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Doing your business in Uganda

Talking about doing your business, Americans take for granted how simple it is to “do your business”, flush, and get on with the day? Not the case in Uganda. The dirty truth is that only 6% of 36 million Ugandans have access to safe, clean sanitation facilities. The 3 million people in Kampala share just 1,000 flushable toilets. Fledge9 introduces Joelex, a Ugandan startup with a mission to not...

Pivot: From biodiesel to used cooking oil

One of the exciting outcomes from Fledge is the discovery of a new, better business model that an entrepreneur never gave a second thought.  For Fledge9, this extra exciting, as the Biogen Kenya applied four times with a business making biodiesel, and we fully expected them to leave the program with that business. Five weeks later, we have a new name, Zijani, a new logo, but more importantly, a...

Why Fledge Works [TL;DR]

Do accelerators really help is the second most asked question in the industry after how do I apply? That would seem an odd question almost twelve years after the birth of the modern business accelerator, except for the fact that there were hundreds of useless business incubators back in the dot com boom.  This is an industry with a multi-decade history of big promises.  And industry with...

A quintessential startup pivot

How Fledge helps startups varies from company to company.  One of the best stories from Fledge9 is BioGen Kenya.  They applied (three times) with a plan to turn used cooking oil into biodiesel.  They launched and are operating that business in Nairobi, expecting to come to Fledge to learn how to raise money to expand. Digging into the opportunity, we learned that last year Nairobi passed a law...

Meet the Fledge9 fledglings

The fledglings are back in Seattle, from Monday, April 10th through Friday, June 9th.  Six exciting startups from five different countries: [hr]  Africa Business Radio is a multi platforms digital radio combining the power of the traditional online with mobile and social media to reach a wider community of businesses, corporate organizations, platform, entrepreneurs, institutional elders, venture...

Fledge11 in Barcelona

Fledge is excited to announce its third city: Barcelona, Spain. For 2017, Fledge9 is in Seattle April-June, Fledge10 back in Lima July-September, and Fledge11 in Barcelona September-November. Applications for Fledge Peru are due April 15st and as soon as we’re done reviewing those, we’ll open application for Fledge Barcelona. €15,000 per team, hundreds of mentors, and the same...

A family of funds

Fledge is now more than just an accelerator, it is a family of seed investment funds. This new structure came about after talking to hundreds of impact investors, nearly all of which have specific areas of interest, either by geography and/or sector.  With a large collect of funds, those investors can allocate their capital to the topics that best match those interests. To start with, all of...

3 steps every applicant should follow

After receiving (and reviewing) almost 2,000 applications, it seems long overdue to provide some guidance to the applicants on how to best apply to Fledge. 1. Do some homework Read the about page, the details, and the FAQ.  Watch the video explaining What Happens at Fledge. For even more homework, pick up a copy of The Next Step, which is the core of the classroom material taught within Fledge. 2...

Peru, Chile, Ecuador, and Mexico fledglings

Fledge8 is the first session of Fledge in Lima, Peru (and the first of many upcoming sessions outside of Seattle). Eight impactful LatAm startups based in Peru, Chile, Ecuador, and Mexico.
Sustainable fashion, sustainable agriculture, clean water, clean homes, and an amazing traditional spirit. See how the best way to do good for Latin America is through business.

Aceleramos’ start-ups que quieren cambiar al mundo

elcomercio.pe/economia/peru/fledge-aceleramos-start-ups-que-quieren-cambiar-al-mundo-noticia-1943331 Translation: The impetus for social enterprises in the region is reinforced by the arrival of American accelerator Fledge to Peru Marcela Saavedra P. Periodista @hamham26 Doing good doing business. That is the premise that led to the American entrepreneur Michael “Luni” Libes to found...

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