SE Outreach Accelerator – Scale Your Impact!

How to apply: Read further down for more information about the program and the eligibility criteria.
Language: Language of instruction is English.
Cost: Free to attend, with most costs covered. Click here for more information.

The SE Outreach Accelerator is a scaling program for social entrepreneurs running  businesses that address social and environmental challenges facing the developing world. 

The program consists of three parts and runs over a period of six months. You will spend 3 x 2 weeks in Stockholm attending seminars, workshops and individual coaching sessions. An experienced mentor will also be assigned to you to help support you throughout the program. In between the two sessions in Stockholm you will return to your home country for a practical implementation phase.

The SE Outreach Accelerator is designed to ensure that you leave Stockholm with the skills and confidence required to scale up your social enterprises and increase your impact on the world!

Program Structure

PART I
The first part of the program will be held in Stockholm for three weeks, from April 24 until May 12 2017. During this time you will focus on assessing and understanding your business opportunities and drivers. You will also have your first meeting with your Stockholm-based mentor and start to build relationships with your fellow participants.

PART II
After part one you will travel back to your home country for a four month implementation period where you will put into action what you have learned, test out new ideas and network. While doing this you will still have the support of SE Forum, your mentors and fellow participants from the program. During this time you will have deliverables, which you will have to meet to be able to come back for the second part of the program.

PART III
For the final part of the program you will travel back to Stockholm to spend another three weeks with your peers, between September 11 and 29. During this time you will meet with your mentors, learn from each other’s experience and participate in workshops and coaching sessions with subject matter experts who will help you address the operational aspects of the challenges and opportunities you identified during the 4 month implementation period.

 

What you will gain:

  • International business school exposure – during your time in Stockholm you will be trained and coached by lecturers from leading universities such as Stanford University and Stockholm School of Economics.
  • Interactive content – you can share your ideas and learnings with your team, mentors and advisors through an interactive business opportunity assessment platform.
  • Intimate group,  global network – with a maximum of 8 participants per accelerator, you have an opportunity to form close relationships with social entrepreneurs from across the world – who will become an important part of your support network as you continue your entrepreneurial journey.
  • Social entrepreneurship expertise – social entrepreneurs face challenges and opportunities that regular entrepreneurs are not exposed to, with 12 years of experience in the social entrepreneurship field, SE Forum has a lot of learnings and networks to draw from.
  • International network – SE Forum has a social entrepreneur alumni that spans over 60 different countries, so if you are looking to scale, you can direct questions to entrepreneurs in that geographical location.
  • Certificate of completion – upon graduation you will receive a certificate of completion.

 

The SE Outreach Accelerator is open for applicants with:

  • Any background or nationality
  • No requirement to have a registered enterprise prior to the program
  • Both for-profit and non-for profits enterprises
  • No requirement to already have a written business plan
  • No requirement to have revenue streams/profitability prior to the program

To apply we require that:

  • You are at at least 18 years old
  • You have an operating project/enterprise that targets social and/or environmental issues facing the developing communities. Click here to see the full list of eligible countries.
  • Your project/enterprises can be scaled and replicated to benefit more people
  • You are passionate about creating positive impact with your project/enterprise and have the ambition of making it financially sustainable from sources beyond donations
  • You are the founder of such project/enterprise with mandate to make executive deicisions.
  • You can fully participate in a program conducted entirely in English (read/write/speak/comprehend)
  • You are open-minded and willing to share your experiences in a co-working, co-learning environment

Application

Make sure to read through the eligibility criteria and the FAQ before you apply.

Step 1:

Application, 1st round

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First round application was open between October 3-31, 2016.

Step 2:

Application, 2nd round

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A selected group of candidates will be sent a link by November 4 to fill in a second application. The second round application is due by November 14 2016.

Step 3:

Interviews

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Interviews will be conducted (on Skype) with top applicants between November 28 and December 9, 2016.

Step 4:

Announcement

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Selected social entrepreneurs are announced by December 19, 2016.

The application for SE Outreach Accelerator 2017 has now closed.

 

 

For questions regarding the SE Outreach Accelerator Program go to our Frequently Asked Questions or contact us on outreach(at)se-forum.se

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Testimonials from past participants

“I came to the SE Outreach Accelerator with a charity mindset, but through the program I learned how to make real, sustainable impact through business creation. When I came to Stockholm I came with a charity organization, but I’m leaving with two businesses! Through SE Forum you learn how to manage a business, how to sustain it, leadership skills… You work with social entrepreneurs from all over the world and with experts from different fields. It’s a great opportunity!”

“I have never attended college/university and being in the same environment with a Stanford lecturer really proved to be beneficial for me . I feel so capable right now. I finally have the tools with which to create change and impact the world. The meetings with mentors and other social entrepreneurs from Sweden exposed me to a global way of thinking and looking at opportunities. I am leaving Stockholm with a realization that I am global player.”

“Before I joined the SE Outreach Accelerator I had the problem of monetizing my products. I have now been able to understand my business model better and identify my customers, which means I now can make money and run a sustainable business.”

“When I applied to this program I thought me and my team had everything under control. Being a social entrepreneur is often lonely and it’s easy to lose perspective. What I gained from the SE Outreach Accelerator was a new perspective on what I was doing and what the next steps needed to be. That was a big change for my entire organization. Social entrepreneurship is still quite new and it’s hard to combine financial sustainability with social impact. Achieving a balance is difficult and you need support! The SE Outreach Accelerator is an opportunity to absorb learnings and experiences from people from all over the world and apply it to the work that you are passionate about.”

“A billion thank you to the team behind SE Forum for the incredible energy, support and passion. In the next coming years,more East African households are going to blow out kerosene lamps and adopt clean energy solutions because of the connections and support we have received.”

Click here to read interviews with the participants of 2016.
Click here to read blog posts written by our past participants.
Click here to view the profiles of our alumni.