I only just came across this great opportunity to apply for this accelerator program in either Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal or Pakistan. Applications are due November 1, 2017 and below are the criteria:


Eligibility Criteria


   Be a legal, registered enterprise able to demonstrate a minimum of one year of revenue-generating operations.

  1. Be able to demonstrate current operations or plans to secure representation in either Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal or Pakistan by 1 September 2017.
  2. The business plans to create a product or service that helps girls aged 10-19 do one or more of the following:
    • Save time or money, enabling girls to stay in school or learn
    • Save or invest earnings and assets
    • Earn
    • Feel safe and secure
  3. The product or service must be a physical, digital or financial asset that targets or benefits girls. It may also benefit or be purchased by her family.
  4. Agree to all legal terms and conditions of SPRING.
  5. Submit an application form with all required fields completed through the SPRING website.
  6. Be willing to provide material and references in support of your application should they be requested by DFID, Nike Foundation, USAID, DFAT or its partners in operating SPRING.
  7. If selected to join SPRING, the CEO commits to participating in the accelerator, empowering any other team members participating, and implementing strategies that will grow and scale the business to increase positive impact on the lives of girls.
  8. If selected to join SPRING, agree to participate in the programme and contribute knowledge to the SPRING network.
  9. If selected to receive prototype development funding, agree to use the financial resources in accordance with the agreed scope of work, determined in conjunction with SPRING partners.
  10. If selected to join SPRING, commit to be contacted and to provide key performance indicators to SPRING during the Accelerator and for up to three years after completion of your time in the Accelerator, to SPRING or the Monitoring & Evaluation Partner.
  11. Complete the application form and submit it on the website before to be communicated later this year. No entries will be accepted after the deadline.
  12. Businesses must not produce or distribute goods or services that are not supported by DFID’s aid programmes such as military equipment, luxury goods, alcohol or tobacco.
  13. The SPRING programme and all partners and ventures that participate in the programme will comply with all legal requirements and child protection policies of governments and the ILO in all participating countries.
  14. Businesses owned or controlled by employees of SPRING, sponsors, contributors or partners, or any of their affiliates, as well as the immediate family (spouse parents, siblings, and children) and household members of such employees, are not eligible.