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Posted on: April 11, 2019 | Business

UNDP Cambodia and Impact Hub invite entrepreneurs to apply to the 2019 edition of Accelerate2030

On 2nd August Impact Hub Phnom Penh and UNDP Cambodia launch the third edition of Accelerate2030, a scale-readiness program for high-impact entrepreneurs tackling the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Applications are now open until 30th April.

Impact-driven ventures are invited to apply

Accelerate2030 is targeted at entrepreneurs with innovative and scalable solutions to the world’s key challenges, including poverty, clean water, health and wellbeing. The program offers selected ventures the expertise and support to shape their scaling strategy, working with key partners, experienced consultants and sector experts. 10 ventures globally will additionally be offered a highly tailored program for international scaling, starting with the Social Good Summit and a Global Scaling Week in Geneva. Last year Cambodia social enterprise Tree Alliance was among the 10 global finalists to join the international phase of the program and to represent Cambodia in Geneva.

Global connections to the UN, the private sector and investors

Last year Accelerate2030 ventures were featured in major global forums, including the Social Good Summit Geneva and the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York, connecting with key representatives of the private sector, government officials, international organizations, and impact investors. “New ideas and experiments to tackle old problems through partnership are pivotal to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). That’s exactly what the Social Good Summit Geneva delivers, bringing together entrepreneurs, investors, the public sector, and other key stakeholders to scale up innovative, impactful, and scalable solutions for the SDGs. Switzerland is a natural space for these communities to network, learn from each other, and access transformational investment opportunities” notes Sarah Bel, UNDP Geneva.

 Over 100% increase in beneficiaries reached

Ventures from the last edition of Accelerate2030 scaled to 12 new markets, increased their number of beneficiaries by more than 100% and increased employment by 41%. Examples of supported ventures include HearX from South Africa, enabling thousands of children access affordable and accurate hearing diagnostics. Brazilian venture PiiPee has transformed the sanitation world, with their innovation of waterless toilet flushing having saved over 65 million liters of water.

“We are very passionate about working with entrepreneurs that tackle problems as important as education in remote areas, access to healthcare and clean energy. We have seen such amazing results working with an international network of partners, and are expecting even more for this edition”, says Santu Boëthius, initiator of Accelerate2030 and co-founder of Impact Hub Geneva.

For more information & interview requests, please contact: 

Impact Hub Phnom Penh, Abigail Perriman, A2030 Coordinator, Impact Hub Phnom Penh, abigail.perriman@impacthub.net

For more information on the program: cambodia.accelerate2030.net

For details on the national scale-readiness program design: https://cambodia.accelerate2030.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2019/03/Accelerate2030-Content-Schedule-1.pdf