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Social Impact Leadership Accelerator Application

Online Project Accelerator Program
January - June 2021
Application Process
To see if this program is a good fit for you, your project, and your team, we want to get to know you better: your vision, motivation, and interests that brought you to the accelerator and what you hope to gain from this experience. The first section, Team Information, should be completed as a team. The second section, Team Member Information, should be completed by each team member.
Section 1: Team Information
Think about these questions with your teammates, and then designate one member to start the application and fill out this section first.
  1. Primary Team Contact
  2. Team Name
  3. Team Goals - What is your vision for your team? What do you hope you will accomplish together? How do you hope to impact your community?
  4. Goals for Sustainable Development - Teams should aim to address at least one of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) within local communities. Please describe your interest and/or experience with the SDGs. Which are you most interested in addressing in your community?
  5. Financial Need-based Program Fee Discount - As a result of the financial challenges that many individuals are facing as a result of COVID-19, we are offering financial need-based discounts. Assuming your team will share the cost of the program fee, help us understand what would be a feasible amount for your team to pay if you are experiencing financial challenges.
    • Paying It Forward - We hope that the financial need-based discount is an opportunity to jumpstart community impact projects for teams that are facing financial difficulty. How would you use this support to “pay it forward” in the future when your organization or team is more financially secure?
    • Participation Probability - If your team doesn't receive the discount, indicate the likelihood that you'll still be able to participate in the accelerator.
  6. Number of Team Members - Indicate the number of members on your team. The following section will repeat for the number of team members indicated.
  7. Team Member Names & Emails - Enter the names and emails of each team member, up to five total. If you have more than five team members who will be participating in the accelerator course, please contact Program Director Yuki Ueda (yuki|at|
Section 2: Team Member Information
After completing the Team Information section, the primary team contact should share the application edit link with the other team members. Each team member (including the primary team contact) should complete their portion of the Team Member Information page.
  1. Personal Information - Name, current location, current occupation, and contact information.
  2. Personal Goals - Why do you want to become a social impact leader through VIA’s accelerator program? How will participation in this program support your personal, academic, or professional goals? What role do you see yourself playing in your community in the long-term?
  3. Relevant Experience - Please describe your relevant experience (volunteering, nonprofit work, community organizing/outreach, project management, education/training, etc), including experience working with a team.
  4. Time Commitment - Indicate the likelihood that you'll be able to join the all-cohort calls for the duration of the program.
Section 3: Application Review
On this page, you will see a summary of your responses from the From this page, you can click "Back" to correct any errors, or "Submit" to submit your application.

Next Steps
If your team is selected as a semifinalist, you will be contacted to schedule an interview after the application deadline. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Yuki Ueda, Program Director (
How to Save Your Answers & Continue Later
  • After clicking "Next" below, a bar will appear at the top of the screen with the text "Save and continue later". Click on it and enter your email address.
  • You will receive an email* with a unique link to return to your application.
  • BOOKMARK THE LINK by pressing ⌘ + D (Mac) or CTL + D (PC), or SAVE THE EMAIL.
  • Anytime you wish to return to your application, use the link.
​✻ If you do not receive an email within a few minutes, check your spam folder. The email sender is Melissa Golden (, the subject is [Reminder] Don't forget to complete your VIA Application.

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