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F-LANE – The Vodafone Institute Accelerator for Female Empowerment Vol.4

How can we accelerate social ventures that utilise technology to empower women worldwide?

#Accelerator #AI #Data #Education #FemaleEmpowerment #GenderEquality #SDG1 #SDG10 #SDG11 #SDG12 #SDG13 #SDG3 #SDG4 #SDG5 #SDG8 #Tech #Venture PartnersCountry

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Insights
Many women are still excluded from the workforce, especially when it comes to technology and business. F-LANE’s objective is to ensure that women play a leading role in shaping the future. It is an urgent need to create gender-inclusive technology and promote women’s participation in education, workforce, entrepreneurship, leadership, and, ultimately, digitalization. Technology offers a huge potential to overcome gender inequalities. 

 

The power of Peer2Peer learning
Across all cohorts we have seen great learning potential among the startups as they are typically confronted with similar problems in the early stages of setting up a business. We facilitate this exchange through a variety of formats including skill sharing and interactive expert sessions, team building exercises and a shared living experience.


Ventures Class I 


Ventures Class II


Ventures Class III

>> APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR F-LANE VOL.4! All info here, deadline is June 7th.

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#Impact Safari Madrid

How might we learn from local entrepreneurs in building our business?

#CollaborativeLearning #impacthub #ImpactSafari #LearningJourney #Madrid #SDG4 #SDG8 Partners

Countries

Spain, Germany

Project


Project website

 

>> Want to know more or host your own program with us? Contact Anna Lässer!

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Better Together Award 2019

How might we encourage innovative cooperations between public sector institutions and starts ups and/or civil society organization to support local and global climate action?

Partners#Berlin #BMW #ecosystem #ImpactSafari #Innovation #Leadership #Impact #Purpose #SDG17 #SDG8 #SDG9

Countries

Global

Project

The project aim is to highlight the relevance and value for innovative cooperations between public sector institutions and start ups and/or civil society initiatives for local & global climate protection and climate change mitigation & adaptation. The Award and its featured ventures will be part of the ICCA 2019 conference for Vertical Integration for Climate Action in Heidelberg, May 2019.

 

In collaboration with GIZ and BMU, Impact Hub Berlin focuses on four main action points:

  1. Raise awareness for innovation cooperation on a global level by writing a state-of-the-art trend report and facilitating a global call-for-application to find the five best-practices in public / start-up cooperation in the field of climate action
  2. Support the winning teams to generate impact at scale
  3. Honor and present the five best-practices at the ICCA 2019 conference
  4. Initiate and replicate innovative solution of public / start-up cooperations

 

SDG

>> As part of the program we also did a corresponding research on “Collaborative Innovation for Urban Climate Futures – Trends for the 21st Century” – you can read about all our findings in the Trendreport. <<

Visit the website to the Awards here!

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Design Thinking for Innovative Problem Solving

How can Design Thinking help to identify challenges and support innovation in SMEs and NGOs?

#CommunityBuilding #designthinking #Hackathon #Innovation #technology

Country:

Germany

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Barriers – what prevents women and girls from participating in tech, as users, content creators, employees, entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders?

Potentials – What are the potentials of digital technologies for women and girls in our country?

 

Uniting forces to show

To foster local innovation and to support initiatives that empower women and girls in tech, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Google and Impact Hub Berlin organised a hackathon to develop solutions that address the gender digital divide. The challenge started with local exploration workshops that took place on 4 different continents in 4 different cities (Accra, Manila, Odessa and Sao Paulo) in March 2017. Around 50 young female leaders  were gathered to discuss how women and girls can be actively supported to overcome the barriers in the digital world. After a local pitch event the most promising ventures were selected by a local jury. Four finalists were invited to Berlin where they took part in a hackathon. The winning teams presented on stage at the G20 Germany Summit 2017 and managed to score a selfie with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Every team received 6 months of mentoring to further improve their business and skills. They all became role models of women who empower women and girls in tech.

 

Local solutions are already making a global impact

Eight powerful initiatives from four continents rocked our world big time! While everyone is still in the process of realizing the devastating gender gap in tech, these young female leaders are already making a difference. With their work they fight for inclusion, confidence and becoming role models to inspire other women and girls to follow. Check out what they’re doing:

 

Empower Marta, Sao Paulo – Empowerment of older women in tech in order to socially include them
InfoPretaSao Paulo – A project founded by transgenders to empower black women in computer skills and tech
Chasopys Share4Scale, Odessa – Coworking space, and community to raise awareness, break stereotypes between women and men in their job opportunities. Through education and mentorship, women get empowered to dare to lean in and become role models for other women.
It2School,  Odessa – Tech education for girls to empower them to feel confident in a digital society
Jeepneed Tiny Labs, Manila – Encourage curiosity. Providing schools with hands-on science activity labs in order to get kids off the screens, encourage creativity and new innovative ideas which change the world
Aurelia & Amelia, Manila – An accessory-retailer that offers multi-style and multi-purpose fashion accessories using an online platform through which they seek improving market positions and incomes of female entrepreneurs
<Developers in Vogue/>, Accra – Building a community of highly skilled female developers who are passionate about using technology to revolutionize Africa and beyond. Training and mentorship in software development, data science and real time projects
DiFEP, Accra – Empowerment of women to get access to tech careers. Hands on training and assistance in getting certifications and internships in digital marketing
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Fishbowl Discussion: Fostering the growth of impact entrepreneurs

How can cities and politics support Entrepreneurs? How can we build, support and connect local ecosystems that allow startups to scale?

