UNDP and Impact Hub Announce National Finalists in Joint Venture: Accelerate 2030

Sep 5, 2016

The three finalists with the members of the jury

Highlighting the role of impact-driven enterprise to accelerate the SDGs

#Accelerate2030 #SGSGeneva

Armenia – September 6, 2016 - Together, UNDP and Impact Hub are excited to announce the national finalists of the inaugural #Accelerate2030 initiative; supporting impact-driven entrepreneurs accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

After the Accelerate2030 pitching events, out of eleven shortlisted ventures three national finalists have been selected for consideration by the international Jury in Geneva.

With 10 hubs participating in the first edition of #Accelerate2030; Armenia, Brazil, Colombia, Ghana, Malaysia, Mali, The Philippines, Russia, 30 national finalists will be reviewed and 5 international finalists selected between September 5th-11th.

The international jury, whose members include UNECE, UNDP and the Schwab Foundation, will announce the 5 international finalists on September 12th.

Each of the final five will be invited to Switzerland to partake in a two-day International Scaling Bootcamp and benefit from a service package offered by UNDP, Impact Hub and partners (including for instance The International Trade Center (ITC) and Horyou); as well as attend the inaugural Social Good Summit Geneva - a closed door summit welcoming speakers and attendees from financial institutions, incubators, impact investors, International development organisations and fellow entrepreneurs.

From Armenia, the finalists are:

ONEArmenia - enterprise invests in sustainable projects within the realm of agriculture, tech, tourism and made-in-Armenia products with the vision to build a thriving country.

Dasaran.am – an educational program which tries to bring positive change to the educational system in Armenia. Their efforts are aimed at providing efficient tools of school management and interactive education environment (such as an online tool-set) equally for all, bridging the learning and technology divide across Armenia’s most remote regions and also making education accessible to all the stakeholders involved in the public education sector.

News Deeply - an innovative media and technology company that aims at voicing issues that are missing from mainstream news cycle. They raise awareness of the most pressing issues, and connect governments, stakeholders, policymakers and communities together.

Eligibility and Participation

Each entrepreneur was required to fulfill the below criteria:

The venture has existed for at least 2 years;

The venture works on projects that deliver social impact and are clearly connected to one or more of the SDGs

Enterprises have carried out some pilot or testing work and have achieved a few paying customers before applying;

The business solution has a strong potential for global scaling and replicability.

More information about the Accelerate 2030 initiative can be found here: http://accelerate2030.net/

For further details about the Social Good Summit in Geneva:

http://www.europe.undp.org/content/geneva/en/home/ourwork/social-good-summit.html

Contacts:

United Nations Office in Armenia

Varya Meruzhanyan

varya.meruzhanyan@one.un.org

 

Impact Hub Yerevan Office

Ani Baboomian

ani.baboomian@impacthub.net

 

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