Frequently asked questions
The Innovation Accelerator (iAccelerator) is a mentorship driven acceleration
programme that was initially launched in 2016 and is currently in its second phase. The
programme seeks to support young entrepreneurs with seed funding, training and
entrepreneurship skills, to generate innovative solutions in response to challenges
related to sexual and reproductive health, sexual education, family planning, maternal
health and other population development issues.
The iAccelerator seeks to generate innovative, youth-led solutions for youth in Rwanda, to have increased utilization of health services and adopt healthy and safe attitudes and behaviours.
The second phase of iAccelerator is implemented by Imbuto Foundation in partnership with UNFPA, the Ministry of Youth and KOICA.
The iAccelerator seeks to generate innovative, youth-led solutions for youth in Rwanda,
to have increased utilization of health services and adopt healthy and safe attitudes and behaviours.
Rwanda Demographic & Health Survey (DHS) report indicated that the teenage pregnancy rate slightly increased from 6.1% in 2010 to 7.3% in 2015. At age 19, 1 in 5 girls became teen mothers or began childbearing.
This year’s iAccelerator will focus on tackling the issue of teenage pregnancies, as a way to encourage young people to think critically and creatively about issues related to Sexual Reproductive Health.
The challenge should be addressed with the following considerations:
• Engaging men/boys in the prevention of teenage pregnancies
•Gaining the support of teenage parents through their experiences
•Finding inclusive solutions for vulnerable groups e.g. people with disabilities
This project is open to all Rwandan nationals as well as residents of Rwanda, aged between 18-30 years old.
iAccelerator is targeting young people in Rwanda because they make up for the largest section of the population (29%).
They are the most affected by the challenges that the Government seeks to address. Youth are in a better position to propose creative and innovative solutions to challenges facing fellow youth, who are collectively more responsive to out-of-the-box information through mediums they are more drawn to, such as online, televised and reading platforms.
Additionally, we believe the project has the potential to address youth unemployment through the promotion of social entrepreneurship.
Yes. Groups can apply for the project, comprising of not more than 4 individuals.
Gender equality is highly encouraged in this competition.
As much as it may be considered to concern girls more than boys, it is not restricted to girls only.
Teenage pregnancies is an issue whose role is not one-sided, and should be tackled by both genders.
Yes. However, it does not exempt you from going through each of the project’s stages. Forgot what the stages are? Refer to timeline.
Winners will be selected by a panel of judges with expertise in fields such as health, social entrepreneurship and innovation.
The criteria judged will be based on pitching skills, observed research made on the subject, team work (if applicable), relevance of solutions to the challenge, creativity expressed in reaching youth through the presented innovation as well as the business plan.
The iAccelerator will start with a countrywide selection of sustainable and scalable youth-friendly SRH projects. The top 3 projects will be awarded with seed funding of $10,000 and will be provided with access to 3 months of training & mentorship.
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Applications closed on 20 October 2019 at 23:59PM