and Director of Partnerships, Acceleprise
Jenny Fielding, Managing Director, Techstars NYC
Jon Axelrod MP, ERA
Frances Simowitz, CEO and Managing Director, NUMA New York
Todd Khozein, co-founder @ SecondMuse

11:35Am - 12:00pm

Connection Exercise
Irene Ryabaya, WarmIntro


What is Working in Corporate Innovation?

Jeremy Rawitz, VP Acceleration, Techstars

12:15Pm - 1:00pm

Innovation Everywhere: Does Startup Innovation Actually Guide Corporate Innovation?
Matt Hooper, Live! From Tomorrow
Dina Samra, Director of Corporate Innovation @ GAN
Olivia O’Sullivan, Head of Innovation Lab @ Vanke Industry and Urban Development
Deborah Zajac, Touchdown ventures
Allison Schneider, Ecosystem Partnerships, E*TRADE

1:00pm - 2:00pm


2:00pm - 2:40pm

Funding: An Emerging Ecosystem of New Options
Geri Stengel, President, Ventureneer
Jed Halfon, Partner, Republic
LJ Erwin, Google Cloud
Beth McKeon, Founder, Fluent

2:40pm - 3:10pm

Diversity and Inclusion as Keys to Innovation and Ecosystem Development
Del Johnson, Principal @ Backstage Capital
Lena Hodl, Grow F Accelerator
Clayton Banks, Co-Founder, Silicon Harlem
Andy Saldaña, Executive Director, NY Tech Alliance
Madelena Mak, National Director Startup Bus

3:10pm - 3:30pm


3:30pm - 4:00pm

Ecosystem Partnerships: Evangelists, Platforms, Services -- What's working, what isn't, and what's next?
Tejpaul Bhatia, Google — Moderator

Tyler Norwood, Antler
Priti Trivedi, Two Sigma
David Levy, Stripe
Katie Weiss, TriNet

4:00pm - 5:15PM

WORLD DEMO DAY BY Accathon Capital and NY Tech Alliance
Introduction, Michael Zhu, CEO Accathon Capital
Host, Andy Saldaña, Executive Director, NY Tech Alliance
Judge: Ayaka Matsui, Partner @ AYDEA Cross-Border Innovaiton
Judge: Frances Simowitz, NUMA

5:15pm - 5:20pm

Closing Remarks and Thank you!

05:20 PM - 06:00PM


Let's talk about what happened, what's next, make calls to action and celebrate!

Get those business cards, emails, twitter handles, instas out! Get a drink and toast to being a part of a brand new thing! Enjoy the end of the day at the Summit in the Sky!



Summit in the Sky


SAP Next-Gen Leonardo Center

cela Summit is taking place at 10 Hudson Yards, part of the largest private real estate development in U.S. history. Situated on the 48th floor, you will not only gain a unique and brand new perspective on New York and the world around you, you will also enjoy the treats of our venue partner, SAP Next-Gen.

Growing a generation of revolutionary software businesses in the SAP ecosystem, SAP Next-Gen is nurturing innovators inside and outside of its organization to build products, find customers and change industries. Enjoy a light-flooded space with great people, content, music, and many more treats!

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Accelerating Access

Leading up to the cela Summit, we are co-hosting numerous events in the accelerator community in New York City. Join us and become part of it!