LSE Marshall Institute launch £50m social impact accelerator

...if we want to overcome the challenges we face, we need to embrace brand new ways of thinking, now more than ever.
- Sir Paul Marshall
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New initiative will develop innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

Sir Paul Marshall has announced a £50 million donation to LSE’s Marshall Institute, to kick-start a unique accelerator for social impact ventures. The accelerator is part of his long-term ambition to create a philanthropic cooperative that brings together capital, expertise and passion for change in one place.

The Marshall Impact Accelerator will provide a brand-new platform for the world’s most promising social ventures, scaling them to help tackle global challenges in areas such as health, the environment, social inequality, public policy and developmental economics.

Bringing together LSE’s world-leading research expertise and the Marshall Institute’s existing government and policy networks, the accelerator will provide key grant-making services and resources for the social sector that have long only been available to commercial firms and for-profit investors.

Launching in Spring 2022, Marshall Impact Accelerator marks the Marshall Institute’s next step in improving the impact and effectiveness of private action for public good.

Sir Paul Marshall, investor and philanthropist, commented on the creation of the Marshall Impact Accelerator: "We live in a constantly evolving world, and if we want to overcome the challenges we face, we need to embrace brand new ways of thinking, now more than ever. This donation to create the Marshall Impact Accelerator will support visionaries from every continent, as they create groundbreaking new innovations and change the world. I can’t wait to see what they come up with.”

Welcoming the announcement LSE Director, Baroness Minouche Shafik, said: “The Marshall Impact Accelerator will provide a truly world-class environment for stimulating the creative and entrepreneurial talents of our students in the service of solving some of the world’s most intractable public and social problems. We could not be more delighted to bring the Marshall Impact Accelerator to LSE, and we could not be more grateful for the visionary generosity of Sir Paul Marshall in inspiring it.”

Stephan Chambers, Director of the Marshall Institute, added: “As the world begins to turn away from a focus on ‘making things people want’ towards ‘making things people need’, the scaling up of social impact projects through the Marshall Impact Accelerator will accelerate this trend. Our aim is to create ‘impact unicorns’ — organisations improving billions of lives.”

For more information on the Marshall Impact Accelerator visit The Marshall Impact Accelerator.

This sizable donation, and the announcement of the Marshall Impact Accelerator, comes as LSE launches its new Shaping the World Campaign.

For more information about the Shaping the World Campaign, and how you can support the School's research, teaching and public engagement please visit

Behind the article

About the Marshall Institute

The Marshall Institute was established in 2015 at the London School of Economics and Political Science with a £30M gift from Sir Paul Marshall to improve the impact and effectiveness of private action for public benefit. In 2017, it launched the world’s first MSc in Social Business and Entrepreneurship as well as developing a range of other graduate and executive courses. The Marshall Institute draws on the exceptional global reach and expertise at LSE and collaborates with departments, research centres, and institutes across the School. Its primary activities are in research, teaching, and convening.

About Sir Paul Marshall 

Sir Paul Marshall is chairman and chief investment officer of Marshall Wace LLP, a founding trustee of ARK, the children’s charity, and chairman of ARK Schools. He is also a trustee of the Education Policy Institute, an independent research institute focusing on educational outcomes and was formerly a lead non-executive board member at the Department for Education. In 2016, Sir Paul received a knighthood for services to education and philanthropy.