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.

Tanzila Khan is a young Pakistani woman who founded innovative empowerment company Girlythings that advocates around period health and destigmatization.

Mujtaba Zaidi Hassan founded Discovering New Artists (DNA), a non-profit dedicated to providing arts education to underprivileged children.

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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).

INCUBATOR FAQ’s

Accountability Lab supports individuals and ventures working to promote accountability in their communities throughout and after the Covid-19 pandemic. The virtual incubator grows youth lead initiatives tackling issues of transparency, citizen engagement, and anti-corruption work in Kenya and Uganda. We don’t mind whether you have a for-profit, non-profit, hybrid or yet-to-be decided organization, as long as the core mission is to support accountability, the Accountability Lab, and our partners encourage you to participate. 

For the virtual incubator in 2020, the Accountability Lab, and our partners – the Ford Foundation, Evidence and Methods Lab and Siasa Place – are focusing on ideas that build accountability into the Covid-19 response in Kenya and Uganda.

It is absolutely free to join the program upon selection. We invest in our “accountapreneurs” (accountability entrepreneurs) by providing the time and space for you to grow your ideas further. We do ask that participants remain committed to the program throughout the 6 month period (July to December 2020).

Selected candidates gain the following benefits:
  • Over 30 hours of live virtual training, delivered over a 6-month period
  • Access to tools and training for you to be able to study at your own pace
  • Participation in networking sessions that connect you with key local and international stakeholders
  • Support to access the internet for online learning for 6 months
  • A 1,000 USD stipend to support your initiative, subject to reaching program milestones
  • A peer network of people trying to create change as much as you!

 

The Virtual Incubator is a six month accelerated program with hands-on comprehensive support to the participants. The process has three stages: applications (starting 17 July), selection (before July 30) and then the 6-month incubation cycle (ending December 2020).

The structure of the AL Incubator is the same globally but it is localized by the country teams according to their context and needs. Participants form part of a global network of change-makers. The Virtual Incubator is being specifically designed for Kenya and Uganda, but covers the same content that others experience.

The AL Incubator program customizes its curriculum each year based on a needs assessment carried out at the beginning of each cohort. The selected members are required to be available for bi-weekly training sessions, and additional team assignments, networking events and one-on-one mentoring sessions. The total time commitment per week will be 8 hours. We recognize that young change-makers lead busy lives. We value their time and understand competing demands.

Each year the curriculum is customized based on a needs assessment and feedback gathered from the accountapreneurs at the end of each training and mentoring session. This means the organizers can support you with the problems you face in real time. The curriculum includes training on financial management, scaling and growth, proposal writing, marketing, and communications among other topics.

The Accountability Lab network and alumni have always played the role of being “door openers” for each other and provide ongoing support to each other. The focus of the program is as much in building the community and the values it represents as it is in building the ideas themselves. In addition, participants also receive access to mentors and other resources year-round through the AL network.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

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.

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