 

#current #EcosystemBuilding #Impact #InnovationCommunities #SDG11 #SDG17 #SDG9 #SupportInfrastructure Partners

Countries:
Netherlands, Germany

Project

 

Project:

Accelerate MENA was a bilingual program (English – French) developed to inspire, build and connect social innovation ecosystems in the MENA region. Kicking off the program in Jordan and Tunisia, the project consisted of:


Impact:

We believe that the best approach to address today’s challenges is to build and support local and global ecosystems of motivated people who want drive change. Innovation is not always Silicon Valley – Anyone can come up with new ideas that solve problems we face. Topped with inspiration, guidance, the right tools and skill set, these ideas can quickly turn into real projects with real impact.

Accelerate MENA equipped our participants with the tools to develop responsible and inclusive business models around challenges that matter – be it Sustainable Consumption and Production (SDG 12) in Jordan or Renewable Energy (SDG 7) in Tunisia – and connected them to the right stakeholders. By running two-day Design Thinking innovation bootcamps in Amman and Tunis as well as an acceleration training in Berlin, Accelerate MENA aimed to strengthen the MENA social entrepreneurship scene through three core elements:

The participants developed several ideas ranging from using biomass to empower small towns in Tunisia by producing and selling their own energy, to building a co-creation space for artists upcycling plastic, or designing energy-efficient housing in the dead sea regions.


Insights:

>> Jordan


Design Thinking can unleash creativity in Jordan

There are a lot of highly motivated people in Jordan, especially young students, who are eager and motivated to get involved in starting an impact project. However, there are not enough creative offers that encourage ideation yet, and Design Thinking is still a new concept. Closely connected to that, Design Thinking experts and trainers are quite rare. During the workshop we were amazed to see how open the bootcamp participants were to the process and how much energy they put into the team and project work. The final pitches at the end of the workshop in front of a jury pushed the participants to develop their idea further – they were on fire!


Creative Workshops are nice; but follow-ups make the difference

Apart from the high energy of the participants, we were overwhelmed to see that many existing projects had an implicit impact focus already, especially in Amman and the surrounding areas. While there are existing support opportunities for young entrepreneurs in Amman, such as the Zain campus where our bootcamp took place, enpact or Oasis 500, follow-up support opportunities for early stage ideas are still rare. Although the level of motivation was high, participants who came to our bootcamp with an idea often struggled to create a business model making their project or startup financially sustainable. There is a big demand for developing a skill set to push ideas further.


Need for more business modelling to make ideas come alive

Concluding, especially in the early project stages ranging from ideation to follow-up support for projects that have not turned into a business yet, support and funding is lacking. We had the feeling that many good ideas were not followed up upon, as incubation or mentoring opportunities to work on the business side were missing. Design Thinking and co-working are slowly arriving in Jordan, but were not common buzzwords yet.


>> Tunisia


Female power!

Similar to Jordan, we loved how many female participants came to our workshop. The teams were very gender-inclusive and collaboration was highly encouraged. Although gender inclusivity and rights is of course still a big topic in the region, within the small context of our workshop and probably also within the younger age group it felt very natural to have diverse teams.


Strengthening Tunisia’s early-stage entrepreneurship ecosystem

Feedback we received from several ends indicated that the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Tunisia is still very early-stage with few players, support institutions and co-working spaces in the field. Especially amongst the older generation, becoming a founder is not yet as accepted as working for bigger corporates. Consequently, funding and investment is still a big topic and so is bureaucracy.

 

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Blockchain Pioneers Hackathon

Blockchain4Good – Shaping Smart Sustainable Cities for the Future

#ecosystem #empowerment #Hackathon #Ideation #Innovation #SDG11 #SDG12 #SDG7 EMPOWERED BY

Locations
Bratislava –> Berlin –> Shanghai

 

Hackathon

Blockchain Pioneers 2018 is coming to Berlin! Join the hackathon to build a blockchain solution from scratch that shapes cities of tomorrow! Win 20.000 DCT, mentoring as well as a trip to join the Shanghai International Blockchain Week 2018 (SIBW) in Shanghai!

You have 2.5 day to hack, meet pioneers, entrepreneurs, techies and changemakers, learn from experts in the field of blockchain and social innovation and receive one-on-one mentoring to create your blockchain solutions that shapes smart sustainable cities.

We will  focus on the following tracks:

