Accelerators give startups a rocket boost in the development of their product or service. Where better to site an accelerator for social enterprises than in a struggling city? The perfect place to try out social business concepts locally.
Hi Anneke, maybe one of the exchanges could be that the young people/kids help the older people to video record, edit and share their "life stories". Another idea would be helping kids with relevant history projects. I remember writing an essay on my Granddad when I was 9 or 10 about the War in Independence in Ireland since he played a prominent part in it locally.
Hi Kathryn, based on the other accelerator programs I have seen, one of the founders benefit a lot from being in a peer group who are facing the same issues and problems. They help each other out and form great relationships that persist past the end of the program. If social enterprise, in particular, is fragmented then this could be a big draw.
In addition once you have had a few cycles, accelerator alumni become a great resource for the new crop of startups.