Yunus Environment Hub, a global social business network focused on creating solutions for the environmental crisis, is launching its 2022 cohort of the GrowUp Incubator for social businesses focusing on sustainable food systems in East Africa. The GrowUp Incubator aims to support and grow the skills of early-stage entrepreneurs who can create sustainable environmental and social impact. The cohort will support social business entrepreneurs in Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Burundi. The program provides critical support to social business entrepreneurs in a post-revenue stage.

Why should you join the Grow Up Social Incubator?

Successful applicants will receive access to the following benefits through the 6-month program:

  • Bi-weekly tailored mentorship
  • Interactive capacity-building bootcamp and training
  • Networking with local partners
  • Peer-to-peer support to share challenges and discover solutions

Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible, your business must:

  • Be located in one of the above-mentioned target countries in East Africa
  • Solve a challenge within one or more thematic areas related to food systems
  • Be beyond the experimentation stage
  • Have your product/service on the market for 6 months to 3 years
  • Be legally registered or plan on doing it during the incubation program
  • Be led by a person or by the community (i.e., through a cooperative model)
  • Be able to demonstrate substantial environmental and social impact
  • Be in pre-seed investment but the post-revenue stage
  • Have accumulated sales to date of approximately UGX 35 million – UGX 89 million
  • Have 2-3 people from the team who will participate in the program
  • Have regular access to stable internet to participate in mentoring sessions and cohort events

How to apply 

Social businesses that are eligible can apply by completing the application form here.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor for the cohort, please find the Terms of Reference and apply here.

Application Deadline: 21 November 2021