meet the CGA 2018 Cohort
Low Carbon City
Juliana Gutierrez, Colombia
Low Carbon City is a citizen-led global movement building collective solutions to tackle climate change in cities.
Andrei Toma, Romania
Homepod is a predictive procurement technology which reduces waste and increases energy efficiency. The software allows to measure environmental sustainability in buildings through blockchain. Each blockchain contains a calories label for materials which up-cycles construction waste.
Katy Renwick, United Kingdom
Imperfectly GOOD is a social enterprise based in London which addresses the challenge of eliminating the food waste problem in the UK. It aims to rescue 10 tonnes of food annually and transform it into delicious lunchtime office deliveries, raise awareness and help mitigate climate change.
Tribeless designs products and experiences that spark deep emotional connections in diverse groups of people in a very short amount of time.
Migport, formerly called, QZenobia, is a Refugee Big-Data Analytics mobile application that runs as a hub for refugees enabling them to connect and find opportunities.
Tram Anh Nguyen,
Sumi is an AI-empowered chatbot which assumes a personality of a friendly teenager to provide support teenagers in Vietnam who needs to cope from depression and mental health issues.
You, Baby and I
Shaney Vijendranath, South Africa
You, Baby and I helps new mothers through the journey of motherhood. It is an active network and engagement among mothers where they all can discuss their mutual challenges and serves a base for trusted products to introduce and sell to the moms on the network.
Sarah Tuck, New Zealand
CoLiberate is a social enterprise in New Zealand with the mission to create a gym culture for mental health.
Lazarillo is a mobile location system that guides visually impaired individuals to navigate locations and improve the autonomy of people with disabilities and help institutions be more inclusive.
Arthur Gopak, Netherlands
AlphaGamma is a freemium business portal with more than a million viewers monthly helping young professionals to take advantage of life-changing career opportunities. Arthur Gopak worked as a journalist for over 5 years and won several national and international writing and essay competitions.
Maestros Leadership Team
Charles Lipenga, Malawi
Maestros Leadership Team runs projects in 23 countries to engage and provide the African youth the tools and opportunities to adapt to the UN SDGs. Through these projects, over 40k students in need were provided with scholarship grants, sanitary pad packages, uniforms and school materials.
The Collective Global Accelerator (CGA) is the world's first co-living accelerator programme focused on social entrepreneurs.
CGA is a 4-week residential experience at our co-living facility The Collective Old Oak in London. We bring together some of the best and brightest social entrepreneurs from all over the world, with diverse backgrounds and businesses. We want to help you scale your impact on the world.
If you attend CGA, you'll have an extraordinary opportunity to become a better entrepreneur;
to be part of a community of people who share your commitment to do good; to grow into a global innovator, and to get access to our network of world-class experts and thought leaders.
The Collective Global Accelerator is an initiative by The Collective Foundation and covers all costs for participants.
Speakers and Workshops
Learn from experts in London how to develop your business, build your brand, increase your impact and become a better entrepreneur. Weekly workshops and speaker events led by London's brightest minds will give you the tools to become a better entrepreneur.
Get matched with a personal mentor, an entrepreneur or leader in your industry, with whom you will set your personal goals and aspirations. Together, you will create a strategy on how to achieve your dreams.
The Collective Old Oak is a co-living community in London. Be part of the community for 4 weeks and enjoy all it has to offer - the company of creative and ambitious people, daily social events, and inspiring spaces. Living and working together with your fellow participants is truly a magical experience that you'll always remember.
The Collective Foundation sponsors all participants' stay during the programme.
Get access to the world-class network of The Collective. We will help you get the right connections you need to propel your start-up forwards. Every week, we will have outings to relevant organizations in London's social enterprise scene.
The journey concludes with a pitch event, which will be attended by leading organizations in London's social enterprise, technology and start-up scene. The goal of this event is for you to get connected to the right people who can help you with your start-up.
After our training, you will be more than ready to pitch your business in front of people who are rooting for you, and have the means to help you scale your impact.
cga 2018: causes
Our focus for CGA 2018 is Creating Stronger Communities in Cities, and we will focus on supporting entrepreneurs who do this by working in the following cause areas:
How can we create communities that are inclusive, tackling loneliness and helping people to create deep and meaningful connections?
Health and Wellbeing
How can we create healthy communities and ensure that people experience a high level of wellbeing?
Education and Opportunity
How can we create communities in which opportunities are available to everyone equally?
How can we ensure that communities contribute to a circular economy and ensure environmental sustainability through smart circular innovation?
"The Collective Global Accelerator is a name that really resonates with me – the group is truly global. The learning experience was profound as well. I gained confidence in my pitch deck for the first time, I have learned on how to capitalize being a social enterprise, and have improved the way I communicate with my team. My organization was at a crossroads before joining the accelerator, but now, we have gained clarity."
- Elijah Amoo Addo, Food4All Africa from Ghana
“The Collective Global Accelerator went above and beyond my expectations. My favourite aspect of the accelerator programme was the people. Being able to get to know people from such diverse cultures and backgrounds, whilst being connected by our mutual passion for technology and social entrepreneurship, has been amazing."
- Daniela Carvajalino, The Biz Nation from Colombia
“Coming to CGA was all about the people for me. In this experience, I have learned the most from the group and how they run their businesses in completely different environments. My peers have given me invaluable insights and being given the opportunity to live and work together has truly shifted my perspective on entrepreneurship and life. I am happy to say that over the course of the month, the group has truly become like a family to me. Now, I have a group of friends from all over the world – and I would love to visit everyone in their countries.”
- Pieter Doevendans, Ava from the USA