What are the selection criteria?
F-LANE scouts social ventures that empower women worldwide. The ventures we look for are
– led by women or empower women in their role,
– are clear about the social mission and measure their impact,
– have developed 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 and
– have proven their concept in the market.
You can find all application criteria listed here as well (https://www.f-lane.com/apply-now/).

Until when can I apply?
The application deadline is Friday, 7 June 2019, 23:59 CET+1.
In case you miss the application deadline, stay tuned for further editions of F-LANE 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 (https://www.f-lane.com). We will contact you via email concerning the other steps.

What are the different steps in the application process?
The application process consists of four steps. The first steps is an online application, asking about your business idea, team and motivation. In a second step, we want to get to know you and your business more in-depth. A third step includes a personal (online) interview. 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 7 June 2019.
The finalists will be announced on 26 July 2019.
The 7-week acceleration programme kicks off on 4 October 2019 and lasts until 22 November 2019.
A detailed overview of the 7-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 ventures and makes use of team sessions and individual deep dive formats.
It covers topics around impact, technology and the business model, stakeholder mapping and roadmapping, financial planning, storytelling and communication, leadership and pitching skills.
A compact overview of the curriculum can already be found on the website (LINK to come).

What commitments are required for my venture to join the programme?

We invite two people per startup to Berlin, out of which one should be a co-founder. For a fruitful teamwork it is necessary, that two people are present in Berlin over the whole period of time. One person should be on-site permanently whereas the second place could be filled by alternating team members. Certain elements of the 7-week programme such as workshops are mandatory, others such as community events are held on a voluntary basis, nonetheless we highly encourage you to participate in them, as they are speficifally tailored to you. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, no mandatory program takes place so that important (online) appointments can be scheduled during that time. We expect you to be cooperative and actively participating in the sessions and we highly encourage you to share your knowledge with your peers.

What does the stipend cover?
The living stipend of 12,000 Euro is made available to you to cover living, travel and venture expenses. Accommodation and childcare are covered for you in addition to the living stipend.

Does F-LANE take equity from the accelerated start-ups?
F-LANE 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 F-LANE.

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 F-LANE for, in which we can best accelerate your venture. With your proof of concept, you show, that your prouct 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 F-LANE.

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 hello@f-lane.com.