Welcome to the Summer Accelerator!

Congratulations on kick-starting the DCHI-DSS Summer Accelerator Program. You will be encouraged to collaborate with a variety of organisations, to connect, research and define your most pressing WASH challenge.

This page will offer some information on how your journey will look and some tips on familiarising yourself with Source2Gather.

We’re very excited to welcome you onboard as a valuable asset to our community!

What can you expect?

The DCHI accelerator program guides you through the three phases of collaborative innovation:

Using our toolkit and the three workshops, you will be introduced to each phase, and guided through the process using Source2Gather. That means you will be notified at the start of each new phase! Throughout your journey with us you can expect three learning elements:


You will be introduced to theory on innovation that enables humanitarian aid and development organisations to look beyond funding strategies. We will focus on finding new solutions and business models to tackle those challenges that cannot be solved in isolation, but require refreshing partnerships to co-create sustainable impact​.

Action Based Learning 

We are firm believers that theory only delivers results if you can use it to take action! Using our innovative tools, you will be challenged in real time to think beyond your silos to truly transform your approach to a project.

Workshop & Support

As you can see from the timeline, each phase is accompanied by an interactive workshop. We will come together to take a deep dive in your content, and offer any additional help or feedback on your progress.

This HAP open innovation methodology has been developed and tested by the DCHI in close collaboration with Outside inc. to empower innovators in the humanitarian sector.​

Good to know…

Time Commitment:
The 3 workshops will be 2.5 hours long on the given days. We strongly advise you to expect an additional (approximate) 2 hours of work a week, alongside the workshops, to achieve the greatest learning experience and ultimate impact for your project.

Way of Work:
We’ve seen the best results when accelerator teams show up curious! Often this curiosity has led to unexpected and interesting learnings.

The accelerator program takes a collaborative approach. This means that everyone will help each other by asking questions, providing feedback, and by sharing relevant contacts & stakeholders.

Keep scrolling for tips to familiarise yourself with Source2Gather…

Challenge Timeline

Phase 0 : Onboarding

Preparation & Setting Up For Success

Phase 1 : WANT

Exploring a problem,  crafting & sharing a proper challenge question.

Workshop 1

14 July, 13.30 – 16.00

Phase 2 : FIND

What to look for, engage and finally match with potential innovation partners

Workshop 2

25 August, 13.30-16.00

Phase 3 : GET

How to craft & implement your first experiment together with your innovation partners

Workshop 3

29 September, 13.30-16.00


DCHI is facilitating the accelerator program in large part via the Source2Gather platform. This is a first for DCHI too, so we invite you to keep an open mind. Source2Gather focuses on match making, which allows humanitarian organisations to turn their project challenges into concrete call to actions in finding the right solution partner to create impact.
Watch the clip to find out more!


Example Call to Action: Help a Child   Example Partner intake form: Help a Child

To empower humanitarian organisations DCHI facilitates Humanitarian Accelerator Programmes for its coalition through the proven three-step model want-find-get. This entails the process of scaling from ideation to pilot, from the challenge brief to enagement workshops.

Using the Open Innovation and Design Thinking guidelines, these programmes are awarded specifically for their innovative quality, their potential impact and sustainability, their consortium, and the considerations given to the project management. Therefore this model based on the ‘want find get manage’ (WFGM) model, is applicable to organisations and companies of all sizes and industries, and has already been examined and documented in past research.