SE Outreach Accelerator

The SE Outreach Accelerator is a six-month scaling programme for social entrepreneurs running businesses that address social and environmental challenges facing low- and middle-income countries. The programme has been running since 2013, funded by Swedish aid agency Sida and the last programme was held in 2017 with participants from Nigeria, Malaysia, Pakistan, Botswana, Guatemala and Uganda working in sectors such as sanitation, health, ethical fashion, and renewable energy.

The programme has grown each year and in 2017 we had almost 900 applicants from 92 countries. 41 innovative entrepreneurs from 22 countries have gone through the programme over the years, all with a passion to create change through their enterprise.

We have been able to work with entrepreneurs across various sectors and have seen impressive developments following the training and coaching by our impact team.


Successful alumni

SE Outreach Accelerator alumni have moved on to achieve great success with Betty Ikalany, AEST, winning a Woman Entrepreneur of the Year award, and Joyce Kyalema, Josmak, winning an African Entrepreneurship Award. Richard Bbaale, Banapads, Samuel Malinga, Sanitation Africa, and Victoria Ferris, MoWoza, have all been awarded Sida’s Innovation Against Poverty grant following their participation in the Accelerator. Elsa Marie D’Silva, Safecity, won, amongst many other prizes, the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards in 2017, and Derrick Hosea Opio, One Lamp, was listed amongst 100 Inspiring Social Enablers and won the World Summit Award in the category of Young Innovators in 2017.


The SE Outreach Accelerator was very beneficial to me as a participant and most importantly as a woman with no background in business administration. I gained a lot of knowledge and skills, which shaped me as a person and my business as well. It contributed to my winning the Woman of the Year award and other prestigious awards I have received to date.

– Betty Ikalany, AEST, 2015 participant



You gave me the solid foundation to become an entrepreneur and to keep up my dream. I got to know many terms related to business and that helped me to talk with my clients and partners. The SE Outreach Accelerator is the best place to learn about social entrepreneurship.

– Sibjan Chaulagain, Creating SMILES Building the Nation, 2016 participant



The SE Outreach Accelerator helped me in a number of ways to move as far as I am today. Since the Accelerator, our sales and impact has increased over 100%. The Accelerator taught me marketing skills which I have used to increase marketing and sales of our products, and it trained me on how to measure social impact in my community in terms of impact on small holder farmers or nutrition impact on vulnerable consumers.

– Eric Muthomi, Stawi, 2015 participant