The 100x Impact Accelerator will provide a brand-new platform for the world’s most promising social ventures, scaling them to help us tackle global challenges in areas such as health, refugees and migrants, equitable economies, polarization, and climate change, to name a few.
As a result of Sir Paul Marshall’s generous donation of £50 million to the LSE, the 100x Impact 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.
Bringing together LSE’s world-leading research expertise and the Marshall Institute’s existing government and policy networks, the accelerator aims to create a philanthropic cooperative that brings together capital, expertise and passion for systemic change in one place.
On 1st March 2022, the Institute announced the appointment of Leslie Labruto as director of the Accelerator.
Leslie Labruto said:
“Given the state of the world, now is the moment to accelerate new social ventures with world-class leaders who are reinventing systems. So far, the investment sector has rallied behind start-ups but we’ve not had the same mechanisms for social ventures. I’m excited to lead the 100x Impact Accelerator and break new ground in this space by providing not only catalytic capital to social ventures but also access to policymakers to drive systems change.
“It’s important we take the time to get it right; social entrepreneurs with radical innovations and interventions need a partner to take a bet on them and help accelerate growth. Having catalytic funding for scale-up charities and social enterprises, coupled with access to policymakers and researchers, is needed more than ever. This is a rare and exciting opportunity to bring people together, solve problems, and embrace new models for creating a better world.”
For more information, visit the 100x Impact Accelerator website.
Launching the 100x Impact Accelerator