The MAN Impact Accelerator aims to give startups considerable impetus to grow further by coaching and lending its expertise, thereby creating a solid foundation for a sustainable business model.
MAN has joined forces with Yunus Social Business, an initiative founded by Nobel Prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus, to bring this program to life.
The next steps over the coming months will involve analyzing the startups’ needs more closely, selecting the right experts from MAN and other partners to act as mentors, and putting together a work package.
Other companies chosen include:
COMMUT – a tech-enabled shuttle service for office workers in Hyderabad, India.
Aim: to provide safe, comfortable, and affordable public transport for commuters whilst guaranteeing a basic income, job security, and funding opportunities for the microentrepreneur drivers.
FARMART – an online marketplace for unused agricultural machinery to small farmers in India.
Aim: Small farmers rent out unused agricultural machinery to fellow farmers in their area on a pay-per-use basis, which drives down costs for vehicle owners and increases their income. At the same time, this means that more smallholder farmers in India can use machinery to help them in their work.
CROWDCONTAINER – this Swiss company seeks to connect end customers with local farmers in developing countries.
Aim: Several consumers use a crowd-ordering platform to place direct orders, for instance with a coffee farmer. A container is shipped once enough orders have been received. Because the supply chain is completely transparent and because no intermediaries are involved, the farmers receive a higher price.
COUNTRY DELIGHT – Indian startup COUNTRY DELIGHT follows a similar approach.
Aim: Consumers can use the COUNTRY DELIGHT app to order their milk products and have them delivered directly from the farmer. Small farmers receive a better price for their milk products, whereas delivery agents have the chance to make a living as microentrepreneurs.
KRISHI TRADE – this Mumbai-based Indian startup offers smallholder farmers direct access to global markets via a digital marketplace.
Aim: Customers from the Middle East and South Asia who want to place large food orders are connected to aggregated online auctions. Smallholder farmers can use this platform to offer their goods directly, receiving a considerably higher income by cutting out the middle man.
STANPLUS – a digital platform for ambulances and emergency medical services.
In India, as well as in other developing countries and emerging economies, being able to receive first aid quickly is not something that goes without saying. STANPLUS, a startup from Mumbai, operates its own ambulances, which it then pools together with other ambulance services, for example those offered by hospitals.
Aim: Efficient and swift provision of emergency medical services should save lives. This platform is intended to solve the problem of hospitals going “patient shopping”, a term used in areas where hospitals pay their ambulance services based on how “profitable” the patient is.