This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process.

Mexico’s Accelerator Program is an initiative created by IKEA social entrepreneurship and New projects which seeks to promote entrepreneurship with environmental and social impact in Mexico. It is a personalized program, lasting one year, which offers strategic support, training and specialized mentoring. The main objective of this initiative is to prepare the selected companies to develop their activity and potentially to link to the value chain of certain large companies. At the end of the program, startups will compete for seed capital of $ 50,000 to continue growing their business.

The launch of the call for the second edition of this great initiative took place from July 19 to August 30, 2021 to seek out the most incredible impact companies in Mexico. Thanks to the efforts of allies and the media, 331 files from companies located in different states of the Mexican Republic were received. The selection process took place from August 30 to October 15, where in the end, 11 startups were chosen to be part of the 2021 generation.

“Our vision at IKEA is to improve the daily lives of most people. We join New Ventures because we believe entrepreneurship and innovation are the duo needed to transform any environment, and that includes generating and developing projects that have a positive impact on the community. We are very excited because we know that the selected companies are making a real difference in different communities and in the environment, and that they are ready to imagine a present and a future in Mexico looking for new ways for social environments. stop being a challenge, ”commented Malcolm Pruys, Country Manager at IKEA Mexico.

After weeks of convening and selection, IKEA Social Entrepreneurship and New Ventures announce the 11 entrepreneurs with an environmental and social impact who will be part of the Mexico Accelerator Program 2021:

  • Community bios (El Equimite),
  • Recycle electronics,
  • Ban Qu,
  • Gryum,
  • Queen Bee,
  • Land of Monte,
  • Kip Tik,
  • Basics of Mexico,
  • Xilinat,
  • Toroto and
  • Smartfish.

Projects have been sought that wish to improve the quality of life for as many people as possible through sectors such as sustainable products, artisanal products, agrifood, responsible consumption, alternative proteins, circularity and waste management, logistics and sustainable raw materials.

Armando Laborde, Partner of New Ventures, said: “New Ventures is pleased to have this alliance with IKEA Social Entrepreneurship, which allows us to support the great work of impact entrepreneurship; innovative models that show us that there are other ways of doing business while taking care of the planet and of society ”.

“Social entrepreneurs who take up social challenges are often pioneers. We are delighted to welcome the 11 social enterprises that will join our accelerator with New Venture Mexico. In a world with great challenges, collaboration and mutual learning are essential ”, commented Åsa Skogström Feldt, Manager of IKEA Social Entrepreneurship BV.

In addition to the incredible opportunities for training and access to seed capital; Entrepreneurs receive mentorship in 3 main areas: OKR Mentor : 3 mentors specializing in business strategy support companies to achieve their acceleration objectives and resolve their bottlenecks; IKEA collaborators : The IKEA team offers personalized coaching to entrepreneurs; and Sustainable Minds Network : They have access to New Ventures’ network of high level mentors to see different topics specialized in their sector.

On November 4, the inaugural event will take place, where the companies of the 2020 edition will be graduated for the closing of the program and the 11 companies that will be part of this generation will be welcomed.

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