Acceleprise is an accelerator focused on enterprise technology founded and anchored by investor and entrepreneur Sean Glass. It is the first independent accelerator focused solely on enterprise technology in the United States. Over the next three years, Acceleprise will invest in over 60 companies focused on building web based software to solve large organizations’ problems. Acceleprise provides both capital and community support to enterprise entrepreneurs while they work from a shared office in Washington DC over four months.
Acceleprise is the preeminent community for enterprise technologists. From enterprise tech focused VCs, to customers, and mentors, the accelerator is a hub for enterprise technology activity. Each portfolio company will have access to Acceleprise’s “customer panel” program. These panels are comprised of large enterprises that have agreed to take sales meetings with each of the portfolio companies and work with them as they develop their products. Customer panel members include Microsoft, The Washington Post, and others. Additionally, we offer our companies access to funding, our alumni network, our mentorship team, and networks of early adopters.
Washington has unique benefits for enterprise technology companies. Acceleprise leverages the Washington area network to help you build significant enterprise technology companies. As Mayor Vince Gray put it, “With over 2,000 technology companies, world-class universities, and a growing number of accelerators and incubators, Washington D.C. is bursting with entrepreneurial activity. As an international center for governments, non-profits, and associations, the District is a particularly attractive place for the enterprise software entrepreneurs that Acceleprise will assist.” DC is home to thousands of organizations and potential enterprise customers including the largest of them all, the federal government. Additionally, there are nearly 2,000 trade associations headquartered in the city, providing a distribution network for innovative products. We connect our companies with these resources through our partnerships and mentor group, helping companies build sustainable communities around their products.
SEAN GLASS - Managing Partner
Sean is an entrepreneur and investor who co-founded the higher education focused online financial services firm, Higher One. At Higher One he served as founding president and then as part of the executive team as Chief Marketing Officer for 8 years. Higher One went public in 2010 (NYSE:ONE). Prior to Higher One, Sean helped found the Yale Entrepreneurial Society. He is currently a Venture Partner at Novak Biddle Venture Partners and CEO of EmployInsight. Sean has been featured in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Washington Post, and Entrepreneur Magazine.
COLLIN GUTMAN – Partner
Collin is a partner at Acceleprise Ventures, the country’s first enterprise technology accelerator, based in Washington DC. Collin is also CEO of WorkAmerica, a DC-based recruiting startup. Formerly, Collin served as Chief Strategy Officer at EmployInsight, leading enterprise sales efforts at a company that raised $1.5M in angel funding. Previously, Collin worked at New Enterprise Associates (NEA), a leading venture fund, in the Chevy Chase office. Collin also worked for Challenge Games, which was acquired by Zynga and QuickHit, acquired by Majesco Entertainment.
ALLEN GANNETT – Partner
Allen served as CEO of Splash Networks, a higher education marketing company featured in CNN, TIME, Newsweek, and more. He also worked as an education executive and political consultant. He was one of DC Magazine’s Top Techies in 2011 and is one of the World Economic Forum’s “Global Shapers.”