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Application for Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship GSBI Accelerator Programs

Food Systems Program

We are currently recruiting for social enterprises focused on improving agri-food systems in Africa!


Thank you for your interest in Miller Center's Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®) programs, designed to accelerate the growth of social entrepreneurs working to improve the lives of people living in poverty.

If your business is operational, focused on serving people living below the poverty line, and you can commit 3-6 hours per week towards working with your mentor through program deliverables, we invite you to apply.
 
This application has two parts. 
In Part 1, we ask for some basic information on your social enterprise and determine whether it makes sense for you to complete the full application. We are looking for tech-enabled agri-food system entrepreneurs working in Africa. More information on the types of enterprises for this program can be found here.
In Part 2, we gather more detailed information on your organization's work. 

The information below addresses other frequently asked questions specific to the application process.

Q. Who should complete the application?

A. An executive team member. This should be the same person who would interview to participate in, then eventually participate in the program, if selected (i.e. CEO, COO, ED, Managing Director).

 

Q. How long is the application?

A. There are approximately 40 questions to give us a sense of who you are and what your social enterprise is all about. If you have the information requested, expect it to take about one hour. Otherwise, it will take longer. 

 

If any of the the questions are redundant to information already captured in a document of yours, please share your documentation with us by uploading it as an attachment to your application. 

 

Q. Is there a copy of the application available, so I know what to expect and can have my responses ready?

A. Yes. A Word version of the application is available to download here: Miller Center GSBI Application. If you would like to fill this out before completing the application online, great! However, please do not email it to us in lieu of completing the online form. Also, please do not preview the survey online by filling in junk data.

 

Q. I am part of the way through the application, but something came up and I am not able to complete it right now. If I come back to it later, can I return to where I left off? 

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Q. How much information should I provide?

A. The more complete the data, the better we are able to evaluate your fit for GSBI programs. When in doubt, include more information. We will not evaluate partial applications. It is important that you complete this questionnaire in full as best you can.

 

Q. How do I share my Financials, Business Plan, and other relevant documents for my application? 

A. You can upload your documents at the end of the survey. Please label the documents with the name of your enterprise. Any document format is acceptable (e.g. Excel Sheets, Google Sheets, PDF, Word Doc, etc.)

*Note - financial statements are mandatory for all applicants. 

Q. How will the information I provide be protected? 

A. Only Miller Center staff and sponsoring affiliated partners will have access to this data, and it will only be used for the purposes of evaluating fit for GSBI accelerator programs. It will not be shared outside of our organization without your permission.

 

Q. What is expected of my team if selected after submitting the application?

A. An executive team member should plan on participating in two rounds of interviews. If selected as a finalist of the program, commit to 3-6 hours per week over a 5-month period to complete program deliverables and work with mentors online. Program staff will reach out with detailed next steps. 

 

Q. I am having problems with the application. Who should I contact?

A. Please send your feedback and any questions to gsbi@scu.edu


For more information on Miller Center and GSBI programs, see our web page at https://www.millersocent.org/

Part 1 - Basic Information

Contact Information





Title *

An executive team member should complete the application form. This should be the same person who would participate in the program, if selected (i.e. CEO, COO, Executive Director, Managing Director). This is the person we expect to interview, should you reach the next stage of the selection process.
Note: You may enter more than one title if appropriate (e.g. CEO / President)

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Enterprise Basic Information

Organization *

Name of the organization/business/enterprise you are applying on behalf of.




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Mailing address of enterprise headquarters:
Applicant Demographic Information

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Local Leader *

Miller Center believes "local leaders" are under-represented throughout the social enterprise ecosystem due to unequal access to capacity-building programs, networks, and capital. We proactively seek address the inequities and implicit bias experienced by local leaders. We define a local leader as a social enterprise leader who is a member of, or who strongly identifies with, the regions and communities they serve. 
Based on the definition above, do you consider yourself a local leader?


Referral Source






Part 1 - Screening 

Women-Led (WL) Program: Specific Information & Screening
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Social Entrepreneurship at the Margins (SEM): Specific Information & Screening

The SEM program is for organizations that: 
1) Deliver products or services to undocumented migrants, refugees, or human trafficking survivors
2) Provide infrastructure to address challenges facing these vulnerable populations
3) Are led by migrants or refugees.


