C3 Impact Accelerator Program 2022

Application for the fourth edition of the C3 Impact Accelerator Program is ongoing.

If you run a startup that contributes to at least one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, don’t miss the opportunity to accelerate your organization’s growth and impact, receive world-class support and join a community of incredible change-makers and like-minded professionals!

About C3 Impact Accelerator Program

Powered by HSBC. The program addresses key milestones in the journey of social entrepreneurs and focuses primarily on supporting them to maximize their impact on society and the environment, achieve financial sustainability, and, ultimately, solve major social challenges at scale.

C3 Impact Accelerator Program- Benefits

  • Group Workshops: Customised and interactive workshops on impact entrepreneurship topics
  • Personalised Support: One-on-one support from business and impact experts
  • Networking: Access to our network of impact investors and potential clients
  • Cash prizes: An opportunity to compete and win equity-free cash prizes

Who is eligible for the C3 Impact Accelerator Program?

To apply to the C3 Impact Accelerator Program, your startup must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Based in one of the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, KSA, Kuwait, Oman, Turkey, Qatar, and UAE.
  2. Have an MVP (Minimum Viable Product) and some traction.
  3. Contribute to at least one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  4. Fluent in written and spoken English.

C3 Impact Accelerator Program- Application Process

Step 1: Fill Out the Application Form

Make sure you submit the completed application by February 18th, 2022, and ensure that all the information you provide is accurate and up to date. 

Incomplete forms will not be considered.

Step 2: Complete the Growth Predictor Test

(Shortlisted applicants only)

If your application is shortlisted (we will select shortlisted applicants on a rolling basis), you will receive a link by email providing you with access to the C3 Growth Predictor test. This must be completed by February 25th 2022 in order to be considered for the semi-finals.

Note: the C3 Growth Predictor test is mandatory for all shortlisted applicants that want to be considered for the semi-finals, however, the results are not considered in the selection process.

The Growth Predictor Report will inform our program design team on what the selected participants need. This is an excellent tool to assess whether shortlisted applicants are growth-ready!

Step 3: Attend Semi-Finalist Online Training

By March 16th 2022, C3 will announce 40 semi-finalists that will access the unique C3 online training. The training includes interactive lectures and group workshops that Semi-Finalists will benefit from.

Lectures and Workshops: Throughout March 2022

Note: the Semi-Finalist online training is mandatory for all applicants who wish to be considered for the finals.

Step 4: Submit Assessment Deliverables

(Semi-finalists only)

If you are amongst the selected 40 semi-finalists, you will be requested to submit a few deliverables by the first week of April 2022.

The documents will be reviewed and assessed by C3 experts, who will interview and select 20 finalists by early May 2022 to take part in the final stage of the program.

Step 5

(Finalists only)

The 20 finalists will receive access to the Finalist online training during the month of May 2022. The training includes:

  • group workshops
  • one-on-one expert support tailored to your enterprise’s individual needs
  • networking events with investors

‍In June 2022 (dates to be confirmed) you will have the opportunity to simulate a board meeting with senior professionals and investors as well as participate in a pitch competition to win:

  • cash prizes
  • media coverage
  • pro-bono support from our blue-chip partners

FAQs on C3 Impact Accelerator Program

Application submission for this program closes on February 18th, 2022.

  • Based in one of the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, KSA, Kuwait, Oman, Turkey, Qatar, and UAE.
  • Have an MVP (Minimum Viable Product) and some traction.
  • Contribute to at least one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English.







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