The ELEVATE Investment readiness program is an initiative by the 1Million Startups East Africa Chapter that will see the entrepreneurs review their business model, build their growth strategy and a credible investment case, use of design thinking, monitor and measure impact, learn about impact investing aligned with the SDGs, financial planning and organization meticulously and help them seek investment for their businesses after the training.It is a 3 modular program that will build capacity in budding entrepreneurs that want to attract the right capital for their businesses. All entrepreneurs go through an intense program and mindset-shifting experience, with personalized support from experienced entrepreneurs, mentors, investors and content experts.


You can apply for the program if you meet the following criteria:

You have aligned your business to at least 1 UN sustainable development goal that you are passionate about as a business action

Proof of concept completed with some revenue and customers

Your venture is legally incorporated in a country in the East African Region

You are a purpose-driven entrepreneur, working on a scalable solution that solves a real social challenge.

You are seeking to attract investment

Your business is between 1 year old and above

You will be committed to attending all the 3 modules


Application to the Elevate investment readiness Program is done by filling the online application through this link. Applications for the first cohort two is open from 25th May to 3rd August 2018. Successful applications will be notified on 6th August whereby they will proceed to make the program payment of Ksh. 15,000 and sign the contract.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so we recommend that you apply early.


Module 1: August (15th to 17th)

Review of your business model, strategy and growth plan with real business cases

Introduction to impact investing aligned with the SDGs

Investment case part I: type of investment, valuation

Impact measurement for the SDGs

Pitch to peers, partners and investors (informal setting)

Thematic Mentor matching

Setting milestones for the program

Module 2 Meetup & working session: 14th September

Mentor feedback

Working session (Business and Financial planning)

Module 3: October (17th to 19th)

Investor introductions


Build your investment case – part 2: review shareholder structure, create a term sheet


Throughout the 3 modular program, you get access to our network of mentors, experts and resources that will change the trajectory of your business. The personalized development plan will enrich your business journey and meet your individual needs.

Impact tracking

Full participation and cooperation of the entrepreneur is required during and after the training period to up to date information on revenue, employees, SDG impact and other relevant data that would be useful in evaluation of the program until 24 months after the start of the program, by means filling our:

  1. Impact Tracking Sheet (bi-annually), and
  2. The ELEVATE investment readiness program member survey (annually).


Our program is geared to SDG entrepreneurs from East Africa that are solving real social challenges. The network of 1Million Startups global community and our multimedia platform gives them global exposure and access to global connections to mentors and investors.

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