The People’s Accelerator


The People’s Accelerator is a 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. Applications will open in March 2019, please email for more information and to register your interest.




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.


If you have any more questions about The People's Accelerator Programme, please check out our FAQ page here.


Amplify NI has worked with a wide range of people, community groups and organisations who are passionate about creating positive social change in their community. Meet some of our past participants and learn more about their inspiring ideas:


The People's Accelerator 2018 The People's Accelerator 2017 The People's Accelerator 2016
 The People's Accelerator 2015/16  100 Day Challenge 2015/16 The People's Accelerator 2015


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