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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?

Partners

Logo Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications
Logo Impact Hub Berlin
Logo Social Entrepreneurship Akademie

Country

Global

Project

  • Global trendscouting
  • Selection funnel to identify top five ventures
  • Hosting a 7 week accelerator program for high-potential digital impact ventures focusing on female empowerment

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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. 

  • 7 week accelerator – how we build companies without shares
    • Tailored curriculum to teach hard skills
      Led by the leading competence center for education for societal change, the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie, the startups benefit from a curriculum specifically designed to meet their individual needs. Consisting of team sessions and individual coachings, the curriculum builds key competences around business, impact and financial models.
    • Experience program to individually match ventures to high-potentials
      Connections are key for young entrepreneurs to accelerate growth – the experience program aims at ingraining the startups into the Berlin ecosystem of social entrepreneurs, industry partners, impact investors and individually matches them with experienced mentors
  • Global Trend-scouting of new ventures that use tech to empower women
  • Over 90% of applications have female co-founders or board members
  • Over 6 million EUR raised in funding
  • Matched 15 finalists with handpicked mentors
  • General Trends we’ve spotted
    • Businesses using emerging technologies in developing countries seem to be more assured about their business model, compared to their equivalents in developing countries
    • Applications from developing countries are typically in the sector of healthcare and education, whereas applications from developed countries are spread across a wide variety of industries

 

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 

  • SecurellaMarocco – A smart wearable that ensures women’s safety and sense of security
  • Ask without shame, Uganda – An app-based service to provide answers to questions around reproductive health
  • Lensational UK – Empowering women in developing countries to tell their story through photography
  • DigiSitter, Germany – An app to help parents coordinate work and childcare
  • Wazi Vision, Uganda – Affordable eye care for children in low-income families


Ventures Class II

  • Gapsquare, UK – A software that allows companies to measure and narrow their gender pay gap
  • Good On You, Australia – A global brand rating app for ethical fashion brands
  • Kaaro Health, Uganda – Bringing health care to remote areas through containerized clinics and telehealth solutions
  • Mowoza, Mozambique – Supply chain management solutions for micro entrepreneurs
  • SouSou, Tanzania – Crowdbanking software to bridge the access to capital gap for women


Ventures Class III

  • breast IT, Uganda – a portable, ultrasound glove for breast cancer screening
  • Doctory, Pakistan – online directory of doctors and patient management for health centers
  • FinMarie, Germany – online wealth management platform for and by women 
  • Free-D, UK / India – empowering disadvantaged women with 3D printing and CAD skills
  • MamaBird, Malawi / US – last mile healthcare through drones

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

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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?

Partners

Logo womena
Logo Impact Hub Berlin

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

 

Project

  • Application Phase and Selection of leading Women startups
  • Tailored Curriculum, mentoring and networking to take the ventures to the next level
  • Workshops in two start-up ups: Dubai and Berlin to plug into the local scene and meet investors

 

Womentum acceleration teams will benefit from the following:

  • A customized curriculum of support and training based on your startup’s individualized needs
  • Regional marketing and exposure through the Womentum web series
  • 1:1 mentoring with experts, coaches and consultants from Berlin, Dubai and your local market
  • An economy class ticket towards flight costs for up to two founders to Berlin and Dubai
  • Accommodation in Berlin and Dubai on a shared-room basis
  • Access to co-working space during both rotations, including Impact Hub’s Berlin network
  • Support with visa processing for Berlin & Dubai
  • Access to ecosystem events in Berlin & Dubai
  • Introductions to womena’s network of investors (global & regional)
  • Legal support from Latham & Watkins – the largest legal firm in the world
  • Options for easy incorporation in the UAE
  • Free co-working package for top 3 companies upon graduation

 

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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?

