Create Change with Us

FLANE is a five-week virtual acceleration programme for early-stage entrepreneurs with ambitious outcomes to drive change by empowering women. It is put into practice by the Vodafone Institute in cooperation with our partners Yunus Social Business. Yunus Social Business was founded by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus and has successfully implemented just shy of 20 accelerator programmes. These programmes tap into their global community of over 300 experienced and renowned mentors to help entrepreneurs deliver consistent impact and their professional dreams.

An impactful community

The FLANE founding partners Social Entrepreneurship Akademie (SEA) in Munich will continue to support the programme with their excellent impact entrepreneurship competencies, while the Impact Hub Berlin remains on board as Community Partner providing participating start-ups with access to the global impact community and investors. Furthermore, WLOUNGE, as a new partner to the FLANE network, will contribute its expertise in gender lens investing and it’s local and global investors and mentors network to support the cohort.

Applications are open until the 31st of July!

Privacy Notice: After pressing the button „Apply now“ your request gets forwarded to our partner Yunus Social Business GmbH, Niddastr. 63, 60329 Frankfurt (YSB). YSB will collect your personal data for processing your application and share this personal data as well as any further during the applying process arising personal data with us, the Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications GmbH, Ferdinand-Braun-Platz 1, 40549 Düsseldorf (Vodafone) so we are able to accompany the application and selection process as well as the participation in the program. This processing of your personal data is based on Art. 6 I b) GDPR, cause it’s necessary to fulfill the promoting relationship. YSB and Vodafone are acting as Joint Controllers according to Art. 26 GDPR. This means you can address any privacy related questions to both of us. Please find further information on Data Privacy and your individual rights at Vodafone here and for Data Privacy at YSB here.

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We are driven by Social Impact

By putting our expertise together, we aim to leverage the impact of digital entrepreneurs with our virtual personalised and engaging equity-free programme. By stepping away from taking equity, we maximise our founders’ flexibility and independence. We are the accelerator social entrepreneurs rely on.

Find out how this programme helps YOU work on your business like no other.

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The application process for the 5th cohort is now OPEN. Apply HERE.

Only 2.8% of venture capital funding goes to women-led startups

We are here to change that. We want to disrupt the status quo to create more inclusive societies. We want to ensure that women and girls play a leading role in shaping the future. There is an urgent need to create gender-inclusive technology and promote women’s participation in education, workforce, entrepreneurship, leadership, and, ultimately, digitalisation. Technology offers a huge potential to overcome gender inequalities. Girls and women all over the world can be empowered by making the best use of technology.

We help you achieve your professional dreams

Entrepreneurship can be a force for good. Social entrepreneurs are making a huge difference by pioneering new ways to tackle societal challenges.

Equality and diversity are key factors for success. We prioritize female empowerment.

We individually help you grow your impact to its fullest potential

There is no one-fits-all package for entrepreneurs. We provide customised support because we know promising social businesses are aiming for different outcomes. Whether you are looking to improve your product, raise capital, sharpen your impact model or scale-up – the programme will bring your business to the next level. Our entrepreneur in residence who knows the Do’s and Don’ts of startups will identify your needs and constraints to hand-pick the right international experts to support you.

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