Fledge

Conscious Company Accelerators

Fledge is a global network of conscious company accelerators and investment funds, helping entrepreneurs create impactful companies and co-ops at scale through intense, short programs filled with education, guidance, and a massive amount of mentorship.

Each city runs (up to) one session per year, each is a bit different from the others, but all focused on mission-driven for-profit companies, and all investing in all of their fledglings.

Th core curriculum is based on The Next Step books and online classes, taught to fill in any gaps in the key skills entrepreneurs need to know to succeed: strategy, financials, marketing, sales, funding, etc.

All our cities share a global network of hundreds of mentors, who share their experiences, advice, and connections in 1-on-1 meetings with participants.

Every day for week after week, we push the participants forward, Iterating business strategy, financial models, marketing and sales plans, funding options, investor and sales pitches, plus a special focus on story telling. The result is more intense and creates lasting value for years after the companies return home.

We have been refining this service since 2012, to-date helping 81 companies from 26 countries, and we’re eager for more. Our goal is to help foster a wave of companies that make a measurable impact in the world, collectively improving in the lives of everyone on the planet.

We invest $15,000 (Peru), €15,000 (Europe), or $20,000 (U.S.) into each company we invite to participate, using revenue-based equity which aligns our interests with the founders, avoids any pressure to “sell out”, and lets us invest in just about in any market segment and most any country in the world. Plus we make introductions to impact investors and make follow-on investments from our family of seed funds.

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Founder Soji Akinlabi has been invited to be a
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please contact us and we’ll connect you to Soji.

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