Spark Innovation Accelerator


Spark Innovation Accelerator is a business support programme enabling social enterprises to develop and deliver more sustainable and high impact innovation for growth.
We are looking for committed leaders of established social enterprises who are ambitious to use innovation to grow their business to the next level.



Established social enterprises ready to grow through innovation


Brighton and West Sussex with opportunities to take part in social enterprise safaris in Belgium and Holland


Fully funded



The Spark Innovation Accelerator Programme

Join us and discover how you can create sustainable and high impact innovation in your social enterprise through the programme which includes:
  • Needs assessment and the development of a bespoke innovation growth plan for your social enterprise

  • One to one mentoring

  • Specialist training workshops

  • Peer learning with social enterprises from the UK, Belgium and Holland

  • Access to an e-learning hub providing specialist training modules and the opportunity to collaborate online with other social enterprises on the programme in UK, Belgium and Holland

  • Social Enterprise Safari week in the UK where you will learn and collaborate with other participants from UK, Belgium and Holland. During the week you will experience:

      • Innovation training
      • Action learning sets
      • Visits to inspiring social enterprises and innovation organisations
      • Spark Social Enterprise Innovation Conference with talks from innovators, specialist workshops, innovation clinics and opportunities to connect with a range of experts, researchers, funders and
        investors, policy makers and other social enterprises
      • Meeting stakeholders (commissioners, funding agencies, support providers) to discuss issues that have an influence on your organisation
    As part of the programme you will have further opportunities to apply to be part of selected groups to take part in:
    • Social Enterprise Safari weeks in either Belgium (October 2017) or the Netherlands (March 2018) with social enterprise participants from all countries. These safari weeks will include innovation training, action learning sets, innovation conference, stakeholder meetings and visits to social enterprises and innovation organisations in country

    • A practical open innovation group to jointly develop a partnership project with other social enterprises with specialist support on implementing the Innovation Model in the process


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    The Spark Social Enterprise Innovation Accelerator Programme is part of the Spark project. The project is a cross-border collaboration led by The Platform in partnership with University of Brighton, West Sussex County Council, Social Innovation Factory, De Punt and Seinwezen as part of the Interreg 2 Seas programme 2014-2020 co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.