Impact Shakers
Accelerator

A 9 month accelerator for underrepresented founders in Europe to scale their impact startup.

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Grow Together and Amplify Impact

The Impact Shakers Accelerator is the heart of our Impact Shakers Ecosystem. It is where we work directly with exceptional founder teams and connect them to our own impact investment vehicles as well as to our partner impact investment ecosystem.

 

Because we are convinced that we need financing to follow personal and company development in order to change the narrative and level the playing field we created our own microfund and we will invest 25k in your business.

Building a successful business is hard, you should be doing everything at the same time while taking care of yourself and your team. Let us help you to grow and succeed in your mission to make a positive impact

on people and the planet. 

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Our Approach

Don’t waste time that you do not have

We won't waste your time with mandatory workshops, instead, we'll offer you our self-paced and tailored online modules and focus on working with you on what really helps your business move forward at the exact moment you need it.

Focus on the Challenge

To build successful businesses, you need to have a unique understanding of the challenge you want to tackle.

Doughnut Model 

We use a doughnut lens to make sure all inputs and outputs are working towards thriving people on a thriving planet.

Lean Startup meets Impact

We expand on the lean startup method of rapid prototyping and fast iterations based on measurement and add feedback loops to the challenge, to validate the intended impact.

The Programme

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Slicing the Pie

The people that support your growth are the actual owners of the company behind the accelerator. Incentives are completely aligned to assure the success of your business. 

When we recruit new mentors, coaches or staff, we work according to a slicing pie method. We also offer all portfolio companies a slice of the pie.

No winner takes all, the success of one, means everyone involved wins.

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9 Months Virtual

The programme will offer ongoing support for 9 months. The focus will be on custom personal & startup development plans. We will make sure the founders will get to focus on what matters most in their business as well as in their personal lives.

We choose a larger period of time to assure we can work in depth with the businesses in our programming. Each business had different needs.

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Alternative Financing Focus

Building on the 'Raise Alternative Funding for Your Impact Business' programme we organised in partnership with Considered Capital & Zebras Unite, we continue our focus on alternative financing instruments to build sustainable businesses.

Which financing instrument you choose impacts your business as well as your life.

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Summer Strategy Sessions

During the Summer part of the Accelerator, we foresee a weeklong gathering in person to reflect and recenter (probably in Portugal).

We are strong believers in remote work culture, yet we also know that nothing compares to personal bonding.

Reflect & Recenter

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Direct Link to Impact

Investment Ecosystem

We have built relations with some of the most exciting impact investors across Europe and connect the companies in the accelerator to our own impact investment vehicles as well as to our partner impact investment ecosystem.

Partnerships are an integral part of our vision.

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Global Impact Ecosystem

Joining Impact Shakers, means joining its global impact ecosystem. It is connecting to entrepreneurs and investors across the globe and learning and sharing experiences with diverse backgrounds.

Global from the get go.

Timeline

March 15th

Applications open 

May 1st

Applications close

May 1st-
May 15th 

Interviews 

June 1st 

Kick off

Aug 15th

Summer Session Portugal

Feb 28th

Demo Day

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Our Track Record

We accelerated over 500 startups

We helped startups raise over 20 million euros

What we care about

Founder Focused

We invest in people. Your business will still change a lot and we invest in those that have the resilience and strength to steer it and their team into the future.

Problems & Markets

We love learning about the problem you want to solve and the market and your place in it. Teach us something new and we'll be the happiest and most curious kids in class.

Impact

Understand the impact you want to make. You don't have to have a shiny impact model yet, we'll build one together and help you keep your mission in focus.

Care about Your Users

If you understand and care about the real pain points of your users and can offer them a solution, you're well on your way to building a successful business.

FAQ

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