The Collective Global Accelerator is a 4-week immersive, residential experience at our co-living community The Collective Old Oak, in London. CGA 2017 brings together 10 dreamers and inspired solvers with unique skill sets, experiences, and passions, and empowers them to scale the impact of their social start-up on the world. Specifically, CGA exists to help social startups (not-for-profit and for-profit) that create opportunities for people in need in communities all over the world.
If you attend CGA, you'll have an extraordinary opportunity to learn how to become a better entrepreneur;
be part of a community of people who share your commitment to do good; grow into a global innovator;
get access to our network of world-class experts and thought leaders, and have the opportunity to raise the funds you need to scale your venture.
The Collective Global Accelerator is an initiative by The Collective Foundation.
Speakers and Workshops
Learn from experts, industry leaders and thought leaders in London about business development, design thinking, fundraising, marketing, sales, community management, measuring impact and much more. Weekly workshops and speakers will give you the tools to become a better entrepreneur.
Get matched with a personal mentor, with whom you will set your personal goals and aspirations. Together, you will create a strategy how to achieve your dreams. Even after CGA, your mentor will coach you for at least 1 year after the programme ends, to give you feedback and check in with you.
The Collective Old Oak is a co-living community in London. Be part of the community for 4 weeks and enjoy all it has to offer - creative and ambitious people, inspiring spaces and a place where you will work together with other participants to truly make a difference.
The Collective Foundation sponsors all participants' stay during the programme.
Get access to the world-class network of The Collective. We will help you get the right connections you need to propel your social start-up forwards.
Investor Pitch event
The 4-week journey concludes with a fundraising event, which will be attended by a small group of impact investors. After our training, you will be more than ready to pitch your business in front of people who are rooting for you, and have the means to help you scale your impact.
WHO SHOULD APPLY
We look for the best and brightest social entrepreneurs from all over the world.
You are the ideal candidate to us, if:
You have a social start-up
We prefer candidates who have a social organization in the start-up phase (0-3 years old). Your start-up can be either for-profit or not-for-profit.
If you only have an idea for a social start-up, you can also participate in the CGA. It would then help if you can prove you already have a successful entrepreneurial track record.
You create opportunities for
people in your community
Your start-up makes a difference in your community, and empowers people to be part of your solution. You create opportunities for people who need it, for example by creating jobs, providing education and training, or helping people improve their health.
We are open to hear about any ideas that create opportunities for others.
You are a passionate entrepreneur
You are someone who loves to create new things, who looks for solutions to problems head-on, and who gets energy from doing things that matter.
Changemakers, innovators, entrepreneurs - working on your own business or within an organization, we are looking for you!
You are between 20 - 35 years old and from anywhere in the world
Ideally, you are in a phase of your life in which you are able to pursue your start-up full-time (no school commitments). You also fit well with our community at The Old Oak, which mainly consists of young professionals. This is why ideal candidates are 20 years and older; and 35 years and younger. However, exceptions are possible and we encourage you to apply should you believe you are a good fit.
We also encourage you to apply regardless of which country you are from. We will do our best to include candidates from underrepresented communities in Africa, Southern America and the Asia-Pacific region, but we also accept applications from Europe and Northern America.
frequently asked questions
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What are the dates of the Collective Global Accelerator (CGA) 2017?
The CGA 2017 programme is scheduled for August 7th - September 4th, 2017.
When is the deadline to apply?
The final deadline to send in your application is April 30th. All participants will be notified on their application status by May 7th. By then, you will know if you are either invited to participate in the second round, or not accepted.
The top 50 candidates will be invited to participate in the second round of the application process, to send a video pitch of their start-up. The deadline to send in video pitches is May 14th.
The final 10 participants are chosen by May 30th.
How much does the programme cost?
The CGA programme is a fully-funded experience by The Collective Foundation and covers flight expenses to and from London, local travel in London, accommodation for 4 weeks and an allowance to spend on meals and minimal expenses during your stay.
If you are unable to meet the costs of travel to and from your local airport, or your visa application to the U.K., please let us know and we will see what we can do for you.
What is expected of me during and after attending the CGA?
As a participant in the CGA, we expect you to maintain full attendance during the whole 4-week programme, participate in all official programme activities, bring an open and positive attitude towards your fellow participants and The Old Oak community, and become an active member of the CGA's alumni network of social entrepreneurs and innovators.
We hope you realise that starting and scaling a social start-up requires a lot of hard work. While we expect you to commit to this difficult, but rewarding journey - we want you to know that we will be there for you every step of the way.
How many participants attend the CGA?
There will be 10 participants in the 2017 CGA.
Since this will be our first cohort, we would like to kickstart the programme with a small group of people, to be able to create the most value for them as possible.
Being part of the first cohort means that you are making CGA history!
How do I apply to CGA?
Can I e-mail my application or additional documents?
Due to the large amount of applications we receive, it is unfortunately not possible to send in your application or any additional documents such as pitch decks, business proposals and reference letters by e-mail. It would be impossible for us to keep track - we hope you understand.
Please only apply by filling in the application form
Where is the CGA held?
The CGA is held at The Collective Old Oak in London,
a co-living community with 500 residents. The building is home to the creative and ambitious and provides inspiring communal spaces where you will work together with your fellow participants and engage with the Old Oak community.
For more information onThe Collective Old Oak, click here.
Are teams allowed to apply?
We only cover expenses for individuals to join the programme. If you are selected and would like to bring your co-founder, you'd have to cover additional expenses for your co-founder yourself.
What is the CGA weekly experience like?
We are currently finalizing the weekly schedules, so we can't give away any details yet.
On a weekly basis, you can expect to listen to inspiring speakers, receive workshops that will give you helpful knowledge and tools for life, attend network events, meet our partners, work on your start-up with your fellow participants, the Old Oak community and your mentor, and of course, there is some room for downtime.
The CGA experience will be intense, immersive, and unforgettable. In 4 weeks, you will have made friends for life, who will you support your journey as a changemaker long after the programme.
What is the attendance policy for CGA?
If you have a scheduling conflict between August 7th and September 3rd 2017 that will prevent you from attending the whole programme, please do not submit your application.
Private and professional engagements such as holidays, conferences and events during this period are no excuse - we expect that you prioritise your commitment to the CGA once you are selected and have confirmed your attendance.
There are a few permittable excused absences during the programme: death or serious illness of a family member, personal illness, birth of a child, medical needs of a child for whom you are a primary caretaker, your wedding day or that of a family member, required military service or jury duty that cannot be postponed, and events honoring you with significant award or recognition.
Please contact the Director of the CGA if anything hinders your full attendance to the programme.
Once I'm selected, how do I confirm my spot in the CGA?
Once you receive your acceptance e-mail, we will send you our formal participant agreement that you can sign digitally. You have 1 week to accept the offer to attend before your place will be offered to someone else.
Will The Collective fund my start-up?
At the end of the CGA, we will host an Investor Pitch event in an intimate setting, which will give you the opportunity to pitch your start-up to impact investors and raise funds.
The funds will be raised through The Collective Foundation and you will receive 100% of the funds. Therefore, The Collective does not directly invest in your start-up, nor take any equity. You can ask the attending investors to grant your start-up a donation or make an equity investment.