Impact Hub and UNDP launch the 2017 edition of Accelerate2030


  • Highlighting the role of impact-driven ventures in accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Impact-driven ventures from developing and transitioning countries are encouraged to apply to the acceleration program.

Impact Hub and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have announced the launch of the second edition of Accelerate2030, an international cross-border scaling program for impact-driven ventures. This year, ventures from 17 developing and transitioning countries across 4 continents are encouraged to apply to this unique acceleration program: Venezuela, Colombia, Guatemala, Brasil, Ghana, Mali, Rwanda, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ukraine, Turkey, Armenia, Myanmar, Philippines, Cambodia, Mexico and Malaysia.

The ventures must have successful track record and contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.

“We are looking for ventures with proven business models that create value for their communities and are ready to scale internationally,” said Santu Boëthius, initiator of Accelerate2030 and co-founder of Impact Hub Geneva. “The aim of our 9-month customised support program is to enable startups to grow their impact across borders and connect them to the right partners for financing their journey to scale”.

Apart from the scaling program, ventures will join a week-long bootcamp in Geneva and participate in UNDP Social Good Summit in Geneva in October 2017, where they will pitch their solutions for the SDGs and connect with corporates, international organizations, entrepreneurs and impact investors.

“Entrepreneurs are an essential component of the Social Good Summit as they present concrete solutions to the challenges of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. We’re proud to connect Accelerate2030 finalists to strategic partners and to provide great exposure to their solutions” noted Sarah Bel, UNDP Social Good Summit Geneva Manager.

Last year, Accelerate2030 was successfully prototyped in 10 countries, receiving 177 applications while spreading awareness on the role of the #futureofbusiness in the 2030 Agenda. Together with partners Accelerate2030 has provided customized coaching and mentoring support to the international finalists and, amongst other achievements, facilitated an investment in the range 300K – 1 Mill CHF. This year Accelerate2030 is expanding the reach of the programme to 17 countries.

Impact Hub Manila offers coworking spaces, incubation programs, corporate innovation workshops, and a vibrant learning community. Locally rooted and globally connected, Impact Hub continues to dominate the coworking industry as the largest global network of entrepreneurs with 15,000+ members in 101 Impact Hubs around the world. In partnership with KMC Solutions, Impact Hub Manila offers 6 key locations in Metro Manila for coworking or office space. This allows flexibility and convenience to entrepreneurs and startups who are passionate in collaborating to create an impact. Members can choose their preferred homebase (location) and move around other Impact Hub coworking spaces with no additional costs.

Visit impacthub.ph to know more about Impact Hub Manila and their coworking spaces. Follow Impact Hub Manila on Facebook or Twitter to get real-time updates on events and announcements.

More information about last year’s finalists: http://www.accelerate2030.net/2016finalists/

To apply to Accelerate2030 please visit: http://www.accelerate2030.net/apply/

 

Gabriel

Introvert, wanderer, blogger, foodie, a hip-hop music writer, and one of the co-founders of a tech start-up company called GigsManila.

Impact Hub and UNDP launch the 2017 edition of Accelerate2030