REDF Accelerator Application
Opens Jul 7 2022 10:00 AM (PDT)
Deadline May 31 2023 11:59 PM (PDT)
Description


The REDF Accelerator provides social enterprise leaders expert guidance on core business competencies, employee support programs, and the opportunity to plug into a network of like-minded peers.

Described as a “mini-MBA,” The REDF Accelerator is a 5-month, hands-on program designed to equip social enterprise leaders with the connections, skills, and tools to grow their enterprises and increase the number of meaningful jobs they create. 

During this highly interactive five-month program, you’ll work alongside your peers to learn and put into practice the methods, skills, and tools needed to achieve big goals and reach key milestones. And there’s no fee to participate.  

If you have any questions about the program you can find answers to Frequently Asked Questions 
here. 

The REDF Accelerator reviews applications on a rolling basis for two cohorts per year. If selected, you could be offered a placement in any of our upcoming cohorts. They do fill up, so we recommend you apply early. Upcoming cohorts:

Winter 2023 Cohort: No Longer Accepting Applications

Summer 2023: Running from July through November 2023, with cohort convenings on:

  • July 31- Aug 4, 2023 (in-person) 
  • September 25 - 29, 2023 (virtual) 
  • November 13-17 (in-person)

Program Outcomes

  • Engaging Curriculum – Described as a “mini-MBA,” our Accelerator includes 100+ hours of professional development tailored to the needs of ESE leaders.
    • Expanded Business Model
    • Innovations in Impact
    • Leadership Coach and Advisor Relationships
    • Sustainable Enterprise Growth
  • A Community of Peers – As many MBAs will tell you, it’s not just what they learned, but who they met, and the Accelerator incorporates this value as well. You’ll leave with an incredible network.
    • A cohort of 18 ESE Leaders from across the US.
    • REDF’s network of over 150 social enterprises located in 30 states and DC.
    • Introductions to industry experts.
  • You can access the Accelerator Informational webinar recording and presentation HERE. We have broken the webinar down into two parts:

Funding 

By successfully completing and graduating from the REDF Accelerator, an enterprise receives an unrestricted grant of $20,000 and becomes eligible to apply for REDF funding opportunities such as our Growth Portfolio program. Participation in the Accelerator does not automatically guarantee acceptance into the Growth Portfolio or further funding from REDF.

Program Schedule 

Application Dates

July 7, 2022
Applications Open for Winter 2023 & Summer 2023 Cohort
April 10, 2023*
Last Day to be Considered for Summer 2023 Cohort (11:59 PM PDT)

*We will stop reviewing for Winter when the cohort is full or October 3rd, whichever comes first. All applications received after that point will be considered for our  Summer cohort.

Summer 2023 Cohort

July  2023
July 31 - Aug 4 (in-person)
September 2023
September 25 - 29 (virtual)
November 2023
November 13 - 17 (in-person)


Eligibility & Selection Criteria

To apply, the applicant and enterprise must meet our eligibility criteria. The Accelerator is not a team experience. Please choose the person from your organization that fits the eligibility requirements. To facilitate this partnership, we are intentional with how we review our applications. You can review our detailed selection criteria here

If after reviewing this list, you still have questions about whether you are eligible, please contact us at connect@redf.org.


Program Expectations

  • Willingness to collaborate with peers in the cohort
  • Attendance & participation in 30+ hours of programming during three cohort convenings (reference program dates in “How To Apply”).
  • Participation in 2-5 hours of programming per week in-between cohort convenings. These hours consist of:
    • Homework Assignments
    • Peer Feedback Group Sessions
    • Social Hours & Activities
    • 1:1 Office Hours
    • Leadership & Tactical Coaching
  • In-Person Travel Logistics: 
    • REDF pays for:
      • Lodging
      • Meals during programming (with the exception of evenings where there are no program activities)
    • Participant pays for:
      • Airfare**
      • Ground Transportation

**REDF offers a limited number of travel stipends to support leaders who face financial hardship in attending the in-person cohort convenings. These stipends may not cover full cost of travel. 


COVID Policy 

We recognize that COVID cases are rising around the country, and the reality on the ground in different communities is quite different. We are approaching this event with a deep sense of responsibility and an understanding of our role as a convener in ensuring the health and safety of everyone in attendance, those in the local community we will come into contact with, including the staff at each venue and hotel, and the individuals within your own communities you will return to after the event.

You can find  the REDF Accelerator program COVID-19 Policy here


Still have questions? Here’s a few more resources:

  • Accelerator specifics (who should apply, what to know, program curriculum, etc.)

  • Review our application FAQS here.

  • Register for our REDF Accelerator Informational Webinar here.

  • Email us at connect@redf.org for any questions regarding eligibility. 

