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.