The REDF Accelerator powered by
civic accelerator

The REDF Accelerator brings together a cohort of talented social enterprise leaders who are using the transitional employment model to help their employees overcome barriers to employment and successfully transition into competitive, long-term employment. In partnership with the Points of Light Civic Accelerator, our fellows receive expert guidance on core business competencies, employee support programs, and the opportunity to plug into a network of their peers. To hear more about the Accelerator experience from our alumni, click here to read their blogs and watch the video below.

Curriculum & Outcomes

The REDF Accelerator core curriculum focuses on the following key areas:

    • Marketing, messaging & communication
    • Strategic planning & operations
    • Financial planning
    • Employee supports & workforce development
    • Leadership skills & coaching others

The Accelerator also equips fellows with the tools to:

    • Improve strategic thinking and planning skills
    • Diagnose and overcome challenges by applying a “growth mindset” approach
    • Learn how to better identify and test assumptions
    • Pitch for funding more effectively
    • Create a vision of impact to better align and execute on strategy
    • Decrease “burn-out” and feelings of isolation
    • Expand local and national professional networks

By completing the REDF Accelerator, an enterprise becomes eligible to apply for REDF funding. These one-year strategic grants or recoverable funding allocations typically range between $10K - $40K. Participation in the Accelerator does not automatically qualify the enterprise for funding through REDF.

Program Schedule

June 12, 2017 Application Opens
July 24, 2017 Application Closes
August, 2017 Follow-up with Applicants (as needed)
September, 2017 Selected Applicants Notified
October 25 – 28, 2017 Session 1 | Chicago
February 7 – 10, 2018 Session 2 | San Francisco
May 2 – 5, 2018 Session 3 | Baltimore

The application process for 2017 is now closed.

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