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Incubator

Among the social entrepreneurs in the Accelerator less than 2 % (whom we call Change Leaders) are invited to join the Incubator, a 3 year program with the ultimate aim to help them reach a tipping point where they:

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Have proven that their solution can consistently deliver the intended social impact results

2

Have proven that their business model is able to cope with the demands that will be put on it in the next growth phase

3

Have proven that their solution can be replicated whilst maintaining the desired level of social impact

4

Achieve targeted system change milestones

To reach our targeted outcomes the support in the Incubator is provided as a mixture of strategy development and advisory support, technical training, mentoring, peer-to-peer learning, network development and connections to further investment and funding. The training covers areas such as operational management, social impact, impact scale and system change, business planning and financial sustainability. The highly competitive nature of our selections also means that a place in the Incubator serves as a stamp of approval for the social entrepreneurs, boosting their credibility and opening doors to new opportunities.

90% of our Change Leaders report that they are likely to recommend the Reach for Change Incubator program to their peers.
72%

felt that Reach for Change advisory and training was useful for improving their organization’s communications
​Case: C-Sema

87 %

report that Reach for Change provided them with useful connections to people and opportunities
Case: Atlas Kompetanse

70 %

of our Change Leaders felt the Reach for Change seed funding was key for the product development
Case: LoveGuide

 

80%

report that Reach for Change boosted their credibility
Case: Cirkus Unik

80%

report that Reach for Change boosted their credibility
Case: Cirkus Unik

93 %

testify that coaching sessions with Reach for Change were useful for overcoming strategic challenges
Case: Barnrättsbyrån

The Reach for Change Incubator support helped Change Leaders scale their operations and impact.

76 % supported more children 
73 % gained more revenues 
60 % employed more staff 

 

System change
- Our impact

We track the extent to which Change Leaders achieve system change i.e. change in underlying structures which make the system operate in a particular way e.g. laws, policies, routines, relationships, resources, power structures, attitudes and values. When system change is achieved, all children in the Change Leader’s target group can be supported.

In 2016, 5 % of our Change Leaders were able to show clear milestone achievements as to how their activities had positive influence on the system surrounding problem. Here is one example: 

Bullying is a serious issue in Lithuania. According to the organization Friends, 20–30 percent of Lithuanian children have been subjected to bullying in recent months. Bullying has been associated with poorer health outcomes and reduced life satisfaction. Research suggests that increased emotional intelligence (EI) reduces the chances of being bullied or becoming a bully. Change Leader Irma Liubartienė aims to combat issues caused by bullying. She founded Dramblys, a 4 module EQ program to increase knowledge regarding EI among teachers in Lithuania. 

In 2016, Irma spearheaded the drafting and submission of a bill aiming to make EI part of the National Curriculum. The Lithuanian government decided that each school, starting from September 1st 2017, will be required to implement an EI program. Teachers will also work to strengthen their competencies within EI at least once every four years. Irma is now part of a working group responsible of formalising this national program in greater detail.

 

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"If we had not benefited from Reach for Change support, we would have carried out our work in N'djamena only and not in the provinces. Thanks to our participation in the Incubator we were able to expand to seven more cities."

- 3rd year Change Leader from Chad
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