After last year’s success, Impact Hub Geneva and the UNDP are back again this year with a global community of scaling partners, international organizations, entrepreneurial networks, the global Impact Hub network and our corporate partners, SwissRe and Pfizer, to bring Accelerate2030 to the masses.

What’s Accelerate2030?Santu A2030

Accelerate2030 is a program designed to help ventures scale their positive social and environmental impact to new markets. It includes a 9 month customized program where finalists will receive the support they need to scale across borders and integrate sustainable values to their business practices. Indeed, Accelerate2030 is vested in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and truly believes in the values of new sustainable business practices. The 10 chosen applicants will have to prove that they directly work for the achievement of these goals, and Accelerate2030 will support them in scaling their impact locally and abroad. In addition, participants will gain access to the Impact Hub global network of 80+ collaborative spaces with over 15,000 social innovators that will offer international support and receive complementary membership to their local Impact Hub participating in Accelerate2030.

Accelerate2030 was initiated last year by Impact Hub Geneva and the UNDP with 10 participating countries and the Accelerate2030 team working closely in conjunction with each participating country’s local Impact Hub and UNDP chapter.  5 finalists received a travel expense-paid trip to Geneva to participate in a 1-week scaling bootcamp featuring:

  • customized business clinics;
  • an opportunity to pitch their ventures at the Social Good Summit Geneva, an invitation-only event around the Sustainable Development Goals with government, impact investors, international organizations and corporate executives;
  • 9-month tailored support from top international organizations and corporates.

This year, participation has grown to include ventures from Armenia, Brazil, Cambodia, Colombia, Ghana, Guatemala, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Myanmar, Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa, Turkey, Ukraine, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.


10 ventures will receive 9 months of individualized support from numerous Accelerate2030 partners including SwissRe, Pfizer, BCG, Dalberg, UNDP, ITC, Codethic, WIPO, Sidley, Endeva and others.

Sounds great, but how can I participate?

lizzie A2030


Do you know a changemaker with a strong desire to make an impact on humanity?

If so, share. Share our links within your networks.  Spread the word so that eventually every person with an idea, a dream and the drive to make the world a better place, has the possibility to see it come to fruition.   Sharing, communicating and exchanging to make an impact are a few of the principles that this network was founded upon and now we’re asking for your contribution by spreading the word.

If you know someone who meets the application requirements, please share Accelerate2030 with them and across your networks.  Information about the Accelerate2030 program can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin on the Accelerate2030 website or, in this cool informational video.   But act fast; the application deadline has been extended to June 18, 2017!

Visit our partners: SwissRe (Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn) and Pfizer (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube)


I am a recent transplant to Geneva from New York City. Using my experiences in culture shock and other difficulties as an untraveled immigrant, I created my blog, Natural Girl Unnatural World which examines Swiss life from a black American woman's perspective and offers insight into the solutions I've found for overcoming obstacles. My time in Geneva also inspired me to find a way to help other foreigners living in Geneva integrate more easily and bridge the gap between the local and expat communities. Born from my own troubles navigating life in Geneva, I, with my co-founder Olga, started AdoptAnExpat, an online platform directly connecting locals and foreigners to foster integration, friendship and understanding between the two communities.