- Faruk KaymakcıDeputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Director for EU Affairs of the Republic of TurkeyFaruk KaymakcıDeputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Director for EU Affairs of the Republic of Turkey
SDG Impact Accelerator (SDGia) is an inspiring initiative under Turkey's humanitarian and enterprising foreign policy. It brings public and private sectors together to address some of the most complex development challenges of the 21st century. The II Phase of SDGia is focused on financial inclusion challenges in Bangladesh and the utilization of technology in agriculture in Uganda.
Startups that want to create an impact in the world through their innovative solutions by joining the Accelaration Programme will not only have the opportunity to accelarate their businesses but will also be contributing to the achievement of SDGs and the overarching aim of “Leaving No One Behind“.
I believe with the Covid-19 Pandemic this has become more important than ever and I congratulate everyone who is playing part in these efforts and thank our partners UNDP Turkey, UN Technology Bank for LDCs, the Government of Bangladesh and the Government of Uganda.
- Claudio TomasiUNDP Turkey Resident RepresentativeClaudio TomasiUNDP Turkey Resident Representative
In today’s world where the need to focus on solutions for the most pressing issues of the globe is inevitable, we remain strongly dedicated to work for the Sustainable Development Goals and continue our efforts to accelerate our response to the needs of the most vulnerable populations. The SDG Impact Accelerator is playing a crucial role on boosting these efforts in a powerful collaboration with the governments, entrepreneurs and the private sector that are willing to create an impact to the world in line with our principle of “Leave no one behind” together with us.
I strongly believe that the program will have a significant impact on selected development challenges in Bangladesh and Uganda through innovative solutions. UNDP is proud to be a part of this initiative with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, the UN Technology Bank for LDCs, the Government of Bangladesh and the Government of Uganda.
- Joshua SetipaUNTB for LDCs Managing DirectorJoshua SetipaUNTB for LDCs Managing Director
The UN Technology Bank is a proud partner in the SDG Impact Accelerator and we recognise the important role it will play in leaving no one behind, especially in least developed countries such as Uganda and Bangladesh. By empowering entrepreneurs and providing innovative, forward-thinking solutions, we can collectively contribute to finding answers to some of the most pressing challenges faced by disadvantaged groups.
- Hon Dr. Elioda TumwesigyeMinister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI)Hon Dr. Elioda TumwesigyeMinister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI)
The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI) is privileged to be part of this transformative partnership that brings together UNDP Turkey, the UN Technology Bank for LDCs and MoSTI among others to facilitate the implementation of the SDGia by harnessing the power of ICT to address some of the most binding challenges in the agricultural sector in Uganda. I am confident that this call by the coalition of the willing that seeks to leverage innovation, technology and entrepreneurship is set to plant a mustard seed with a potential of creating immense impact in the agricultural sector.
- Zunaid Ahmed PalakState Minister for ICT DivisionZunaid Ahmed PalakState Minister for ICT Division
Bangladesh is celebrating Mujib Borsho to commemorate the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation and 50th birth anniversary of the Country. Under the Digital Bangladesh campaign, information technology impacting lives of millions by reducing poverty and empowering people with innovative tech-based services such as e-commerce, e-payments, Telehealth, online education and mobile banking etc. Startups are at the forefront of driving such essential services for the citizens. SDGi Accelerator spearheaded by the Turkish government and UN will encourage local and international startups to find innovative solutions in the areas of fintech and Agri tech. I wish all contestants best of luck and commit all necessary support from the ICT Division.
SDG Impact Accelerator
Empowering Impact Entrepreneurs for Systems Change
We see the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the universal call for action to all fellow human beings. The SDG Impact Accelerator (SDGia) is a global accelerator built by a multi stakeholder platform focusing on empowering “systems entrepreneurs” and innovators who are providing impact at scale.
Our initiative aims to generate market-creating innovations initially for refugee populations and least-developed country (LDC) populations. Market-creating innovations will be executed not by focusing on a particular solution only, but by mobilizing different stakeholders to catalyze systems change.
As the partners of SDGia we are building a unique model for accelerating the discovery and market entry of solutions for the selected big problems related specifically to topics described below. We will do this by finding, mentoring, and funding founders and innovators in an accelerated time frame with the help of global investors, mentors and partners.
Call for Impact
If you are working on any technology, service or product offering a solution to the challenges defined below, we are ready to support you to accelerate and implement your solution through our 2020 calls:
Farmers today, are facing significant pressures to feed an ever-growing population and their challenges are far more complex in the light of climate change issues and the pandemic resulting in international trade challenges. The need to adopt modern and sustainable farming practices backed by technology is evident. If you have an innovative product/solution that will add value in digitalization of agriculture in Uganda click here to apply.
A huge number of people in especially least developed countries (LDCs) currently do not have access to basic financial services such as bank accounts, credit, savings, and insurance products. Financial inclusion is a major element of social inclusion with potential to create major economic and social impact. To implement your product/ solution in Bangladesh and take the financial inclusion further, apply here.
We believe in Passionate, Productive and Patient founders from all around the world with a focus on building sustainable business models while realizing their inventions and ideas. Follow us on twitter and instagram to keep updated.
What We Offer
Equity Free Cash
The teams that successfully complete pre-acceleration and are accepted to the accelerator program will be granted cash up to $15K and in-kind support.
Building a sustainable business requires many functions to operate together. SDGia program is designed to have mentors support your specific needs while you grow your business.
Adapting a product to a specific market requires frequent contact and clear understanding between the solver and the beneficiaries. Physical or not, SDGia takes you closer to the field for understanding the users and meeting with the main actors.
SDGia’s global and local support network with its strong partners covers a wide range of organizations willing to support you during and beyond the program.
The SDGia is building an impact fund to be allocated to the accelerator graduates. An investment offer up to up to $100K could be made available to the successful graduates of the accelerator.
SDGia focuses on getting your project live on the field. We make targeted introductions to make the process smoother and continue supporting you during the implementation phase.
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