Partners

Logo GIZ – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit
Logo Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung
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Logo Siemens

Countries
Zambia, Kenya, Uganda

 

Project

  • Define the challenge and select cross-sector partners
  • Human-centered Research & Stakeholder Mapping to identify core needs, challenges and potentials
  • Ideation & Prototyping Workshop to design new solutions and strengthen partnerships
  • Test and Pilot new solutions in the field

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GIZ Global Innovation


How-to-guide to Build Innovation Communities

Countries:

Germany, global

Partners

Logo GIZ – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit

Project:

  • Identify need, ambition and outcome
  • Global analysis of best practices formats for community-building and acceleration
  • Screening of Impact Hub Berlin + global Impact Hub network for best case practices
  • Synthesis, visualisation and creation of a hands-on guide with case studies

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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F-LANE – The Vodafone Institute Accelerator for Female Empowerment

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

Partners

Logo Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications
Logo Impact Hub Berlin
Logo Social Entrepreneurship Akademie

Country

Global

Project

  • Global trendscouting
  • Selection funnel to identify top five ventures
  • Hosting a 7 week accelerator program for high-potential digital impact ventures focusing on female empowerment

Promo video

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. 

  • 7 week accelerator – how we build companies without shares
    • Tailored curriculum to teach hard skills
      Led by the leading competence center for education for societal change, the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie, the startups benefit from a curriculum specifically designed to meet their individual needs. Consisting of team sessions and individual coachings, the curriculum builds key competences around business, impact and financial models.
    • Experience program to individually match ventures to high-potentials
      Connections are key for young entrepreneurs to accelerate growth – the experience program aims at ingraining the startups into the Berlin ecosystem of social entrepreneurs, industry partners, impact investors and individually matches them with experienced mentors
  • Global Trend-scouting of new ventures that use tech to empower women
  • Over 90% of applications have female co-founders or board members
  • Over 6 million EUR raised in funding
  • Matched 15 finalists with handpicked mentors
  • General Trends we’ve spotted
    • Businesses using emerging technologies in developing countries seem to be more assured about their business model, compared to their equivalents in developing countries
    • Applications from developing countries are typically in the sector of healthcare and education, whereas applications from developed countries are spread across a wide variety of industries

 

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 

  • SecurellaMarocco – A smart wearable that ensures women’s safety and sense of security
  • Ask without shame, Uganda – An app-based service to provide answers to questions around reproductive health
  • Lensational UK – Empowering women in developing countries to tell their story through photography
  • DigiSitter, Germany – An app to help parents coordinate work and childcare
  • Wazi Vision, Uganda – Affordable eye care for children in low-income families


Ventures Class II

  • Gapsquare, UK – A software that allows companies to measure and narrow their gender pay gap
  • Good On You, Australia – A global brand rating app for ethical fashion brands
  • Kaaro Health, Uganda – Bringing health care to remote areas through containerized clinics and telehealth solutions
  • Mowoza, Mozambique – Supply chain management solutions for micro entrepreneurs
  • SouSou, Tanzania – Crowdbanking software to bridge the access to capital gap for women


Ventures Class III

  • breast IT, Uganda – a portable, ultrasound glove for breast cancer screening
  • Doctory, Pakistan – online directory of doctors and patient management for health centers
  • FinMarie, Germany – online wealth management platform for and by women 
  • Free-D, UK / India – empowering disadvantaged women with 3D printing and CAD skills
  • MamaBird, Malawi / US – last mile healthcare through drones


What happened after F-LANE?

    • In total over 500 applications from over 80 countries, spread across all continents
    • Batch One
      • Ruth, founder of Ask Without Shame, met the Queen of England as “Young Leader…xxx”
      • Securella, Wazi Vision and Ask Without Shame scored + X.XXX.XXX,00 EUR of investment
    • Batch Two
      • 4 out of 5 teams participated in follow up acceleration tracks: Good On You became a finalist of the Fashion for Good Accelerator,  SouSou, Mowoza and Kaaro Health were part of the Make IT in Africa Accelerator.
      • Within 3 months after the accelerator, strategic partnerships with corporations were formed (Good On You delivering data on ethical brands to Zalando in Europe)

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