Impact StartUp

We in Ferd Social Entrepreneurs have set up Impact StartUp, an accelerator program, to provide an offering for start-up companies that are too early-stage to become portfolio companies. This initiative is also part of our work to strengthen the ecosystem for social entrepreneurs in Norway and the Nordic region.

The accelerator program lasts for six months. During this period the companies on the program receive help with developing sustainable business models and scaling up their activities, as well as strategies and tools for managing their social and environmental objectives and finances. The companies work shoulder-to-should with dedicated business developers throughout the entire program.

The company Lifeness has developed a medical monitoring tool for treating obesity. The company was one of the ten that took part in the Norwegian accelerator program in spring 2020. Photo: Alex Asensi

A Norwegian and Nordic design

The Norwegian version of the accelerator program is run once a year and social entrepreneurs of all types can apply. In contrast, while the Nordic program is also run once a year, it always has a set theme, e.g. workplace inclusion, children and young people, exclusion.

If you are a social entrepreneur and would like to apply for a place on the Impact StartUp program, click here.

A lab for investors

The Nordic initiative has received support from Nordic Innovation. One of the uses to which these funds will be put is developing a Nordic InvestorLab and a learning network for innovative public sector procurement.

If you are an investor and would like to learn more about how you can invest in generating a social impact, click here to find out more.

Collaboration partners

Impact StartUp Norway is organised in collaboration with two partners, namely Wilstar and Klaveness Marine. The Eivind Astrups Allmennyttige Stiftelse and Sparebank 1 Stiftelsen Østfold og Akershus foundations as well as Deloitte are also important sources of support.

The Nordic initiative is run in collaboration with Sweden’s Prosper , Denmark’s Den Sociale Kapitalfond and Finland’s Arvo, with support from Nordic Innovation.