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SymCubator Charter

Preamble

§1.         The purpose of the SymCubator is to progress Humanity / Society through ICES, i.e. Innovation, Collaboration, Education and Solidarity, in line with the United Nations charter of fundamental rights of 1948.

§2.         The SymCubator supports the incubation and realisation of so-called SymVentures, which can be any undertaking related to ICES, as long as it contributes to the well-being of Humanity/ Society in the broadest sense, encompassing notably but not only causes related to fundamental rights and political liberties, science, social cohesion, security, health, education, ecology, culture, the arts and / or economic development. A symVenture brings together physical persons, who are volunteers and intrinsically motivated by the purpose of the undertaking, called the members of the symVenture; members can have one of three roles: leader, contributor or support. SymVentures can be for-profit, non-for-profit or simply not generating revenues
and costs.

§3.         The group of all members of symVentures is called the SymCubator Community. The SymCubator Community is a community of values, notably the unconditional dignity of all human beings (and the rights and obligations resulting from it) and universal solidarity across borders and generations.

§4.         The SymCubator supports symVentures by providing a protected space for collaboration, innovation, education and / or solidarity between its members, including an online platform, the access at favourable conditions to selected partner resources, expertise and services as well as the access to the advice and support from the SymCubator Community.

§5.         The SymCubator is an international open non-for-profit incubator. Legally it has the form of a network of national non-for-profit SymCubator associations; this network will itself have the form of a non-for-profit association, SymCubator International, whose members are the members of the national SymCubator associations. Both the national SymCubator and the SymCubator International association have individuals as members and organisations
as partners.

§6.         Both individual members and organisations can choose to sponsor the a national SymCubator association of SymCubator International. The SymCubator is itself a symVenture, which will be subject to continuous ICES efforts of its members. All individual members and sponsors commit to the purpose and values of the SymCubator Community.

§7.         Exchanges and communication in the SymCubator primarily happens through the SymCubator Online Platform.

Members, Volunteers and Intrinsic Motivation

§8.         For a person to participate as lead, contributor or supporter in a symVenture, it is mandatory to join one the national SymCubator associations or SymCubator International as a member and to sign the SymCubator Charter. By becoming a member, s/he also commits to the SymCubator’s values and to participate – as lead, contributor or supporter – in the symVenture dedicated to progressing the SymCubator’s purpose. SymCubator values and purpose are stated in the Preamble of this Charter. By joining a national SymCubator Association, a member also becomes automatically a member of SymCubator International. A member can join several national SymCubator associations.

§9.         A SymCubator member, who wants to propose or join any symVentures, as leader, contributor or supporters, must sign a declaration specific to this symVentures stating that their role is free of any conflict of interest related to parallel commitments with other organisations and that they are intrinsically motivated, either by personal interest or due to their personal convictions, to lead, contribute or follow the symVenture.

§10.     Members register and communicate through the SymCubator online platform, under their legal identity and provide evidence that they are whom they claim to be. The confirmation of the validation of this information is archived. By adhering to the SymCubator Charter, members also provide the informed consent that allows the SymCubator Online Platform to store and use their data (the adherence to EU data protection rules is monitored by the SymCubator Executive Board (see below).

§11.     By adhering to the SymCubator Community, members commit to respect the dignity of other members and to keep exchanges – both physical and online – courteous and constructive.

§12.     When members join a symVenture, they clearly specify the level of involvement they propose to have. There are three levels:

§  lead, i.e. the responsibility for driving the
incubation and interacting with the SymCubator

§  contributor, i.e. a commitment to make significant efforts
to address significant needs / issues of the symVenture

§  supporter, i.e. a declaration of interest to receive
information about the symVenture, provide feedback

§13.     Roles of participants in a symVenture can change, subject to communicating this change to the SymCubator. However, a symVenture without at least one lead will be suspended, if the sole / last lead is no longer involved.

Governance of SymCubator International, the national
SymCubator associations and of symVentures

§14.     All active members will have one vote in the General Assembly of SymCubator International and one vote in each of the General Assemblies of national SymCubator associations s/he is a registered member of. To be active, members must have paid their membership fee to one the SymCubator associations or to SymCubator International. It is not necessary to pay membership fees for more than one SymCubator association. Decisions will be taken by a simple majority. In case of a hung vote, the president of the respective association casts two votes.

§15.     To be valid both the General Assembly and the electronic vote must be notified which must be convened at least three weeks beforehand by postal mail or email. In the case of an electronic vote, if all active members have cast their vote, the vote can be considered valid.

§16.     It will be possible for all members to attend the general assemblies by conference call and through the online platform of the SymCubator.

§17.     The SymCubator International Association will be ruled by the SymCubator Executive Board which will be composed of 3 to 10 members. The SymCubator Executive Board will be elected at each Annual General Assembly meeting. Each active member will have a vote. The Executive Board will elect amongst its members a President, a Treasurer, a Secretary and an Ethical Advisor.

