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Application for Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator Programs


Thank you for your interest in Miller Center's Accelerator programs, designed to accelerate the growth of social entrepreneurs working to improve the lives of people living in poverty. 
Program Overview
Screening Criteria

If your business is operational, focused on serving the poor, and you can commit 3-6 hours per week towards working with your mentor through program deliverables, we invite you to apply.  In addition to any program-specific criteria list above, this Miller Center Accelerator program is for enterprises that:  




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To speed your application we have pre-filled many fields based on your existing records. Please check and update information as necessary. Good luck!
 
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.  
In Part 2, we gather more detailed information on your organization's work. 
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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who should complete the application?

A. An executive team member who is in a senior leadership position of an organization and has a strong understanding of the business with the authority to direct organizational changes. (e.g. CEO, Managing Director, Executive Director). This should be the same person who would interview and eventually participate in the program, if selected.

 

Q. How long is the application?

A. There are approximately 60 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 an hour. 

 

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

A. Yes. A version of the application is available to download here: Miller Center 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? 

A. You can save your application in progress by clicking 'Save my progress and resume later' at the top or bottom of any page. You will be prompted to enter an email address and create a password before clicking [Save]. You will receive an email confirmation with a link to resume your application. You can also resume your application by clicking 'Resume a previously saved form' at the top or bottom of any page. You will need to enter the same email and password from when you saved your progress. 


Q. How much information should I provide?

A. The more complete the data, the better we are able to evaluate your fit for the accelerator program. 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 affiliated partners will have access to this data, and it will only be used for the purposes of evaluating fit for an accelerator program. 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 for the duration of the program 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 mcaccelerators@scu.edu


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

Part 1 - Basic Information

Contact Information

Note: The person completing this application form should be an executive team member who is in a senior leadership position of an organization and has the authority to direct organizational changes (e.g. CEO, Managing Director, Executive Director). This should be the same person who would interview should you reach the next stage of the process process and also participate in the full duration of the accelerator program.






Title *

Note: You may enter more than one title if appropriate (e.g. CEO / President)




https://www.linkedin.com/in/





Enterprise Basic Information

Organization *

Enter/Update the name of the organization/business/enterprise you are applying on behalf of.






https://www.facebook.com/

https://twitter.com/


Mailing address of enterprise headquarters:
Referral Source


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Part 1 - Screening 

General Screening Questions




Cash Runway:
How many months can you continue operating your business without further funding? *

months


Women's Economic Empowerment Program: Specific Information & Screening

This program is designed to support social enterprises incorporating gender lens strategies and are taking a robust approach to supporting women as leaders, employees, customers or users, and in the value chain. 


Climate Resilience Asia-Pacific Program: Specific Information & Screening

This special program is designed to support social enterprises in six Asia-Pacific countries working in areas of climate resilience: 


Social Entrepreneurship at the Margins (SEM): Specific Information & Screening

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


Food Systems Program: Specific Information & Screening

The Miller Center 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. *




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Unique screenout thresholds for each cohort undergoing an application cycle. Passing each screen is interpreted as greater to our equal to the threshold. Thresholds should be set in related Salesforce fields in the appropriate Cohort record. 
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Congratulations! Based on your responses in Part-1 of this application, you seem like a good fit for this Miller Center Accelerator Program.
We strongly encourage you to proceed with Part-2 of the application. Good luck! 

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: Gender Related Impact





Women in Leadership


       



Workforce

Please review the following types of working arrangements, and list the number of employees in each category who are women and men.

Full-Time Employees (FTE) 

Part-Time Employees (PTE) 

External Agents:
including sales agents paid on commission, producers, and suppliers who are not employees, but who earn a living by providing goods or services to the enterprise)

Occasional or Seasonal Workers (OSW) 

Volunteers


Part-2: Local Leadership


Miller Center believes 'Local Leaders' are under-represented throughout the social enterprise ecosystem due to unequal access to capacity-strengthening programs, networks, and capital. We proactively seek address the inequities and implicit bias experienced by local leaders.

We define a 'Local Leader' as someone who is a member of, strongly identifies with, or is deeply rooted in the regions and communities they serve. Typically, local leaders have a deep connection to the communities they’re working in, an intimate understanding of the problems they face, and profound insight into viable solutions to those problems.
 


       



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?
Financial Performance


Most recent Fiscal Year reporting:
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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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$

$

Describe where your revenue is coming from with regards to grants or earnings from business activities. If your business is currently reliant upon grants, describe your plans or level of commitment toward building an earned revenue model.

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$

Part 2 - Investment

Total Investment

What is the cumulative level of investment your organization has raised since founding
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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. 

(dd/mm/yyyy)


$


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



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.



  
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.
  • All files shared with Miller Center will be kept confidential and will not be shared with any outside parties. 
  •  Label all files with the name of your organization_item description 
  • If you wish to share multiple financial or business plan documents, we prefer that you combine them and save to a single PDF or zip file then upload it below. If you cannot do this, upload your most important document first 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. 
Financial Statements:
Financial statements are mandatory for all applicants. This should include your financial model, audited balance sheet, audited cash flow statement and audited income statement. If you do not have all of those documents, please send whatever you have.
Business Plan Documents:
Feel free to use any pre-existing business plan documents you have that you think appropriately represent your organization. The goal is to get a snapshot of your business. If you do not have existing summary documentation for your businesses, here is a suggested outline to create a summary business plan: business_plan_outline.pdf Note that it is not required to follow this format.
 
Additional Information (Recommended but not required)
Upload any other relevant documents that help us get a snapshot of your business (e.g., annual report)