Collective London Accelerator

Applications are currently in review for the Fall 2019 cohort.

We believe in investing in entrepreneurs and innovators who have the potential to positively change the world.

Are you an entrepreneur that helps to build communities where people thrive?

The Collective Accelerator is now looking for entrepreneurs to join our first programme for London-based ventures. Get training & workshops, mentoring, coaching sessions and access to our network of partners and investors, for a duration of 12 weeks. The programme is fully-funded by The Collective Foundation.

At our programme, you’ll get the mindset, tools, and network to help you scale your social enterprise and become an extraordinary entrepreneur. If you’re looking to make a difference for people in need, we can help you do just that.

Our focus areas for 2019

Building connected communities

Social Integration

We support companies that make communities more socially inclusive, and enhance a sense of belonging.

Economic Opportunity

We support companies that empower those who are disadvantaged by our existing systems, and help to develop their skills.

Environmental Sustainability

We support companies that focus on behavioural change to create more sustainable communities.

Health & Wellbeing

We support companies that make communities healthier, specifically by helping people to improve and maintain their mental health.

Benefits

Mentoring

Guide
Inspire
Educate

Get paired with a successful entrepreneur or industry leader, who will be able to share their experience with you and is well-networked to connect you with others who can help you forwards. Every participant will get matched to a mentor that is specifically selected to match their specific needs. Your mentor will be asked to commit at least 30 hours to mentor you over the course of a year.

Speakers & workshops

Learn
Engage
Grow

Gain practical tools to improve your business, through 1-on-1 coaching sessions and group workshops, on business fundamentals such as fundraising, marketing and leadership skills.

Community

Live
Work
Play

Get access to co-living facility The Collective Canary Wharf for 3 months. Plus, gain access to The Collective’s co-living community, which means launching your product in front of hundreds of potential users.

Connections

Meet
Connect
Collaborate

Get introduced to our network of partners and investors who have the resources to skyrocket your business. Previous supporting partners include London Mindfulness Project, UCL Innovation & Enterprise, UK Angel Investment Network, Thomson Reuters, Google Digital Garage and Amplify.

Programme Information

Participation in the programme is entirely free of charge and will be funded by The Collective Foundation. We do not take any equity or fee for your participation. We are a non-profit organisation and our only goal is for our entrepreneurs to succeed. We do not invest directly, but we will introduce you to our investment partners to increase your chances of getting funded. 

The cohort of The Collective London Accelerator 2019 will consist of 10 start-ups.

  • Location: The Collective Canary Wharf, a new co-living building in London that opens in June 2019.
  • Dates: 12 weeks, from September 1st 2019 to November 22nd 2019.
  • Cost: Participation is entirely free of charge and funded by The Collective Foundation. We do not take any equity or fee.
  • Commitment: The expected commitment for the first two weeks is 25 hours per week, and for the last ten weeks it’s 8-10 hours per week.
  • Eligibility:
    • – Your make a positive impact in one of our Focus Areas below (Social Integration, Economic Opportunity, Environmental Sustainability or Health & Wellbeing)
    • – Your organisation is less than 5 years old
    • – You are UK-based
    • – You are already up and running.

How to Apply: Fill in the application form by May 19th, 2019.
Next Steps: Successful candidates will be asked to join Round 2, in which they will be asked to answer further questions and to send a pitch video.
Final Selection: On May 27th, the top 20 start-ups will be invited to our Selection Day on Friday June 14th, when we will select the final 10 participants.

Kick-off (Weeks 1 – 2)

The programme kicks off with a full-time, two-week programme at The Collective Canary Wharf. You have the option to move into the building for this period. Living together allows you to form closer relationships with your peers, which we find to be one of the most valuable benefits of the programme. 

The theme of the first week will be You – The Entrepreneur, focusing on personal development and leadership, followed by Your Strategyweek, concentrating on your business model canvas. You will be expected to commit 25 hours per week during these first two weeks. Every day, you will have a few hours to work on your business.

Accelerate (Weeks 3 – 12)

The following 10 weeks, the programme continues to take place at The Collective Canary Wharf. This will be a part-time programme. You will drop in for 2-3 events, but no longer live in the building. We expect you to be able to commit 8-10 hours per week during these last 10 weeks.

We will be exploring a variety of themes including Your People, Your Brand, Your Growth, Your Business Model, Your Rights and Your Funding. In the last four weeks of the programme we will focus on meeting partners, investors and preparing for the demo day.

Previous Years

In the last two years, we’ve ran a Global Accelerator programme that supported entrepreneurs from all over the world. Our 20 Alumni are now impacting thousands of people across 5 continents.

Examples include The Biz Nation, that educates disadvantaged young people on business fundamentals and life skills through an online platform, and Ava, a device that helps deaf and hard-of-hearing people to listen to the conversations around them by recognising speech and translating this into text messages on your phone.

We’ve built an engaging and practical curriculum in partnership with leading experts in London in the fields of investment, content marketing, digital strategy and business development.

Previous mentors include Benjamin Kott, the founder and CEO of EnergyDeck, an award-winning online platform that helps organisations optimise buildings and increase health and well-being. Swapnil Gadgil, the CEO of the multi award winning Therapy Box and Alice Lacey, the CEO & co-founder of now>press>play, an award-winning social enterprise which creates immersive audio resources for primary school children.

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“The programme helped me to get integrated in the London start-up ecosystem, and enabled me to find my first potential investors, get new client leads and supporters.”
Berat Kjamili
founder, Migport
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