Economy

Ignition Accelerator for Nonprofits and Social Ventures

The Ignition Accelerator provides early-stage development for innovative ideas with social impact. The program is for non-profits and individuals to help develop viable and sustainable social programs.

 

Our curriculum is based on developing successful non-profit and social ventures. We apply entrepreneurial principles to social impact projects by focusing on (1) rapid access to funding, (2) intensive educational programming and mentoring, (3) partnerships and pilot projects, and (4) adapting entrepreneurial skills such as calculated risk-taking.

 

The projects and organizations we launch at the end of the program will graduate with a fiscally sound business plan, strategic marketing plan and presence, and connection to seed funding. They will also be matched with an established incubator partner program to provide to the for ongoing mentoring and longer term development.

 

Accelerators are like incubators, but take a targeted, focused approach on a shortened timeline of 90-120 days. A staple of the startup world, accelerators are new in the non-profit sector. But they are uniquely designed to tackle issues that arise rapidly. Thus, we can address problems that larger organizations with long funding cycles and layers of bureaucracy cannot easily address even when they identify such problems.

 

Ignition Accelerator is designed to connect innovative individuals and organizations with the the expertise, mentoring, and support networks provided by Miami's successful and well established nonprofits and foundations. Such a combination is a powerful tool that is largely untapped and available to us now.

Who are you?

Ignition Fund supports brilliant ideas and innovation in
the fight against sex trafficking and violence against children. Ignition Accelerator use the techniques proven to develop effective programs in this field to support social ventures broadly.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Miami has a vibrant non-profit ecosystem with major players who draw national attention for innovation. There is remarkable coordination among these institutions for tackling long-established problems.

Our world is changing rapidly and those with the least are impacted disproportionately. But the established organizations are not best suited to address needs that arise quickly. Their large size, long funding cycles, and complex procedures make rapid change difficult for leading non-profits.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Ignition Accelerator will clearly spur economic growth. It will also bolster civic engagement and raise volunteer and charitable participation through new avenues to participate for all.

The impacts are multiplied across each of the eight targeted segments as each graduating class will support multiple social venture organizations. There will be particular emphasis on health and safety, arts and culture, and education while creating economic and social benefit through effective programs.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Ignition Fund supports programs, organizations, & individuals with innovative responses to social problems. CoFounder Sandy Skelaney, has built organizations from the ground up and successfully consults social venture organizations to create processes & procedures, obtain funding, and train organizations to deliver upon their social purpose. CoFounder Morgan Ware oversees foundations who fund social ventures and brings that skill to clients and the many non-profit boards she sits on.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Ignition Fund

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