Government | Mobility & Logistics | Energy | Finance | HealthPrizes

Anna Lässer

Co Founder of Impact Hub Berlin

Mentorship: Failing ForwardAnton Zur 

Head of ECA Finance at Sberbank of Russia

Blockchain4GoodClemens Pompey

Head of Innovations at amatus

Mentorship: Governance

Gabriel Maličký

QA Analyst at DECENT

Mentorship: QA Engineering & AnalysisJan Schröder

ImpactN, Social Innovator & Systems Changer

Ignition Talk & Mentorship: Finance

Juraj Škorvánek

Android Developer at DECENT

Mentorship: Android DevelopmentMajka Baur

Design for Behaviour Change Project Manager at Scaling4Good

Mentorship: Impact Ventures

Mário Kapusta

Senior Software Engineer at DECENT

Mentorship: Software DevelopmentMaz Cohen

Founder at Wisher and Marketing & Strategy at metamorph

Kick Off: Blockchain4Good

Michal Géci

Head of Innovations at DECENT

Challenge Definition & Framing

Michal Grman

Senior Software Developer at DECENT

Mentorship: Software Development

Michal Markovic

API Consultant

Mentorship: APITobias Oliver Khan

Senior Engineer & Co-Initiator at LVLX

Ignition Talk & Mentorship: Mobility & Logistics

Patrik Csókás

IT Manager at DECENT

Mentorship: Tech

Richard Rožnovják

Core Developer at DECENT

Mentorship: Tech

Sam Liban

Validator Business & Operations at TheSunProtocol

Ignition Talk & Mentoring: EnergySoline Bonnel

Founder & Managing Partner at BE.ive

Mentorship: SustainabilitySophie Münzberg

Head of Events at Impact Hub Berlin

Hackathon ModerationThimo Schmitt-Lord

CEO at Bayer Foundations

Ignition Talk & Mentorship: Health

Viktor Peter

Blockchain Governance Expert at GIZ Blockchain Lab

Ignition Talk & Mentorship: GovernanceYaser Hammadi

Project Management at Impact Hub Berlin

Workshop: Pitch Perfect

Project Partners

This hackathon is hosted by DECENT, Impact Hub Berlin, and the Shanghai International Blockchain Week 2018, empowered by Wanxiang Blockchain Lab.

/// Register now ///Future cities need radical ideas, today. We believe decentralized solutions can add to creating smart sustainable cities.

DECENT’s open-source blockchain solution “DCore” is a great opportunity to explore new types of solutions to create impact. The hackathon enables both techies and non-techies to experience and explore what it takes to turn a real-world challenge into a blockchain solution.Register individually or as a team of 2 to 5 people. We’ll select a diverse group of participants from various sectors, professional background and project ideas. If you’d like to attend and don’t have your own idea or team we will help you find new peers.

/// Register now ///The solution you & your team comes up with will be developed on DCORE.

Find more information here: dcore.decent.ch

Technical documentation

We highly recommend for the participants to study tech details before the Hack:

Web SDK

dcorejs examples

FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2018

14:30 – 15:00 Registration

15:00 – 15:30 Welcome by DECENT & Impat Hub Berlin

15:30 – 16:00 Keynote on Blockchain4Good by Maz Cohen, Wisher & Metamorph

16:00 – 16:50 The Challenge by Michal Geci, DECENT

16:50 – 17:20 Who is who

17:20 – 18:30 Presentation of Ideas & Team Building

18:30 – 19:00 Community WineDown & Team Huddle

19:00 – 19:30 Team Action Plan

19:30 – 20:30 Dinner

20:30 – 23:30 Get hacking or go home

 

SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2018

09:00 – 10:00 Breakfast & Arrival

10:00 – 10:10 Morning Check in

10:10 – 10:30 Ignition Talk: Governance by Viktor Peter, GIZ

10:30 – 10:50 Ignition Talk: Mobility & Logistics by Oliver Kahn, Exxeta

10:50 – 11:10 Ignition Talk: Finance by Jan Schröder, ImpactN

11:10 – 11:30 Ignition Talk: Energy by Sam Liban, The Sun Protocol

11:30 – 11:50 Ignition Talk: Health by Thimon v. Schmitt-Lord

11:50 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 19:00 Hacking & One-on-One Mentoring (see mentors above)

19:00 – 20:30 Bergfest: Dinner & Drinks

20:30 – 00 Hacking continues…

 

SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2018

09:00 – 10:00 Breakfast & Arrival

10:00 – 10:15 Morning Check in

10:15 – 12:00 Wrap up the Hack

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 13:15 Input: Pitch Perfect, Yaser Hammadi

13:15 – 14:30 Wrap up the Hack  & Pitch Prep

14:30 – 15:00 Final Submission of Pitches

15:00 – 16:00 Pitches Part 1 (5min presentation + 3min Q&A)

16:00 – 16:10 Break

16:10 – 16:50 Pitches Part 2 (5min presentation + 3min Q&A)

16:50 – 17:20 Jury Debrief

17:20 – 17:50 Award Ceremony

17:50 – 18:00 Team Check Out

18:00 – 18:30 Goodbye Drinks & SnacksPrizes for the winning teams

 The winning team will partner with DECENT and receive 20.000 DCT support to implement the solution.

Additionally the winning teams (#1, #2 and #3) will be invited to take part in the Shanghai International Blockchain Week 2018 (SIBW) in Shanghai for which travel arrangements will be made.

The second and third placed teams as well as all other teams are welcome to continue working on their ideas individually, or explore collaboration opportunities with DECENT if both parties are interested.The event will take place at Impact Hub Berlin, Friedrichstraße 246, 10969 Berlin, from Friday, July 20 to Sunday, July 22, 2018.All projects will be judged by DECENT and Impact Hub Berlin for their viability and impact. Specifically, this includes execution (demo from technical POV), business use case and the quality of the pitch. Each pitch should be 5 min presentation + 3 min Q&A.

 

Members of the jury:

Ronald Filo, Head of Research at DECENT

Michal Géci, Head of Innovation at DECENT

Tomáš Varga, Head of Strategy at DECENT

Peter Študent, Head of Software Development at DECENT

Anton Zur, Head of ECA Finance at Sberbank of Russia

and Nele Kapretz, Managing Director at Impact Hub Berlin

Teams and individuals coming from outside Berlin are eligible for travel reimbursement. Please apply for reimbursement of 150€ per person during the application process. Please bring your travel documents and invoices to the event for reimbursement.Powered by DECENT, Shanghai International Blockchain Week 2018, and  Impact Hub Berlin

 

DECENT is a non-profit foundation that has developed an open source blockchain ecosystem focused on helping businesses adapt to a decentralized future. With their proprietary technology and platform called DCore, DECENT can improve a wide range of real-world applications, especially content distribution networks.

