This is CBN Science – Business Accelerators


March 26, 2021
Marta Casero

If you are wondering whether accelerators are the right choice for your startup, or you are simply curious and want to know more about them, check out the event we have prepared. Friday 26 March 2021, from 12:00 to 13:00 CET, – the Creative Business Network will host a “This Is CBN Science” webinar; ‘Business accelerators’.

Since Y-combinator, the first accelerator, started in 2005, there are thousands of accelerators active to stimulate startups. An accelerator is a cohort-based program that offers incentives like equity investment and entrepreneurial schooling for startups. But what are the effects of an accelerator? This is what our guest Michael Leatherbee researched in “The Effects of Business Accelerators on Venture Performance: Evidence from Start-Up Chile”

Michael Leatherbee

Michael Leatherbee is Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Innovation at Universidad Católica de Chile, where he researches the effects of innovation and entrepreneurship policies on new-venture performance. He holds a Ph.D. in Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Technology and Organizations at Stanford University. His publications are available in The Review of Financial Studies, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and Strategic Management Journal. Outside academia, his entrepreneurial experience includes founding Yx Wireless, a hardware design and manufacturing company that earned multiple innovation awards and achieved a leading position in South America. He is Academic Director of EPIC Lab (Evidence-based Innovation Policy Research Lab) and AUKAN, the innovation management-consulting arm of the School of Engineering at Universidad Católica. He is also President of Start-Up Chile’s International Advisory Board, President of Andes Central Corporation, President of the Strategic Program for Mountain Tourism in Chile’s Metropolitan Region, Innovation Councilor at CORFO (Chile’s economic promotion agency), member of the Chile-California Council, and co-founder of OPTE Educational Foundation. He has been recognized with awards such as “2019 Teaching Excellence”, “2012 Dreaming Chile from California”, “2007 Engineer Entrepreneur of the Year”, “2004 Young Leader” and “2000 Entrepreneurial Spirit.”

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You’re welcome to join to signup for the event and to find exclusive content and a great network of professionals:
1) Join CBN online community at
2) Register your name and email.
3) Go to “Events” and find “Business Accelerators”.  
4) Click “RSVP I’m going.” You will receive an email 15 minutes before the event starts.

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