. We enable a collaborative network of extraordinarily accomplished individuals or 'Champions'.
. We match high performing startups to corporations via our Champion network to best address business pain points
and innovation gaps.
3-year history of delivering exceptional value
Data-led, curated marketplace helps startups scale faster and enables corporations to find the right partners to innovate
Warm connections to decision makers in
highly curated Corporations
Featured Excelerate innovation Directory
Group and one-on-one coaching to make founders scale-ready
Expert guidance and assistance on
strengthening collaterals and sales materials
Perspectives from experienced professionals, entrepreneurs and investors
Excelerate Days Curated events, 1-1 meets,
CXO events across the globe
Startups subscribe to a
retainer + equity model
Retainers are heavily subsidised across our startup portfolio and is a fraction of their CACs.
Equity aligns long term incentives of the Startup with the Excelerate team, and Excelerate stakeholders – Ambassadors, Champions and Advisors.
BCCL Worldwide Inc
Dunn & Bradstreet
Eagle Hill Consulting
Ford Motor Company
Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories
Hitachi America Ltd.
Intuitive Technology Partners, Inc.
Microsoft, Castor Ventures
Next47, a Siemens subsidiary
Palo Alto networks
Pearson Clinical & Talent Assessments
SAP Success Factor
Sutro Biopharma, Inc
Team Builder Ventures
… and many more.
As CEO, Gary Oliver brings over 30 years’ experience in early stage, mid-size, and global technology companies, most recently serving as Chairman and CEO of Razorthink, a leading AI company. Prior to Razorthink, Gary was CEO of Blazent, the leader in IT data intelligence. Gary lead the IT Service Management business units at Peregrine and Remedy, and was Senior Vice President at Visa responsible for the company’s IT strategy and initiatives. Earlier in his career, Gary held numerous sales, marketing and executive roles at IBM including responsibility for IBM’s multi-billion-dollar Data Management SW revenue. Gary is a graduate of UCLA and serves on multiple company and non-profit boards.
Manu is Chief Evangelist of Excelerate. He founded the organization in 2017. His passion for building a global network of decision makers lead to the creation of Excelerate. When he is not drumming up support for Excelerate he is a Managing Director with Inventus Capital, a micro-VC fund investing in seed stage startups. Manu has had a passion for tech startups and an ever inquisitive mind. Prior to investing with Inventus, Manu was at Google where he worked on several digital consume businesses. He then joined Lolapp’s early senior team to build a successful social gaming company, and he then joined NewsCorp’s Digital Division as VP Product.
Manu has effectively managed conflict of interest by removing himself from the startup selection committee when one of his portfolio companies apply. To date only four of Inventus’s portfolio startups have been accepted in the program.
Manu is a father of two amazing kids and loves learning from them. He can often be seen on Bay Area trails hiking or biking with his kids. Loves to travel, cook and regularly guest lectures at Haas School of Business. Manu holds a B.S. from Boston University and a joint MBA from Columbia Business School and Walter Haas School of Business.
Prashant K. Gulati (popularly known as PK) is a technology innovator, entrepreneur, idea accelerator, early stage investor, mentor and commentator with interests in exponential technologies, innovation, start-ups, entrepreneurship, future of work, mobility, knowledge sharing and more.
With a portfolio of ventures in India, Middle East and US, he is actively involved in providing mentorship, investment, guidance and advice to leading startups and global venture investment companies at various levels for over a decade. He is a well known authority on, Smart and Exponential technologies; an early adopter, experimenter, maker and a supporter of building viable businesses with, and around, real smart technologies.
He has been actively associated with TiE, Dubai Future Foundation, The Assembly, Hub71, in5 Innovation Centre, Sheraa, SmartStart Fund, NASSCOM, Future Now, Dubai Enterprise Centre, Indian Documentary Foundation and many other global initiatives, besides multiple global Board and Advisory positions.
Excelerate was invaluable for me. In addition to providing mentorship and connecting me with the right people, Excelerate showed me how to approach partnerships in a way that truly accelerated our growth
CEO Shield Square acquired by Radware, 2018
Excelerate helped me through strategic introduction and mentorship in my journey to exit
CEO, Minjar on Mentorship
“I went from first discussion into pricing in one week. . Getting in front of the decision maker is all the difference. As a founder/CEO I can close the sale without the long drawn out sales process.”
“Mature startups; clarity of vision on solution and execution; robust talent”
VP Corporate Development, FICO
"If I had to this on my own each of these connections would have taken 8-12 weeks each effort" "Most of the startups here blew it out of the park"
VP Corp Dev, Nutanix
"I got 10 meetings with decision makers through Excelerate which is worth 1000 business cards at a trade show"
"I made 18 connect out of which 11 are of extremely high value"
Excelerate gave my current found positioning and is winning me clients faster. Of the four PSP meetings I did there one has turned already turned into a partnership deal, another one is still active in the pipeline
Dataweave, Startup Bridge India 2016 Startup