Accelerators & Incubators

Accelerator and incubator programmes are a great way to access support and resources to help you develop and scale your business. LSE runs several successful programmes but there are other external options that could help you too.

Scale your business with direct access to LSE's extensive pool of resources and alumni network

Generate Accelerator Programme (GAP)

GAP is a 12-week part-time accelerator programme dedicated to the most promising early-stage startups co-founded by LSE students, staff, and alumni. We are on the hunt for ten commercially viable startups that exhibit potential in attaining at least one of the UNSDGs through entrepreneurial activities. These ten startups will be supported by a network of experts, mentors, as well as our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence to bring their business to the next stage and showcase it at the Demo Day at the end of the accelerator.


LSE Innovation Co-Creation Lab

LSE management runs this partnership scheme between leading academics, NGOs, social entrepreneurs and companies, seeking to reduce poverty and promote basic human freedoms through innovative business modelling.



This is an LSE-run support programme specifically for female founders, providing help and resources tailored for women. Through our education programme, practical skills training, and support network, we assist in building your social enterprise. 

External Accelerators and Incubators

  • Aspect
    A 4-month social enterprise accelerator programme hosted by a group of five universities, including LSE.
  • Bethnal Green Ventures
    An accelerator with a focus on ‘tech for good’ initiatives.
  • Entrepreneur First
    An incubator that operates in 6 locations around the world.
  • Founders Factory
    100+ experts and investors are on hand to support founders through this incubator.
  • Techstars
    A range of sector-specific accelerators that run throughout the year.
  • Zinc
    This programme is focused on making a positive social impact on the world.