When we joined the accelerator, we had no toolkit available on how to make and measure impact. The teams at YSB and MAN brought us specialist mentors from around the world. These experts allowed us to question the core value-set of the founders and the company. We are more self-aware now.Prabdheep SinghCEO & Co-Founder Stanplus
Being part of the MAN Impact Accelerator has been a tremendous help to Mellowcabs. We’ve been mentored by experts with exceptional knowledge in highly relevant fields of our business. We’ve had sessions with the quality control, sales, logistics and manufacturing experts from the MAN Group.Neil du PreezCEO & Co-Founder Mellowcabs
Our key learning area from the MAN Impact Accelerator has been to have a very clear definition of our core values in order to ingrain them into each role within the organization – from the lowest level to the highest level.Chakradhar GadeCEO & Co-Founder Country Delight
Besides the phenomenal exposure to see world economies and to have interactions with prestigious mentors while also witnessing diverse cultures, the MAN Impact Accelerator gave us insights and tools to measure the health of our business.David NaidooCEO GetTruck
In 2017, Joachim Drees, CEO of MAN Truck & Bus, approached Yunus Social Business to create an inspiring experience for social business entrepreneurs around the world. Together, we created the MAN Impact Accelerator to scale social ventures in transport and logistics.
During the first edition of this program, this included companies like Commut, providing save and affordable transport to women in India, Crowdcontainer, connecting smallholder farmers to global markets or Mellowcabs, providing affordable e-mobility solutions in South Africa.
The program takes the entrepreneurs on an exciting journey through five ecosystems in Europe, India, South Africa and California over the period of 8 months.
The eight-month program was designed to scale the social businesses – both in terms of impact as well as financial sustainability. Here are our key success criteria:
The program heavily relies on mentoring support from over 150 mentors that provided their expertise for the startups. We generally refrain from providing keynotes or workshops in favor of 1-on-1 mentoring support for each startup to provide a customized experience. We are incredibly greatful to all mentors that donated their time and focus to this first edition.
Feedback from our Mentors
In order to assess the efficiency of our approach to mentoring, we ask both the startups and the mentors for feedback about their experience. Here are the results (on a scale from 1 – 6 with 6 being the best score).
It was a week of excitement and passion from everyone there. The family spirit created by the organization humanized mentors to get rid of their ego and entrepreneurs to take feedback and act upon it. It is very fulfilling to help startups. It is an experience I highly recommend.Eduardo RuizUber
“I was impressed by the consistency and high quality of the accelerator organization, the startups and the mentors group. It was a pleasure to collaborate.”Helmut RamsauerManaging Director SPINPARTNERS, , ex-CSO ADAC
I was inspired by the passion and courage of the entrepreneurs, mentors, and the MAN team to build something better than the existing offerings with the end game of pushing the world forward. I was surprised how quickly the community connected, jammed, and had fun.Tony GuiCo-Founder Kreatives
I've been fortunate to engage with several accelerators in the past, and was deeply impressed with the caliber of startup talent MAN Impact Accelerator brought together. The home-brewed broth of camaraderie, passion and humility of the startups made for a memorable experience!Piotr DrozdEntrepreneur in Residence, Singularity University
Feedback from Our Startups
Feedback from startups was overwhelming. All of them recognized this program for the selfless act that it is. They were incredibly thankful for the support received during the program. A perfect Net Promoter Score of 100 reflects this gratefulness.
Startups specifically rated the support from mentors (both from MAN as well as from external mentors) as specifically helpful. Startups rated the quality of mentors as 9 out of 10 on average. But also the international travel scored high on the list of important elements for the program since it helped startups to broaden their horizons.
By far the most useful module was the purpose and team alignment module in the first week of the program which helped them to get clarity on their mission. All startups rated this module as “Absolutely Helpful”.