Apply

REDF Accelerator Application



The REDF Accelerator provides social enterprise leaders expert guidance on core business competencies, employee support programs, and the opportunity to plug into a network of like-minded peers.

Described as a “mini-MBA,” The REDF Accelerator is a 5-month, hands-on program designed to equip social enterprise leaders with the connections, skills, and tools to grow their enterprises and increase the number of meaningful jobs they create. 

During this highly interactive five-month program, you’ll work alongside your peers to learn and put into practice the methods, skills, and tools needed to achieve big goals and reach key milestones. And there’s no fee to participate.  

If you have any questions about the program you can find answers to Frequently Asked Questions 
here. 

The REDF Accelerator reviews applications on a rolling basis for two cohorts per year. If selected, you could be offered a placement in any of our upcoming cohorts. They do fill up, so we recommend you apply early. Upcoming cohorts:

Winter 2023 Cohort: No Longer Accepting Applications

Summer 2023: Running from July through November 2023, with cohort convenings on:

  • July 31- Aug 4, 2023 (in-person) 
  • September 25 - 29, 2023 (virtual) 
  • November 13-17 (in-person)

Program Outcomes

  • Engaging Curriculum – Described as a “mini-MBA,” our Accelerator includes 100+ hours of professional development tailored to the needs of ESE leaders.
    • Expanded Business Model
    • Innovations in Impact
    • Leadership Coach and Advisor Relationships
    • Sustainable Enterprise Growth
  • A Community of Peers – As many MBAs will tell you, it’s not just what they learned, but who they met, and the Accelerator incorporates this value as well. You’ll leave with an incredible network.
    • A cohort of 18 ESE Leaders from across the US.
    • REDF’s network of over 150 social enterprises located in 30 states and DC.
    • Introductions to industry experts.
  • You can access the Accelerator Informational webinar recording and presentation HERE. We have broken the webinar down into two parts:

Funding 

By successfully completing and graduating from the REDF Accelerator, an enterprise receives an unrestricted grant of $20,000 and becomes eligible to apply for REDF funding opportunities such as our Growth Portfolio program. Participation in the Accelerator does not automatically guarantee acceptance into the Growth Portfolio or further funding from REDF.

Program Schedule 

Application Dates

July 7, 2022
Applications Open for Winter 2023 & Summer 2023 Cohort
April 10, 2023*
Last Day to be Considered for Summer 2023 Cohort (11:59 PM PDT)

*We will stop reviewing for Winter when the cohort is full or October 3rd, whichever comes first. All applications received after that point will be considered for our  Summer cohort.

Summer 2023 Cohort

July  2023
July 31 - Aug 4 (in-person)
September 2023
September 25 - 29 (virtual)
November 2023
November 13 - 17 (in-person)


Eligibility & Selection Criteria

To apply, the applicant and enterprise must meet our eligibility criteria. The Accelerator is not a team experience. Please choose the person from your organization that fits the eligibility requirements. To facilitate this partnership, we are intentional with how we review our applications. You can review our detailed selection criteria here

If after reviewing this list, you still have questions about whether you are eligible, please contact us at connect@redf.org.


Program Expectations

  • Willingness to collaborate with peers in the cohort
  • Attendance & participation in 30+ hours of programming during three cohort convenings (reference program dates in “How To Apply”).
  • Participation in 2-5 hours of programming per week in-between cohort convenings. These hours consist of:
    • Homework Assignments
    • Peer Feedback Group Sessions
    • Social Hours & Activities
    • 1:1 Office Hours
    • Leadership & Tactical Coaching
  • In-Person Travel Logistics: 
    • REDF pays for:
      • Lodging
      • Meals during programming (with the exception of evenings where there are no program activities)
    • Participant pays for:
      • Airfare**
      • Ground Transportation

**REDF offers a limited number of travel stipends to support leaders who face financial hardship in attending the in-person cohort convenings. These stipends may not cover full cost of travel. 


COVID Policy 

We recognize that COVID cases are rising around the country, and the reality on the ground in different communities is quite different. We are approaching this event with a deep sense of responsibility and an understanding of our role as a convener in ensuring the health and safety of everyone in attendance, those in the local community we will come into contact with, including the staff at each venue and hotel, and the individuals within your own communities you will return to after the event.

You can find  the REDF Accelerator program COVID-19 Policy here


Still have questions? Here’s a few more resources:

  • Accelerator specifics (who should apply, what to know, program curriculum, etc.)

  • Review our application FAQS here.

  • Register for our REDF Accelerator Informational Webinar here.

  • Email us at connect@redf.org for any questions regarding eligibility. 

Apply
Opens
Jul 7 2022 10:00 AM (PDT)
Deadline
May 31 2023 11:59 PM (PDT)