Spark* Bangladesh is running its fifth Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program, in partnership with Build Bangladesh and YGAP, Australia in Dhaka in April 2018.
It exists to improve the lives of people living in poverty by accelerating start-up social enterprises and supporting them as they grow their businesses to make greater positive changes in their communities. Spark* Bangladesh operates in four countries, and have supported 356 entrepreneurs who have significantly changed over 472,637 lives to date. Currently, they are supporting startups like BloodFriend – a mobile app that connects blood donors and patients, DaktarBari – clinics that provide healthcare services to the disadvantaged people, Biofill Bangladesh – Environment-friendly toilets for the rural and local community, Leaping Boundaries- Soft and hard skills training center for Madrassa girls of Bangladesh.
The Spark* Bangladesh Accelerator will bring together eight to ten emerging social entrepreneurs for five intensive days of entrepreneurship training from 15 April 2018 to 20 April 2018, led by world-class facilitators. They have a powerful and practical curriculum aimed at unlocking the potential of each start-up venture, covering strategy, impact, innovation and more. Entrepreneurs learn how to refine their business models, and ultimately become better equipped to improve the lives of people living in Bangladesh through their ventures.
Beyond the Accelerator, the entrepreneurs are provided 6 months of ongoing support from Spark*, to help prove their models and scale their venture. This includes regular business and strategy support from the Spark* team, access to free graphics and web designers, pro-bono legal support, assistance with tracking impact, multiple injections of small funding to encourage innovation and growth. Further down the line, continued growth will be encouraged through access to larger funding and investment as well as connections to impact investors, global organizations, and strategic partners within Spark*’s network of international partners.
Emerging social entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply online at http://www.sparkinternational.org/spark-bangladesh/. Applications close on 10 of March 2018.
For further information:
Deputy Country Director @ Spark* Bangladesh