Innovation Accelerator helps nonprofits increase their financial sustainability by building a culture of innovation within their organizations. Our alumni’s pilot programs are generating revenue and securing funding.

Ideas are the currency of progress and good ideas have the potential to change the world. Halfway through the course, I discovered my project needed to pivot quickly. Innovation Accelerator helped me identify the gaps in my analysis, refine my pitch, and create a project that inspires and improves communities.
— Pierre Joseph, Program Director, Solidago Foundation
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Lead Instructor

Before founding Innovation Accelerator our lead instructor, Paul Silva, co-founded Valley Venture Mentors (VVM), an organization dedicated to helping entrepreneurs turn their dreams into scalable for-profit and nonprofit businesses. In 2017 The Global Accelerator Network recognized VVM as one of the top 100 programs of its kind in the world.

Paul also leads the River Valley Investors, a network of executives and entrepreneurs who invest in innovation.

Trainings

UnTether

UnTether from dependency on traditional sources of funding.

Organizations that innovate will create the largest impact in the world, attract the best people, and secure the most funding. In this workshop you'll be introduced to the state-of-the-art systems for innovation used by Silicon Valley, National Institutes for Health, the effective altruism movement, and many others.

Innovation Accelerator holds UnTether events in partnership with thought-leaders such as the Human Services Forum and the United Way. Interested in hosting one for your community? Contact us.

Time: 2 hours
Cost: Free

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Ideation Workshop

Discover your organization’s hidden potential to create new revenue.

Generate ideas for new ways to earn mission-aligned, unrestricted (AKA no-strings-attached) revenue leveraging your organization’s assets and evidence of market demand.

Time: 5 hours
Cost: $250 per organization

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Accelerator (overview)

Invest in your people so they can unleash the hidden potential of your organization to create new sources of unrestricted revenue.

We teach organizations to apply the scientific method to innovation so they can rapidly come up with new ideas, break them into testable hypothesis, and then go out to gather conclusive evidence. Along the way teams are mentored by funders and veteran business & nonprofit leaders. At graduation organizations pitch their (now validated) ideas to a panel of funders who are interested in each organization’s potential.

Time: 200 hours
Cost: This program is grant-funded. A limited number of spots are available in the next cohort (starting April 8th).

The Accelerator

How it Works

We teach organizations to apply the scientific method to innovation so they can rapidly come up with new ideas, break them into testable hypothesis, and then go out to gather conclusive evidence. Along the way teams are mentored by veteran business & nonprofit leaders from a diverse range of sectors.

Course Timeline

The Results