2019 UPAYA SOCIAL VENTURES ACCELERATOR PROGRAM
Application deadline: 22nd February, 2019
Upaya Social Ventures invests in early-stage entrepreneurs who share our mission of fighting poverty through job creation. By creating dignified jobs for those in extreme poverty, we aim to provide a hand up, not a handout, to those who need it most. To date, the companies in Upaya's investment portfolio have created nearly 12,000 jobs for people living in extreme poverty.
Upaya's 2019 accelerator program will be focused on identifying and investing in business that creates jobs (full-time, part-time or income enhancement) for the poorest of poor. We will select 8-12 entrepreneurs who are working to scale their early-stage job-creating companies with investments and consulting support. From the 8-12 enterprises, Upaya will invest up to $50,000 in up to three enterprises at the end of the accelerator program
Upaya’s past accelerators were focused on industry themes. In 2019, however, we are going in a different direction. This year’s accelerator applicants will be considered based on job creation, regardless of the industry they work in. The key question is Can you imagine creating 1,000 dignified jobs for the poor within three years?
We are going to learn a lot from the companies that answer “yes” to that question. Maybe what we learn will validate our current assumptions around the industries that are creating stable, dignified jobs for the poorest of the poor. Maybe it will open new horizons for our investments.
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2018 Agribusiness Cohort