 

DCore is the blockchain you can actually build on. Developed by DECENT, this platform is set to revolutionize the way digital data is exchanged by providing simplified, decentralized and borderless content and data distribution for applications (dApps). DCore is an open-source solution for companies looking to fast-track their own blockchain-based ideas.

 

Shanghai International Blockchain Week 2018 (SIBW) takes place from 19-24th September 2016, Wanxiang Blockchain Labs and the Ethereum Foundation co-hosted a one-week-long Shanghai Blockchain festival. The event included DevCon2, Demo Day, and the 2nd Global Blockchain Summit, attracting tens of speakers and 1000+ participants from around the world, and bringing the development and status of the blockchain industry in China to a whole new level.

SIBW is funded by China Wanxiang Holdings, Wanxiang Blockchain Labs is the first non-profit research institution focusing on Blockchain technology.  Wanxiang Blockchain Labs gathers industry professionals to provide support for the research, entrepreneurship, developments and applications in the industry, and also provide reference information for regulatory bodies, dedicating itself to the promotion and application of Blockchain industry, and to explore how the technology will be contributing to the development of the economy and the society.

 

Impact Hub Berlin is the catalyst for social innovation. We are a community, a consultancy and a creative space. We provide access to training and support, workspaces, training workshops, community events and incubation programs. Moreover we create professional programs for local & global companies, organizations and institutions from diverse sectors; working on the intersection of society, economy and politics. Uniting people from every profession, background and culture, the Impact Hub network includes over 100 hubs in more than 54 countries with +18000 members.

 

Media Partners: Coin Idol

Network Partners: Blockchain Lab, LXVXDecent Website

Project:

Accelerate MENA was a bilingual program (English – French) developed to inspire, build and connect social innovation ecosystems in the MENA region. Kicking off the program in Jordan and Tunisia, the project consisted of:


Impact:

We believe that the best approach to address today’s challenges is to build and support local and global ecosystems of motivated people who want drive change. Innovation is not always Silicon Valley – Anyone can come up with new ideas that solve problems we face. Topped with inspiration, guidance, the right tools and skill set, these ideas can quickly turn into real projects with real impact.

Accelerate MENA equipped our participants with the tools to develop responsible and inclusive business models around challenges that matter – be it Sustainable Consumption and Production (SDG 12) in Jordan or Renewable Energy (SDG 7) in Tunisia – and connected them to the right stakeholders. By running two-day Design Thinking innovation bootcamps in Amman and Tunis as well as an acceleration training in Berlin, Accelerate MENA aimed to strengthen the MENA social entrepreneurship scene through three core elements:

The participants developed several ideas ranging from using biomass to empower small towns in Tunisia by producing and selling their own energy, to building a co-creation space for artists upcycling plastic, or designing energy-efficient housing in the dead sea regions.


Insights:

>> Jordan


Design Thinking can unleash creativity in Jordan

There are a lot of highly motivated people in Jordan, especially young students, who are eager and motivated to get involved in starting an impact project. However, there are not enough creative offers that encourage ideation yet, and Design Thinking is still a new concept. Closely connected to that, Design Thinking experts and trainers are quite rare. During the workshop we were amazed to see how open the bootcamp participants were to the process and how much energy they put into the team and project work. The final pitches at the end of the workshop in front of a jury pushed the participants to develop their idea further – they were on fire!


Creative Workshops are nice; but follow-ups make the difference

Apart from the high energy of the participants, we were overwhelmed to see that many existing projects had an implicit impact focus already, especially in Amman and the surrounding areas. While there are existing support opportunities for young entrepreneurs in Amman, such as the Zain campus where our bootcamp took place, enpact or Oasis 500, follow-up support opportunities for early stage ideas are still rare. Although the level of motivation was high, participants who came to our bootcamp with an idea often struggled to create a business model making their project or startup financially sustainable. There is a big demand for developing a skill set to push ideas further.


Need for more business modelling to make ideas come alive

Concluding, especially in the early project stages ranging from ideation to follow-up support for projects that have not turned into a business yet, support and funding is lacking. We had the feeling that many good ideas were not followed up upon, as incubation or mentoring opportunities to work on the business side were missing. Design Thinking and co-working are slowly arriving in Jordan, but were not common buzzwords yet.


>> Tunisia


Female power!

Similar to Jordan, we loved how many female participants came to our workshop. The teams were very gender-inclusive and collaboration was highly encouraged. Although gender inclusivity and rights is of course still a big topic in the region, within the small context of our workshop and probably also within the younger age group it felt very natural to have diverse teams.


Strengthening Tunisia’s early-stage entrepreneurship ecosystem

Feedback we received from several ends indicated that the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Tunisia is still very early-stage with few players, support institutions and co-working spaces in the field. Especially amongst the older generation, becoming a founder is not yet as accepted as working for bigger corporates. Consequently, funding and investment is still a big topic and so is bureaucracy.

 

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Inequality Challenge

How might we integrate and upscale innovative approaches for the reduction of inequality and the LNOB principle of the 2030 Agenda – while at the same time strengthening the mainstreaming of these subjects in German development cooperation?

