OUR VIRTUAL INCUBATOR
Our 2021 Virtual Accountability Incubator is accepting applications! We’re looking for the very best ideas from young people for accountability, participation and open government related to the COVID-19 response and recovery. If you live in one of the following countries you are eligible for this round of the incubator: DRC, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mexico, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.
The Incubator is our flagship program for young civil society leaders to build sustainable, effective tools for accountability, participation and open government. The Accountability Incubator provides a non-prescriptive, supportive environment for creative, enterprising individuals with innovative ideas to inspire accountability in their communities.
Selected “accountapreneurs” receive 12 months of hands-on, comprehensive support including: training and knowledge-building, mentoring, network building, media outreach and storytelling support – all delivered virtually. Applications are open until November 25, 2020.
Young Liberian activist Miatta Mulbah brought her small anti-rape NPO to our Accountability Incubator. We helped Miatta build Leemah into an organisation that successfully uses music and street theater to advocate against sexual harassment and abuse on behalf of girls in Montserrado and Margibi counties.
Mujtaba Zaidi Hassan founded Discovering New Artists (DNA), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education through arts to children in Pakistan. With the support of the Accountability Incubator, he pivoted the initiative to focus on ideas of civic engagement and responsibility within Pakistani society.
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IMPACT TO DATE
A total of 60 accountapreneurs have passed through our incubators, with ideas ranging from film schools; to building networks of music artists pushing for integrity; to tools using blockchain to secure elections.
Changes the accountapreneurs have created include: pushing for budgets to be allocated to schools more effectively (Pakistan); changes to policies implemented by mining companies (Liberia); and the resolution of hundreds of accountability problems for migrants (Nepal).
To be eligible for the Accountability Incubator, you must:
Be the founder/CEO or primary decision-maker for the organization’s development and management;
Have an original idea that impacts accountability of the Covid-19 response;
Have a startup idea or an idea in the pilot or Minimum Viable Product (MVP) phase;
Be at least 18-years-old at the start of the program;
Demonstrate the Accountability Lab’s values;
Demonstrate the Lab’s values;
Submit the application by the specified deadline on November 15th, 11:59 PM (EST) 2020;
Reside in DRC, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mexico, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Uganda, or Zimbabwe.
THE IDEA PROPOSED BY THE CANDIDATE SHOULD BE:
Context-Specific: Does the idea demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the community it will support?
Feasible: How likely is it that the idea proposed will be achieved over time? Creative: Is the idea for accountability truly innovative?
Sustainable: Does the candidate have a plan for how the project can continue over time? Is the idea designed to have a long-term impact?
Scalable: Will the idea create a model for accountability that could be expanded to other communities?
*The applicant/project/idea must not be grounded in or focused on a specific political agenda or party.