From idea to impact
Reach for Change’s most direct impact is seen in the entrepreneurs that we support. Through the Reach for Change Incubator, we help Change Leaders develop innovative ideas into sustainable ventures that improve children’s lives.
The incubator is a multi-year (up to five years) support program designed to help social entrepreneurs grow social innovations and reach financial sustainability. The social entrepreneurs supported through the Incubator are called Change Leaders. Throughout 2014, 59 Change Leaders across 10 countries were supported through the Reach for Change Incubator.
The Incubator entails an ambitious curriculum including a number of core modules provided to all Change Leaders (see examples below). In addition, customized support activities are developed for specific local contexts or individual entrepreneurs. Apart from non-financial support, we provide unrestricted grants enabling our entrepreneurs to focus on developing their organizations and to explore alternative opportunities for sustainable funding.
To measure the effect of the Incubator we track the development of the Change Leaders from one year to the next. Development is measured in four dimensions: Number of Children Supported, Annual Turnover, Human Resources and Geographical Footprint.
In addition to the Change Leaders that received support throughout 2014, 36 new Change Leaders were invited at the end of the year. Including participants in the Lab program, a one-year light touch support program, a total of 105 social entrepreneurs were supported by Reach for Change in 2014.
Find some of the results of our work to help social entrepreneurs develop by using the links on the right-hand side.