Accountability Lab Selected as a Finalist for the SXSW Eco Startup Showcase
We’re excited to announce that the Accountability Lab was selected, out of a pool of hundreds of applicants from around the world, as a finalist in the Social Impact: Not-for-profit category of SXSW Eco’s Startup Showcase. The Startup Showcase is a rapid-fire, entrepreneurial pitch competition spotlighting early-stage companies offering the most innovative new solutions to the world’s social and environmental challenges. This year’s competition will take place October 6-7 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas in front of a live audience and panel of Judges from the Rockefeller Foundation, SJF Ventures, Target, the United Nations Foundation and the Whole Planet Foundation. After a 4-minute pitch and a 4 minute round of Q&A by each of the eight finalists in this category, the judges will decide upon a winner.
The Startup Showcase’s tenets of sustainability and innovation are directly in line with the principles of the Lab’s accountapreneurship work.
Like many other social challenges, environmental destruction can be attributed to a fundamental lack of accountability. To demonstrate one small portion of this, the World Bank estimates that $23 billion of wood is illegally cut each year. However, the Lab strives for sustainability in the broader sense of creating social change that will stand the test of time. We strive to set an example of a new way to approach international development, which sheds the traditional model of aid dependency and instead listens to citizen’s ideas for accountability and empowers these local social entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into practical and sustainable tools for systemic change.
Similarly, while innovation is typically associated with technology, and the Lab has helped citizens develop a variety of tech tools, we believe that true innovation encompasses creativity and forward-thinking. As a “lab”, we have helped test out many creative ways to engage citizens in the movement for accountability through film, sports, art, music, social media and more. We are looking forward to this opportunity to highlight the many creative ways that our accountapreneurs are making a lasting impact in their community, and to hear about the work of many other inspiring social entrepreneurs.