Food Systems Program: Specific Information & Screening

The GSBI Food Systems Accelerator is designed to support tech-enabled enterprises that address nutrition, economic opportunity and/or regenerative environmental systems in the agri-food sphere with impact on the African continent. 

Food Systems:
 Is your enterprise focused on improving food systems and/or agriculture? This includes all parts of the agri-food value chain from inputs, to processing, storage, distribution, traceablility and anything between. *



Technology:
 Does your enterprise have a technology component? This could include the use of mobile solutions, such as for information or market access; digital technologies such as web applications, artificial intelligence, big data; science applications like biotechnology; or an innovative model to scale up "low-tech" approaches like drip irrigation or renewable energy. *




General Screening Questions



Cash Runway:
How many months can you continue operating without further funding? In other words, based on your current burn rate, what is your runway (in months)? *

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Screenout Thresholds

Unique screenout thresholds for each program. Passing each screen is interpreted as greater to our equal to the threshold. Set the threshold via Default value in field options. 
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Food Security Thresholds (Application Type = D)


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Part 1 - Eligibility Screening Results

Congratulations! Based on your responses in Part-1 of this application, you seem like a good fit for our GSBI Accelerator -  General Application. We strongly encourage you to proceed to the next page to continue with Part-2 of the application. Good luck! 
Congratulations! Based on your responses in Part-1 of this application, you seem like a good fit for our GSBI Accelerator: Food Systems Program. We strongly encourage you to proceed to the next page to continue with Part-2 of the application. Good luck! 
Thank you for your interest in the GSBI Accelerator at Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship GSBI Accelerator: Food Systems Program. However, based on your responses in Part-1 of this application, you do not meet the eligibility criteria for this program. 

Thank you for your interest in the GSBI Accelerator at Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship. However, based on your responses in Part-1 of this application, you do not meet the eligibility criteria for this program. 

General Application screening results

You indicated: 
- Your enterprise is not yet operational (distributing products or services)
- Your enterprise was founded less than 1 year ago
- Your enterprise has one or less full-time employees
Your enterprise is too early. Miller Center GSBI programs are designed to support social enterprises that are validating their business model and preparing to scale existing operations. This means that the enterprise has already created a blueprint of their integrated business and impact model, such that GSBI programs can help validate and scale that model. 

You indicated: 
- Your enterprise is not focused on serving the poor
- Less than 50% of your customers or beneficiaries are living in poverty
GSBI at Miller Center is focused on serving the poor and accelerating solutions that address their needs. This is a core part of our mission, and we expect it to be core to the mission of the social enterprises we support. The primary target market or beneficiaries should be people living in poverty in order for Miller Center to provide support. 

You indicated: 
- Your enterprise has 3 or fewer months of cash runway
Miller Center GSBI programs are designed to support social enterprises that are financially stable and can focus on the accelerator program, not on urgent fundraising that is needed to continue the operations of the enterprise.

Food Systems Program screening results
You indicated: 
- Your enterprise is not working in the areas of Food Systems or agriculture.  
- Your enterprise does not have a technology-based component. 
- Your enterprise does not have impact in Africa. 
- Your enterprise is not structured as a for-profit or hybrid

Please view this list of additional curated resources that may help you as you seek to scale your enterprise: 

If you feel that your circumstance is unique, please contact us at gsbi@scu.edu.
Screening Bits (not used, keep for future buildout)




Part-2: Mission & Market 



What is your mission statement? A good mission statement is 8-10 words, includes a Verb, Target, and Outcome, and only describes “what” your organization does, not “how” it is done.
Example "Improve respiratory health in East Africa".

What is the problem you are trying to solve? Describe it in detail and if possible, provide statistics to illustrate the magnitude of the problem. Describe what is lacking, who is affected, and where they are. Keep to one paragraph or 2-3 sentences.
Example: In Kinopia, an estimated 24 million people cook over open fires, burning scarce and expensive firewood or other inefficient and unhealthy fuels. For the majority of the population, clean cooking alternatives are nearly impossible to access. Women and children in households are primarily affected. Example: Access to cookstoves is an issue because of the remoteness of our customers and their inability to pay the full costs up front. Moreover, when customers do acquire stove, few end up using properly. They don't always use the recommended charcoal, and so when cow dung and firewood are used as fuel the stoves quickly become clogged. The stove owners were never trained about the proper cleaning or usage.

