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Applications for the next cohort open Fall 2021!
Are you a leader of an employment social enterprise poised for growth and greater impact? Are you looking to strengthen your program and your bottom line? Build a community of support with like-minded peers?
The REDF Accelerator could be the right program for you.
REDF has a 20+ year track record of investing exclusively in social enterprises that employ and empower people overcoming barriers to work. The REDF Accelerator is a unique, hands-on program designed to support and connect the leaders of employment social enterprise. Described as a “mini-MBA” for social enterprise leaders, our Accelerator is tailored for entrepreneurs who are ready for growth.
During this highly interactive five-month program you’ll work alongside 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.
The benefits don’t end after those five months―once you have successfully completed the REDF Accelerator, you will become part of REDF’s Community of 150+ high impact employment social enterprises located around the country, gaining access to funding, other valuable REDF programs, and the opportunity to continue to learn alongside your peers. You’ll also receive a small grant to implement some of the high impact lessons learned during the Accelerator.
To see what some of our last Accelerator cohort had to say watch this video. You can find a directory of all of our current and alumni Accelerator participants here.
Note: Accelerator sessions in 2022 will be held both in-person and virtually. Hear from Accelerator alums about the changes REDF made to build the virtual Accelerator experience in 2020.
Applications for the next cohort open Fall 2021.
Visit REDFworkshop for detailed application information and frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions, reach out to the REDF team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information about the REDF Accelerator and the application process, join us for an upcoming webinar.
March 2, 11:00 – 12:00 PM PT: Accelerator Application Informational Webinar
Attendees at the webinar will be introduced to REDF and the REDF Accelerator. We will review the eligibility criteria, discuss who benefits most from the Accelerator content, and do a high-level walkthrough of the application – the platform, structure, and questions. We’ll leave time at the end to field your questions.
Watch the recording
March 16, 11:00 – 12:00 PM PT: Accelerator Application Office Hour/Q&A
Bring any questions you have about the REDF Accelerator application to this informal webinar, where we’ll help you to navigate the platform, structure, and questions.
The core curriculum focuses on the following key areas:
The Accelerator equips Fellows with the tools and resources to:
Located around the country, Accelerator alumni are poised to make major moves in the employment social enterprise sector.
REDFworkshop has the tools, resources, and connections you need to grow your business and increase your impact.
I love the cohort model. All of the Accelerator Fellows are knowledgeable and really passionate about their work. We are becoming such a closely tied community, and I think every startup entrepreneur needs a community.
Jerelyn Rodriguez, Co-Founder and CEOThe Knowledge House
The Accelerator program feels like an MBA program designed for my nonprofit social enterprise. The depth and specificity of learning, and how relevant it has been to my work, is incredible.
Paul Fordham, Deputy Director of Homeward BoundWagster Treats
The community and networking that the Accelerator program offers is fantastic and so energizing. It’s incredible to meet people from across the country doing such phenomenal, impactful things.
Paige Pavalone, Executive DirectorMissoula Works
Being part of the Accelerator is going to help me take my social enterprise to the next level. I have learned so many new lessons and ideas – from other participants and the speakers – that I can take home and implement.
Justin Green, Founder and Executive DirectorBig Reuse
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