Hi, I’m The Accelerator Guy


I work with the most interesting startup accelerators, incubators, and prize programs in the world. 

From US Navy-funded cleantech accelerators, to venture-funded clean meat programs, foundation-supported carbontech and oceantech programs and beyond, I consult, write about, and teach at top accelerators and the startups that they support. 

Why? Our world faces vexing problems, and startups and the ecosystems that support them are one of the best tools we have to address the issues of climate change, inequality, injustice, employment and beyond. Having been on all sides of both startups and accelerators, I have a unique perspective on what the industry is, what makes it tick, and where it’s headed. 

I’m the author of Accelerate This! A Super Not Boring Guide To Startup Accelerators And Clean Energy Entrepreneurship – a guide for entrepreneurs and accelerators to accelerate their own work. The book takes you behind the scenes of programs like Y Combinator, Techstars, 500 Startups, and over 70+ other programs from all over the world. The book is sponsored and endorsed by The World Bank, Asian Development Bank, World Wildlife Fund, New Energy Nexus and the California Clean Energy Fund.

I leverage my experience and research to help design and run accelerator programs all over the world, and advise startups in a variety of industries.

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Accelerate This!

Accelerate This!

A Super Not Boring Guide To

Startup Accelerators And Clean Energy


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New Energy Nexus together with The Swedish Energy Agency, World Wide Fund for Nature, EIT Climate-KIC and The Cleantech Group hosted the fourth annual Accelerate Energy Summit in Stockholm, Sweden, a unique gathering of mission-aligned clean energy incubators and accelerators focused on accelerating the global energy transition through the exchange of best practices, knowledge sharing and community-building.

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"The book is not only an extremely useful guidebook, but also asks critical questions like if accelerators are good for the economy and world. Kushner manages to keep a potentially dry topic fun all the way through tone and graphics without overdoing it.”

-Neal Gorenflo, Co-Founder, Sharable

“I'm thrilled that someone who actually knows what he's talking about decided to document it and set us all straight. Awesome read for those of us in the proverbial trenches!”

-Nathalie Molina, CEO, BRAVA Investments

“Great for the leaders of tomorrow, written by the leaders of today.”

-Andrew Beebe, Managing Director at Obvious Ventures

“Sitting down to read this book is like going to coffee with 3 dozen global entrepreneurs to find out what they do and why they do it.”

-Marjory Garrison, Senior Vice President M+R Communications

"This book is chock-full of useful frameworks, tools, stories, tips and tricks for both entrepreneurs and accelerators alike. And it is super duper not boring. Kushner brings his witty playful voice to the pages, making this genuine info-tainment."

-Amanda Ravenhill, Executive Director, Buckminster Fuller Institute