OUR VIRTUAL INCUBATOR
The Virtual Accountability Incubator has been designed as a response to the impact of Covid-19 on Global South communities. The Incubator is our flagship program for young civil society leaders to build sustainable, effective tools for accountability, participation and open government. The Accountability Incubator provides a non-prescriptive, supportive environment for creative, enterprising individuals who bring innovative ideas to inspire accountability in their communities.
Selected accountapreneurs receive six months of hands-on, comprehensive support including: training and knowledge-building, mentoring, network building, and media outreach support – all delivered virtually. The current Incubator program is focused on Kenya and Uganda. Applications are currently closed and will open again later this year.
Young Liberian activist Miatta Mulbah brought her anti-rape NPO to our Accountability Incubator. We helped Miatta build Leemah into an organisation that successfully uses music and street theater to advocate against sexual harassment and abuse on behalf of girls in Montserrado and Margibi counties.
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IMPACT TO DATE
A total of 97 accountapreneurs have passed through our incubators, with ideas ranging from film schools; to building networks of music artists pushing for integrity; to tools using blockchain to secure elections.
Our incubator projects included initiatives pushing for budgets to be allocated to schools more effectively (Pakistan); changes to policies implemented by mining companies (Liberia); and the resolution of hundreds of accountability problems for migrants (Nepal).
To be eligible for the Accountability Incubator, you must:
Be the founder/CEO or primary decision-maker for the organization’s development and management;
Have an original idea that impacts accountability of the Covid-19 response;
Have a startup idea or an idea in the pilot or Minimum Viable Product (MVP) phase;
Be at least 18-years-old at the start of the program;
Demonstrate the Accountability Lab’s values;
Submit the application by the specified deadline on July 31, by 11:59 PM Kenya Time 2020;
Reside in Uganda or Kenya.
THE IDEA PROPOSED BY THE CANDIDATE SHOULD BE:
Context-Specific: Does the idea demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the community it will support?
Feasible: How likely is it that the idea proposed will be achieved over time?
Creative: Is the idea for accountability truly innovative?
Sustainable: Does the candidate have a plan for how the project can continue over time? Is the idea designed to have a long-term impact?
Scalable: Will the idea create a model for accountability that could be expanded to other communities?
*The applicant/project/idea must not be grounded in or focused on a specific political agenda or party.
MEET OUR FORMER ACCOUNTAPRENEURS