Duration: 3-6 months
Artemisia accelerates startups with the potential to transform Brazil through an intensive program that offers business model definition, access to a network of mentors, team training, fine-tuning of the social impact and connection with investors, managers and partners. The Accelerator challenges entrepreneurs to test new revenue models in practice, and to enhance their social impact in an environment of intense co-creation and collaboration with low-income communities, other entrepreneurs, mentors and investors.
Cost: $R2,000 (approximately US$500 + travel)
Duration: 14- 21 days
The Change School is a lifelong learning institute, cultivating entrepreneurial grit, competencies and personal growth to help people realize their potential and move forward. Change School creates unique learning retreats designed to help students connect the dots and take action with confidence, clarity and emotional intelligence. The Change School guides you to move forward. Whether that change is embarking on a new career, launching a sabbatical, starting a family or losing a loved one – its holistic approach specifically addresses people at times of change and transformation. The14-21 day Learning Retreats run in different locations around the Asia-Pacific region, creating space for reflection, immersion, growth and taking action. The school is a traveling school because they believe experiences shape our thinking, perspective and behavior.
Cost: Average US$3K (Note: You can also apply for a fellowship to subsidize costs.)
Duration: 4 months
The i2i Accelerator is a four-month program that runs from September to January each year in Pakistan. Over the course of four months, selected entrepreneurs receive access to virtual support to grow their businesses, and convene for six in-person weekends in either Karachi or Lahore, with targeted sessions led by mentors on topics ranging from branding to customer acquisition to financials and operations. At the end of the program, entrepreneurs pitch before investors and are presented to the i2i Angels community.
Cost: PKR 25,000 (approximately US$250) + 3% equity
Duration: 12 months
Ogunte believes that influential and connected women with bold solutions to social and environmental issues can create sustainable opportunities to make the world a better place. Its accelerator is a unique learning and co-mentoring program made of exclusive live and online sessions with funders, entrepreneurs and mentors, topped with learning teleconferences, coaching, access to women angels, support organizations and a strong peer-to-peer network. Participants learn to not only design business models, but also about themselves and the conditions that help a person make an impact in their lives and community.
Duration: 4 months
The Lab was created in 2013 and offers opportunities to test, prototype and validate ideas that aim to solve problems in areas such as health, education, urban mobility, conscious consumption, local economy and culture. The Social Good Brazil Lab was developed when an abyss was identified between people with amazing ideas, and incubators, accelerators and social investors. On one side there is a new and creative generation full of ideas to promote social change. On the other side there are incubators, accelerators and investors that are looking for ideas to invest in. But these ideas need to be tested and prototyped in order to have higher chances of thriving. The SGB Lab enables the ideas to be prepared so they become accessible to investors. The Lab lasts for approximately four moths and uses methods and tools such as Design Thinking, Lean Start-up and Canvas Business Model.
Duration: 1 year
Implemented in China since 2012, the Spark:Her incubator is a mentorship-driven program aimed to provide early stage women social entrepreneurs with the tools, knowledge and network to validate and kick-start their social enterprises. What makes this incubator unique is its focus on women, social enterprise, and its team approach, in addition to the traditional incubator components of training and access to networks and information resources.
Unreasonable unites entrepreneurs with the potential to address major problems like poverty, lack of education and access to clean water. Then they swarm them with hand-picked mentors, funders and a global network to help grow their impact.Their goal? For each venture to impact 1,000,000 people.
Duration: 3 months
YSB accelerates and finances social businesses, enabling local entrepreneurs to solve social problems in a financially self-sustainable way. Customized 3-month state-of-the-art curriculum delivered through a structured accelerator program, including workshops and presentations by leaders and experts and product market testing according to the lean business model approach. YSB provides financing to the most promising social businesses as identified by our local country teams and provides post-investment support. YSB applies business approaches to the world of social development, bridging the gap between social businesses and philanthropic lenders and donors. YSB has an on-the-ground presence in 7 countries, where our local country teams run our two main initiatives: Entrepreneur Services and Financing. In providing these two core services, YSB grows businesses that matter.
Costs: Varies (Note: There are scholarships and reduced tuition fees available for selected participants.)
Duration: 2 months
This 8 week program in Chile helps female entrepreneurs learn the hard skills of building a business, such as branding and design, sales and client acquisition, networking and communication, coding, business development, hustling and pitching. But it also focus on the soft skills that will prepare women for the real challenges of the entrepreneurial life.
Duration: 6 months
The Founder Institute is a startup launch program for talented entrepreneurs. The comprehensive step-by-step program gives you the structure, mentor support, and network of entrepreneurs you need to start an enduring company. Their mission is to “Globalize Silicon Valley” and build sustainable startup ecosystems worldwide.
Cost: US$50 application fee +
+ US$1,950 course fee + $4,500 for any financing raised by a party of US$50K or more; Note: FI offers the Female Founder Fellowship, which is awarded to the most extraordinary female applicant in each chapter globally, giving her the opportunity to enroll in the Founder Institute for free.
