Smiling World Accelerator Program
The Smiling World Accelerator Program (SWAP) aims to unlock the potential of social enterprises, create a strong deal pipeline for investors, and build ecosystems for impact investing in developing and emerging countries. In October 2011, SWAP was launched in Southeast Asia, attracting over 100 applicants from Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines. Following intensive screening and due-diligence by our Smiling World iCats Fellows, six early-stage organizations are receiving the necessary support to improve core business areas, strengthen their organizational capabilities, and become eligible for larger investments.
The SWAP is an 9-24 month program for social entrepreneurs seeking to take their organizations to the next level of growth and impact. The program provides hands-on business consulting and customized financial support to outstanding, early-stage social ventures with a high potential for scaling-up and positive impact.
On the investor’s side of the SWAP, we continue to build our resource library, proprietary toolkit and database, and communities of angel investors and mentors in order to provide the relevant resources, supporting networks, and platforms to early-stage organizations.
For the SWAP in 2013, we have expanded to Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and China.
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Our local partners in all participating SWAP countries have strong networks and many years of experience in supporting social enterprises.
Benefits of the program
We believe in providing a mix of financial, intellectual, and social capital to organizations with the highest potential for growth and impact.
Do you have what it takes to apply for the SWAP? Find out here!
Timeline and selection process
Please take note of these important milestones and dates for the 2013 SWAP timeline and selection process.
How to apply
Preview our application questions and download the application form and supporting templates here.