Upaya Social Ventures lifts the poorest of the poor through job creation, not hand-outs. We promote employers, working long-term to maximize lasting job opportunities for those who need it most. We build a ladder out of extreme poverty.

Accelerator Program benefits include:

  • Access to Upaya funding (up to $50,000 equity investment in each company).
  • Upaya selects 1-3 enterprises for investment from each cohort.
  • Additional access to investors through pitch and networking opportunity to bring on as co-investors.
  • 4-month long program, involves three class room workshops focussing on helping companies improve their business model in three functions – Finance, Marketing & Sales and Organizational Development
  • Hand-on support (Consulting Projects) where Upaya team/ Mentors or Experts work with the companies on mutually identified gap areas in the business that need to be addressed.
  • Additionally, support in helping companies refine their business plan, pitch deck and financial model.
  • Provide access to network of experts, investors and mentors.

The cost for travel and logistics for the program will be covered by Upaya Social Ventures.


Upaya will select the final 10-12 entrepreneurs by the second week of April, 2018. The selection process is as follows:

  1. First Round of Application – 26th February 2018 to 23rd March 2018.
    A simple set of questions requiring 10-15 minutes to determine if the applicants meet the criteria stated below.
    Applications are now open – CLICK HERE TO APPLY!
  2. Second Round of Application – 30th March 2018 to 12th April 2018.
    A more detailed questionnaire that dives deeper into the applicant’s business model and social impact.  
  3. Announcement of selected enterprises for the Accelerator cohort – 11th May 2018.


  • First Workshop: 30th May 2018 – 1st June 2018
  • Second Workshop: 25th – 27th July 2018
  • Third Workshop: 26th – 28th September 2018

The Upaya team plans to visit each of the selected enterprises to work with the enterprises in identifying key challenges and gaps in the business and providing technical assistance in addressing the mutually identified challenges.

The investment decision would be announced at the end of the third workshop.

Applications are now open – CLICK HERE TO APPLY!

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