Social Pre-Accelerator Programme

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Start, Scale, Succeed.

Social Enterprise Northern Ireland and Work West are partnering with Ulster Bank to launch a Social Pre-Accelerator programme.   Designed exclusively for social entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland, the pre-accelerator offers support, tools and techniques to explore and validate your ideas for a sustainable social business or if you are at the start of your social journey or already up and running but keen to validate your business and ideas.

It’s a fully-funded eight-week programme to help Social entrepreneurs start, scale and succeed.

Applications are open now and spaces are limited, so apply today to make sure you don’t miss out.


The Pre-Accelerator includes:

·         Digital learning:  an action-focused eight week programme via a unique digital portal enabling you to work at your own pace in your own space.

·         Environment: a collaborative community meet for an ‘Ignition’ kick off event. There is also a mid and end-of programme, learning and sharing celebration event.

·         Network: we’ll connect you to other entrepreneurs across Northern Ireland via our dedicated Facebook page and plug you into the power of your local ecosystem.

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Who can apply for the pre-accelerator?

Pre Accelerator is open to anyone starting or growing a social endeavour.  It is for anyone who has a great idea for a social business or is an early-stage entrepreneur alongside other commitments.  This programme will give you tools and insights on how to start and/or grow your business idea.  Spaces are limited and offered on a first come, first served basis, therefore we recommend applying early. 


How long is the programme?

Pre-Accelerator is an eight-week programme, starting on the 21th February, for social organisations.  There are three events, all held in the Ulster Bank Entrepreneur Accelerator and attendance at all 3 is essential to be part of the programme:

·         Ignition – 21st February – 9:00am – 12:00pm

·         Customer Discovery – 21st March – 9:00am – 12:00pm

·         Celebration Event – 18th April  –  4pm – 6pm

All other learning is digital and spread across the 8 weeks.


How much does the programme cost?

The programme is fully funded by Ulster Bank in partnership with Social Enterprise NI and Go Social Northern Ireland, therefore there are no costs to participants.


How do I apply?

You apply here.  Applications are taken on a first come, first served basis.  Applications are now open and will close when the programme is full.


What types of things will I learn?

Our Ignition, Workshop and Celebration events will be high energy in person events delivered in the Entrepreneur Accelerator Hub.  We’ll explore customer validation, entrepreneurial mind-set ,lean, business model canvas and of course, pitching all the tools you need to drive a sustainable social endeavour.   At the end of the programme, there will be an opportunity to hear from panellists including Social Enterprise NI, Work West on further support for your ideas and business, as well as a pitching competition with a money can’t buy prize!