APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR BANGLADESH, NEPAL AND PAKISTAN

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR BANGLADESH, NEPAL AND PAKISTAN

The application window for SPRING 2016 is now open! This year our Human-Centred Designed accelerator continues in South Asia, launching our second Cohort in Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan.

We’re on the lookout for businesses who want to innovate their products or services to transform the lives of poor and vulnerable girls aged 10-19. We provide participants with $350,000+ worth of world-class expertise across nine months to identify, research, prototype and bring their innovation to market. These innovations must result in a product or service that helps girls aged 10-19 do one or more of the following:

  • Save time or money, enabling girls to stay in school or learn
  • Earn, save or invest earnings and assets
  • Feel safe and secure

Our programme is sector agnostic. We want to work with businesses that are serious about making real social impact and conscious of the footprint of their operations.

HOW TO APPLY
If our programme sounds perfect for your business or for someone you know, visit www.springaccelerator.org/apply to see our eligibility criteria and to register and apply. We’ll be accepting applications up until 31 May 2016, 23:59:59 GMT.

WHY GIRLS?
“Giving girls and women the chance to improve their own livelihoods is crucial to ending poverty for good… Businesses have a key role to play by using their skills and expertise to provide vital products and services, which are key to building prosperous societies.”

~ Justine Greening, UK Secretary of State for Development, October 2014

Girls who have an opportunity to reach their full potential make vibrant local economies possible. They’re motivated, responsible, eager for change and willing to spend what money they have when presented with well-designed products that help them learn, earn, save, and stay safe. By positioning their products and services correctly and forging the right public-private partnerships, businesses can tap into this underserved market, unleashing a world of good (and good business) in the process.

WHY HUMAN-CENTRED DESIGN?
Human Centred-Design (HCD) is the process of gaining a deep understanding of people to design new solutions. It’s based on the belief that creating stuff that people want is the first rule to creating stuff at all. We believe all of the users of a system are important to design for: not just the end users of a product or service, but all the people who interact with a business.

SPRING was designed not just by understanding girls and their needs, but businesses and their needs— their ecosystems (including governments, partnerships and employees) and their end users. In addition, we not only understand the needs of our participants by researching with them, we go a step further and design our curriculum with them.

 

For more information, please contact:

Bangladesh
Ferdous Mottakin: ferdous@springaccelerator.org

Nepal
Carolyn Syangbo: carolyn@springaccelerator.org

Pakistan
Zia Imran: zia@springaccelerator.org

 

About SPRING Accelerator
DFID, USAID and Nike Foundation – ­with strategic support from Girl Effect -­ have partnered to create the business accelerator SPRING based on research showing that girls, when economically empowered, have a unique ability to transform lives and help end the cycle of intergenerational poverty. An estimated 250 million adolescent girls live in poverty worldwide, unable to build assets or safely raise the income needed for a more prosperous life.

SPRING identifies and supports ventures that can bring life-enhancing products and services to this huge population, providing comprehensive business model development and support to its participants – including Human-Centred Design prototyping, grants, investment guidance, global and local mentor matching, and access to a pool of experts and legal expertise.

A five-year programme, SPRING’s mission is to enable ventures to reach 200,000 girls in eight countries with products and services that enhance their economic empowerment by 2019, with the ultimate goal of empowering our businesses to reach 50 million girls by 2030.