Vodafone Institute Launches Accelerator for Female Empowerment

F-LANE ensures that women and girls play a leading role in shaping the future.

by Nicole Winchell, October 27, 2016

The F-LANE accelerator is designed to accelerate social ventures from men and women that utilize technology to empower women worldwide.

Who we are

The Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications is setting up one of the only accelerators in Europe with a focus on start-ups created by or for women with a female empowerment focus. 

This mission is supported by two partners: the Impact Hub Berlin – with their global network of over 80 hubs and 13,000 founders – as well as the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie – the leading competence centre in the field of education for societal change. 

What you get

F LANE is a six-week acceleration program for up to 5 high-potential digital impact ventures focusing on female empowerment. The first class – of many more – will graduate in early 2017. Impact-driven entrepreneurs are invited to work, learn and live in Berlin. 


Each team receives a stipend to cover living, travel and venture expenses. An apartment in Berlin Schöneberg is reserved for your stay and, if necessary, childcare is available. 


You will benefit from the expertise of a leading competence centre for education for societal change, the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie. After individually assessing where and how we can best help you to get to the next stage in your company‘s life, we set up a curriculum of team sessions, individual coaching and key experiences to make your venture investment ready.


You will be connected to Vodafone worldwide with access to networks and technology. 


We give you access to the Vodafone family and connect each team to further potential investors. 


We provide access to the Impact Hub community, a global network of 80+ spaces and over 13.000 social innovators that support your venture globally, as well as to the network of the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie. 


You will have a personal mentor who is a successful entrepreneur and has experience in building up a business. The mentor will be as fired up about your business idea as you are, offering you advice and know-how as well as being your counterpart for discussing the tough decisions you face.

Who can apply 

We are looking for startups from all regions of the world that... 

  • Provide a more- than-profit model. 
  • Are aware of their impact. 
  • Can prove their concept. 
  • Are scalable. 
  • Are focused on female empowerment. 
  • Use technology to implement their ideas. 

The application deadline is November 18th, 2016. 

Apply now for this chance to accelerate your business!