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The SDG Impact Accelerator Pre-Acceleration Program on Digital Agriculture and Financial Inclusion has ended with a Pitch Day on April 21st at 10:00 AM (GMT+3). Following the event, 10 teams have been selected to join the Acceleration Program.

3 May 2021 – SDG Impact Accelerator’s virtual Pitch Day event took place on April 21st as the Pre-Acceleration phase of the program has been completed. During the event program’s partners underlined the unique nature of the SDGia program which is underpinned by their strong commitments and contributions.

Following the Pitch Day, Evaluation Committee meetings were held by experts nominated by the partners to evaluate the startups’ impact potential and implementation capacity. It was a challenging process for the Members of the Committee to select 10 from the list of 40 notable startups. The selection of these startups were endorsed by the Project Board at its meeting on 3rd of May 2021.

We congratulate the teams listed here that are selected for the Acceleration Program:

Financial Inclusion

MyCash – Bangladesh
Shadhin – Bangladesh
Whrrl – India
bhalo Social Enterprises – Bangladesh
Fundfina – India/UK

Digital Agriculture

Flamingoo Foods – Tanzania
ForFarming – Turkey
Nampya Farmers Market – Uganda
Borlaug Web Services – India/Netherlands
Agro Supply – Uganda

The selected teams will receive a $15,000 equity-free grant during the Acceleration Program which will take place between 18 May and 22 June 2021. During  this stage, startups will have the opportunity to have 1-1 sessions with the members of global mentor network of SDGia, including investors, founders, private sector professionals and public representatives. The Acceleration Program will also be the phase for the startups to prepare their plans for local implementation in Bangladesh and Uganda.

SDGia is an inspiring example of inclusive partnerships for addressing complex development issues and creating impact through supporting entrepreneurs. The strong collaboration among Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, UNDP and the United Nations Technology Bank for LDCs creates the basis for the program. On top of that, the support of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation in Uganda, the Ministry responsible for Information and Communication Technology in Bangladesh, and UNDP Country Offices and Accelerator Labs in both countries further strengthens the program. Startups were called by SDGia program to address “financial inclusion” in Bangladesh and “digital agriculture” in Uganda.

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