The global humanitarian aid and development industry has a problem: the pace of taking innovation to scale. On average, it takes 17 years for an innovation to scale from an idea to widespread impact. CARE seeks to radically disrupt and improve this timeline by identifying and cultivating innovations with a high propensity for growth. CARE has a strong tradition of evolution to meet changing needs in the world– the CARE Scale X Design Accelerator builds upon this extraordinary past and creates the CARE of the future that serves as a platform for multiplying impact.

How Does The Accelerator Work?

Each innovation team spends approximately one year participating in the Accelerator. Teams begin with an assessment and then move through four “core” labs (Mindsets for Innovation, Designing for Scale, Business Model Generation, and Pitching). Labs use a blend of online learning, assigned exercises, and engagement with mentors. many of our labs bring in external partners, such as Medora Ventures, to co-create and co-facilitate so that teams benefit from outside expertise that challenges them to think differently about CARE’s work.

Subsequently, a two-week boot camp brings teams together to work through exercises and receive one-on-one coaching and mentoring. Boot camp culminates in a demo day, where top teams pitch to an audience of investors, donors, practitioners, and entrepreneurs. After the pitch event, teams continue their work by choosing elective labs that will help them tackle their specific and most pressing barriers to scale.