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What are the selection criteria?
FLANE scouts social entrepreneurs that empower women worldwide. The ventures we look for are


  • led by women or empower women in their roles,
  • clear about the social mission and measure their impact,
  • an innovative and technology-based solution,
  • scalable solutions that have the potential to impact millions of girls and women around the world,
  • put into practice by means of an enterprising, more-than-profit approach,
  • have proven their concept in the market,
  • will benefit from participating in the programme and
  • ventures to which the value of our help is real.


You can find all the application criteria listed here as well (

Do you accept startups from all over the Globe?

Until when can I apply?
The application deadline is Friday 31st July 2020, 23:59 (CET+1). In case you miss the application deadline, stay tuned for further editions of FLANE in the near future.

How do I apply?
The application process consists of several steps. The first step is an online application, which you can find here Apply Now. We will contact you via email concerning the other steps.

What level of English is required to participate in the programme?

English proficiency: A good command of the English language is required (both verbal and written).

What are the different steps in the application process?
The application process consists of three steps:


  1. The first steps is an online application, asking about your business idea, team and motivation.
  2. In a second step, our team will schedule a call to get to know you and your business more in-depth.
  3. Lastly, an experienced advisory board takes the final decision in the application process.

What is the timeline of the programme?

  • The application deadline closes on 31st July 2020
  • The finalists will be announced on End of August
  • The VIRTUAL programme week dates include:
    • Week 1: 7th September
    • Week 2: 21st September
    • Week 3: 5th October
    • Week 4: 19th October
    • Week 5: 2nd November

A detailed overview of the 5-week programme will be announced in due time.

Which topics are covered in the curriculum?

The curriculum is strongly tailored to the individual needs of the social entrepreneurs and makes use of team sessions and individual deep dive formats.

It covers topics around purpose, customer and product development, growth & marketing channels, organizational development, online networking, tech development and finally, investor and financial management.

What commitments are required for my social enterprise to join the programme?

  • The founder must be available to join all mandatory sessions from early September to the end of October. Other team members are welcome to dial-in too, especially if it is relevant to the topic.
  • Other sessions such as community events are held on a voluntary basis, nonetheless, we highly encourage you to participate in them, as they are specifically tailored to you. On Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, no mandatory programme takes place so that important appointments can be scheduled during that time.
  • We expect you to be cooperative and actively participate in the sessions and we highly encourage you to share your knowledge with your peers.

Does F-LANE take equity from the accelerated start-ups?
FLANE does not take equity. While we personally introduce you to potential business partners and valuable investors, and connect you to Vodafone Germany and the wider Vodafone Family, we can not guarantee investment in your start-up.

Which venture stage are you looking for?
We are looking for teams in phase 3 who have a proof of concept ready. If you are in phase 4, and up and running your operations, you can still apply for FLANE.

Do you accept startups that have received institutional investment? (Series A or Later).
No we don’t.

Startups that received institutional investments have (ideally) already created product-market fit and are growing their ventures. Those ventures have limited flexibility to change their strategic focus based on customer and stakeholder insights – which is going to be a main portion of the programme. Therefore, we focus on the early stages of the startup lifecycle. Contact us if you are unsure.

What do you mean by proof of concept?
We want to make sure, that you have tested your prototype and that you are ready to start operations. This is the stage we’ve designed FLANE for, in which we can best accelerate your venture. With your proof of concept, you show, that your product or service is viable.

What do you mean by impact model?
We are looking for teams in phase 3 who have a proof of concept ready. If you are in phase 4, and up and running your operations, you can still apply for FLANE.

What do you mean by Theory of Change?
In your Theory of Change you describe how change is expected as a result of a set of activities. It includes the problem you are trying to address, the changes you want to make (your Impact Goal), what you plan to do (your activities, the assumptions you are making and describes how your activities meet.

What do you mean by USP?
USP stands for Unique Selling Proposition. Tell us, which feature of your product or service makes it different from and better than your competitors’ products.

Who can I reach if I have further questions?
In case you have further questions, you are welcome to get in touch with us at