2016/2017 WISE Accelerator Program: Supporting Innovative Projects in Fields of Education

The WISE Accelerator is a program designed to support the development of innovative projects in the field of education. It relies on the expertise of qualified mentors and partners to provide projects with effective strategies and concrete support in order to ensure their development.

Each year, five projects are selected to join the program. These projects are followed for one year, during which time they benefit from tailor - made mentorship to address their specific needs. In addition, the WISE Accelerator serves as an intermediary to connect the selected projects to an international network that creates opportunities to share knowledge and find support from donors and investors.

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September 8th, 2016

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Eligibility Details

The WISE Accelerator supports innovative projects that have a high potential for:

  • scalability;
  • positive impact in education.

Projects addressing education challenges through the use and/or design of technology in all sectors and regions are welcome to apply. Projects in this particular field can cover a wide range of offers and activities. From the conception of apps and digital games to the creation of online platforms or the design of new curricula and pedagogies integrating technology, all education projects that are using or linking technology to their DNA are invited to apply.

Ideal candidates for the WISE Accelerator will be existing projects at an early stage of development, with the following attributes:

  • Established for at least two years;
  • A significant and growing number of beneficiaries or customers;
  • A record of activity with a product or service that has been successfully implemented and beyond proof of concept;
  • Existing, stable revenues, and new opportunities for growth;
  • A dedicated team, with an established physical space or office;
  • Deep knowledge of the market or educational context and of their beneficiaries’ or customers’ needs;
  • Clear future objectives and motivation to further develop;
  • Good understanding of the project’s current challenges in scaling.

Projects from all sectors and regions of the world are invited to apply to the WISE Accelerator.

Applications should only be for original projects related to the field of education and technology. Projects should be formally constituted and should have progressed beyond proof of concept. The WISE Accelerator is not intended for new and untried ideas. Any such applications can not be considered. All applicants must complete the official online application form fully and provide detailed information on the educational activities of the project, as well as areas in which support may be required

Application Guidance

The WISE Accelerator Committee, composed of leading experts in education and social entrepreneurship, will conduct a rigorous selection process. Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Solution and innovation;
  • Strategy and management;
  • Development beyond proof of concept, and potential for growth.

Due diligence with shortlisted projects may be organized to further clarify information about the project. Project representatives will be contacted to schedule calls, if needed.

Projects will be selected in November, and announced in December 2016.


Special Education NEEDS Teachers Training Institution, Bamenda-Cameroon is in need of a Menor and Expert of the Exchange to support in the development of their project. We would be grateful if we can be connected. Thanks,
Uginia A. Urwick