The Zero Project Impact Transfer program is a partnership between the Essl Foundation, Fundación Descúbreme and Ashoka. It supports organisations to replicate and transfer their social impact and innovation in other countries and contexts and thereby ensure a world without barriers. The goal of the program is to help proven innovations to spread so that we do not have to reinvent the wheel.
Participating projects undergo a six-month program with expert strategic mentoring, training and assignments in topics to support scaling, such as impact and business modelling and benefit from connections to partner organisations across the Zero Project, Fundación Descúbreme and Ashoka communities
We are delighted to announce the participants for this year’s Zero Project Impact Transfer program. Ten organisations from nine countries are taking part, all hoping to find the right partners to replicate their innovative employment and ICT initiatives globally.
myAbility (Austria) – myAbility’s Talent® Programe is a career programme for students and graduates with disabilities, providing them with training and connecting them to employers.
PFDA Vocational Training Center (Bangladesh) – personalised vocational training for adults with neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy.
Egalite (Brazil) – online recruitment platform, incorporating a behavioural profile evaluation tool and free e-learning courses adapted for persons with disabilities.
JAMBA (Bulgaria) – supporting job seekers with disabilities through training and an online job platform, and assisting companies with recruitment and inclusion.
Seco Chile (Chile) – ecological car washing service employing a majority of people with disabilities
Helm (Egypt) – workplace inclusion consultancy services, including accessibility audits and job recruitment analyses
EnAble India (India) – free learning tool for visually impaired persons to improve their digital skills
Youth4Jobs Foundation (India) – College Connect programme, setting up Smart Inclusion Centres in colleges and universities, connecting students with disabilities to educators, employers, and government agencies.
DeafTawk (Pakistan) – mobile application which connects deaf users with certified sign language interpreters in real time through video calling
I Love Coffee (South Africa) – a chain of coffee shops run by Deaf young people
We will be sharing more detailed information about all these projects in the run up to the Zero Project Conference in February.
This is the fourth cohort of the Zero Project Impact Transfer program. 31 projects have taken part already and had the opportunity to present their innovations and pitch for potential replication partners at Zero Project Conferences in Vienna and Santiago de Chile. Previous participants have built on contacts made through the program to take forward replication in new countries around the world. For example, Gallaudet University from the US has replicated its VL2 Storybook Apps program in Turkey with the Sabanci Foundation and Boğaziçi University, while EnAble India is working on bringing its Enable Vaani project to Ethiopia and Mauritius. You can also visit the Zero Project Impact Transfer webpage for updates on previous years’ participants and this year’s cohort.