There’s nothing like a good house party, right? You’re not alone. I feel you.
Well, let me tell you there are at least 10 ways a good online community is somewhat like a good house party. For clarity, and as program manager, I will use the example of Maze X, an impact startup accelerator based in Lisbon, Portugal, to explain how we have succeeded in getting the party started and going. I hope these action-oriented tips help you to create great community engagement — or throw an amazing house party after the pandemic.
I’ve always been a believer in the value of Corporate/Startup relationships. Today, I am lucky enough to witness the synergies of such partnerships at MAZE, and we’ve compiled a few tips on how to set the scene for successful Corporate/Startup pilots.
Confronted with COVID-19, my team and I had to move the accelerator to online ASAP. Here are some of the main lessons we’ve learned throughout the preparation process.
Scouting is a fancy word that usually refers to the activity of “looking for people with particular skills”. In the case of Maze X and in this article, this definition is somehow incomplete for us. The way we look at scouting is more on building a relationship with extraordinary founders that are solving the most pressing social and environmental issues.
While it is still a hard task to predict the level of change we are facing in the many socioeconomic pillars that rule our society, we are certain that challenging times lie ahead for most of us. The impact investing ecosystem is no exception to what is coming.
The first cohort of Maze X ended their acceleration experience at the Change NOW summit in Paris, a 3-day conference where the most promising impact entrepreneurs, investors, corporates and decision-makers meet. Maze X was hosted by its founding partner, the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations and was featured in an exhibition booth, two roundtables and pop-up events.
The Área Metropolitana do Porto (AMP), along with MAZE and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, completed the third edition of AMPLIFICA, a capacity building program, that accelerated 38 impact projects since 2017 tackling areas such as at-risk youth, the inclusion of people with disabilities and the empowerment of informal caregivers. With the program, we have learned that: the selection process and stakeholder engagement are critical success factor as well as continuous mentorship support.
MAZE sat down with Sara Gonçalves, co-founder of Trigger Systems, to learn how it all came to be.
On week 11, the founders renewed their hope on entrepreneurship with a breakfast with the fearless impact entrepreneur Domingos Guimarães and sat down for a second round of meetings with investors. Adding on to that, the founders benefited from 1-to-1 meetings with Google Adwords expert Sebastian Bartling.
Hospital da Luz Learning Health is Maze X second edition new partner. Maze X is an impact acceleration programme based in Lisbon that works exclusively with tech-based startups whose solutions are contributing to the resolution of social and environmental challenges.
After diagnostic and goal-setting, in the second week of Maze X, founders invested their time in office hours with mentors and experts to sprint towards their weekly goals. Given the diversity of the cohort, the sessions were tailored around specific topics, such as product, comms, funding, tech and strategy.
Meet the final cohort of AMPLIFICA’s second edition. The 9 selected projects will participate in the 6-week pre-acceleration programme focused on tech-based ideas that address social and environmental challenges.
AMPLIFICA selected the final cohort of 9 projects for its first edition. The 6-week pre-acceleration program focused on tech-based ideas focused on solving social and environmental problems was launched on March 8th