Calling all innovators to build a better future with us

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Join our Social Impact Accelerator program, where BCG X—the tech build and design unit of BCG—offers a full team of tech, design, and business talent to accelerate your impact.

We don’t take equity, and it’s free. Learn more about the annual application process below.

The application period for the 2023 Social Impact Accelerator has closed. Stay tuned for 2024 information.

Who is this program for?

Innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders from start-ups, corporations, and NGOs

We invite those who want to make a positive impact in this world but need additional expertise and the resources to do so. We are looking for initiatives that have already taken the first steps and looked deeply into the domain in which they operate.

Selection criteria

CONCEPT FIT

  • Your initiative addresses our central theme. Last year's theme was building a resilient future for people and the planet.
  • You identified an opportunity to generate measurable impact in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

TEAM FIT

  • You have a team of at least 2 members who are committed full time.
  • You can show expertise to implement and grow your project.

BCG X FIT

  • You are willing to work jointly with BCG X in an agile way.
  • You demonstrate a clear match between your needs and BCG X talent and methodology.
  • You are able to work—remotely or face-to-face—together with teams located in one of the European BCG X hubs (Berlin, London, Paris) even if you are not based in these cities.
Our theme from 2023:
Building a more resilient future
People
Help give individuals and communities financial education and access to resources, enabling them to make informed financial decisions and achieve economic stability.
Equip people with knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in a rapidly changing world, promoting lifelong learning and creating opportunities for growth.
Ensure access to the same level of health and well-being, regardless of socio-economic status, race or ethnicity, and other factors that may create disparities.
Address root causes of poverty and hunger by providing access to nutritious food, job training, education, and sustainable economic systems for equitable growth.
Planet
Transition towards renewable energy sources—such as wind, solar, and hydropower—to mitigate climate change and promote a sustainable future for all.
Advocate for the rights of those disproportionately affected by climate change, such as marginalized communities, and work towards solutions that address systemic injustices contributing to the climate crisis.
Protect diversity of life on our planet, from wildlife and ecosystems to natural resources, by promoting sustainable land use practices, conservation efforts, and responsible consumption.
Enable job creation that contributes to the transition to a sustainable economy, such as those in renewable energy, conservation, and sustainable agriculture—while also promoting social and economic equity.

What the program offers

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Dedicated multidisciplinary team

Work closely for 8 weeks–12 weeks alongside our full-time expert BCG X team of 5 people–10 people, whose expertise ranges from design to engineering and business.

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Expert advisory

Take advantage of our experience in product and venture building. Work side-by-side with senior leaders who use their deep expertise, across industries and sectors, to enable innovation.

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Network and exposure

Get connected with corporate partners, industry experts, and investors while gaining exposure through our marketing activities.

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Workspace—if you need it

Join us with your team at one of our hubs in Berlin, London, or Paris, and access our infrastructure and tools—or work with us remotely if that suits you best.

Application process overview

Step 1

Submit your application

Tell us about your social initiative by filling out the application form. Add a short video to introduce your team, so we can get to know you better. We want to know why this is important to you, society, and the planet.
Step 2

Work with a coach to fine-tune

The top 10 initiatives will have the opportunity to be reviewed in a bigger group to fine-tune their pitch. We will pair you with a dedicated coach from BCG X to help.
Step 3

Pitch your initiative to the entire BCG X team across EMESA

Top initiatives will be invited to pitch to the full BCG X team across Europe, Middle East, South America, and Africa (EMESA). We then tally the votes internally and decide the best-fitting 2-3 initiatives.
Step 4

Align on desired outcomes

After the announcement of the winner, we will closely align on the desired outcome, timeline, and staffing of the program to make sure that the team can kick off as soon as possible.

Who we already worked with

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Impacc

Company donations marketplace for green ventures in Africa

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RECUP & REBOWL

Deposit-based system for reusable containers for restaurants and coffee shops

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Plan A

Helping communities build a decarbonized and sustainable economy

Other impact cases done at BCG X include

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