The #beatingtheodds incubator
is free and open to everyone
between 18-30 years old
Applications are open!
Applications close January 17th
17 January 2022
2 February 2022
25 May 2022
In order to unlock the true potential of entrepreneurship as a vehicle for change, we need diverse perspectives and people from diverse backgrounds to start building businesses that ensure a positive future in which we are able to tackle complex challenges through inclusive problem-solving capabilities.
Throughout an intensive sprint, scheduled from 2 February to 25 May 2022 in Brussels, participants will get the opportunity to transform their business idea into a company fit for market by going through 4 phases of the startup life cycle. We offer a 4-month hybrid programme of on -and offline training & support, and access to an extensive network of local and international mentors and seasoned entrepreneurs and investors.
This first phase is all about challenging your business idea and assumptions.
Topics & Tools
Market scan, stakeholder discovery, theory of change, user research and idea validation.
After your business idea is validated we'll move to the 2nd phase where we'll work on designing a solid impact business model and ensuring your value proposition resonates with your audience.
Topics & Tools
Value proposition, impact business model generation
During phase 3 you'll work on developing your first MVP, gaining customer feedback and validating product-market fit.
Topics & Tools
Prototyping, validation techniques & tools
During the last phase of the programme, you'll set up a plan to enter the market and sharpen your pitching skills.
Topics & Tools
Marketing strategy Canvas, pitch & presentation skills
2 February - 25 May, 2022
Who are we looking for?
Are you between 18 and 30 years old?
Do you have a business idea or early stage business with positive impact on people and planet but you could use support from others who have already been through the process? Are there still some business skills you feel less confident in? Do you want to connect with your peers, future customers partners and investors?
Then this programme is for you!
This programme is for young aspiring or early-stage entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds who either have a business idea or are taking their first steps in developing their idea.
Whatever your background, study or skills are, in this programme, everyone who is motivated to make a difference is welcome! We are convinced that anyone who has beaten the odds before has it in them to do so again in the future and that this quality makes people perfectly positioned to become entrepreneurs.
What you'll learn
Start from an idea or early stage business and build it into a viable business.
Define your mission and plan your strategy for how to achieve it.
Explore and understand your market and stakeholders.
Design your impact business model and make your message resonate with your audience.
Build prototypes and validate product-market fit.
Set up a plan to enter the market and sharpen your pitching skills.
What we offer
On and offline training including exclusive content and tools to explore alongside. The tailored training is designed to equip you with the right knowledge and skills to move forward with your startup
Access to financing
We are financing experts, we help you navigate the many financing instruments and make introductions. The Demo Day offers an extra opportunity to showcase your business to investors and potential customers. We'll figure out together who we need to get into the room
Individual mentoring sessions based on your needs we’ll match you to our extensive network of local and international mentors and seasoned entrepreneurs. Once the programme starts, every startup will get up to two fixed mentors and receive 8 hours of individual mentoring by each mentor on a bi-weekly basis.
Access to networks
Throughout the programme we'll make introductions that will help your business to grow. New partners or customers are essential to grow your business,
Discuss any challenge you might face with other participants and our team during the bi-weekly co-working hours at the Google Digital Atelier
Join a growing peer-to-peer network of fellow founders seeking to build a successful impact business and bring about real change
Collaboration is essential to our vision and mission.
We engage our partners and community actively to realise our mission.
#Beatingtheodds is an initiative by Impact Shakers and is supported by:
I live outside of Belgium can I still participate in the programme?
I have already started my business, is this still for me
What if I can not participate in all sessions?
How much time should I plan for this program each week?
The programme will take a minimum of 3 hours per week to attend or go through all workshop materials. When you build a business, as with everything, you'll get out what you put in, so the more time you dedicate (or can dedicate to it) the faster you'll be able to grow.
What if I'm building a non-profit?
In this programme, we're focusing on ideas and early stage business that have or will take a for-profit legal form. If yours is non-profit, please drop us a line, we're looking to do a cohort with non-profits and will keep you posted!
Who should apply?
How will we select participants? Are there any selection criteria?
All applicants who meet the above outlined criteria will be considered. We are looking for promising ideas/founders or early-stage businesses that will take a for profit legal form. Applications close on January 17. That said, we will accept people on a rolling basis, so the earlier you apply, the higher your odds to get a spot in this cohort.
When and how will we participate? How is the programme structured?
What is the cost to participate?
Thanks to our partners, the Odds Incubator is a no cost, no equity programme. This means that participation is completely free of charge. We do ask for real commitment to the programme, our seats are limited and very valuable.
Can my team members participate?
This programme is founder focused. Only the founder and/or one additional co-founder can participate in the programme. If you have more than two founders, then please contact us via email@example.com for more information.
How long do I have access to the materials?
How does lifetime access sound? All materials are forever yours.
Is the programme in English?
Yes! Although your main trainer is a native Dutch speaker (Born in the beautiful city of Ghent, Belgium) We’ve created the materials in English to make it as accessible as possible for everyone. If you are a Dutch/French speaker and you would want to do the process coaching sessions in Dutch/French then that is obviously not a problem at all.
Do I need prior knowledge to participate in this programme?
No, everyone can participate in this programme regardless of your current skills, background or experienc
Still have questions?
If you have more questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org