Starting Change podcast episode two: Shifting the game from charities to startups
Thursday, August 4, 2016/
Kaitlin and Aaron Tait run accelerator programs in developing communities around the world.
By fostering entrepreneurs in Australia, Bangladesh, Kenya and South Africa, YGAP’s Spark program has improved the lives of more than 150,000 people living in poverty by helping founders on the ground launch ventures to drive change in areas like education and health.
In each community, local CEOs take ownership of the accelerator programs and have access to mentors like Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus who pioneered micro-financing.
It has been a long and challenging journey for the Taits, who started out as development workers volunteering to make a difference.
“We were living in the slum and thinking there’s got to be a better way,” they tell StartupSmart.
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