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Mexico Accelerator Program It is an initiative created by IKEA Social Entrepreneurship and New Ventures that seeks to promote entrepreneurship with environmental and social impact in Mexico. It is a personalized, one-year program that offers strategic support, specialized training and guidance. The main objective of this initiative is to prepare the selected companies to expand their business and possibly link in the value chain of some large companies. At the end of the program, the startups will compete for an initial capital of $50,000 to continue scaling their businesses.
The call for the second edition of this remarkable initiative was launched from July 19 to August 30, 2021 to search for the most influential projects in Mexico. Thanks to the efforts of the Allies and the media, 331 records of pledges located in different states of the Mexican Republic were received. The selection process was from August 30 to October 15, with 11 startups finally being selected to be part of Generation 2021.
Our vision at IKEA is to improve the everyday lives of most people. We join New Ventures because we believe that entrepreneurship and innovation are the necessary duo to transform any environment, and this includes creating and developing projects that positively impact society. We are so excited because we know that the companies selected make a real difference in different communities and in the environment, and they are ready to imagine a present and a future in Mexico looking for new ways to make social environments not a challenge,” commented Malcolm Pruys, Country Director at IKEA Mexico.
After weeks of calling and selection, IKEA Social Entrepreneurship and New Ventures announced the 11 entrepreneurs with environmental and social impact who will be part of the Mexico Accelerator Program 2021:
- Society Biography (El Equimite),
- Electronics recycling
- Ban Chu,
- Queen bee,
- monty land,
- chicken tap,
- Mexico Basics
- Toroto and
Projects that want to improve the quality of life for the greatest number of people have been pursued through sectors such as sustainable products, artisanal products, agribusiness, responsible consumption, alternative proteins, recycling and waste management, sustainable logistics and raw materials.
Armando Laborde, Partner at New Ventures, expressed, “New Ventures is pleased to have this alliance with IKEA Social Entrepreneurse, which allows us to support the remarkable work of impactful entrepreneurship; innovative models that show us that there are other ways to do business that care about the planet and society.”
Social entrepreneurs who deal with social challenges are often pioneers. We are excited to welcome 11 social projects that will join our accelerator with New Venture Mexico. In a world of great challenges, collaboration and mutual learning are key,” commented Åsa Skogström Feldt, Director of IKEA Social Entrepreneurship BV.
In addition to great opportunities for training and access to seed capital; Entrepreneurs receive guidance in 3 main areas: Ocher Mentor : 3 mentors who specialize in business strategy support companies to reach their acceleration goals and solve bottlenecks; Co-workers at IKEA : The IKEA team provides personalized training for entrepreneurs; And Sustainable Minds Network : They have access to New Ventures’ network of high-profile mentors to learn about different specialized topics in their sector.
On November 4, the opening ceremony will take place, where the projects of the 2020 edition will be graduated to close the program and 11 companies that will be part of this generation will be welcomed.