RESIZED WISE_Debate_How_Much_Does_STEM_Really_Matter-9The WISE Accelerator is a program designed to support the development of innovative projects in the field of education. It relies on the expertise of qualified mentors and partners to provide projects with effective strategies and concrete support in order to ensure their development.
Each year, five projects are selected to join the program. These projects are followed for oneyear, during which time they benefit from tailor made mentorship to address their specific needs. In addition, the WISE Accelerator serves as an inter mediary to connect the selected projects to an international network that creates opportunities to share knowledge and find support from donors and investors.
Selection Criteria:
Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:
  • Solution and innovation;
  • Strategy and management;
  • Development beyond proof of concept and potential for growth.

Program Structure:

The yearlong program is designed to assess and suit project needs as precisely as possible in order to bring them to the next stage in their successful development. Key milestones in the 2016-2017 program are:
  • Kick-off week of activities
  • Needs Assessment
  • Tailor-Made Mentorship
  • Ongoing communication and visibility
  • Conclusion Program and Pitch to Investors
  • Follow-up and Evaluation

Eligibility To Apply:

All education projects that are using or linking technology to their DNA are invited to apply.

Ideal candidates for the WISE Accelerator will be existing projects at an early stage of development, with the following attributes:
  • Established for at least two years;
  • A significant and growing number of beneficiaries or customers;
  • A record of activity with a product or service that has been successfully implemented and beyond proof of concept;
  • Existing, stable revenues, and new opportunities for growth;
  • A dedicated team, with an established physical space or office;
  • Deep knowledge of the market or educational context and of their beneficiaries’ or customers’ needs;
  • Clear future objectives and motivation to further develop;
  • Good understanding of the project’s current challenges in scaling.

Application Deadline: September 8 , 2016.

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