CONTEXT

Of the many global challenges we face today, few are as widereaching as climate change. Everyone is affected and everyone must be involved in crafting urgent solutions to preserve the only home we have. It is now that we need to create a future where humanity has a regenerative impact on the planet whilst also contributing to social cohesion, vibrant regional economies, and an individual sense of meaning and purpose.  

With the Impact Programme 2020, Accenture, Ashoka & ABN AMRO are co-creating a unique Belgian acceleration programme that nurtures collaboration between social entrepreneurs, business and the financial sector. Through this cross-sector partnership we  aim to maximise system changing impact by fostering solutions that work in the field of circularity and/or climate change.  

Therefore, we will convene  10 Changemakers in the field of circularity and climate change to take part in an interactive, practical learning experience that champions collaboration, inspires innovation, and builds momentum for change. 

The goal of this programme is to support Changemakers to create systems change strategies and to connect them to a community of committed stakeholders who can contribute to maximise the impact of their solutions.  

APPLICATION CRITERIA

We are looking for Changemakers, having impact in Belgium, who have an innovative solution, a strong team and a proven environmental/social impact.  

We want to support organizations with the potential and motivation to grow their social/environmental impact, envision system-change and show a willingness to co-create innovative environmental solutions with committed stakeholders.  

SELECTION CRITERIA

  1. Work on a topic in a field of Circularity and/or Climate Change 

Does the solution have a measurable impact on climate change and circularity in Belgium? 

  1. Innovative nature of the project: 

Has your organisation developed a truly system-changing approach or is it spreading a truly system-changing approach from another country to Belgium? Do similar approaches exist in Belgium already? 

  1. Current and prospective social and environmental impact of the project: 

Is there, on a local scale, a proven impact of the (pilot) project? Are there clear objectives and is there potential to scale up? 

  1. Potential and creativity of the development strategy:  

Is the action plan coherent? Does it present a high growth potential? Is the vision of the future clear? 

  1. Entrepreneurship and availability of the project leader:  

The Impact Programme is very demanding in terms of time. Will the project leader be available to participate? 

  1. Project supported by a motivated team: 

Is the team supporting the project highly motivated? Is it ambitious?  

  1. Maturity of the project and link with Belgium: 

You have either operated in Belgium for at least one year or you are bringing an impactful approach from another country to Belgium. 

       8. Will to co-create with corporate actors?  

Does a willing- and openness to collaborate with the private sector?  

 

BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATION

In the period between March to June the participants will benefit from Accenture’s, ABN AMRO’s and Ashoka’s expertise to develop and execute a systems change strategy for disruptive long-term impact through: 

  • Three Seminars based on Ashoka’s publication: “The seven key questions you should ask yourself as a social entrepreneur“ (led by subject matter experts from the partners and the Belgian eco-system on circular economy, Ashoka Fellows, business leaders and Impact Investment specialists) 

  • Intensive, individual, weekly coaching by professional coaches that will support participants to structure their business model and accelerate their development.  

  • Invitations to co-creation opportunities with Accenture’s & ABN AMRO’s internationally active partners  to establish hybrid and win-win partnerhips in a collaborative environment. 

  • At a final pitching event, awards for the most impactful organisations containing follow-up support after the programme provided by Accenture & ABN AMRO 

Awards will be given to: 

  • Public Prize 

  • Circular Prize 

  • Ready to scale prize 

  • Ready to invest prize 

 

Beyond this there are constant opportunities for participants to:  

  • Gain insights into thinking about impact from a systemic perspective and how to scale the participant’s impact up, out and deep. 

  • Get access to subject matter experts from ABN AMRO, Accenture & Ashoka 

  • Access to Ashoka’s global network of social entrepreneurs, many of them working on circular solutions.  

  • Connection to a large network of committed stakeholders including social impact investors. 

 

TIMELINE OF THE PROGRAMME

  • Call for project: from November 8th January 2020 to February 10th 2020 (midnight) 

  • Selection Jury: Late February 2020 

  • Kick-off of the programme: Mid March 2020 

  • Three group seminars: April, May & June 

  • Individual coaching: From March to June 

  • Co-creation opportunities with private sector actors: March to June 

  • Presentation in front of the final jury: September 

timeline for the impact programme