The Yunus Environmental Hub GrowUp Incubation Program 2022 for Social Ventures in East Africa

The GrowUp Incubator focuses on supporting and advancing innovative solutions that have the potential to create substantial environmental and social impact. The incubator provides key support to social business entrepreneurs in post-revenue stage. Incubatees of GrowUp will receive tailored mentorship based on their needs, interactive capacity building workshops and networking opportunities with local partners and peer-to-peer support to share challenges and discover solutions.

At the end, they will have identified how to:

  • Refine its partnerships and operational model
  • Analyse the product-market fit for multiple contexts
  • Find viable routes to scale and grow 
  • Integrate impact evaluation into the operational model
  • Identify financial sustainability model and financial opportunities

To apply for 2022 cohort, your social business should:

  • Be located in one of the target countries in East Africa
  • Solve a challenge within one or more thematic areas related to food systems. See examples of innovations here.
  • Be beyond experimentation stage
  • Have their product/service on the market for 6 months – 3 years
  • Be legally registered or planning on doing it during the incubation program
  • Be led by a person or by the community (cooperative model)
  • Be able to demonstrate substantial environmental and social impact
  • Be in pre-seed investment but post-revenue stage
  • Have accumulated sales to date of approx. 10,000 – 25,000 USD (Not necessarily profitable yet)
  • Have 2-3 people from the team who will participate in the program
  • Have regular access to stable internet to participate in mentoring sessions and cohort events

Deadline: November 21, 2021

Grant Sector:
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Development
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