Accelerator Award

The Accelerator Award is for businesses that are multiplying their impact in Greater London by enabling others to succeed. It celebrates organisations that support small businesses, social enterprises and charities to start up, grow or become more sustainable and impactful, in turn creating a vibrant ecosystem that benefits people and communities across the capital. 


  • One or more of the following should be true of the initiative entered into this category:
    • Your business is - creating social impact in Greater London through initiatives that support SMEs, social enterprises or charities to start up, grow or become more sustainable and impactful.
    • Your business is reducing barriers to supply chain opportunities for SMEs, social enterprises or charities
  • The same initiative cannot be submitted in more than one category. All partners involved in the same initiative must decide which category it best fits into and submit one application to that category only.  
  • If your initiative was shortlisted in 2017 you can apply again with the same initiative (or another) in any category, however the judges will be looking for ways in which your initiative has developed over the past year.
  • The Lord Mayor's Dragon Awards recognise and celebrate organisations going beyond their core business product or service to have a social impact.   Applications will be disqualified if the initiative described is judged to form part or an extension of the organisation’s core commercial and/or delivery activities, e.g. a local authority providing a statutory service to the community or a business whose purpose is to broker procurement opportunities for social enterprises.
  • This award is open to applications from private sector businesses and public bodies having an impact in Greater London. Businesses and public bodies may use this form to make an application for their own organisation or to nominate a third-party business or public body. Charities, schools, community groups and social enterprises are not eligible to apply in this category but may nominate a business or public body. 
  • If your initiative won an Award in (2017), it should not be entered in any category for three years following receiving the Award. For example, any initiative that won in 2017 should not be entered again until 2021.  When submitting in following years the initiative should have had substantial changes made to it since winning the Award. You may apply with a different initiative to this year's Dragon Awards. 

Examples of Accelerator Award Initiatives (this list is not exhaustive): 

  • Reducing barriers to supply chain opportunities for SMEs, Social Enterprises, or charities.
  • Working with a community organisation, SME or social enterprise to improve its long-term financial stability.
  • Providing pro bono or peer to peer coaching schemes, staff training, back office support.
  • Helping a community organisation to develop commercial services to diversify income generation.
  • Supporting SMEs, social enterprises or charities to grow and create jobs.

When making an application please follow the Accelerator Award - Guidance and Scoring Card document where you will find further information about the Award and a guide on how to answer each question on the application form. 

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