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


The Guide to Impact Incubation and Acceleration is an interactive resource for entrepreneurial support organisations (ESOs) who are running impact-focused incubators or accelerators in the Asia-Pacific, and beyond.

Welcome to the Guide

Janka Geckova: Hello and welcome to the Guide to Impact Incubation and Acceleration. My name is Janka and I'm a Program Manager at the innovationXchange of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). DFAT has supported Frontier Incubators (or FI Program) as part of the efforts to support social entrepreneurship and impact investing in the Into Pacific region. During the design and implementation of Frontier Incubators, we have very closely collaborated with our wonderful implementing partners SecondMuse, and ygap.

Manita Ray: Hi I'm Manita, I'm the CEO of yap.

Will Scott-Kemmis: Hi I'm Will from SecondMuse.

Avary Kent: Hi I'm Avary Kent, the Chief Relationships Officer for

Will Scott-Kemmis: This guide was developed during the implementation of the Frontier incubators program, and the content focuses on themes that were relevant to the cohort that participated.

Avary Kent: With the creation of this content, we recognised that this guide could have value to other programs, both in the region and around the world. This guide is the result of thematic content delivered for the program, case studies from cohort members, and master class sessions that were delivered at the workshop that kicked off this program. IN an effort to make this content as accessible as possible we have compiled the material, but the work is really thanks to our incredible Program Partners.

This guide offers practical guidance and a set of tools and frameworks that people can use to improve their existing program. This is not a resource if you are trying to start a new program from scratch. For that we recommend that reach out to existing incubators and accelerators in your city or your country.

Will Scott-Kemmis: If you run incubation or acceleration programs, or support entrepreneurs, this material is relevant to you. If you support these programs or the organisations that run them, we think there will also be relevant material in here, but we encourage you to check out our resources page. If you are an entrepreneur, you may find some relevant material here, particularly on mentors or measuring impact, but we encourage you to contact incubators or accelerators in your country. Lastly, there are many ways to navigate the guide, so we suggest exploring.

Thanks very much for joining and we hope you find some value.

Combining some of the best insights, tools, frameworks and strategies to come out of the Frontier Incubators program, this guide offers a thorough and practical overview of ten key topics related to incubation and acceleration, as understood by some of the most experienced and knowledgeable support organisations on the planet.

While there is a wealth of information contained within these pages, this Guide to Impact Incubation and Acceleration should be seen as a starting point for a bigger conversation about incubation and acceleration practices. All of us, no matter how experienced, are constantly learning how to improve what we do and adapt our approaches for the betterment of the entrepreneurs that we support.

This guide is here to do just as it says – to guide you through a range of topics and ideas that you may not have previously considered, and to prompt new thinking about implementing impactful programs in your own ecosystems and contexts.

  • Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.

    William Pollard


KisStartup Innovation, Vietnam

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    KisStartup Innovation runs capacity building programs, startup coaching and startup mentoring in Hanoi, Vietnam.


    “When we joined FI, we spoke to every expert in the field that we had a chance to meet. We asked them questions and spoke to them about the challenges that we faced, our strengths, and our weaknesses.”


    In this case study, find out how KisStartup is using what they have learned from the Frontier Incubators program to strengthen their organisation and build out an investor network.

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Why Incubation and Acceleration?

What makes incubators and accelerators so important?