Learn to scale your business and help smallholders rebuild from climate crises and protect against future shocks.
7 February 2023
Is your enterprise passionate about making sustainable change within agriculture in Pakistan?
Acumen Academy’s Pakistan Agriculture Accelerator offers a unique package of support for agri-entrepreneurs looking to develop a scalable social enterprise model. We’re looking for our next cohort of innovative social entrepreneurs who are looking to scale up and make an outsized impact on Pakistan’s food security by building the climate resilience of smallholder farmers.
Climate change and poverty are inextricably linked. Climate change has disproportionately harmful effects on the world’s most vulnerable people, particularly smallholder farmers. The effects of climate change on agriculture will reverberate throughout the food supply chain: As crop yields decrease, the world could see food shortages and skyrocketing costs.
The recent flooding in Pakisan has only.made only made the importance of creating sustainable solutions even more pressing and clarified the need for agri-entreneurs to step up and find solutions
To help smallholder farmers rebound from climate crises and protect against future shocks, all stakeholders — including agri enterprises, funders, and public institutions — must rise to the challenge of building a more climate-smart agriculture sector.
Acumen’s Pakistan Agriculture Accelerator program will guide a cohort of agri-leaders who have the grit, character, and competence to build truly scalable and sustainable solutions, and help them reimagine the agriculture ecosystem and empower Pakistan’s smallholder farmers.
Determine the best next steps to reach financial sustainability.
Change more lives, faster, by focusing on activities that work.
Tap into the expertise of peers—and Acumen—to solve problems in real-time.
Build meaningful relationships with a community of like-minded innovators.
Over 12 weeks, you and your team will learn the essentials for building a business model that can achieve both social and environmental impact and profitability, all while connecting with a supportive network of peers and experts.
During the accelerator, you’ll dive into a curriculum that leverages Acumen’s investment strategy and our pioneering moral leadership practices to help you develop the competence and character needed to build solutions that improve the livelihoods and climate resilience of smallholder farmers across the country. As a member of the accelerator cohort, you’ll be accompanied by and empowered through a community of expert advisors, investors, and peer mentors.
At the end of the program, the cohort will celebrate with a virtual closing ceremony, which will include an opportunity to pitch for a share of $50,000 in grant funding.
You should expect to spend up to 8 hours per week on the readings and assignments. Most of this work can be done on your own schedule.
One or two participants from the senior leadership or founding team of your social enterprise (“Lead Participants”) will be required to take part in weekly Learning Labs, workshops and consultation calls. Up to 10 colleagues from your wider team can also access the curriculum discussion boards, readings and videos via the program platform NovoEd.
Resilient, optimised agriculture value chains have a transformative impact on our planet and our people. We need to do more and we need to do it now.
For disruption and innovation in any society, specifically in the emerging markets, it's necessary to have like-minded individuals come on board and join together for a better future. I think accelerators like these are a perfect platform for this purpose
We need leaders that are willing to do the work of reimagining our systems to put shared humanity and the sustainability of the earth at the center.
This accelerator is open to agri-entrepreneurs who:
How to Qualify?
All applications will be reviewed once the application deadline passes. If you are selected for an interview, a member of the Acumen team will reach out to schedule a 45-minute video call with you on the Zoom platform..
The curriculum focuses on preparing to scale and the program is designed for enterprises with demonstrated market traction and a team equivalent to at least three full-time staff members. The program is not relevant for startups who are still in the idea validation stage.
We are looking for models that focus on a more climate resilient agriculture system in Pakistan. This includes building adaptation by working in supply chain innovations, reducing food wastage, access to markets, and finance for farmers. Here are a few examples of business models that would be a good fit:
You need to be an agri-entrepreneur running a business with primary operations in Pakistan that caters to the Pakistan market. But you do not need to be a citizen of Pakistan to apply.
When and Where?
Most of the assignments can be completed online at your own pace before the submission date every week. Your team’s Lead Participants will be expected to participate live during the weekly 2-hour Learning Lab sessions. The calls with the Acumen team can be scheduled at times that are mutually convenient for you and your facilitator.
This is an online program. The weekly Learning Labs will be hosted virtually on the Zoom platform. You should have a stable internet connection and the ability to participate in video calls.
The program runs from February 7th until April 25th 2023.
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