How the Accelerator works

Find out how the Accelerator programme works and who is participating

The Five Winners

Get to know the five organisations that have been selected for the final phase of the Play for All Accelerator programme. All five organisations will receive 2-3 year grants, to further develop and scale their solutions. 


Kokoro Kids

An early learning platform for children to develop cognitive and emotional skills through play.

With the LEGO Foundation’s grant of USD 2.25 million, they will be able to expand learning through play activities for neurodivergent children, focusing on holistic skill development, wellbeing, and inclusion. 

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Little Journey

A mobile app designed to reduce the anxiety experienced by children and families before, during, and after healthcare interactions.

Little Journey will use the LEGO Foundation’s GBP 2.09 million grant to develop a learning through play focused digital health passport with a module for clinicians, displaying children's needs and preferences next to their electronic health records, allowing conditions to decrease stress, enable agency, and increase a sense of belonging. 

Mom's Belief

A holistic care provider for neurodiverse children that provides Individual Educational Plans and physical play-based toolkits.

Through the LEGO Foundation’s USD 2.03 million grant, Mom's Belief is set to expand its impactful services reaching children and families in India, the United States, Vietnam, and United Arab Emirates. 

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A nonprofit publisher of adaptive literacy and numeracy software for marginalised children.

The organisation will use the LEGO Foundation’s GBP 1.9 million grant to aid the development of new activities, which is projected to deliver up to one years’ worth of learning content for children, benefiting over 450,000 neurodivergent children.  

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Social Cipher

A video game-based platform that uses the power of story to facilitate social-emotional learning (SEL) and increase sense of belonging for neurodiverse youth.

With the LEGO Foundation’s grant of USD 1.9 million, Social Cipher will be making content more accessible to children and professionals to enhance children’s engagement, as well as creating a full years’ worth of SEL content that will support children’s development.  

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Accelerating innovation that lets neurodivergent children shine

Design should keep neurodivergent children in mind from the start and invite all children to play together. The more inclusive the ideas, the better they are for all children. So far, we haven’t seen enough classroom innovation that’s designed first and foremost with neurodivergent children in mind. Or, frankly, enough support in general. Well, we think it’s time to change that.

The Play For All Accelerator is giving out a total of USD$20 million in grants to up to 25 start-ups, NGOs and social enterprises. We partner with and mentor organisations who support autistic children and those with ADHD. We’ve got decades of research, play facilitation tools and expertise at our fingertips – and we’d love to share it with partners who can reach even more children.

The Programme

The programme works in two phases to create products, services and experiences that recognise neurodivergent children's strengths and nurtures skills. It offers entrepreneurs the opportunity to partner with the LEGO Foundation to create products and services that really make a difference to autistic children, children with ADHD; and their families.

The first cohort of the Accelerator is already well underway. We're currently not receiving applications for a new cohort.

Phase 1: Engage

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Phase 2: Accelerate

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The Finalists

Get to know the organisations that have made it to the second phase of the Accelerator programme. They're all dedicated to create services and offerings that make learning fun for neurodivergent children.



Kahoot! empowers learners of all ages to explore and discover the joy of learning through interactive and engaging game-based experiences, whether in the classroom, at home, or on the go. 

Kahoot! is on a mission to make learning more inclusive and awesome for everyone. They're currently working on new activity types that give students more voice and choices to express themselves. They’re also collaborating with neurodiverse students and other finalists to create a collection of learning games to raise awareness and create a space where neurodivergent students feel seen and heard. Learn more

Kokoro Kids

Kokoro Kids is an app of brain training and emotional development for kids from 2 to 6 years old. It has more than 250 games to stimulate holistic skills such as mathematics, reading and writing, social-emotional skills and communication. Thanks to its adaptive learning technology based on AI, it tailors contents to the needs and pace of each child. Parents and mentors can keep track in the progress area.

As part of the Accelerator, Kokoro is adapting their app to the needs and wishes of neurodivergent children. The team has conducted focus groups on user needs and commissioned research into the efficacy of the app. Improvements to the apps experience are e.g. functionality to turn off sensory and auditory stimuli, a routine planner, a tool to express and record a user’s mood, time limit function to avoid over-immersion. Learn more


Livox is a digital learning platform for neurodivergent non-verbal children that offers alternative ways of communication and turns users into content creators. It provides play-based learning experiences that unlock children’s creativity, social and cognitive skills and ultimately improves their overall wellbeing.

Through the Accelrator programme Lixow is applying the principles of playful learning to improve user interaction, diversify content, make learning paths more adaptable to individuals, as well as making play experiences more collaborative. The aim is to make the learning experience for neurodivergent children more engaging, enjoyable and effective by catering to their unique needs and strengths. Learn more

Mom's Belief

Mom's Belief offers a unique, home-based Family Support Programm that empowers parents and caregivers with tools and techniques to foster their neurodivergent child’s development. The program is designed to promote holistic skills development and is centred on the child’s unique strengths and needs.

During the participation at the Play For All Accelerator, MOM’s Belief is strengthening the integration of playful learning principles and strategies. The aim is to make their offerings even more engaging and effective, enhancing children’s learning and overall wellbeing. Learn more


onebillion is a non-profit developer of comprehensive, offline EdTech solutions supporting children from under-resourced communities to learn to read and do maths in their own language. Its onecourse software is delivered on a robust, low-cost, solar-charged educational device – onetab - which is customised for durability and long life. onetab is designed to meet the needs of children in low-resourced contexts with little or no access to internet and schooling. Children learn at their own pace, guided and encouraged by a digital teacher, making children’s learning less dependent on adult scaffolding.

onebillion is currently undergoing a comprehensive review by neurodivergent children, their teachers, SEND experts and academics. Based on the feedback and the principles of playful learning, the software will then be improved for increased impact and joyfulness. The onecourse library will further be enriched by stories by and about neurodivergent people. Learn more

Social Cipher

Social Cipher builds social emotional learning games for neurodiverse youth and the professionals who work with them. Equipped with Social Cipher's space pirate adventure games, curriculum, and progress software, educators can help students build self-confidence and embrace who they are.

During their participation at the Accelerator, the team developed a ‘World Builder’ mode that enables users to engage in their stories with more agency & creativity. They are also formally assessing the social-emotional impact of the game through research and expanding their reach into US school districts. Learn more


Wondertree offers interactive games using augmented reality, designed for the development of neurodivergent children. Their games can turn educational lesson or physiotherapy into fun and engaging games that foster learning and give joy.

During the Accelerator program, the team has been working on strengthening and expanding playful learning principles for the games, for instance widening the range of skills that children nurture in playing on Wondertree. The team is also innovating on feedback from children and extended agency for the player. Furthermore, with language adaptations to Arabic, Wondertree is made accessible to even more children.

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Ubongo leverages the power of entertainment, the reach of mass media, and the insights of kid-centered design, to bring effective, localized learning to African families at low cost and massive scale.

As part of the Accelerator program, Ubongo has created a new show called "Nuzo and Namia," showcasing a neurodivergent character. Furthermore, the show's curriculum seamlessly incorporates the concept of Learning Through Play, encouraging children and caregivers to reflect on their newfound knowledge during and after each episode.

Little Journey

Little Journey provides engaging, interactive and age-appropriate content designed to psychologically prepare and support families throughout healthcare interactions. Their vision is to improve healthcare experiences and health outcomes for all.

During the Accelerator program, the team has been working on strengthening and expanding playful learning principles for their offerings as well as adapting to the preferences and needs of neurodivergent users.

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