Interactive resources for incubators and accelerators
Interactive resources for incubators and accelerators
Interactive resources for incubators and accelerators


In this section, we will discuss strategies for applying a gender lens to the lifecycle of your accelerator or incubator program starting with the recruitment of entrepreneurs, followed by the selection of entrepreneurs, your program design and delivery, and ending on your post-program support. Considering gender within all of these areas is important to ensure that you can not only attract the best gender diverse talent, but are also able to deliver your program(s) in the most effective way in order to ensure maximum likelihood of success for these entrepreneurs and their ventures, and therefore your program.


    To help establish an awareness and understanding of gender diversity, equity and inclusion as it relates to your accelerator or incubator program, and to take steps towards making your program(s) more accessible and inclusive of all genders.


    • Application and selection processes that attract and are fair to all entrepreneurs, regardless of their gender
    • Program design, content and delivery that are accessible and inclusive of all genders
    • Program stakeholders (mentors, facilitators) who are aware of their own gender biases, and can therefore seek to minimise them

    There are a number of ways you can measure this. Learn more about gender in impact measurement here.


    Example measurement indicators and collection methods can be found here.

Examples of Intermediaries who have used this Section:

Case Study: Instellar

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    Instellar aims to accelerate social innovation in organisations across Indonesia, and work together towards scalable and sustainable social impact through incubation, advisory, and investment in mission-driven companies.


    “We identified our priority within the organisation and decided that we were going to focus on the implementation of gender inclusivity in our incubation program. We did a small survey to our female alumni, and discovered that negotiation skills are one of the most essential soft skills that they are eager to learn.” – Vira Soufyani, Senior Enterprise Development Officer at Instellar.


    In this case study, find out how Instellar has used the toolkit to start applying a gender lens to their program.


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Case Study: Agile Development Group

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    Agile Development Group is a disability enterprise development agency that creates innovative solutions and economic opportunities for people with disabilities (PwDs) to increase their inclusion, freedom and independence.


    “Agile’s interest in utilising the GLIA toolkit stems from our desire to become pioneers in holistic program design for people with disabilities. By understanding the complexity and diversity of gender-based issues including disability, race, level of income, level of education, and cultural barriers we hope to create inclusive programs that tackle intersectional issues.” – Kimberly Matsudaira, Business Development Manager at Agile Development Group.


    In this case study, find out how Agile Development Group has used the toolkit to start applying a gender lens to their program.


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Recruitment of entrepreneurs

Consider gender in how you recruit entrepreneurs.