§18.     The national SymCubator associations will be ruled by their own management board which will be composed of 3 to 10 members. This management board will be elected at each Annual General Assembly meeting. Each active member will have a vote. This management board will elect amongst its members a President, a Treasurer, a Secretary and an
Ethical Advisor.

§19.     The statutes, including the SymCubator Charter, can be changed subject to either a vote of all members at a physical General Assembly or an electronic vote, submitted by at least half of all active members.

§20.     SymVentures will set up and maintain their own governance structures and rules. These will be independent of the governance structures of the SymCubator. The lead(s) of a symVenture are the representatives of the symVenture to the SymCubator.

Selection of symVentures. SymCubator label. Monitoring.

§21.     The SymCubator Executive Board will select the initiatives that will be hosted by the SymCubator and what support they will receive on the basis of previously established and communicated criteria. All symVentures are expected to make a positive contribution to the advancement of society. Proposers of symVentures will provide a short form, which will provide the necessary information about purpose, requested support and initial commitments to the SymCubator. The Executive Board of SymCubator International will consult the management boards of the national SymCubator associations regarding such decisions, before taking a
final decision.

§22.     SymVentures, which have been selected by the SymCubator Executive Board, will receive the SymCubator label and be entitled to use this label for their communications.

§23.     The SymCubator Executive Board will monitor symVentures for adherence to initial commitments and standards. Either periodically or in line with the roadmap of the symVenture, the Executive Board will receive a short progress report. Non-compliance with the initial commitments and / or the purpose of the SymCubator can result in a decision by the SymCubator Executive Board to ask a symVenture to leave the SymCubator within a fortnight.

Relations with Sponsoring Organisations

§24.     Third party organisations can choose to enter a sponsoring relationship either with the SymCubator as a whole or with selected symVentures. Sponsoring organisations must fully adhere to the present SymCubator Charter. The sponsor will provide resources in kind (labour, infrastructure, IPR…) and / or monetary. Subject to the approval of the leaders of a symVenture, in exchange the sponsor can receive a defined stake in symVentures. All Sponsoring Organisations must be approved by the ESG and the SymCubator Board.

§25.     Sponsors can also propose the initiation of symVentures, to create a space of freedom for members of their organisation or third parties.

§26.     All agreements and contracts with sponsors at the level of the SymCubator are subject to a preliminary approval by the SymCubator Executive Board.

§27.     Agreements and contracts with sponsors at the level of the individual symVentures will be primarily handled by the governance structure of the respective symVentures, but will also have to be approved by the governance structure of the SymCubator as only the SymCubator will have a legal identity and hence the possibility to take contractual and / or financial commitments.

SymCubator Services, Revenues and Investments

§28.     The SymCubator will provide services to support the incubation of symVentures, which have been accepted and hence labelled by the SymCubator. These services will be preferentially delivered through partnerships with third party organisations, so-called SymCubator Partners. Such partners will be selected through an open public procurement process. Candidate partners will be screened by the SymCubator Executive Board, in coordination with the national SymCubator associations.

§29.     Agreements and contracts with SymCubator Partners at the level of the individual symVentures will be primarily handled by the governance structure of the respective symVentures, but will also have to be approved by the governance structure of the SymCubator as only the SymCubator will have a legal identity and hence the possibility to take contractual and / or financial commitments. Inversely, the SymCubator will only take contractual commitments on behalf of a symVenture in coordination with its leaders.

§30.     The SymCubator can also offer incubation support services to sponsoring organisations, if the respective activities are in accordance with the overall purpose of the SymCubator (see §1). Commercial contracts for such services will be screened by the Executive Board. Whereas possible, these services will be delivered by mobilising the SymCubator members and the SymCubator Partners. Resulting undertakings can, but do not need to become symVentures.

§31.     Profits resulting from such services and / or the return on investment into symVentures, can be used by the SymCubator to invest in promising symVentures. The SymCubator Executive Board will nominate, amongst the SymCubator members, an Investment Committee, which will recommend a selected of symVentures for investment, based on criteria related to both societal impact and potential return on investment for the SymCubator (notably considering the success chances / risks of failure).

Publications of and Appeal against decisions
of the SymCubator Executive Board

§32.     All decisions of the SymCubator Executive Board, regarding the selection or exclusion of symVentures, the relations with sponsors and SymCubator Partners or investment in selected symVentures, are published and communicated to all SymCubator members and in particular the national SymCubator associations.

§33.     Within a week after publication, members can challenge the decisions of the Executive Board. In this case, within a month, a contradictory debate is organised, facilitated by a third-party mediator proposed by the SymCubator Executive Board. Once the debates contribute no more new elements they will be closed and the SymCubator Executive Board will take a final and binding decision.