The People’s Accelerator


The People’s Accelerator is an NI accelerator programme focused on social change and innovation.  We bring together inspirational people and organisations, from diverse backgrounds, who have an idea to create social change.  We want to support ideas that have originated with people in communities, to address social issues and inequalities, or to build on the strengths and assets that exist within these communities.

If you join the People’s Accelerator, you’ll have the opportunity to develop your idea or project in a supportive and fun environment; to be part of a community of people who share your commitment to tackling social issues and inequalities; to affirm your capacity to realise your idea, and to get access to our network of others who have had similar journeys, and those who can support you in yours.

The People’s Accelerator is an initiative by Amplify NI, and powered by The Young Foundation.  It is funded by Big Lottery Fund, and is FREE for participants. (Some travel costs may be required.)




Learn how to develop your idea, involve and engage with the people who will benefit from your idea, define, measure, and maximise your impact, and become even more passionate about community-led initiatives.


Community & Network

Be a part of the People’s Accelerator community – in the company of fellow passionate individuals, with ideas to create fairer places to live.  Get access to the network of Amplify NI – The Exchange.  We will support you to make connections to bring about positive change in your communities.



Get one-to-one structured support with a mentor from the Young Foundation, with whom you will work on your idea on a deeper level, and who will be your biggest cheerleader and critical friend.



The journey concludes with a pitch event, which will be attended by organisations in the community, funding, and start-up scenes.  The goal of this event is for you to get connected to people who can support you, and can help you realise your idea for positive change.



Application Dates:

Deadline to apply: Mar. 16th, 2018
First Round Selection: Mar. 19th – 23rd, 2018
Second Round Selection: Mar. 26th – 30th, 2018
Announcement of Results: Apr. 2nd, 2018

The People’s Accelerator 2018 Programme: April 23rd – June 29th 2018, with Pitch in September 2018.




Check your eligibility

1. You have an idea for social change. It can be either not-for-profit, or for-profit. We accept new ideas, as well as applications from existing organisations.

2. Your idea works on creating fairer places to live. The goals of your idea must be aligned to the causes we focus on.

3. Your idea is based in NI.



Round 1

The call for applicants has opened!

Download the application form and return to

The deadline to apply is on March 16th, 2018, 23:59 UK time. 



Round 2

You will be invited to meet with one of the team to discuss your idea in more depth, with some more questions about the community you are working with, and the change you want to achieve.




If you are successful, you will be informed via email and sent induction materials.  Time to clear up your schedule and make sure you are able to attend all the segments of the People’s Accelerator between April 23rd and June 29th as well as the pitch in September.

If you are not successful, our team will arrange to meet with you to discuss your idea, and how they can support you in other ways, or signpost you to other useful organisations. 




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