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The Incubator2022-09-16T13:11:12+02:00

Incubator

The Incubator’s mission is to innovate and accelerate “micro-level” business solutions that are aligned with macro-economic models and policies for inclusive growth, relevant to OECD countries.

The Incubator explores specific local solutions that can be more broadly applied across geographies and economic sectors. It accompanies viable projects developed and implemented by the member companies as they test, accelerate and scale novel approaches to inclusive growth. Companies receive tailored operational and analytical support. Simultaneously, knowledge and resources are shared among the various Incubator programs to facilitate effective partnerships for inclusive growth. The ability to leverage members’ expertise and create connections is what makes the B4IG Incubator unique.

Since its installment in spring 2020, the Incubator has successfully accelerated a cohort of 12 inclusive business projects and has now widened its offer to three programs to provide well-rounded support to B4IG members. Learn about the programs below.

Acceleration Program

The acceleration program was designed to strengthen B4IG members’ existing inclusive business projects and accelerate them by helping to solve a key challenge to overcome barriers to growth.

The 9-month long program reinforces projects at different stages of development (pilot, scale-up, replication). Each project team is assigned to a lead consultant who provides tailored support adapted to their needs. Furthermore, the teams join the Incubator community which allows them to participate in collective activities (workshops, benchmarks, etc.) and benefit from connections with experts, impact investors, and peers.

The successful completion of the acceleration program includes:

  1. Reviewing the program robustness (including activities such as defining the vision, theory of change and revenue model)
  2. Advancing on a challenge to unleash the growth potential (through tailored consulting and collective activities such as peer to peer benchmarking)
  3. Contributing to coalition knowledge (by exchanging knowledge and expertise with other project teams and coalition members)

In 2020, 12 project teams completed the program. To learn more about their acceleration experience click here.

In 2021, 10 project teams completed the program. To learn more about their acceleration experience click here.

Accelerated Projects 2021

B4IG Incubator – La Collecte

Valorizing second hand digital equipment to reduce digital exclusion and electronic waste. Due to the COVID crisis, being digitally connected has become

B4IG Incubator – Masi-Bambi-Sane

In 2021, Danone launched a pilot project converting plastic waste to create desks for pre-schools to allow children to socially distance and

Accelerated Projects 2020

B4IG Incubator – The Coffee Fund

Pret A Manger’s Coffee Fund addresses the declining youth involvement in coffee farming, by equipping the next generation of farmers with the

B4IG Incubator – The Industry Academy

The Industry Academy offers an industrial vocational training program that aims at improving the employability of long-term unemployed people. The initiative onboards

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B4IG Incubator – Cocagne Network

The Cocagne Network - Professional inclusion through organic gardening. People who have been socially and professionally excluded often struggle to reintegrate into the demanding job market. The therapeutic benefits of

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