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About the ICats Program

The ICats Program was founded by LGT Venture Philanthropy in 2007 to provide additional professional know-how to its portfolio organizations, alongside financial and social capital. 

Why is it needed?

Social organizations with innovative solutions need more experts to scale their impact. However, scarce financial resources and missing networks often prevent them from attracting sufficient talents. At the same time, many professionals are looking for opportunities where they can make a difference, but often struggle to find meaningful engagements that require their professional skills.

Our solution

The ICats Program provides opportunities where experienced professionals can create significant positive impact by applying their skills whilst increasing their personal and technical skills in an exceptional way.

How does it work?

The ICats Program matches experienced professionals with temporary positions at social ventures.
ICats work with the management teams to build organizational capacity, systems, processes and train local staff. Thus, they support the critical expansion and contribute significantly to scaling-up the organizations’ impact. All participating organizations are part of the LGT Venture Philanthropy portfolio or the Accelerator Program. Hence, ICats are a vital part of LGT Venture Philanthropy's support to its portfolio.

ICats take on clear roles and responsibilities, commit to clear goals and report monthly on the progress. Typical roles are business developers, financial analysts, business consultants, strategy consultants, sales and marketing specialists, operations and process managers, PR and communication strategists, IT architects. Meet the previous cohorts to find out more about their work.

To ensure the optimal outcome of ICats engagements, the LGT Venture Philanthropy team mentors the ICats with their know-how, insights and experi-ences throughout their in-the-field stay. Also, the team supports nominated candidates during preparation of their engagements (including a 5-day orientation workshop in Zurich, Switzerland every January).

Ultimately, ICats provide a professional capacity building service that supports organizations to maximize their impact.

Key facts

    • Host organizations: for-profit/non-profit organizations with significant social or environmental impact and ambitious targets to grow
    • Locations: Africa, India, Southeast Asia, China, Latin America and United Kingdom
    • Types of engagements:
      • Fellowships: 11-14 months engagements, on-site, full-time
      • Mentorships: flexible off-site, part-time engagements
      • Consultants: 3-6 months engagements, on-site, full-time
    • Start date: Fellowships start every February; iCats Mentorships and Consultant jobs start any time throughout the year
    • Type of position: Temporary positions
    • Remuneration: Pro bono engagements; Fellowships offer a stipend to cover local living costs, travel costs and health insurance 

Do you want to use your professionals skills to create positive impact? Find out how to apply.

Benefits

The ICats Program contributes significantly to the LGT Venture Philanthropy mission. To strengthen the organizational capacity of social ventures as well as to foster a responsible leadership culture in the private sector ultimately increases the quality of life of less advantaged people.

Business professionals working as ICats gain an unique experience abroad. They develop their business and leadership skills whilst creating tangible positive impact with their professional skills. Read more.

Social ventures benefit from increased professionalism by applying corporate expertise. The newly developed organizational capabilities help to maximize the positive impact by making solutions more effective and scaling them to reach more people. Read more.

Corporations gain insights into new business opportunities in developing/emerging markets, develop skills of their employees that better qualifies them to create more sustainable and fair business models as well as develop a responsible leadership culture. Read more about this topic in the section “Responsible Leadership”.


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