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Express Online Accelerator

WHAT: SIlab Ukraine and the Ukrainian Social Venture Fund, with the support of the 1to4 Foundation (Switzerland), are launching an express online accelerator to enhance the capacity and development of social enterprises.

WHEN: October 17 - November 17, 2022

PARTICIPANTS: The acceleration program is designed for existing active social enterprises that have been operating in the market for at least 12 months, have a clearly defined product/service, and generate income from their activities. Up to 30 teams will be selected to participate in the program.

Main selection criteria for participants: Registered legal entity The social enterprise has been operating in the market for at least 12 months and generates income Presence of a team Presence of a clear business model Clear understanding of the social impact of the business and beneficiaries Potential for growth Ability to attend online sessions (100%) Innovative solutions and/or those that meet current challenges will be an additional advantage.

Learning format: Eight online lecture sessions lasting 3 hours Weekly individual online consultations for teams with mentors and experts Completion of homework assignments aimed at mastering the material and applying acquired knowledge in practice Presentation of the social enterprise during the final pitch session. Opportunities for financial support for program graduates: Upon completion of the acceleration program, graduates will have the opportunity to receive financial support of up to 10,000 euros through a grant competition from the Ukrainian Social Venture Fund, which is implemented as part of the European Fund for Southeast Europe Development Facility (EFSE Development Facility) project with financial support from the European Union.

Training Schedule: Session 1. October 18, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Session 2. October 20, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Session 3. October 25, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Session 4. October 27, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Session 5. November 1, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Session 6. November 3, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Session 7. November 8, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Session 8. November 10, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm DemoDay: November 17

Main topics of the program:

Access to international markets

Financial peculiarities in international markets

How to change marketing strategy in market conditions

Changes in Ukrainian legislation regarding doing business in times of war

Business scaling Access to finance

Participation requirements: Each enterprise must be represented by a team of two people who will participate in the program on a regular basis. All team members must confirm their readiness to attend 100% of the sessions and complete homework assignments in full.

Deadline: October 13 at 23:59. Submit your application by completing the application form.

*** The organizers reserve the right not to explain or comment on the reasons for rejecting applicants after the selection process.

About the organizers: SILab Ukraine is an organization created to build an ecosystem for the development of social entrepreneurship and social innovation as tools for shaping a culture of social responsibility in society.

The Ukrainian Social Venture Fund (USVF) is created to invest in and support social enterprises whose business models are based on achieving social, environmental, and economic changes.

1to4 is a Swiss non-profit providing vital seed capital and support to early-stage social businesses throughout the developing world.


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