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Highlighting the role of impact-driven ventures to accelerate the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals


WHAT IS #Accelerate2030?

UNDP and Impact Hub have once again joined forces to launch the third edition of #Accelerate2030 – an international cross-border scaling program for impact-driven ventures who focus on tackling the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The process will identify promising entrepreneurs ready for growth.

Ten entrepreneurs, selected with the support of the global Impact Hub network, will have the opportunity to experience customized tailored support for 6-9 months and participate in the Social Good Summit Geneva, on October 8, 2019. During their stay, they will be connected with a dynamic ecosystem of impact investors, representatives from international organizations and governments, experts from the global supply chain, and fellow entrepreneurs - all committed to scaling innovative ideas that accelerate the achievement of the SDGs.

Applications are open until the end of April, and in 2019 will accept entries in 16 countries: Armenia, Brazil, Cambodia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, El Salvador, Serbia, South Africa, Turkey, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe.

#Accelerate2030 2019 will have a special focus on SDG 3 – Good health & well-being, and 6 – Clean water & sanitation, however, the selection process is open to start-ups focusing on any of the SDGs.


Note: This is an overview of the timeline; details will vary by country.

  • Launch of #Accelerate2030 2019 edition: 20 March 2019
  • Application phase: through to end of April
  • National scale-ready program (60+ ventures on site in select countries, 4-6 month support program): May - October
  • International nominations: by end of August
  • Global scaling program (6-9 month support program for 10 ventures, including participation in SGS Geneva): October 2019 - mid-2020

#Accelerate2030 is a multi-stakeholder program co-initiated by Impact Hub and UNDP in 2016, identifying ventures with tested and scale-ready solutions contributing towards the SDGs, and providing them with support and infrastructure needed to scale their impact. The program has to-date been implemented in developing and emerging economies across Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe, reaching 2 million people and more than 600 entrepreneurs globally.

Program partners include Pfizer, International Trade Centre, UNCTAD, Boston Consulting Groups, and others.

“We are very passionate about working with entrepreneurs who 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.

Applications are now open!

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