Our program helps youth discover the field of social entrepreneurship and take their first steps as social entrepreneurs. Since 2009, it has fostered young social entrepreneurs in more than 25 countries.
Our yearlong program kicks-off! Join us at our yearly kick-off event to meet local social entrepreneurs and get a glimpse of this year’s program.
Our free events and workshops allow participants to explore the world of social entrepreneurship and start building an idea for a social venture. We also provide support on applications to our incubation.
Applications to our incubation are submitted and our jury members begin their review based on a set of tried and tested criteria.
The most promising ventures set out to prototype and validate business and impact models with the support of experts and mentors, going from ideas to fully-fledged ventures. Venture teams also film and upload a pitch video online for the general public to vote for, as part of SIA’s global Community Voting campaign.
The most promising ventures from the incubation are awarded pre-seed funding and get access to publicity and high value networks. Ventures with the most votes in the Community Voting campaign take home the community award.
Winners are invited to the SIA Summit, a global gathering of all winning ventures for three days of connection, skill-development, and celebration. SIA covers accommodation and travel costs for the event which takes place in a new city every year.
The first part of our program is the discovery phase. We organize free events and workshops that serve as open spaces to discover how to create a social venture or build a meaningful career with impact, and generate an idea for a project. We also provide feedback to those already building a social venture and help them prepare their application to our incubation. All applications are then reviewed by a panel of judges made up of local experts who choose the most promising ventures to participate in the incubation program.
Selected ventures embark on an all-encompassing journey that gives the support needed to build a successful venture. Participants receive individualized support from mentors and experts, make meaningful connections with other young people, and receive their first exposure through our global community voting campaign.
The incubation ends with the Award ceremony. Winners of our internationally-recognized award are granted a lump sum of pre-seed funding to help cover their venture’s initial costs. Our award also gives founders exposure to a wide variety of stakeholders both nationally and internationally, while serving as proof of reliability to potential funding partners. Finally, winners of the award come together at our yearly Summit to celebrate the end of the program and the start of their journey.
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