ygap accelerator

Our accelerator programs aim to back impact entrepreneurs – or as we like to call them ‘local leaders’ –who have solutions to local problems in some of the world’s toughest communities.

Rather than imposing our perceived solutions on a foreign community, we support these local leaders who live there and have developed their own. Meaning our role is simply help refine and scale their solutions.

We do this in three stages:

The startups we select go through a one week live-in accelerator where their business models are strengthened and they are equipped with the tools they need to turn their startups into viable ventures.

After the accelerator we provide strategy and business mentorship, marketing support, legal and accounting help and access to small grants.

The most impactful ygap entrepreneurs will move into growth, where they access larger support and funding to grow their ventures.

Since 2008 we have:


supported541impact ventures

impacted the lives of 1,295,411people


Who we're looking for:

Entrepreneur: We believe the best solutions to poverty are entrepreneurial, so we focus on early stage ventures that exist to improve access to education or healthcare, create jobs or build safer homes.

Local: You’re a local of the area who intimately understands the problems that you are trying to solve.

Early Stage: You will have already launched a venture or run a pilot and have some early traction or proof of concept. You will typically have less than 10  customers or clients and have been in operation less than two years.

Ventures that are improving lives: At the end of the day, we exist to improve the lives of people living in poverty. If you believe your venture is improving the lives of people living in poverty, we encourage you to apply.

If you’re a founder of an early stage venture aimed at improving the lives of people living in tough conditions , we want to hear from you! If you don’t hit all of these criteria perfectly, we still encourage you to apply as you may still be considered!

Applications for the 2020 program are now open.

If you are interested in applying for this intake please fill out the form below by March 31st, 2020.

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Case Studies

Saif Rashid, Founder of APON

Apon is addressing inequalities in Bangladesh’s readymade garment (RMG) sector. Apon takes an innovative approach in leveraging economies of scale to reduce the market cost of essential goods and services for low-wage earners. These cost reductions range from food to household commodities to healthcare. This reduction in living costs means a higher take-home rate for workers, relieving the pressure of day to day life and enhancing wellbeing.  Apon was part of the 2018 ygap Bangladesh accelerator program, and has since experienced significant growth in revenue and impact.

Sarwar Hossain, Founder of Biofil

Biofil is an environmentally friendly, and affordable way to address the issue of poor sanitation in peri-urban and rural areas of Bangladesh. The Biofil Toilet uses an innovative technology leveraging natural processes to compost human waste, minimizing the environmental and health impacts of pit latrines that are still widely used throughout the country. Biofil partners with NGO’s, who purchase the toilets and installs them in  communities to use for free. Biofil was part of the 2017 ygap accelerator program and has since impacted the lives of approximately 50,000 people.

Arif Md. Waliullah Bhuiyan, Founder of Light of Hope

Light of Hope is making education accessible to schools without adequate access to electricity through a range of innovative educational resources. Light of Hope provides engaging classroom resources, along with teacher training to provide students with a holistic learning experience. Light of Hope came through the 2016 ygap Accelerator program and has gone on to impact the lives of over 200,000 children.

WAWERU KURIA Providing emergency cash to low income earners Meet Waweru SILHE TSHABALA Helping vulnerable youth leapfrog into the digital age Meet Silhe BETH KOIGI Producing affordable water filters for all Kenyans Meet Beth PAUL TALLIARD Upcycling goods and lives in Capetown Meet Paul PEGGY MATIVO Providing a quality education in Kenya Meet Peggy ARJUN KHOOSAL A web-based platform to help local tradesmen Meet Arjun SAID TWAHIR Producing sustainable cooking briquettes Meet Said

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