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Interested in an Accelerator Programme that brings out the social best in you?

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by Startacus Admin

The Young Foundation have launched a new business support programme – aimed at social ventures that are looking to grow.

The Young Foundation brings together insights, innovation and entrepreneurship to meet social needs. With over 50 years' success with social ventures, this accelerator programme is best suited to the social entrepreneur - i.e. the ones who do stuff for for the ‘greater good’, and to have a social impact on others!
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Matching inspirational people - the 'thinkers' and 'doers' as we also like to call them, the Accelerator is an intensive 4-month social design and business support programme delivered by Young Foundation and expert Gurus from the world of business & social enterprise.

Obviously there is plenty of small print to get through online, but the final date for applications is Friday 28th September. There is no particular age bracket for applicants - it all comes down to meeting the criteria for entry.

Reading between the lines, your social venture needs to focus on changing lives, have a social demonstrable impact, be looking to grow, perhaps offering a new service or looking at improving a service currently offered. Quite a lot to think about perhaps, but in return you get a pretty good 4 month accelerator package that includes:

  • In-depth tutoring, coaching and facilitation worth £50,000the young foundation
  • Opportunities to formally pitch your venture to social investors
  • 1:1 mentoring from leading entrepreneurs and professionals
  • A series of intimate networking sessions
  • A generous contribution to travel and subsistence costs

The programme is competitive entry and is open to applications from now until September 28th 2012. It will be an online process, accessed through

So get your skates on if this is accelerator programme that floats your social boat. Good luck to all.

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Published on: 9th September 2012

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