scaling youth-centered solutions for sexual and reproductive health equity 

At Breakthrough Accelerator, we support teams as they test, refine, and scale youth-centered innovations that promote adolescent sexual and reproductive health. Our approach combines human-centered design with equity-focused resources, training, and coaching.

We are looking for teams who are enthusiastic and ready to advance the field of adolescent sexual and reproductive health.

Learn How to Apply

in our 9-month accelerator program, your team will:

Receive $100,000 to develop and grow your solution or innovation and travel to in-person events.

Expand knowledge and skills in testing your innovation with end users, measuring the impact of your innovation, and growing and sustaining your innovation.

Receive tailored guidance and support through 1:1 coaching sessions.

Access resources and tools developed and curated for you.

Participate in peer learning opportunities with a community of like-minded individuals.

Attend two in-person workshops and learn, share, and grow with your cohort.

Showcase your work at a culimating in-person event called Demo Day and present your innovation to potential investors/funders and the public.

Join the Breakthrough Alumni network to continue supporting and learning from each other and future cohorts.

Is the Breakthrough Accelerator right for you?

  • Do you have a passion for advancing equity in adolescent sexual and reproductive through a lens that considers the root causes of sexual health?

  • Do you have a program, product, or idea (big or small) related to adolescent sexual and reproductive health that has been designed or tested with youth or the intended audience?

  • Do you have some indication (evidence or data) that the innovation works?

  • Are you looking to move your innovation to the next level?

  • Are you willing to share and learn from other innovators working on similar/related areas?

  • Do you have a commitment to serving youth who face systemic barriers to high-quality, comprehensive sexual and reproductive health?

  • Are you comfortable with an iterative process of continuously designing, testing, and refining?

If you answered yes to these questions, apply now!

about us

The Breakthrough Accelerator team creates and supports solutions or innovations to advance sexual and reproductive health. We have helped other innovators develop solutions that are currently widely commercially available, and have been selected for rigorous evaluation funding, including awards from the Office of Population Affairs’ Tier 2 program and the Administration for Children and Families’ Personal Responsibility Education Program – Innovative Strategies (PREIS). Innovators we’ve supported have gone on to raise funds from venture capitalists and private foundations and been featured in the media. Most importantly, our innovators positively impact the lives of thousands of young people every single day.

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150+teams coached

35+programs rigorously evaluated


years of experience in adolescent sexual and reproductive health


publications related to this work


years of experience in innovation


years of experience in program evaluation

news and updates

Have questions about applying to the Breakthrough Accelerator? Join an upcoming office hour, open to all during the application period, to ask any questions and chat with members of the Breakthrough team!