#Coaching #designthinking #Peer2Peer #PitchTraining #SDG10 #Workshop Partners

Countries:
Bangladesh, Nigeria, Brazil, Serbia, India, Cambia, Jordan, Mauritania, Mongolia, Mexico

 

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Project website

 

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#Impact Safari Madrid

How might we learn from local entrepreneurs in building our business?

#CollaborativeLearning #impacthub #ImpactSafari #LearningJourney #Madrid #SDG4 #SDG8 Partners

Countries

Spain, Germany

Project


Project website

 

>> Want to know more or host your own program with us? Contact Anna Lässer!

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Hack4Climate

How might we use Blockchain to alleviate on of the most pressing challenges of our time – Climate Change?

#Global Community #Hackathon #PrepWorkshop #SDG13 Partners

Countries
Germany, India, South Africa, Argentina, UK, Australia, Russia, US, Brazil, South Korea, Shanghai, Singapore, Suriname, Austria


Project

 

Project website

 

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Human-centered design of personal-finance-management app for financial inclusion

How might we empower Namibian citizens to access, understand and make use of their free annual credit report and thus achieve financial literacy?

#ecosystem #Entrepreneurship #FinancialInclusion #FinancialLiteracy #HCD #SDG17 #SDG8 PartnersCountries

Namibia

 

Project

  1. Stakeholder alignment to understand supply perspective
  2. Local qualitative user research to explore user scope
  3. Five-day Design Sprint with stakeholders to develop a product concept

 

SDG

 

 

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Womentum – Accelerating MENA’s Women Led Tech Start-ups

How can we create a 4-month program to accelerate women led tech start-ups in the Middle East and put them onto an international radar?

#Accelerator #current #SDG5 #Startup #Tech #WomenInTech Partners

Countries
Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

 

Project

 

Womentum acceleration teams will benefit from the following:

 

Project websiteWorking on the cashless transformation of communities through a mobile app for community members with a family wallet utilizing blockchain technology, as well as a community management web portal. – Have a look at their website!

“We believe that Womentum is a game changer for us, a dedicated team with tremendous network of mentors is what every startup needs. We cannot wait to start.”

– EgyptA precision farming hub that offers smart monitoring of environmental data using AI to help farmers make better decisions. – Have a look at their website!

“The entrepreneurship and innovation field is still male-dominated. At Seabex, we strongly believe that positive impact and great change come from brave and smart women when there are enough opportunities and Womentum is one of the best opportunities out there that empower women entrepreneurs, open doors and break barriers. Our hope for a sustainable world can’t be a single effort, but it can happen when we, all change-makers, come together.”

– TunisiaAn AI-powered tool to manage and respond to public comments on social media platforms, using machine learning to improve performance and to better understand inputs of all languages. – Have a look at their website!

“We live one day at a time. Each day we look for a kernel of excitement. In the morning we ask: what is our excitement thing for today? Then, we heard from Womena. Don’t ask for tomorrow.”

– JordanAn integrated platform that aggregates upwards of $500 from multiple investors into a property they choose, earning rental income and capital growth with zero hassle. – Have a look at their website!

“We are delighted to have been selected from a highly competitive group of candidates to be part of Womena’s inaugural accelerator program for female-led tech companies. We see a formidable combination of Womena’s access to expertise and networks of partners, and our vision, to revolutionize the world of real estate investing through technology.”

– UAEA unique mobile salon for the Arab world where customers can book different services of their choosing, with a booking system for stylists and artists integrated with their calendars. – Have a look at their website!

“We believe Womentum could launch Mrayti into the Arab world after a successful pilot in Amman. We want our ideas challenged, tested and exposed, and we can’t wait for it to happen within the Womentum program.”

– JordanAuthentic home-cooked meals from a variety of international cuisines delivered to users on demand. – Have a look at their website!

“The things that got us excited is the the uniqueness of the program: No upfront stake or equity giveaway and exposure to international and regional investors and mentors. We are also excited about the visit to Germany, which will help us understand the work that we need to do on our business model in order to scale internationally.”

– Saudi ArabiaWorking to turn plastic waste into sustainable building materials, such as eco-friendly paving stones and floor tiles made from plastic waste. – Have a look at their website!

“For the Z team, it’s time to scale. From Morocco to Berlin to Dubai, it’s time for us to shine internationally thanks to the Womentum program. Let the adventure begin!”

– MoroccoAn employee engagement tool that looks to combat disengagement in the workplace using a perks and benefits marketplace and a pulse-survey tool. – Have a look at their website!

“I am excited to be a part of a pioneering program that supports female entrepreneurs from all over the region and works to build a community around them. I can’t wait to engage with so many incredible women and to be a part of each other’s entrepreneurial journey.”

– Saudi Arabia/UAEUsing immersive augmented reality experiences to empower homeowners in discovering, visualizing and interacting with furniture in the space it will live in. – Have a look at their website!

“We believe that Womentum is the perfect platform to introduce us to the MENA ecosystem, help us accelerate our growth and showcase our vision and our passion toward innovation and disruptive technologies.”

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Global Sustainability Trend Report

How can we access grass-route innovators to understand emerging trends and innovation that will affect business strategies in the future?

#current #Impact #Innovation #SDG11 #SDG12 #SDG13 #SDG14 #SDG15 #SDG3 #SDG8 #SDG9 #Transformation #Trends Partners

Countries
Europe, Middle East & Africa, North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific

 

Project

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Employee Accelerator to redesign intercultural education

How can employees learn new skills and gain a new mindset to reimagine their offer to match the new needs of pupils nowadays?

