Upaya Accelerator Program


Upaya's focused accelerator program allows us to support a larger number of entrepreneurs and their business ideas. Workshops are typically held over a 6-month period and culminate in an Investor Showcase, which puts entrepreneurs directly in front of impact investors and other potential partners. Out of each accelerator cohort, Upaya selects one to three businesses in which to make investments. 

Our first program in 2017 focused on companies that provide job placement, particularly through formalizing informal sectors. In selecting participants for our first cohort, we prioritized companies that demonstrate strong potential to create hundreds, if not thousands, of dignified and reliable jobs. 

I am confident that with the help of the program, we together will be able to build a scalable for-profit enterprise along with impacting thousands at the bottom of pyramid.
— Saral, The Shoe Men

Cohort 1 Companies