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The B4IG Incubator launches its second cohort

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  The B4IG Incubator’s second round of acceleration has started! The B4IG Incubator team is happy to announce that the 2021 acceleration program gathers 10 projects from 4 continents, addressing diverse topics like the digital divide, circular economy, professional integration and human rights. Common characteristics of the projects are that they address people in highly vulnerable situations, aim at building inclusive business practices and there is a tendency towards the use of online platforms for inclusion. The acceleration was officially

B4IG Incubator – L’Atelier

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Sodexo is setting up a multi-purpose facility to support social inclusion and improve employability in an underprivileged neighborhood. The Parisian suburb of Clichy Sous Bois is facing an unemployment rate of 30% and a lack of economic attractiveness. L'Atelier is a multi-purpose facility that provides a comprehensive business and social solution. It will contain a vegetable transformation unit, child care facilities, a training center, and a community space. The project aims at creating 20 direct jobs and increasing the employability

B4IG Incubator – Clean Energy Entrepreneurs

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Schneider Electric’s Clean Energy Micro-Enterprise Network program is creating an ecosystem of micro-entrepreneurs in India who make affordable, clean energy products available. Unemployed rural youth are trained to become entrepreneurs who provide energy solutions, such as solar lighting, in remote areas where they reduce energy poverty. At the same time, the program allows the entrepreneurs to earn a livelihood in their villages and to create jobs for additional people who deliver products and services. Schneider Electric has piloted the program in India and aims at

B4IG Incubator – The Coffee Fund

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Pret A Manger’s Coffee Fund addresses the declining youth involvement in coffee farming, by equipping the next generation of farmers with the tools they need to build a sustainable business. The average age of coffee farmers in the company’s network is over 65 years which, now more than ever, in the light of the impact of Covid-19, is a major challenge for the future of the sector. Each year, a group of approximately 65 young people from across Peru enroll

B4IG Incubator – Insurance Net for Smallholders

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L’Oreal and AXA teamed up to enhance smallholder farmers’ resilience to risk. Smallholder farmers around the world are vulnerable to the risks associated with hazardous meteorological events or unexpected health problems and they are often excluded from financial and insurance services. This lack of security net puts them at risk of falling into poverty. The Insurance Net for Smallholders (INES) project has been designed to reduce this vulnerability, by offering AXA's inclusive crop loss insurance and health insurance products to farmers

B4IG Incubator – The Industry Academy

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The Industry Academy offers an industrial vocational training program that aims at improving the employability of long-term unemployed people. The initiative onboards long-term unemployed people on a 1-year training program at L’Oréal as automated production line operator, and delivers a certified diploma to facilitate their access to the labor market. In 2025, the project team aims at ensuring that 100% of apprentices will find a job within 6 months after their graduation from the program and therefore exit professional precarity. With

B4IG Incubator – Partnership for Sustainable Coffee

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The Partnership for Sustainable Coffee strengthens underserved smallholder coffee farmer businesses. The three-year project has built climate resilience and market competitiveness for over 180 coffee enterprises across Peru, Colombia, Honduras, Rwanda, Uganda, and Indonesia. The Partnership employs a four-pronged approach that combines private sector engagement with public sector investment to improve the lives of over 300,000 smallholder farmers through advisory services, access to credit, an innovative grant mechanism (“Resilience Funds”), and workshops to build market intelligence (“Extraordinary Coffee Workshops”). With

B4IG Incubator – Equality in Vocational Training

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Facilitating the transition from school to employment for underprivileged youth! Every year, around 300 000 young people in Germany, who leave school with a poor or no school leaving certificate, enter a so-called transition system as they don’t have the level to access universities and vocational schools. The transition program is supposed to upskill them and prepare them for an apprenticeship but only 40% of participants exit the program with a solution. The Equality in Vocational Training project aims at transforming

B4IG Incubator – INCLÚYETE

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INCLÚYETE promotes and facilitates the labor inclusion of people with disabilities. It is through a marketplace platform that the project works and connects with corporations and organizations. INCLÚYETE facilitates access to jobs that comply with labor regulations and accessibility standards, ensuring the compatibility of jobs with the needs of disabled people. The program includes a web platform and mobile application, experts to assess companies and candidates, as well as support on onboarding disabled people and social inclusion. The project team aims at facilitating

B4IG Incubator – Lemon Aide

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Making the circular economy an opportunity for value job creation. Lemon Aide has a dual objective of delivering a fully operational logistics skill set to long-term unemployed people, while improving recycling rate at their clients. Lemon Aide is an inclusive recycling enterprise that operates waste recycling via social inclusion and back-to-work programs. The company develops a network of recyclable waste collection in urban areas where unemployment rates are high and recycling performance is poor. Unemployed people are hired and join an