Supporting social entrepreneurs to scale sustainably

Applications now open.

What is Accelerate?

Accelerate is a 3-month programme for social entrepreneurs either running a social enterprise that supports young people or social entrepreneurs aged 18-30.


You will gain access to tailored workshops and webinars, personalised business coaching, and networking events with fellow Accelerate members, business experts and professionals from the wider EY network and beyond. The programme will provide support on topics such as strategy and planning, financial planning and legal support, enabling you to scale and grow your impact.


Who will I work with?

Accelerate is supported by volunteers from a range of teams across EY and external organisations across the UK. Participants will receive support from:

  • Business coaches 
  • The wider EY network, including legal professionals 
  • Trainers and facilitators from a wide variety of sectors, all specialists in their field

What does the Accelerate programme involve?

The Accelerate programme provides an opportunity for entrepreneurs who make a positive social or environmental impact to access business expertise.


On the Accelerate programme, you will:

  • Receive training, coaching and support over a 3-month period
  • Have a dedicated business coach matched to you and your needs
  • Be invited to monthly workshops and webinars on a variety of topics to improve performance, strategy and planning
  • Network with a large number of business experts and experienced organisations
  • Have regular check ins with the EY Foundation Accelerate team
  • Connect to current and previous Accelerate programme members
  • Get up to 35 hours of pro bono legal advice (conditions apply)

Can I be part of the Accelerate programme?

Individuals who meet the below eligibility criteria can apply to the programme:

  • Running a social enterprise that supports young people into education, employment or enterprise


  • A social entrepreneur aged 18-30

Plus, at least three of the following:

  • Your organisation is already established with 1+ years of trading
  • You (the social entrepreneur) are working full-time within the business
  • Your social enterprise is generating revenue
  • You have a credible plan to grow at a local, regional or national level which in turn will create employment opportunities in the future


I can’t overstate how invaluable all your support has been….we will be in a much stronger position to achieve our ambition of 150 bed spaces that will really change the lives of some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people in our Leeds community.
The Foundation team, mentors and EY staff have provided invaluable information and tools that have allowed me to develop personally to support the growth of our organisation.

Join Accelerate

If you meet the eligibility criteria above, apply now to become a part of the next cohort.


Contact us

If you have any queries about applying, would like to register your interest for an upcoming programme, or are an experienced entrepreneur who would like to support Accelerate, please get in touch today.