SPRING returns to South Asia for the 4th cohort!

SPRING returns to South Asia for the 4th cohort!

SPRING Accelerator is returning to South Asia for 2018, selecting its next cohort from Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and from Myanmar for the first time!

Applications are open on our website from 2 October 2017 to 1 November 2017.

We’re on the look-out for established, ambitious businesses across any and all sectors to address market opportunities and unmet needs for adolescent girls through the use of Human-Centred Design.

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  • Saving time or money
  • Enabling girls to stay in school or learn
  • Earn, save or invest earnings and assets
  • Feel safe and secure, improving overall wellbeing

Up to 20 businesses will be selected to join the nine-month cohort, running from March 2018 to January 2019.

SPRING is working with 55 businesses from East Africa and South Asia already.

Previous participants include Fightback, a private company providing security solutions focused on risk management. In Nepal, harassment of girls and women is prevalent on public transport, in schools, communities and homes. Fightback is a powerful and sensitively designed training program that enables women and girls to identify risks and vulnerabilities, de-escalate situations and pro-actively protect themselves using applying vocal, mental and physical (as a last resort) techniques.

30% of the population of Pakistan lack access to primary health care, while 50% of the female doctors does not practice  after getting married. Sehat Kahani provides an e-platform for at home female physicians to remotely reach healthcare deprived communities, particularly pregnant adolescent girls.

WHY GIRLS?
Girls form the most vulnerable and underserved communities in the world. When girls are empowered, when they are able to learn, earn, save and stay safe, when their wellbeing is protected, when they receive the right support, they become agents for change in our communities. Businesses can fulfil the needs of girls by creating products or services that empower or enable girls to flourish. In turn, businesses create new market opportunities that lead to sustainable progress and change for communities.

WHY APPLY?
You get to completely rethink the way you approach business, make a real impact for girls, and expand your professional network with some of the best minds in business innovation – from SPRING’s technical team to like minded participating businesses across East Africa and South Asia, committed to innovation and girl impact. We’re leveraging their experience to provide an enriched cohort experience, sparking business partnerships and knowledge sharing.

If we can’t convince you, hear it from our participants themselves!

We also give you the space and environment to be better in your work, teaching a new skill set that drives innovation and competitiveness.

Find out if you’re eligible at www.springaccelerator.org/eligibility-criteria.

For more information, please contact:

Bangladesh
Fahad Ifaz: fahad@springaccelerator.org

Myanmar
Andy Annett: andy@springaccelerator.org

Nepal
Jo Hill: jo@springaccelerator.org

Pakistan
Zia Imran: krupa@springaccelerator.org

 

About SPRING Accelerator 
DFID, USAI, DFAT and Nike Foundation 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.

SPRING’s mission is to enable ventures to reach 200,000 girls in nine countries with products and services that enhance their economic empowerment by 2019.