#Digitalisation #Innovation #SDG16 #SDG4 #Transformation Partners

Country
Germany

Project

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Africa FinTech Challenge

How might we support local entrepreneurs in Africa to ensure economic growth and financial security?

#DesignSprint #designthinking #DigitalPrototype #Hackathon #SDG1 #SDG10 #SDG8 #SDG9 Partners

Countries:
Ghana, Kamerun, Germany

Project

 

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Turning +200 Students into Climate Innovators

How can you enable students to create new solutions to stop climate change?

#Ideation #OnlineCommunity #SDG13 Partners

Country
Germany

Project

 

Project website

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Accelerating Green Start-ups in Peru & Empowering the Local Ecosystem

How can we build a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem for green start-ups? How can we empower Start-ups in Biodiversity to realise the potential of their impact?

#Bootcamp #Biodiversity #Design Thinking #Impact #SDG10 #SDG11 #SDG12 #SDG13 #SDG14 #SDG15 #SDG3 #SDG6 #SDG8 #ValueChain Partners

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Peru

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ImpACT – Building Synergies between German and Afghan Start-ups

How can we strengthen German–Afghan start-up ecosystems with one another?

#designthinking #ecosystem #empowerment #Networking #SDG10 #SDG11 Germany Partners

Countries
Afghanistan, Germany

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EU’s FABMove – connect social innovation hubs across the world

How can we strengthen relationships and exchange between hubs all focussing on social innovation?

#current #designthinking #ecosystem #empowerment #Networking #OnlineCommunity #SDG11 Partners

Countries
France, Israel, Argentina, Costa Rica, Indonesia

 

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GIZ Lab of Tomorrow – Human-centered research to access emerging markets

How can you create new business ventures in emerging markets and establish strong local partnerships?

#designthinking #Digitalization #Ideation #LabOfTomorrow #Piloting #Prototyping #Research #SDG1 #SDG10 #SDG11 #SDG12 #SDG13 #SDG14 #SDG15 #SDG16 #SDG17 #SDG2 #SDG3 #SDG4 #SDG5 #SDG6 #SDG7 #SDG8 #SDG9 Partners

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Zambia, Kenya, Uganda

 

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BMW Impact Safari for Purpose – Driven Leadership

How can we inspire and empower top-level management to create a purpose-driven environment for their employees?

#Berlin #BMW #ecosystem #ImpactSafari #Innovation #Leadership #Impact #Purpose #SDG17 #SDG8 #SDG9 Partners

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Germany

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  1. We plug corporates into our local impact ecosystem to make them experience a new world
  2. 2-3 full day workshop with excursions across Berlin
  3. Tailored topics designed to inspire and leverage purpose-driven leadership

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GIZ Global Innovation


How-to-guide to Build Innovation Communities

#BestPractice #EcosystemBuilding #Innovation #InnovationCommunities #SDG4 #SDG5 #SDG9

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Germany, global

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Challenge

How can we share our global expertise and empower others to build strong innovation communities and empower local entrepreneurial ecosystems?

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Empower women and girls in tech from Accra, Manila, Odessa and Sao Paulo

How can we empower women in tech globally to close the gender digital divide? 

#Accelerator #CommunityBuilding #giz #Hackathon #impacthub #Innovation #Mentoring #nobullshit #SDG12 #SDG7 #technology #women

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Philippines (Manila), Ukraine (Odessa), Brazil (Sao Paulo), Germany (Berlin), Ghana (Accra)

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Challenges women in tech face are universal

During the local workshops across four continents we wanted to understand the barriers and potential of women and girls in tech. The insights were surprising: each young female leader working in tech faces very similar challenges.

Barriers – what prevents women and girls from participating in tech, as users, content creators, employees, entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders?

Potentials – What are the potentials of digital technologies for women and girls in our country?

 

Uniting forces to show

To foster local innovation and to support initiatives that empower women and girls in tech, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Google and Impact Hub Berlin organised a hackathon to develop solutions that address the gender digital divide. The challenge started with local exploration workshops that took place on 4 different continents in 4 different cities (Accra, Manila, Odessa and Sao Paulo) in March 2017. Around 50 young female leaders  were gathered to discuss how women and girls can be actively supported to overcome the barriers in the digital world. After a local pitch event the most promising ventures were selected by a local jury. Four finalists were invited to Berlin where they took part in a hackathon. The winning teams presented on stage at the G20 Germany Summit 2017 and managed to score a selfie with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Every team received 6 months of mentoring to further improve their business and skills. They all became role models of women who empower women and girls in tech.