Award: Participants join a shared liquidity pool with their classmates with each company contributing 3.5% of company stock
Duration: 6 months
The mission of IDEX is to create the next wave of “social intrapreneurs” who will support, lead and advance the work of socially-focused enterprises around the world. They do this with an innovative fellowship and learning and exchange program that places volunteers from all over the world with social enterprises in India.
Cost: US$3,950, plus travel to India
Awards: Fellows get a monthly living stipend of US$125/month and housing.
NOTE: Partial scholarships are available to select fellows.
Duration: 3 years
Kaospilot is a hybrid business and design school, a multi-sided education, in leadership and entrepreneurship. The school provides space and a place where creatives and potential change-makers can develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and competencies they need to fulfill their values and visions. three-year program is for change makers who want to use business creativity, personal mastery and enterprising leadership to create positive social change. You receive a certificate upon graduation. If you want to co-create your own education and take active responsibility for your own future then this program is for you. Kaospilots was acknowledged as one of the best design schools in the world by Businessweek in 2007, and in 2011 Fast Company named it one of ten best schools for the fast evolving start-up economy.
Cost: US$21K for students from the European Union/EEA, Norway and Iceland; for NON-EU/NON-EEA US$41K
Duration: 1-14 days
The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) empowers people from all backgrounds to create positive social change. Courses, workshops and programs help individuals start, sustain and scale social enterprises, charities and community projects. We’ll help you build confidence and gain practical business skills in technical areas like marketing and finance. We’re committed to jargon-free learning delivered by experienced professionals. SSE uses an innovative learning approach, which focuses on real world issues and practices. We also provide courses aimed at established not-for-profits, covering common issues in the charity sector. Whatever stage you’re at in your organisation, we’ll provide expert support to advance your social enterprise.
Cost: £105 and up
Duration: 5 days
SHE by Spark* is a unique accelerator program designed to find and support organizations that are improving the lives of women and girls in South Africa and Kenya. Why SHE? Because SHE by Spark* believes women are a safe bet and that they are the best levers for change. And female-led organizations need help – only 8% of small-medium enterprises are run by women, and more than 90% of these fail in their first three years. SHE wants to help you change these numbers.
Fee: $1000 South African Rand (US$65)
Duration: 5 days
The StartingBloc Institute is a transformative 5-day experience for entrepreneurs, activists, students, bridge-builders and other innovators. Through a series of workshops and activities designed to stretch your limits, you learn directly from high impact changemakers, you work with proven frameworks for delivering change, and you build relationships with life-long allies. StartingBloc gives you a network of stellar peers, tools for making real change, guidance from world-class changemakers.
Cost: US$40 application fee + US$1,250
Duration: 2 weeks or 2 months
The Women’s Startup Lab offers a two-week program that focuses on customer discovery to inform decision-making, leadership development to increase effectiveness and compelling storytelling to achieve enrollment around the company vision. They immerse founders in Silicon Valley with startup site visits, coaching sessions, workshops and pitch reviews that are designed to increase the speed of experimentation and understanding of the path to product market fit. The program is differentiated for both early and advanced companies and tuition includes access to six months of resources after the accelerator.
Cost: US$10K for the 2 week program; NOTE: The program offers matching funds in the form of scholarships to offset the costs.
Duration: 10 months
A cost free program for social entrepreneurs. The GSBI Accelerator program prepares trailblazing social enterprises to scale. They provide quality, in-depth mentoring delivered by Silicon Valley business executives. Mentors coach, educate and encourage entrepreneurs for 2-3 hours a week for 10 months. You work together with two Silicon Valley mentors to improve every aspect of your organization. By the end, you will have developed a portfolio of materials including financial statements and strategic planning documents, plus information on governance and your board of directors. This due diligence folder will greatly speed the investment process. GSBI is an online program with a nine-day residency required in California.
Duration: Approximately 1 month (work at your own pace)
The main idea in this course is learning how to rapidly develop and test ideas by gathering massive amounts of customer and marketplace feedback. Many startups fail by not validating their ideas early on with real-life customers. In order to mitigate that, students will learn how to get out of the building and search for the real pain points and unmet needs of customers. Only with these can the entrepreneur find a proper solution and establish a suitable business model.
Duration: Six months
The SE Outreach Accelerator is a program for founders of projects/social enterprises from anywhere in the world who are creating positive social and/or environmental impact in developing communities. They help take your impact to the next level by providing you with workshops, mentorship, individual coaching and group coaching sessions as well as access to their network. There are two physical parts of the program, each consisting of 3 weeks in Stockholm. In between these periods participants return to their businesses, but are required to spend 10 hours a week to meet program deliverables.
