The 3 Basics Every Mentorship Program Must Have. (Guest piece by RITU SONI SRIVASTAVA)

In this guest post, Ritu Soni Srivastava talks about her involvement as mentor of the MAN Impact Accelerator (our corporate innovation accelerator program) and the 3 things she would encourage every mentorship program to adopt.

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Why you should join impact investing? My first 100 days at Yunus Social Business.

Already in the crucial latter half of my 20s, I was seeking opportunities where I could accelerate the growth of my personal and professional capital more than my financial capital. As an investment banking analyst at a leading bulge-bracket firm, ‘impact investing’ was not an investment area I was very familiar with. I was fortunate to get a brief, albeit tangential, exposure to this area during an NGO fundraising exercise. That exposure subsequently prompted me to do some introspection and having coupled it with external research, I soon found myself exploring career options in the field.

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Impact Water have reached 1,000,000 children in Uganda with clean drinking water. And the best bit? They aren’t a charity but a pioneering social business.

Before Susan Mubiru bought a water purification system for her school, Namutebi Nkata Primary in Uganda, she had to find a way to boil water for all of her 516 students. “When we used to boil it, it was never enough. The children would not always have drinking water regularly”. For Susan, and schools across Africa lack of access to safe drinking water is a huge challenge. It doesn’t just mean that children are regularly off sick from school, but unclean water is responsible for the majority of the 1.8 million annual diarrheal caused deaths. In fact, over 40% of diarrheal disease transmission can be attributed to the school environment.  

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Meet the Eight Startups selected by the MAN Impact Accelerator for its second cohort!
Case Study: MAN Impact Accelerator

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.

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Why you should join an accelerator program - through the eyes of a startup
What Do Milk Farming and Ambulances Have in Common? Meet the Start-ups