Facebook launches second edition of SEA-focused Community Accelerator programme

Facebook has launched the second edition of its Community Accelerator program in Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand.

Besides, it has announced the expansion into three new markets — Singapore, Malaysia and India.

The accelerator is part of Facebook’s community leadership programme, a global initiative that is focused on investing in leaders that drive change in the world through community building, empowerment, and encouragement.

Slated to run for eight months, the programme promises to provide each participant with US$50,000 in funding, along with US$1 million in additional funding for a subset of communities.

Non-financial support in the form of training, mentorship and connections with experts and coaches will also be provided.

Also Read: Meet the 14 startups presenting at Facebook accelerator’s pitch day

Last date to apply for the programme is May 31, 2021.

Only the communities that have had a presence in Facebook Groups for over a year with a minimum size of 1,000 members can participate.

Grace Clapham, Director at APAC Community Partnerships and Programmes at Facebook, said: “Online communities have been around since the beginning of the internet, but we’ve seen them grow tremendously in the last year, as a result of COVID-19. There are now more than 70 million admins and moderators running active Facebook Groups.”

“Often, it is everyday people who start and run these groups as a labor of love – with no training or support. Through the Community Accelerator programme, we have helped community leaders from around the world and in APAC to build, grow and scale their communities. With the launch of this year’s Community Accelerator programme, we look forward to discovering the next cohort of community leaders in Asia, and help them to unlock their full potential and create meaningful impact,” she added.

Since announcing the first edition in March 2020, 77 communities from 13 countries have participated in the Facebook Community Accelerator programme.

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Facebook has launched the second edition of its Community Accelerator program in Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand.

Besides, it has announced the expansion into three new markets — Singapore, Malaysia and India.

The accelerator is part of Facebook’s community leadership programme, a global initiative that is focused on investing in leaders that drive change in the world through community building, empowerment, and encouragement.

Slated to run for eight months, the programme promises to provide each participant with US$50,000 in funding, along with US$1 million in additional funding for a subset of communities.

Non-financial support in the form of training, mentorship and connections with experts and coaches will also be provided.

Also Read: Meet the 14 startups presenting at Facebook accelerator’s pitch day

Last date to apply for the programme is May 31, 2021.

Only the communities that have had a presence in Facebook Groups for over a year with a minimum size of 1,000 members can participate.

Grace Clapham, Director at APAC Community Partnerships and Programmes at Facebook, said: “Online communities have been around since the beginning of the internet, but we’ve seen them grow tremendously in the last year, as a result of COVID-19. There are now more than 70 million admins and moderators running active Facebook Groups.”

“Often, it is everyday people who start and run these groups as a labor of love – with no training or support. Through the Community Accelerator programme, we have helped community leaders from around the world and in APAC to build, grow and scale their communities. With the launch of this year’s Community Accelerator programme, we look forward to discovering the next cohort of community leaders in Asia, and help them to unlock their full potential and create meaningful impact,” she added.

Since announcing the first edition in March 2020, 77 communities from 13 countries have participated in the Facebook Community Accelerator programme.

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