is an independent seed- and early-stage technology venture capital firm based in Cape Town, South Africa, founded by Justin Stanford. Using tried and tested international venture capital best practices, adapted for local use, they believe in agile entrepreneur-friendly finance without frills, and in working as a team with our investees to achieve their true potential. The 4Di Capital Early-Stage Technology Fund 1 targets startup investment opportunities with high growth potential at the seed- and early-stages in the mobile, enterprise software and web sectors.
is a global non-profit that supports microfinance institutions in their work to provide financial services to low-income clients. ACCION also engages in impact investing initiatives to support start-ups that are working to create models for improving the efficiency, reach and scope of financial services for the poor. Today, it works with an active network of 29 microfinance institutions in 23 countries found in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia.
is a non-profit that raises charitable donations to invest in companies, leaders, and ideas that are changing the way the world tackles poverty.
Ashoka is the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide, with nearly 3,000 Ashoka Fellows in 70 countries putting their system changing ideas into practice on a global scale. It provides start-up financing, professional support services, and connections to a global network across the business and social sectors.
was founded in 1994. AVINA’s main objective is to contribute to concrete and relevant changes that lead to more sustainable development in Latin America. AVINA contributes to changes of significance in specific key areas (fixed for 5 or 10 years), including sustainable recycling, sustainable cities, energy, access to water, and migration. Avina operates in 21 countries in the Americas. The regional headquarters is located in Panama:
is a commercial private equity firm specializing in investing in business models that benefit low-income communities in emerging markets with offices in Luxembourg, Geneva, Bogota, Nairobi and Singapore. It uses a market-oriented approach to deliver social and environmental value and provide attractive financial returns to investors.
Oportunidades para la Mayoría (Majority Markets)
grants loans to medium and long term, and partial credit guarantees to support business models based on the market that can benefit with solutions to low-income populations in Latin America and the Caribbean. Some priority areas for the participation of MM include financial services, housing, education, telecommunications, food and health.
A Canadian program supporting non-profit enterprises based in Vancouver; produces the “Canadian Social Enterprise Guide” (by David LePage).
is a non-profit microfinance organization, founded by John Hatch in 1984. It provides clients with a wide range of the financial products and services that micro-entrepreneurs need including savings accounts; group and individual loans; credit life, short-term disability, and hospitalization insurance; and money transfers.
Member of the IDB Group
is a laboratory for experimenting, pioneering, and taking risks to empower dynamic entrepreneurs and poor and vulnerable populations - their businesses, their farms, and their households.
is a global community that provides physical space that offers a flexible and highly functional infrastructure to work, meet, learn and connect. Those spaces compose a vibrant network of social entrepreneurs.
is a partnership between BoPInc, SNV and VC4Africa. Together these three organizations have a long track-record of supporting enterprises in developing countries. The IBA facilitates the acceleration of impactful entrepreneurship in Base of the Pyramid (BoP) markets.
is a philanthropic investment firm dedicated to harnessing the power of markets to create opportunity for people to improve their lives. They invest in and help scale innovative organizations to catalyze economic and social change. Omidyar Network, which makes investments in for-profit companies as well as grants to non-profit organizations, with social impact being the unifying criterion for investment.
is an non-profit social investment fund that grows rural prosperity in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America by lending capital, delivering financial training, and strengthening market connections for small and growing agricultural businesses.
is a social entrepreneurship foundation based in Palo Alto, California, with a mission to drive large-scale change by investing in, connecting, and celebrating social entrepreneurs and other innovators dedicated to solving the world’s most pressing problems. It invests in social entrepreneurs through its annual “Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship” and makes grants to support the ecosystem around social entrepreneurs, including the “Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship” at Oxford.
is the Africa platform for startup funding. VC4Africa is the largest online community of entrepreneurs and investors dedicated to building game changing companies on the continent. Entrepreneurs have access to free online tools, mentorship opportunities and private deal rooms.
sources, trains, and invests in impactful seed-stage enterprises worldwide. Inspired by the “village bank” model in microfinance, Village Capital programs leverage the power of peer support to provide opportunity to entrepreneurs that change the world. The investment process democratizes entrepreneurship by putting funding decisions into the hands of entrepreneurs themselves. Since 2009, Village Capital has served over 300 ventures on five continents building disruptive innovations in agriculture, education, energy, environmental sustainability, financial services, and health.
The Virtue Ventures team has first-hand experience designing, launching, and managing social enterprises and non-profit agencies. They have produced, among other publications: Managing the Double Bottom Line. A Business Planning Reference Guide for Social Enterprises (by Sutia Kim Alter).
provides social entrepreneurs with a combination of financial capital, training and support, and access to markets and networks. This in order that they can plan, form a company, put up or expand their activities.
has various programs that are of interest for social entrepreneurs: Loans for micro- and small enterprises, entrepreneurial innovation, support of linkages between enterprises, network of entities, and organizations facilitating loans and subsidies.
is a social organization that empowers women entrepreneurship in Chile. It arranges activities in the four focus areas that cause direct impact in the development of entrepreneur women, their households' economy and in the economic development of the country.
supports sustainable development by supporting participation and multilateral concentration in strategic projects through strengthening capacities, the use of appropriate technologies, support of respective policies and norms, and the management of knowledge.
Newly established organization dealing with responsible waste management, with an emphasis on dangerous materials, and regulation of special waste management (negotiating public regulations, implementation of rules).