Our Accelerators

Accelerators are designed to improve the competitiveness of a defined sector by catalyzing innovation and aligning impact with investment.

Accelerators are designed to improve the competitiveness of a defined sector by catalyzing innovation and aligning impact with investment.

While sound macroeconomic factors affect the potential for competitiveness, we believe wealth is actually created at the microeconomic level. This microeconomic competitiveness is determined by the productivity with which a location uses its existing human, capital, and natural endowments to create value. Improving productivity ultimately depends on improving the microeconomic capability of the economy. Accelerators are designed for this, to help specific sectors within a defined region compete more effectively. 

ABOUT INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC ACCELERATION

Industry Identification

Accelerators are systems for collaboration, intentionally designed to improve the competitiveness of a given sector through economic and social upgrading.

Assessing Accelerator Functions

Understand 'Competitiveness'

Industry-specific accelerators help us understand the existing state of competitiveness. 

Define 'Succes'

Accelerators help us define what success means in terms of both social impact and economic viability. 

Test New Solutions

Our accelerators provide the process infrastructure to test and iterate upon new solutions. 

Scale What Works

Through their infrastructure, accelerators act as a conduit for scaling solutions that work. 

The Accelerator as a System for Progress Appropriation

The dynamics of ‘progress’ are changing faster than ever. As the 2nd ICT Revolution continues to change how we create value, it s critical to employ systems that evolve to the changing nature of ‘competitiveness’. Industry-specific Accelerators offer a robust foundation to build this system upon.  

Why Communities?

  1. 1
    Complex problems require implicit knowledge, which cannot be codified.

    Sharing of knowledge and best practices within communities makes implicit knowledge more visible.

  2. 2
    Collaboration around distributed work is becoming the norm.

    Accelerators provide a platform for distributed action to create collective value.

  3. 3
    Learning is part of work, not separate from it.

    Industry-specific accelerators enable the integration of work and learning.

  4. 4
    Ideas are decentralized by their very nature.

    New ideas come from diverse networks, often from outside any defined organization.

  5. 5
    'Progress' is both a local and global phenomenon.

    While any single solution always starts local, the nature of technology enables scalability at quasi-zero marginal costs, resulting in potentially global implications.

  6. 6
    Co-created knowledge through social learning is the foundation for progress.

    The value of industry-specific acceleration lies in the depth of participants’ reflection and inquiry, and how they put co-created knowledge to action in their local community.

  7. 7
    Shared context is the foundation for a knowledge sharing environment.

    Accelerators connect people who share stories and personal experiences in a way that builds understanding and insight.

  8. 8
    Collaboration and the free-flow of ideas is critical to enabling innovation.

    Accelerators introduce collaborative processes to groups and organizations to encourage the free flow of ideas and exchange of information.

    SEA is an L3C that builds industry-specific social enterprise accelerators to scale the impact of innovative market-based solutions and generate deal flow for impact-oriented investors.

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