QS Ascendance ImpactPreneurship Incubator


The QS Ascendance ImpactPreneurship Incubator is a year-long experiential learning program that aids university students in developing and launching social start-ups that directly address the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

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Be mentored by industry experts to develop, launch & grow your own UN SDG-focused social enterprise.

Program Overview

About the ImpactPreneurship Incubator

The QS Ascendance ImpactPreneurship Incubator is a comprehensive year-long program designed for university students to develop social ventures aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This experiential learning initiative combines entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and sustainability education with project-based learning.

The program equips students with practical, transferable skills by encouraging them to apply their academic knowledge and the insights gained from mentors to build and execute their social businesses, thereby preparing them for future academic and career success.

Global Impact Incubator

Represent your university in this global impact incubator & challenge, networking with top students internationally

Personalised Mentorship from Industry Experts

Meet, learn and receive personalised mentorship from global industry experts through workshops and coaching

Launch Your Social Start-Up

Gain the expertise and guidance to launch your SDG-focused start-up and develop working solutions to global issues that you wish to solve

Entrepreneurial & Work-Ready Skill Development

Build transferable entrepreneurial & work-ready skills that will accelerate your career beyond the program

Program Focus Areas from the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Program Focus Areas from the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Program Phases


Skill Development

Students attend tactical virtual workshops run by industry experts, completing tangible deliverables to aid them in the ideation, branding and marketing, operations, finances, sales planning, and social impact.


Implementation & Mentorship

Students develop and implement their social ventures, developing meaningful entrepreneurial and work-ready skills. Students gain personalised mentorship and guidance from experts as they navigate running and growing their ventures.


Global Competition & Network

Students compete globally, presenting the progress and impact of their social ventures over the course of the incubator program. 

About QS

QS Quacquarelli Symonds is the world’s leading provider of services, analytics, and insight to the global higher education sector, whose mission is to enable motivated people anywhere in the world to fulfil their potential through educational achievement, international mobility, and career development. The QS World University Rankings portfolio, inaugurated in 2004, has grown to become the world’s most popular source of comparative data about university performance. Their flagship website, www.TopUniversities.com – the home of their rankings – was viewed 149 million times in 2019, and over 94,000 media clippings pertaining to, or mentioning, QS were published by media outlets across the world in 2019.

About Ascendance

Ascendance is an international social enterprise that works with over 50,000 students across 26 countries to create experiential learning opportunities that enable students to learn entrepreneurship, financial literacy, SDG literacy, AI and more through active and project based learning. Bringing together education and industry, leading nonprofits and Fortune 500s alike, Ascendance aims to help students incubate their own social businesses or careers while they are in school, running over 200+ programs annually to achieve this mission. In 2023, Ascendance’s Teenage Entrepreneurship Challenge program produced 40 start-ups run fully by students themselves.

Apply For Admission Today

Are you ready to make a difference? Transform Your Future with the QS Ascendance ImpactPreneurship Incubator.  Apply now to secure your spot now. Limited spaces are available!

For those interested in participating in the incubator, do email Harsha@ascendancepro.com for further details and to begin the registration process.

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