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C3 I.D.E.A Accelerator is Targeting Impact-Driven Startups Across MENA

A collaborative effort between Companies for Change and Accenture, the accelerator will look to empower entrepreneurs contributing to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access goals across the region.

Aiming to level the playing field in the regional tech landscape, UK and UAE-based social enterprise, Companies Creating Change (C3), and global IT specialist, Accenture, have joined hands to launch the C3 I.D.E.A Accelerator, which looks to empower tech startups driving inclusion, equity and accessibility for marginalised and underserved communities.

Ten regional early-stage, impact-driven entrepreneurs hailing from the UAE, KSA, Egypt, Lebanon, Qatar, Jordan, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman will be selected to participate in a five-week virtual learning and mentorship experience before heading to Dubai in February 2022 to showcase their solution at the Accenture Lounge at Expo 2020. The finalists will also have a chance to network with C3 alumni, experts and investors.

The five-week intensive training will help the entrepreneurs maximise their community impact by increasing their knowledge on business growth and the pillar of inclusion and diversity. Entrepreneurs will learn how to integrate inclusive practices into their businesses, achieve financial sustainability and develop impactful, scalable solutions. 

“Impact-driven entrepreneurs, especially those in the MENA region, have been providing innovative solutions that create a more inclusive and diverse society,” said Medea Nocentini, C3 co-founder, and also COO at Global Ventures. “We are extremely excited to be partnering with Accenture to accelerate their growth and maximise their contribution to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access goals across the region.” 

The programme gathers a number of important stakeholders to tackle the challenges of promoting inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility and empowering a number of underrepresented communities.
To apply, head to www.wegrowwithc3.com/c3-i-d-e-a-accelerator.