LSE Lean Accelerator

Developing innovative ideas into businesses

The LSE Lean Accelerator is a virtual programme designed to help deliver commercial and social impact by developing promising ideas into spin-out companies, consultancies, and licensable innovations. The initiative offers entrepreneurship and commercialisation training for LSE researchers, students, and alumni.

The Lean Accelerator offers support to solve real-world problems and create social impact

The LSE Lean Accelerator will select up to 10 entrepreneurial teams to its 5-week training programme, which is designed to complement and optionally feed into the SUCCESS accelerator programme by Aspect (A Social Sciences Platform for Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Transformation).

Each selected team will receive a grant of £2,000 for its venture activities, and will have access to experienced industry mentors who help to develop your idea. Admitted teams also compete for awards for the top three best performing prizes for a total of £5,000.


As the name implies, Lean Accelerator teaching is based on Lean Canvas, a unique methodology combining both Lean Startups and Business Canvas to assist early stage entrepreneurs to focus on market-driven validation of their business plans.

During the accelerator programme, you will attend the following series of core training webinars designed to give you the skills and experience to drive your idea forward: 

  • Mindset and communication
  • Market positioning and finance
  • Market identification and engagement
  • Due diligence, IP and other legal issues
  • Assessment, iteration, pivoting


You will be matched with one or more mentors who will draw from their deep business experience to offer advice and steer your path through a rigorous set of exercises to move your innovative ideas forward.

The winners of the 2020 Lean Accelerator

We will be announcing the 2021 Lean Accelerator soon, and opening for applications in January. If you have questions, please email

Watch the Introduction Webinar

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Discover more about the Lean Accelerator and how it can benefit you.