Impact Hub and UNDP announce international finalists of Accelerate2030 scaling programme

Jul 26, 2017

The ten finalists

Geneva - 26 July 2017: Together, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Impact Hub are excited to announce the international finalists of the Accelerate2030 initiative.

Accelerate2030 is a cross-border scaling program for positive social and environmental impact launched by Impact Hub Geneva in 2016 with UNDP as the founding partner. The mission of Accelerate2030 is to scale the impact of ventures that contribute towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to help them develop sustainable corporate culture in line with their values.

With 17 impact hubs participating in the second edition of Accelerate2030; 51 national finalists out of 324 applicants were selected from around the world and had a chance to be invited to Geneva in October if chosen as one of the 10 global finalists.

Each of the final ten will be invited to Switzerland to partake in a week-long Scaling Week and benefit from a service package offered by UNDP, Impact Hub and partners; as well as attend the Social Good Summit Geneva - a closed door summit welcoming speakers and attendees from financial institutions, incubators, impact investors, International development organisations and fellow entrepreneurs.

The A2030 2017 edition will also feature the SDG Factory, a two-day event bringing together key players from the fields of innovation, entrepreneurship, and the Sustainable Development Goals. There will be an open conference with high profile key speakers and five high level workshops addressing innovation for the SDGs.

After this scaling week, Accelerate2030 will support the ten finalists by developing a tailor made 9 month programme by connecting them with the right partners to fit their needs. By the end of the programme each venture will have acquired the tools and networks necessary to scale their social and environmental impact to other countries, as well as develop a corporate culture matching the values portrayed by the Sustainable Development Goals.

The 10 finalists are:

BenBen (Ghana): Benben is a digital land information platform that aims to tackle the inefficiencies of land administration to promote investment, reduce poverty and encourage transparent land resource management. They leverage Blockchain technology to provide Governments , Financial Institutions, Realtors and the general public instant digital access to property information and transactions through an easy to use interface

SafeMotos (Rwanda): SafeMotos is a Rwanda based ride­hailing company that is disrupting the informal transport sector in African cities. They are innovating upon Uber style ride railing by bringing it to motorcycle taxis and evolving the business model for emerging markets. Their service not only makes transport within African cities more convenient and efficient but also safer.

HearX Group (South Africa): hearX Group (Pty) Ltd is an award ­winning startup with the mission of providing affordable access to healthcare using mHealth solutions that anyone can use, anywhere. The hearX Group has gone to market with the award­ winning hearScreen product while many more innovative products are currently in research & development or beta implementation stages.

SyaFunda (South Africa): Providing free access to quality education through mobile technology by developing digital content that inspires students without access to Internet

SALt (Philippines): They are a social enterprise distributing a sustainable, ecologically designed lantern activated by salt water.

Tree Alliance (Cambodia): A global alliance of training restaurants working to build futures for former street youth, marginalized young people and adults

Piipee (Brazil): They have developed a biodegradable solution that works in urine, removing the smell of the urine, changing the color, cleaning the toilet bowl, giving a good smell in the toilet without the use of water. This saves water by not using the flush

Hablando Con Julis (Colombia): HCJ is the technological solution that allows people with speech, reading and writing difficulties to be able to talk, read, write and learn with you.

HM Energy (Mexico): They convert pollutant waste tires into low carbon emitting diesel substitute and carbon black char using innovative thermal­ conversion modules.

Whole Surplus (Turkey): Whole Surplus creates 360 degrees technology solutions to food waste and tackles with hunger and climate change. We currently have an online donation platform that is used by retailers and food banks. However, our platform is designed to serve as a surplus management system for entities such as producers, distributors, recyclers and biogas producers.


A2030 Vision

Accelerate2030 believes that a paradigm shift towards sustainable business practices is underway, and we wish to support ventures around the world to scale their business working towards achieving positive social impact in their communities, as well as to support them with internal sustainable corporate culture through our leadership coaching. We believe that the future of business relies on sustainable business practices, and the unique positioning of the programme in Geneva can leverage the potential and networks of many organisations headquartered in Switzerland, as well as the vibrant financial community in the country and rest of Europe.

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