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Apply for MAN Impact Accelerator Program

Deadline: 23 September 2018

Applications are open for the MAN Impact Accelerator supports social business startups in the field of mobility, transport and logistics to accelerate their impactful innovations.

The MAN Impact Accelerator brings social entrepreneurs from Europe, South Africa and India together to tackle social and environmental challenges through innovative solutions in the transport and logistics space.

The MAN Impact Accelerator kicks off at the Global Social Business Summit in Wolfsburg in November 2018. The curriculum that follows will take to cities like Munich, Mumbai, Cape Town and San Francisco. The official closing ceremony in Munich in June 2019 will mark the end of the program.


  • Travel and accommodation costs are covered by MAN Truck & Bus. The program provides an indirect grant and support of up to 50,000 USD for each startup (no equity or cash). This also includes free access to coaches and mentors as well as to software and data perks for free or at preferred rates.
  • The program offers a range of benefits from various partners. The below list is by far not comprehensive and gives applicant an indication of how they help applicant grow further.
      • MAN Staff Mentors with Industry Expertise
      • MAN’s Global Network of Partners
      • MAN’s Supply & Distribution Networks
      • Access to the Volkswagen family
      • Access to MAN’s “RIO” platform
      • Access to Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prof. Yunus
      • Visiting entrepreneurs from the YSB portfolio
      • Access to social businesses by Grameen
      • Potential funding from YSB
      • Access to a global impact investor community
      • Access to more than 300 mentors
      • Consulting services
      • Visits at sites of social entrepreneurs
      • Access to the Silicon Valley community
      • Software for free or at preferred rates

Eligibility Criteria

  • Open to social businesses and impactful startups from Europe, India or South Africa that have a strong logistics, transport or mobility focus with a prototype and preferably early revenues.
  • Startups must have a strong purpose and create both tangible and measurable impact beyond financial returns.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit MAN Impact Accelerator Program.

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