 

Local solutions are already making a global impact

Eight powerful initiatives from four continents rocked our world big time! While everyone is still in the process of realizing the devastating gender gap in tech, these young female leaders are already making a difference. With their work they fight for inclusion, confidence and becoming role models to inspire other women and girls to follow. Check out what they’re doing:

WORLD MAP IMPACT WITH LIZ + INFO OF TABLE BELOW IN THE MAP

Empower Marta, Sao Paulo – Empowerment of older women in tech in order to socially include them
InfoPretaSao Paulo – A project founded by transgenders to empower black women in computer skills and tech
Chasopys Share4Scale, Odessa – Coworking space, and community to raise awareness, break stereotypes between women and men in their job opportunities. Through education and mentorship, women get empowered to dare to lean in and become role models for other women.
It2School,  Odessa – Tech education for girls to empower them to feel confident in a digital society
Jeepneed Tiny Labs, Manila – Encourage curiosity. Providing schools with hands-on science activity labs in order to get kids off the screens, encourage creativity and new innovative ideas which change the world
Aurelia & Amelia, Manila – An accessory-retailer that offers multi-style and multi-purpose fashion accessories using an online platform through which they seek improving market positions and incomes of female entrepreneurs
<Developers in Vogue/>, Accra – Building a community of highly skilled female developers who are passionate about using technology to revolutionize Africa and beyond. Training and mentorship in software development, data science and real time projects
DiFEP, Accra – Empowerment of women to get access to tech careers. Hands on training and assistance in getting certifications and internships in digital marketing

 

At the G20 Summit

When the magnitude of a project hits you: All eight teams managed to squeeze onto a selfie with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel 🙂

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Digital Imagination Challenge – Innovation Contest to Foster Inclusion

How can we empower tech solutions that reduce barriers for people with disability?

#audio #challenge #Community-building #contest #digital #inclusion #Innovation #Mentoring #nobullshit #SDG10 #SDG8 Germany Partners

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Germany

 

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How can we impact the life of millions of people?

Rapid technological development and digitalization have revolutionized our society and offer unprecedented opportunities and innovations that can change the lives of millions. Together with Unitymedia and Sozialhelden we looked for innovative ideas and solutions that use technology to break down barriers and enable inclusion at home, at work and in the leisure space.

 

#nobullshittech: when tech really makes a difference

Copy paste tech solutions, like food delivery, are neat because they make life convenient. But they are not revolutionary and often do not think the needs of people with disability alongside. We scouted 23 initiatives and ventures that created tech solutions that break down barriers and make society more inclusive. From AR to indoor navigation; every solution will change the life of millions of people.

 

Truly inclusive pitch event

Each of the five ventures that went through the program blew our mind, touched our hearts and inspired us to the bone. They shared their solutions with the public at a fully inclusive final pitch event in front of 100+ people with sign language translation and audio description in place.

1st prize: EiS-App, won 15.000 EUR, 3 months mentoring and Impact Hub Berlin Membership

2nd prize: Deaf Magazine, won 5.000 EUR, 3 months mentoring and Impact Hub Berlin Membership

3rd prize: Match My Maker, won 3 months mentoring and Impact Hub Berlin Membership

 

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Outcomes

 

Impact (& SDGs):

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Accelerate MENA

How can we empower and connect the local entrepreneurial ecosystem in Tunis and Amman and help them create new solution to improve sustainable production & consumption as well as create a better future for renewable energy?

#Accelerator #bootcamp #designthinking #ecosystem #empowerment #Ideation #Innovation #MENA #SDG12 #SDG7 #women Jordan Tunisia Partners

Countries: Jordan, Tunisia, Germany

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Accelerate MENA was a bilingual program (English – French) developed to inspire, build and connect social innovation ecosystems in the MENA region. Kicking off the program in Jordan and Tunisia, the project consisted of:


Impact:

We believe that the best approach to address today’s challenges is to build and support local and global ecosystems of motivated people who want drive change. Innovation is not always Silicon Valley – Anyone can come up with new ideas that solve problems we face. Topped with inspiration, guidance, the right tools and skill set, these ideas can quickly turn into real projects with real impact.

Accelerate MENA equipped our participants with the tools to develop responsible and inclusive business models around challenges that matter – be it Sustainable Consumption and Production (SDG 12) in Jordan or Renewable Energy (SDG 7) in Tunisia – and connected them to the right stakeholders. By running two-day Design Thinking innovation bootcamps in Amman and Tunis as well as an acceleration training in Berlin, Accelerate MENA aimed to strengthen the MENA social entrepreneurship scene through three core elements:

The participants developed several ideas ranging from using biomass to empower small towns in Tunisia by producing and selling their own energy, to building a co-creation space for artists upcycling plastic, or designing energy-efficient housing in the dead sea regions.


Insights:

>> Jordan


Design Thinking can unleash creativity in Jordan

There are a lot of highly motivated people in Jordan, especially young students, who are eager and motivated to get involved in starting an impact project. However, there are not enough creative offers that encourage ideation yet, and Design Thinking is still a new concept. Closely connected to that, Design Thinking experts and trainers are quite rare. During the workshop we were amazed to see how open the bootcamp participants were to the process and how much energy they put into the team and project work. The final pitches at the end of the workshop in front of a jury pushed the participants to develop their idea further – they were on fire!


Creative Workshops are nice; but follow-ups make the difference

Apart from the high energy of the participants, we were overwhelmed to see that many existing projects had an implicit impact focus already, especially in Amman and the surrounding areas. While there are existing support opportunities for young entrepreneurs in Amman, such as the Zain campus where our bootcamp took place, enpact or Oasis 500, follow-up support opportunities for early stage ideas are still rare. Although the level of motivation was high, participants who came to our bootcamp with an idea often struggled to create a business model making their project or startup financially sustainable. There is a big demand for developing a skill set to push ideas further.


Need for more business modelling to make ideas come alive

Concluding, especially in the early project stages ranging from ideation to follow-up support for projects that have not turned into a business yet, support and funding is lacking. We had the feeling that many good ideas were not followed up upon, as incubation or mentoring opportunities to work on the business side were missing. Design Thinking and co-working are slowly arriving in Jordan, but were not common buzzwords yet.


