Action Accelerator – Overview

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Accelerating Impactful Solutions to Greater Action


Virtual Hackathons in Three Regions 12-19 August | Online Pitches at Virtual Enactus World Cup 2020, 8-10 September

  • Europe/Africa Hackathon – Wednesday, 12 August, 6pm-9pm Central European Time (Amsterdam/Cairo)
  • Americas Hackathon – Thursday, 13 August, 6pm-9pm Central Standard Time (Chicago/Bogota)
  • Asia/Australia Hackathon – Wednesday, 19 August, 6pm-9pm (Singapore/Perth)


The Action Accelerator is an event designed to take existing positive impact initiatives to the next level. We believe there are enough ideas to achieve the United Nations’ Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs), but it’s time to take ACTION.

It all starts with an “Idea Captain” who has an initiative, but also has a challenge to scaling it. We bring them together with a diverse group of people from organizations with aligned values (Enactus, One Young World, and the Circle of Intrapreneurs). In just a few hours, the Idea Captain along with a team of Mentors and event participants “hack” the challenge and come up with a solution which is then pitched in 77 seconds to a distinguished panel of judges and an audience of 3,000+ people.

Idea Captains leave with a sharpened initiative and a well-crafted pitch. Mentors leave feeling they have used their experience for good. Participants leave with inspiration and tools to start their own SDG-driving initiative.

This year, WE ARE TAKING THE EVENT ONLINE—giving you access to a more diverse and global community while maintaining the essence of the in-person event.


We’re calling on global social innovators to join us online in the month of August for an evening hackathon run across three time zones to capture the largest global audience possible. In the course of a single evening, teams of participants will advance existing initiatives into actionable solutions. The final solutions will be pitched and voted on by the audience and the top teams will advance to the virtual main stage of the Enactus World Cup finals on 8-10 September, where they’ll unveil their solution to an online audience of over thousands of global business leaders and university students!

Learn more about what to expect here.


Enactus Alumni, One Young World Ambassadors & Delegates, Circle of Young Intrapreneur Members, Entrepreneurs, Intrapreneurs, Changemakers, Bloggers, and Vloggers!



The Action Accelerator was formulated and brought to life by four young leaders representing three like-minded organizations driving the Global Goals. Upon meeting at the One Young World Summit in 2017, the group quickly identified an opportunity to form a partnership for the goals, supporting SDG 17. Today they work across three continents, volunteering year round for their respective organizations while ensuring there’s cross-collaboration between them.

And in 2019, a new member joined the band bringing a wealth of Enactus and entrepreneurial experience and helping us to continue to grow our reach!


Bradley Heslop

Bradley’s purpose is to make life fun and create freedom from injustice and social barriers, so that people can achieve their potential. He is a passionate, ambitious and light-hearted social entrepreneur, mentor and speaker. Traits highlighted through Co-Founding WSV; scaling former Enactus social enterprises as locally driven solutions to issues of rural poverty, through franchising and consulting with NGOs and businesses across Africa.

PJ Mistry
Enactus & Unilever, Knorr


PJ’s purpose is to positively contribute to achieving Global Goal #17: Partnerships. When PJ traces her life back to each initiative she has taken on or the role she plays in a team, PJ is almost always the connector/creator of partnerships to drive impact. PJ does this in her day job with Unilever working on Portfolio Transformation for the world’s largest food brand: Knorr, as well as through her “side hustles”, more specifically the Action Accelerator. She loves to celebrate Mondays.


David Spears
COI & Barclays Ventures

David’s purpose is to make the world better through business. He co-founded and leads the Circle of Intrapreneurs movement, working with emerging social intrapreneurs in some of the biggest organizations across the globe. He heads up Strategy in Barclays Ventures as a day job, exploring ‘Horizon 3’ innovation approaches with clients. He also loves dogs.


Devin Nash One Young World & Underscore VC

Devin’s purpose is to better the world through cross-disciplinary thinking and intrapreneurial action. By day, Devin is the head of marketing at Underscore VC where she focuses on leading content, media, and brand strategy. Driven by purpose, and passionate that entrepreneurship can change the world for good, Devin also serves as the North America Managing Ambassador for One Young World. She’s also a huge proponent of breakfast tacos.



Tom Hollestelle
Enactus & Graduate Student
Tom on LinkedIn

Tom’s purpose is to drive and foster innovation through collaboration. Throughout his years at one of the largest Enactus teams in the Netherlands, Tom has always initiated innovation, whether that was in terms of organizational structure, driving new start-up ideas, or seeking new partners and mentors to work together with. Being a double-degree graduate student in Innovation Management & Business Information Management, Tom always seeks to expand his knowledge, further develop his network and gain new insights to constantly aim towards a better future.






Enactus is the world’s largest experiential learning platform dedicated to creating a better world while developing the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and social innovators. Enactus engages university students to use innovation and business principles to improve the world.

One Young World

One Young World is a UK-based not-for-profit organization that gathers young leaders from around the world to develop solutions to the world’s most pressing issues.

Circle of Young Intrapreneurs

Circle of Young Intrapreneurs is movement designed to inspire, guide, develop & deliver purpose-driven business ideas from social intrapreneurs inside corporate organisations globally.


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