How it works
i2i (Incubation to Investment) is a structured accelerator program designed to help businesses clarify their social impact, improve their business model, and refine their pitch for investment.
Our Program Includes
We work with you to identify and execute change to strengthen your impact, improve your business model and refine your pitch.
We open up our networks to you to help you find the funds, talent, connections and expertise you need to grow your business. For each sector-specific cohort, we will make concerted effort to connect you to our industry contacts.
We connect you to a curated set of business professionals to help encourage, coach and hold you accountable during the accelerator program.
We organize pitch nights for you to showcase your business, where we invite our investor networks (philanthropists, impact investors and angel investors). Where there is alignment, SOW Asia may also invest or co-invest.
Who are we looking for?
Our selection criteria for this cohort includes:
Prefer companies with at least 2 full time co-founders
Companies with a marketable product/service that has been at least pilot tested
Companies targeting social inclusion challenges, including (but not limited to): ageing population and healthcare.
MONTH 1: Diagnosis
- Defining and scaling impact
- What is your end game?
MONTH 2 - 4: Action Planning with advisors, workshops, consultations and more
- Weekly meetings with advisors and SOW Asia team to areas in need of change, as identified in diagnosis sessions, workshops or discussions with advisors
- Tailored workshops conducted to meet your needs
- Refining your pitches
MONTH 5: Pitching
- Work with advisors to clarify the investment needed
- Develop pitch for investments
- Final pitch night with investors
Info Session - 14 March 2017
Application Deadline - 24 March 2017
Shortlisted candidates announced - 27 April 2017
11 May 2017
1 June 2017
22 June 2017
6 July 2017
Individual consultation sessions, mentoring and peer sharing sessions will be conducted from 11 May 2017 to 6 July 2017 on an ongoing basis.
3 August 2017
7 September 2017
14 September 2017
+ How does the application process work?
Interested social businesses can apply on our website: http://www.sowasia.org/application-form and submit
Please also email email@example.com with:
(Required) A pitch deck that needs to answer the following questions:
What is the social problem you are addressing and how large is the scale of the problem?
What is your solution and why is it better than existing approaches?
Who are your target customer segments and how large is the market size?
What is your product or service and what is your value proposition / competitive advantage?
How does your business make money? What are the main revenue streams?
What do you want to achieve in the next 1 year? What are your growth targets and aspirations?
What support/resources do you need to achieve this plan?
(Optional) Financial statements or any pictures and/or videos of your products/services
What is the structure of the consultancy workshops?
We believe in interactive, participative learning, where leaders come and work out their own challenges/questions. We bring expertise in business/management and social impact consulting and we facilitate you and your team to articulate and focus on the questions that really matter for your social business. The content of these workshops largely focuses on problem definition and the strategy for scaling your impact, improving your business model and refining your pitch.
+ What networking opportunities are provided during the program?
SOW Asia’s partners include angel investors, impact investors, NGOs and charities, corporates, foundations and startup communities. These networks have proven invaluable for past participants in helping them get connected to investors, find and recruit talent, outsource projects, and access professional support and expertise that otherwise would have been unavailable to them.
+ Is there an equity stake component for participation in the program?
No, SOW Asia’s i2i accelerator program is free of charge.
+ Who is SOW Asia?
SOW Asia is a charitable foundation based in Hong Kong that supports enterprises intent on scaling their social and/or environmental impact through financial investments and our accelerator programs.
+ How to get in contact?
If you have questions about the program, application, please do not hesitate to contact the SOW Asia team at firstname.lastname@example.org