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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.

>> Want more information or host a program with us, too?  Get in touch!

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#Impact Safari Madrid

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

Partners

Logo BBVA
Logo Impact Hub Madrid

Countries

Spain, Germany

Project

  • Designing a one week learning journey for a group of students to explore the Berlin impact start up ecosystem
  • Guiding the winning team of the bbva blue challenge 2017 around Berlin, introducing them to local entrepreneurs and supporting the growth and development of their start up: providing career development to graduating students


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>> 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

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

  • 6 Clean Water and Sanitation
  • 7 Affordable and Clean Energy
  • 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • 12 Responsible Consumption and Production
  • 13 Climate Action
  • 17 Partnerships for the Goals

 

Visit the website to the Awards here!

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#Impact Safari Madrid

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Partners

Logo BBVA
Logo Impact Hub Madrid

Countries

Spain, Germany

Project

  • Designing a one week learning journey for a group of students to explore the Berlin impact start up ecosystem
  • Guiding the winning team of the bbva blue challenge 2017 around Berlin, introducing them to local entrepreneurs and supporting the growth and development of their start up: providing career development to graduating students


Project website

 

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

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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?

Partners

Countries

Namibia

 

Project

  • ProBATS, its partner Financial Literacy Initiative (FLI), and the credit reference bureau TransUnion came up with the idea of creating an app that offers to download to one’s phone a free annual credit report (a legal entitlement of any Namibian from the credit reference bureaus) and at the same time to receive personal finance-tips or functionalities (e. g. calculating installments for given credit amounts).
  • To ensure that the app is user-centered, we co-design and implement a human-centered design process based on Design Thinking methodology together with GIZ Namibia and FabLab:
  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

  • 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • 17 Partnerships for the Goals

 

 

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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?

Partners

Logo GIZ – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit
Logo Impact Hub Berlin
Logo AT Kearney
Logo sustainable natives

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

 

Project

  • Scouted +150 sustainable experts & pioneers via our global Impact Hub network to gain insights into industries such as: Agriculture, Automotive, Transportation, Electronics, Energy, Consumer, Goods, Food, Health and Construction
  • Identified stakeholders and insights from different fields such as industry, regulations, NGO, investors, start-up / Entrepreneurs, Academia, science, digital experts, multipliers, opinion leaders, pioneers to conduct one-on-one interviews as well as a global survey

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Africa FinTech Challenge

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

Partners

Logo GIZ – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit
Logo BMW Group

Countries:
Ghana, Kamerun, Germany

Project

  • Run a design thinking workshop with 40 participants (representatives of fin tech scene berlin, giz/bmz, african diaspora) to gain understanding of method & provide perspective on platform needs
  • Develop a digital prototype for an online platform enabling the transfer of remittances from Germany to Ghana & Kamerun, and leverage payments through German development aid 
  • Skype interviews with IH Khartoum and Kigali for provide local entrepreneurial perspective

 

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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?

Partners

Logo GIZ – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit
Logo Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola
Logo Impact Hub Berlin

Country
Peru

Project

  • Leading a Workshop with key stakeholders in Lima to share knowledge on how to grow a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Impact Bootcamp to support Biostart-up Finalists to identify and leverage their impact
  • Educating Start-up Usil in running a bootcamp focused on Impact

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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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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?

Partners

Logo BMW Group

Countries

Germany

Project

  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

>> Want to know more or host your own program with us?  Get in touch!