>> Tunisia


Female power!

Similar to Jordan, we loved how many female participants came to our workshop. The teams were very gender-inclusive and collaboration was highly encouraged. Although gender inclusivity and rights is of course still a big topic in the region, within the small context of our workshop and probably also within the younger age group it felt very natural to have diverse teams.


Strengthening Tunisia’s early-stage entrepreneurship ecosystem

Feedback we received from several ends indicated that the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Tunisia is still very early-stage with few players, support institutions and co-working spaces in the field. Especially amongst the older generation, becoming a founder is not yet as accepted as working for bigger corporates. Consequently, funding and investment is still a big topic and so is bureaucracy.

 

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Intrapreneurship – Accelerator for Employees to design digital MVPs

How can we empower employees to gain innovation skills to create relevant digital solutions that will strengthen local partnerships and have a positive impact?

#Accelerator #Digitalization #giz #Innovation #intrapraneurship #MVP #OnlineCommunity #SDG10 #SDG15 #SDG16 #corporate #SDG6 #SDG7 #SDG8 #Sprint #Transformation Partners

Countries

Brazil, Ghana, South Africa, Lesotho, Jordan, Thailand and Germany

Project

The accelerator program for employees enabled six global teams to experience a hands-on innovation journey to design digital solutions:

  1. Selection of the top 5 solutions submitted to an online platform
  2. Bootcamp to kick-off the format and introduce all teams to design thinking skills
  3. 6 month guided innovation sprint that offered each team a process, coaching and financial funding to create MVPs. This took place across 5 different locations.
  4. Internal Pitch to a jury, members of the management board, and colleagues in the GIZ. It was live streamed to +450 people from all over the world.
  5. Funding and coaching for the implementation and scaling of the overall winning solution.

From Bureaucracy to Innovation

GIZ, the German development agency, is a rather classic, bureaucratic organisation – like most public organisations still are. So implementing and running a highly agile, user-centred and collaborative process was a challenge in itself: It required quite some imagination from everyone involved to overcome bureaucratic hurdles and pilot an accelerator like this. Also, telling the six participating teams of employees that the outcome of their innovation journey is a) open and b) uncertain; was baffling to them. In their world, a solution was already up-and-running since the moment they had put it on paper and won the selection process. Nonetheless, each team rose to the challenge of joining the innovation journey – even though they surprisingly found themselves outside of their comfort zone.

Each team had the support of a handpicked design thinking coach who guided and supported the entire process – this boosted the team’s confidence and enabled them to stay focused and motivated. Thanks to many success moments and inspiring aha-moments, they all managed to stick through the failures and hard pivots that are normal in the process of creating a new product/service. It was impressive to see that their hard work of validation and iteration sprints paid off: they developed real MVPs from scratch – that are now being piloted!

 

Learning-by-doing to identify internal barriers that prevent innovation

Transforming an organisation to become more agile and innovative is not easy. There is no magic potion or one-size-fits-all solution. This program combined two goals: It a) enabled every participant to boost their innovation skills during the sprints, and b) enabled them to develop scalable digital solutions (MVPs). Thereby the GIZ managed to identify organizational barriers and to foster innovation.

Enabling the teams to go through an iterative innovation process made organisational barriers very explicit. Using a very hands-on learning-by-doing approach was perfect  – the GIZ was able to identify and understand internal hurdles or show-stoppers AND saw how creative workarounds and playing with wiggle-room was able to push the existing boundaries. We’re curious what new structures and processes the GIZ will created based upon the hands-on experience made by their first cohort of teams.

 

The best solution is not always digital

Each team entered the rally with a digital solution. A playful competitive vibe gave the Kick-off bootcamp a great energy boost. Each team was convinced they would create the best digital solution and win the funding to implement and scale their solution globally. Little did they know that their innovation journey was not going to be as easy and straightforward as they believed…

One of the teams was struck hard by reality – traditionally one might even say they “failed”. During the testing phase they had to accept that their key partner, a monopol, vetoed the slightest digital aspects of their solution that had the goal to optimise the local processes; making it impossible for the team to proceed. This “failure” was a big draw-back for the team – they wanted to resign from the program. However, the GIZ saw the valuable lesson this team learned and helped them to spin their biggest failure into a massive breakthrough: solving the problem they had putting the user’s needs first, not their solution.

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F-LANE – The Vodafone Institute Accelerator for Female Empowerment

How can we accelerate social ventures that utilise technology to empower women worldwide?

#Accelerator #AI #Data #Drones #Education #FemaleEmpowerment #Finance #GenderEquality #Health #SDG1 #SDG10 #SDG11 #SDG12 #SDG13 #SDG3 #SDG4 #SDG5 #SDG8 #Security #Tech #Venture PartnersCountry

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Insights
Many women are still excluded from the workforce, especially when it comes to technology and business. F-LANE’s objective is to ensure that women play a leading role in shaping the future. It is an urgent need to create gender-inclusive technology and promote women’s participation in education, workforce, entrepreneurship, leadership, and, ultimately, digitalization. Technology offers a huge potential to overcome gender inequalities. 

 

The power of Peer2Peer learning
Across all cohorts we have seen great learning potential among the startups as they are typically confronted with similar problems in the early stages of setting up a business. We facilitate this exchange through a variety of formats including skill sharing and interactive expert sessions, team building exercises and a shared living experience.


Ventures Class I 


Ventures Class II


Ventures Class III


What happened after F-LANE?

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