Application Informations

Applications will be selected based upon the following criteria

IMPACT POTENTIAL

SoPact defines “Social Startup” in a very broad sense. The swedish word “Samhällsentreprenör” really covers who we aim to accept in the program. Most important: You must have an objective other than just making a profit. It could be working with environmental or societal issues, gender equality, cultural integration, education, disaster relief, health etc.

Also, we consider the scalability of your impact. How many people can you potentially effect with your startup etc.

FINANCIAL VIABILITY

We believe, that in order to make a true long-term impact, a viable plan for revenue streams must be created. In other words: If you can’t pay the bills, your startup won’t be able to continue in the long run.

TEAM

We believe that the capacity and commitment of the team is most essential to achieve the vision. Showing a track record of executed jobs, projects, startups, events etc – successful or failed – with personal reflections is prefered. We believe that we live in a complex world where deep knowledge is essential to make change.

That said – we also believe that dedication and commitment can move mountains. Please do challenge us with your application even if you don’t have years of experience. If you don’t have it – show us your plan to get it.

FAQ – frequently asked questions

Please find the Frequently asked questions about the SoPact.org Accelerator.
If you have additional questions, please contact Peter at peter.lovschall@sopact.org or give him a call at +46 72 527 1984

Who can apply for the SoPact Accelerator?

All startups working with Social Innovation can apply for SoPact 2.0. We would like to see applications from “Startups” in a very broad sense. Meaning:

  • Entrepreneurial individuals working to launch an idea
  • Existing startups
  • Individuals working on a social venture with a non-profit angle

Seasoned entrepreneurs as well as fresh out of school are welcome.

Due to the funding structure of SoPact 2.0, startups based in the region of Skåne will have special preferences.

How many companies will attend the Accelerator?

We expect to accept between 7 and 10 startups.

How do you define Social startup?

SoPact 2.0 use social startup in a very broad sense.

What is important to us is that you are working to solving social, cultural or environmental needs in society rather than solely to obtain economic gain

Can I participate in the accelerator in my spare time?

No. SoPact is running activities during business hours.Expect to allocate 2-3 mornings a week (9-12) at the SoPact office in Helsingborg.

However, we have had several founders attending SoPact while running freelance businesses or finishing studies. We will provide you with a schedule of when we run activities before the program starts in order for you to plan your time while attending SoPact.

Does SoPact take equity in the startups participating and how much does it cost?

SoPact doesn’t take any equity and it’s free of charge.

Do I need an organisation number to get accepted to SoPact?

Yes, you will need an organisation number to get accepted to SoPact. The company form is not important. This could be as “sole trader” (enskild firma), economic association (ekonomisk förening) or Nonprofit organization (Ideell förening) etc.

You may apply for SoPact without having an organisation number, but you will be required to start the application process for an organisation number right after getting accepted to the SoPact program.

Read more about the most common types of companies in Sweden:https://www.verksamt.se/web/international/starting/types-of-business

Read more about starting a business in Sweden:
https://www.skatteverket.se/servicelankar/otherlanguages/inenglish/businessesandemployers/registeringabusiness/startingabusinessinsweden.4.12815e4f14a62bc048f51be.html

Who and how many people from my startup can attend the program?

Generally speaking, the program is meant for the founders and co-founders of your startup – not for your employees. Normally, this counts 1-3 people. Please let us know in your application if your founding team consists of more than 3 people.