Value Proposition: *

What is your differentiated solution to the problem you just described? In other words, what is your company’s value proposition? Include 1-2 paragraphs that describe your enterprise’s product and service offerings and an explanation of how this solves the customer’s problem described in the previous questions.

To describe your enterprise’s value proposition, address these points:
  • For what customer (target user)
  • Who wants/needs (target application)
  • The (product name) is a (product category)
  • That provides (compelling reason to buy)
  • Unlike (main competitor)
  • Our product (statement of primary differentiation) 
Example: KDA is addressing the cookstove problem through a market-based approach in which a network of micro entrepreneurs are selling cookstoves and fuel pellets. KDA has chosen Razan Stoves as its supplier. Razan Stoves manufactures stoves in several locations across Kinopia. Razan Stoves also licensed their fuel pellet technology to KDA and helped them to open 4 small pellet production factories that cover the 275 communities in which KDA works. KDA identifies micro-entrepreneurs in its target communities (typically people with existing small shops) and provides them low-interest loans, training, and ongoing support to launch a cookstove business. Each stove costs $38, which is prohibitively high for most rural families. However, micro-entrepreneurs are able to offer partial credit that is paid back along with each purchase of pellets. The Razan Stoves only work with Razan fuel pellets. Razan pellets can also be used in the stoves provided by the recent government schemes, giving micro-entrepreneurs a larger target market.

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Which of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) most aligns with for your organization's impact?       

Which of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also aligns with for your organization's impact (select all that apply)?
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Impact Measurement

Does your enterprise use any of the following methods to measure impact? Select all that apply. Describe details as relevant

Video Upload: 
Videos are extremely useful for the team to understand your work. If you have any videos documenting the work of your enterprise, provide the links (and any required passwords) below.  






Part 2 - Business & Metrics

Products / Services Summary

Indicate the name of your primary products and services including the number of cumulative units you have delivered and the estimated total number of lives that have been impacted by each category of product or service. 


For example: KDA sold 5,000 cookstoves to as many customers, and assumed that each customer uses the stove for the benefit of their household. Given that the average household size where KDA operates is 5 people, KDA estimates that they've impacted 25,000 lives.

What do you sell and what does it cost to make? Who pays and how much do they pay? What are your primary income and expense drivers?

Revenue: What was your enterprise’s total revenue or income for the most recent fiscal year (USD $)? 
This should be the income the company receives from its normal business activities and should be represented on a yearly basis, not cumulatively.

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Enterprise Staff: Enter the total number of employees in your organization. For part-time staff, you may use increments of .25, .5, and .75. For example, if you have three full time paid employees and one half-time paid employee, report 3.5 paid employees.


Part 2 - Investment

Investment History

Please indicate the most significant sources of investment capital received by your enterprise to date. Investments can include gifts, grants, loans, equity, crowd-funding, awards, etc. We want to see how much cumulative capital has been raised towards your organization's mission.
Add additional lines by clicking 'Add another response' below. 

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Select from our existing list of funders or add a new funder


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Investment Seeking
If you are seeking investment, enter the amount you are seeking with the appropriate capital form, and describe how you plan to use it.
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Part 2 - COVID-19



Part 2 - References and Documentation

Other Programs

Has your organization participated in any other incubators, accelerators, or fellowship programs? *

List the other incubator, accelerator, and/or fellowship program(s). If more than three, list at least the the three most recent.



References

Provide at least one professional reference, up to three if possible. Prioritize references who are affiliated with the Miller Center/GSBI.



  
Supporting Documents 

Upload 1) your financial statements, and 2) a slide deck, business plan, or other relevant documents that help us get a snapshot of your business.

Feel free to use any pre-existing business plan documents you have that you think appropriately represent your organization. It does not need to fit our format. The goal is to get a snapshot of your business. If you do not have existing summary documentation for your business, here is a suggested outline to create a summary business plan: GSBI_business_plan_outline.pdf
  • Financial statements are mandatory for all applicants.
  • LABEL ALL FILES WITH THE NAME OF YOUR ORGANIZATION
  • If you wish to share multiple documents, we prefer that you combine them and save to a single pdf or zip file. If you cannot do this, upload your most important document first and then click 'Add another response' to upload additional documents.
  • Total size of all files must be less than 30MB. If you have files exceeding that, please use a zip file.