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    Am I eligible to apply?

    We welcome all applicants who can meet the following criteria:

    - Between 20 to 35 years of age
    - A founder whose startup is already up and running not more than 5 years at the time of application. It can be either for-profit or not-for-profit.

    - Startups working on creating stronger communities in cities, through: stronger human connection (social cohesion and inclusion, less loneliness); better health and well-being;
    better education and fairer opportunities; or contributing to a circular economy.
    - You are from anywhere in the world. Yes, we accept applicants from all countries!

    What are the dates of the Collective Global Accelerator (CGA) 2018?

    The CGA 2018 programme is tentatively scheduled for June 4th - July 1st, 2018.

    How much does the programme cost?

    The CGA programme is a fully-funded experience by The Collective Foundation and covers flight expenses to and from London, local travel in London, accommodation for 4 weeks and an allowance to spend on meals and minimal expenses during your stay.


    If you are unable to meet the costs of travel to and from your local airport, or your visa application to the U.K., please let us know and we will see what we can do for you.

    What is expected of me during and after attending the CGA?

    As a participant in the CGA, we expect you to maintain full attendance during the whole 4-week programme, participate in all official programme activities, bring an open and positive attitude towards your fellow participants and The Old Oak community, and become an active member of the CGA's alumni network of social entrepreneurs and innovators.


    We hope you realize that starting and scaling a social start-up requires a lot of hard work. While we expect you to commit to this difficult, but rewarding journey - we want you to know that we will be there for you every step of the way.

    How many participants attend the CGA?

    There will be 11 participants in the CGA 2018.


    We've experienced that having a small group of people in the cohort allows us to give the best possible personalized experience for them, and we've seen strong friendships form in a small group setting over the course of the programme.

    Can I e-mail my application or additional documents?

    Due to the large amount of applications we receive, it is unfortunately not possible to send in your application or any additional documents such as pitch decks, business proposals and reference letters by e-mail. It would be impossible for us to keep track - we hope you understand.

    Where is the CGA held?

    The programme is held at The Collective Old Oak in London,
    a co-living community of 500 residents. The building is home to creative and ambitious people, and provides inspiring communal spaces where you will work together with your fellow participants and engage with the Old Oak community.


    For more information onThe Collective Old Oak, click here.


    Are teams allowed to apply?

    We can unfortunately only cover expenses for individuals to join the programme. If you are selected and would like to bring your co-founder, you'd have to cover additional expenses for your co-founder yourself.


    However, we recommend that you come alone. Having your co-founder on-the-ground while you go through the accelerator alone may help you to focus on the learning experience while your co-founder covers work for you for a few weeks.

    What is the CGA weekly experience like?

    We are currently finalizing the weekly schedules, so we can't give away any details yet.


    On a weekly basis, you can expect to listen to inspiring speakers, receive workshops that will give you helpful knowledge and tools for life, attend network events, meet our partners, work on your start-up with your fellow participants, the Old Oak community and your mentor, and of course, there is some room for downtime.


    The CGA experience will be intense, immersive, and unforgettable. In 4 weeks, you will have made friends for life, who will you support your journey as a changemaker long after the programme.

    What is the attendance policy for CGA?

    If you have a scheduling conflict between June 4th - July 1st that will prevent you from attending the whole programme, please do not submit your application.


    Private and professional engagements such as holidays, conferences and events during this period are no excuse - we expect that you prioritise your commitment to the CGA once you are selected and have confirmed your attendance.

    There are a few permittable excused absences during the programme: death or serious illness of a family member, personal illness, birth of a child, medical needs of a child for whom you are a primary caretaker, your wedding day or that of a family member, required military service or jury duty that cannot be postponed, and events honoring you with significant award or recognition.


    Please contact the CGA Programme Manager if anything hinders your full attendance to the programme.

    Once I'm selected, how do I confirm my spot in the CGA?

    Once you receive your acceptance e-mail, we will send you our formal participant agreement that you can sign digitally. You have 1 week to accept the offer to attend before your place will be offered to someone else.

    Will The Collective fund my start-up?

    At the end of the CGA, we will host a pitch event in an intimate setting, which will give you the opportunity to pitch your start-up to a group of people who want to see your start-up succeed, which may include investors.


    However, fundraising is not the main goal of this accelerator and the pitch event, so please note that this may not be an outcome for you.

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