F-LANE goes into third round

Vodafone Institute launches the next round of the accelerator for ventures focusing on female empowerment.

F-LANE was initiated by the Vodafone Institute as the first accelerator in Europe focusing on tech-startups by or for women. The majority of the startups participating in the programme received investments afterward – some as high as EUR 4.5 million.

It has met with such an impressive international response that the third round has now been launched. The programme mission is to foster the participation of women in technological development and to empower women of all ages around the world through technology.

F-LANE is collaborating with the Impact Hub Berlin and the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie to globally source innovative startups that focus on women, provide an enterprising solution to a social problem and have the potential to make a wide impact. The online application process for the 7-week accelerator programme starting 16 March 2018 in Berlin is now open. Applications can be submitted to the closing date on 20 December 2017.

Five teams will be selected to take part in the intensive accelerator programme. At least two programmes are implemented every year and they focus on four key support areas:

1.     Funding

  • EUR 12,000 seed capital as startup support
  • Vodafone as a potential big investor
  • Networking with other investors, venture capital providers, and business angels

2.     Advice & Coaching

  • Experienced mentors for every startup
  • Individual roadmaps for every startup
  • Advice from external experts (technology consultants, Vodafone experts etc.)

3.     Training

  • Individual training sessions geared to each of the startups’ needs

4.     Networks

  • Link-up with the global ‘Vodafone family’
  • Attendance of diverse conferences
  • Access to the global Impact Hub Network (100 impact hubs around the world) and the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie network

180 startups from 50 countries applied to join the accelerator in the last round of F-LANE.  F-LANE sources innovative technology startups around the world that focus on women and provide an entrepreneurial solution to a social problem. Their business concept should ideally have the potential to make a wide impact and empower girls and women through technology.