Neoenergia Institute, with institutional support from Coelba, and Ekloos Institute, launch, in Salvador, the Impactô Social Acceleration Program, which aims to boost the development of projects that generate social impact in the Bahian capital.
The Program will select, by notice, five local Civil Society and Social Business Organizations to participate in training and mentoring in the areas of strategic management, business and innovation during a four-month period. In addition to individual mentoring, the managers of these initiatives will also experience four collective immersions.
The participation of nonprofit Organizations in the program is new in Salvador. Usually, these institutions are not included in acceleration programs. Application is also open for those who have only one project idea, even if not yet formalized or in progress. “It is an opportunity for organizations to take an outside look to implement innovations in their activities and thereby broaden the social impact generated," says Andréa Gomides, founder of the Ekloos Institute.
At the end of the program, participating organizations will present their initiatives to an investment pool and may receive an incentive of up to R$ 50 thousand.
Brazil currently has 490 thousand NGOs created to support specific areas of society. Training is critical for these organizations to be able to incorporate the most innovative in the market, gain maturity and become increasingly self-sustaining. On the other hand, 1,600 social businesses are mapped, being only 11% in the Northeast, which shows the opportunities for new sustainable initiatives to be developed in Salvador.
“Organizations that generate social impact are the protagonists of social transformation. We believe that the future must be built on positive impact initiatives and, with the acceleration program, we want to enhance and popularize this performance", says Renata Chagas, Neoenergia Institute´s director.
Application for social initiatives in the areas of education, culture, environment, renewable energy, territorial development and technology will be accepted. Free mentoring will be held at the Colabore space of the Municipal Secretariat of Sustainability, Innovation and Resilience, through the program's partnership with the Salvador Municipality and Sebrae.
"The Impactô Social Acceleration Program is in tune with the purpose of Colabore, which is to contribute to the development of businesses that generate social and environmental impact for the city and its residents, and that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We think Colabore in this sense, of being a creative and inspiring environment for connections, that produces and fosters relevant content and good projects and solutions for society," says André Fraga, Secretary at the Municipal Secretariat for Sustainability, Innovation and Resilience from Salvador.
The Impactô Program contributes directly to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), primarily with SDG 17, which deals with Partnerships and Implementation through data exchange and human capital.
Application through the site www.ekloos.org/impacto and will be open from 10am on August 15 until 12am on September 6, 2019. The complete rules of the notice can be found on the website. The program is free.
Ekloos Institute is a social accelerator that, throughout its 10 years of operation, has already trained more than 5,000 entrepreneurs and accelerated more than 400 NGOs and social impact businesses. With an Acceleration Program based on its own and differentiated methodologies, it has been working with social initiatives in order to professionalize management, support sustainable development and stimulate innovation, enabling the increased social impact that each organization generates in its territory. In 2018 it was among the 10 best accelerators in Brazil and in 2017 it won the Best NGOs Award from Época Magazine and Doar Institute.
Neoenergia Institute aims to foster the development of social and environmental actions in the areas in which Neoenergia, its sponsor, operates by supporting society in management and promotion of selected projects, reinforcing the company's brand and commitment to the development of culture and local economies.
For the 2018 to 2022 cycle, the challenge of Neoenergia Institute is to collaborate directly with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN. The main objectives are the contribution to the improvement of the quality of life of the most vulnerable people and the commitment to sustainable development, through carrying out projects in the scope of the following pillars: Training and Research, Biodiversity and Climate Change, Art and Culture, Social Action and Institutional Collaboration, which seeks alliances to achieve the SDGs.