Spark* Bangladesh Accelerator: An exciting opportunity for emerging social entrepreneurs who are changing lives in Bangladesh. 

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Spark* Bangladesh is running its fourth Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator program, in partnership with Build Bangladesh and YGAP, Australia in Dhaka in October 2017.

Spark* Bangladesh exists to improve the lives of people living in poverty by accelerating start-up social enterprises and supporting them as they grow their businesses and make greater positive changes in their communities. We operate in 5 countries, and have supported 295 entrepreneurs who have significantly changed over 40, 29, 99 lives to date.

The Spark* Bangladesh Accelerator will bring together 12 emerging social entrepreneurs for five intensive days of entrepreneurship training from 14th October 2017 to 19th October 2017 , led by world class facilitators. We have a powerful and practical curriculum, aim 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. Many alumni entrepreneurs refer to the Spark* Accelerator as a ‘life-changing’ experience.

Beyond the Accelerator, the entrepreneurs are provided 12 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 graphic 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.

Spark* Bangladesh is now supporting startups like Women In Digital – empowering women through IT training and providing access to Digital Platform, BloodFriend – a mobile app that connects blood donors and patients, DaktarBari – clinics that provide healthcare services to the disadvantaged people and Artful Mind – a platform that provides Art Therapy solutions to prevent and combat mental health.

This is an invaluable opportunity for impact startups hoping to rapidly grow their ventures. Emerging social entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply online at http://www.sparkinternational.org/spark-bangladesh/. Applications closes on 1st of September, 2017. 

For further information:
Kashfia Farhin
Program Assistant, Spark* Bangladesh
Email:  kashfia@sparkinternational.org

Web links:
www.sparkinternational.org
www.sparkinterational.org/spark-bangladesh

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