The better the question. The better the answer. The better the world works. У вас есть вопрос? У нас есть ответ. Решая сложные задачи бизнеса, мы улучшаем мир. У вас є запитання? У нас є відповідь. Вирішуючи складні завдання бізнесу, ми змінюємо світ на краще. Meilleure la question, meilleure la réponse. Pour un monde meilleur. 問題越好。答案越好。商業世界越美好。 问题越好。答案越好。商业世界越美好。


Innovate | Scale | Network

Accelerate is a 12-month programme run by the EY Foundation for social entrepreneurs under 30 and/or social enterprises focused on supporting young people into education, employment or enterprise. Since 2015 EY Foundation has supported over 270 social entrepreneurs. From Crackedit (phone repair who employ hardest to reach youth) to Change Please (coffee vans who employ ex-homeless) Accelerate focuses on how your social enterprise can scale up its business and increase its impact. Our programme is open to enterprises across London, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Nathaniel Peat

Nathaniel Peat on the key ingredients to becoming a successful social entrepreneur

EY Foundation Accelerate programme was crucial for my development from a social entrepreneur to the CEO of an International award-winning social enterprise. The network, guidance and ongoing support has been fundamental to our development. Two years after graduating the Accelerate programme Change Please has grown rapidly and we now supply organizations such as Virgin Trains, WeWork, and Virgin Atlantic.

Cemal, Founder, Change Please

The criteria

The Accelerate programme provides established social enterprises with business support through business coaches, workshops and networking events, and project support in order to help them scale sustainably.

To apply for Accelerate, you must be a:

  • social enterprise supporting young people into education, employment or enterprise


  • young social entrepreneur aged 18-30.

As a social enterprise/entrepreneur you must also satisfy at least 3 of the following 4 criteria:

  • Your enterprise should be already established with 1+ years of trading
  • You work full-time on your business
  • Your business’ annual turnover must be over £50,000
  • You have a credible plan to grow at a local, regional or national level which in turn will create future employment opportunities.

Want to volunteer?

The Accelerate programme works with business coaches to make it a success.

A business coach meets their entrepreneur once a month, providing practical support and advice, mostly around financial and business planning. We anticipate 2 hours a month of contact time, with some ad hoc phone and email activity.

What is coaching?

Business coaches provide positive feedback and advice on an individual or group basis to improve personal effectiveness in business.

Coaches help their clients advance towards specific professional goals, which can include performance management, business growth, interpersonal and professional communication, organisational effectiveness, managing career and personal changes, developing executive presence, enhancing strategic thinking, and building an effective team.

How do I apply?

Applications for all our programmes are now open for a summer 2019 start. If you're interested in volunteering, please complete our online application form.

Why apply?

Business performance and operational efficiency

One of the biggest challenges for entrepreneurs is business experience. Accelerate is designed to help social entrepreneurs address business performance and operational efficiency – two of the most pressing issues they face.

Access for the whole enterprise

We know that in order to be a success social entrepreneurs need good teams around them. In recognition of this, anyone employed by the social enterprises on the Accelerate programme is eligible to attend our events and workshops, bringing what they have learnt back into the business to support growth and development.

Building relationships

The EY Foundation has an extensive network of contacts across the UK, giving Accelerate members great access to business experts and influencers.

Project support

Working in a dynamic growing enterprise means time is often a barrier to progress. Accelerate provides the opportunity to secure a business expert from the EY Foundation’s network to help tackle a particular issue or growth area, delivering hands-on support where it’s needed.

How to apply

Applications for all our programmes have now closed.

If you have any questions on Accelerate please email

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