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Applications For Spark* Bangladesh Accelerator 4th Cohort Are Open Now

Spark* Bangladesh, in partnership with Build Bangladesh and YGAP, Australia, is accepting applications for its fourth Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator program. It will take place in Dhaka from 14th October 2017 to 19th October 2017.

Emerging social entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply online. The program is an exciting opportunity for emerging social entrepreneurs to develop skills and build connections. Application closes on 1st September 2017.

Spark* Bangladesh exists to improve the lives of people living in poverty by accelerating startup social enterprises and supporting them as they grow their businesses and make greater positive changes in their communities. It currently operates in 5 countries and has supported 295 entrepreneurs.

The Spark* Bangladesh Accelerator will bring together 12 emerging social entrepreneurs for five intensive days of entrepreneurship training led by world class facilitators and guided by a powerful and practical curriculum covering strategy, impact, innovation and more. Entrepreneurs learn how to refine their business models, and ultimately become better equipped to improve the lives of people living in Bangladesh through their ventures.

Beyond the Accelerator, the entrepreneurs are provided 12 months of ongoing support from Spark*, to help prove their models and scale their venture. This includes regular business and strategy support from the Spark* team, access to free graphic and web designers, pro-bono legal support, assistance with tracking impact, multiple injections of small funding to encourage innovation and growth.

Many alumni entrepreneurs refer to the Spark* Accelerator as a ‘life-changing’ experience. Spark* Bangladesh now supports startups like Women In Digital – empowering women through IT training and providing access to Digital Platform, Blood Friend– a mobile app that connects blood donors and patients, Daktar Bari– clinics that provide healthcare services to the disadvantaged people and Artful Mind – a platform that provides Art Therapy solutions to prevent and combat mental health among others.

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