UAE’s C3 to launch the 3rd edition of Social Impact Accelerator Program with HSBC

By Amirtha P S, Desk Reporter
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After completing two successful editions, the UAE-based social enterprise for helping entrepreneurs in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (MENAT) region C3 is launching the 2021 edition of the C3 Social Impact Accelerator Program which is powered by the British multinational investment bank HSBC.

The accelerator program aims to support entrepreneurs with innovative concepts that widen their impact on society and the environment at the same time enhancing their business growth and financial performance.

The C3 Social Impact Accelerator Program will have 20 finalists from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Egypt, Algeria and Turkey who will get a chance to participate in the program’s signature learning journey.

The selected entrepreneurs will be allowed to take part in the group workshops on foundational topics, board meetings with impact investors and connect with experts from across the world. Winners of the competition will get equity-free cash prizes and the expertise of global senior corporates.

Sabrin Rahman
Sabrin Rahman
Regional Head Sustainability

“This program continues to show the importance of social enterprises in the region. We are proud of the further enhancements we are bringing to this edition and we look forward to supporting the growth of the social impact these companies will bring to their communities.”

For the 2021 edition, C3 has partnered with best-in-class learning experience designers, data analytics experts and learning technology providers to offer an interactive online program inspired by the most successful blended-learning methodologies.

“The pandemic has accelerated our plans to create a unique learning experience for entrepreneurs willing to create a positive change in the world. We are excited to join forces with renowned learning design, data and technology experts, who share the same vision as ours,” the co-founder of C3, Medea Nocentini says.

Last year, C3 got the opportunity to become the official and exclusive partner of Social Enterprise Mark to expand social enterprise accreditation in the MENAT region and the participating entrepreneurs now will get the chance to receive the only internationally available accreditation specifically designed to support social enterprises.

“COVID-19 has amplified the urgent need for entrepreneurs, both globally and regionally, to embed social impact frameworks into their business models. We are proud to lead these initiatives in the MENAT region and to support entrepreneurs’ business missions, which ultimately solve major social challenges at scale,” Laudy Lahdo, CEO of C3, stated.