Duration: 1 year
She Entrepreneurs is a leadership program for young emerging women social entrepreneurs from the Middle East, North Africa and Sweden. The program aims to give participants innovative tools for sustainable change while seeking to create an active network of women changemakers. The program runs for one year, with participants meeting for ten days in Sweden and one week in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. In between the modules, the participants work on their own initiative locally, coached by group mentors over digital platforms.
Fee: No fee, all costs covered by the Swedish Institute
Duration: Approximately 9 months
Spring is a pioneering accelerator that supports businesses whose products and services could transform the lives of adolescent girls. Entrepreneurs get help with a collection of accomplished mentors, advisers, investors, and experts, plus the funding and training needed to get the job done. SPRING includes nine months of immersive training, mentorship and collaboration that will transform your business.
Duration: 6 months
New Ventures, Ashoka, Hystra and the Swiss Development Corporation banded together to identify the best social entrepreneurs in Latin America with the most innovative business models. Through I3, they are able to link these entrepreneurs with the best opportunities, help them structure a strategic plan, deepen their impact and turn them into business success cases within the region.
Duration: 4 months
The SE Accelerator Program is Malaysia’s first accelerator program designed for early-stage, Malaysian social entrepreneurs to grow and realize their ideas. The program is a 15-week program. Aspiring/Existing social entrepreneurs participate in a series of intensive and rigorous classes in order to transform ideas into scalable, impactful and structured actions. The objective of the program is to build capabilities, connections and skills to help local social entrepreneurs create communal impact while generating business revenues in order to ultimately become self-sustainable.
Award: Each participating org receives RM30,000 + travel expenses of up to RM1,000 + accommodation
Duration: 6 months
Deadline: Two months before the start of a program
SenseCube is an accelerator program for early-stage social start-ups that supports innovative entrepreneurs, using digital technologies to mobilize strong communities and solve social and environmental issues. Our six-month accelerator is powered by a vibrant community called MakeSense that uses volunteers all around the world to help social entrepreneurs develop their projects and increase their impact.
Cost: Free + 5% commission on the funds you would collect during a year after the program.
Duration: 10 weeks
Leaders, change agents, problem solvers join technologists, scientists, entrepreneurs, designers, physicians and others on a path to discover technology-based solutions to improve the lives of billions. GSP exposes participants to a culture of innovation and exploration through world-class curriculum, hands-on training workshops, interactive group discussions, behind-the-scene tours at emerging startups and onsite visits at major technology companies.
Duration: 12 days
Village Capital was founded in 2009 with the goal to democratize entrepreneurship. The core thesis: entrepreneurs who are building businesses just may be the best equipped to decide who receives early-stage investments. They have always believed that by investing in companies through peer review, they can build a more equitable, inclusive, and efficient investment strategy for the entrepreneurs of the future. Village Capital finds, trains, and funds entrepreneurs solving global problems. They build communities around entrepreneurs that increase opportunities for growth and success.
Cost: Free + travel stipends are available
Duration: 10 weeks
The Points of Light Civic Accelerator “CivicX” is the first national accelerator program and investment fund in the USA focused on “civic ventures” — for-profit and nonprofit early stage ventures that include people as part of the solution to critical social problems. The 10-week, boot camp-style program convenes 10-15 teams in person and online with the goal of equipping each venture to seek investments and scale their social innovation.
Award: Two participating ventures will receive a $50K award each.
Start-Up Chile accelerates your business by connecting you with mentors, market and investors. They look for startups that want to grow from Chile to LatAm and then to the world. (Disclosure: girltank was a part of Round 2!) The S Factory is a new program powered by Start-Up Chile, specifically for female founders in the concept stage or with a prototype less than 6 months in development. The program assigns USD$15,000 (amount might change depending on the exchange rate) grant per startup (CLP$10,000,000), a 1-year resident visa to the team member specified on the application, as well as a nice and comfortable workspace (desk & wifi) that is shared with entrepreneurs from around the world. The best part of the The S Factory is the networking, inspiration, and productive experience to get ideas off the ground.
Cost: Free + Selected participants receive an unrestricted grant of US$40K for Start-up Chile or US$15K for The S Factory with no equity stake taken.
Enviu was founded in 2004 and has over 10 years of experience in the co-creation and development of social startups. Their end goal is to create impact for a large group of marginalized people and improve their livelihood. The approach to impact in short is: From issue to idea, from idea to start-up. Their projects often start with an open call for business plans around a specific issue from entrepreneurs around the world. These open calls can be on the idea level as well as be a request for validation-ready business plans with a clear scope and well-defined criteria.
India, UK, USA
Duration: 1 year
UnLtd operates a unique model by investing directly in early-stage entrepreneurs and offering a complete package of resources, from awards of funding and ongoing advice to networking and practical support. UnLtd supports individuals whose social ventures are firmly rooted in delivering positive social change, and it operates programs in the U.S., UK and India.
Cost: Free + Offers seed funding that varies from country-to-country