New Accelerator Participants

Nine businesses have been selected for SAB Foundation’s new Social Innovation Investment Readiness Accelerator and Fund. Managed by Impact Amplifier, the programme offers entrepreneurs the skills, knowledge, documentation and funding required for immediate success, while also positioning them for future rounds of funding from other investors. The businesses include: African Applied Chemicals – manufactures mosquito repelling fabric as a means to combat …

Whats News – SAB Foundation Investment Readiness Accelerator and Innovation Fund

  The phenomenon of “Impact Investing”, investments with the intention to generate social and environmental impact alongside a financial return, is growing rapidly in South Africa. It is increasingly recognised that entrepreneurs will have an extraordinary influence on both the South African economy and solving what have previously appeared to be intractable social challenges.  Despite this realisation, finding and securing …

Whats News – Impact Measurement and Management Research

  Impact Amplifier in partnership with Genesis Analytics, is mapping the Impact Measurement and Management (IMM) landscape in South Africa.  This is an initiative of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, to gain deeper insight into current practices and advance the IMM sector. This project is geared to generate awareness, share experiences and create a better understanding of the different …

Google Impact Challenge – South Africa

In partnership with Google, Impact Amplifier will be managing the Google Impact Challenge – South Africa.  This competition invites non-profits and social enterprises with bold ideas on how to grow economic opportunities in South Africa to apply. Google has committed $2 million in grant funding and a year of business development support from Impact Amplifier’s team, alongside Googlers from across …

Congratulations to AWIEF Participants

Impact Amplifier recently completed a six-week accelerator programme for the African Women in Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF). The accelerator supported twelve entrepreneurs, from various parts of the country, to develop their growth strategy and effectively tell their story to various stakeholders. The programme culminated with a pitching event at the AWIEF annual conference. The independent judges, selected five winners, …

Investment Readiness Accelerator Company Profiles

Over 120 businesses applied to be part of Impact Amplifier’s 2017 Investment Readiness Accelerator. After an intense selection process, six were chosen for the programme based on their impact and growth potential. The companies include: Clothes to Good Clothes to Good is a job creation and business development company for people with disabilities and their families. It recycles used and …

Business Linkages and Investment Readiness Accelerator

The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) is seeking ambitious, innovative and committed early growth stage female entrepreneurs looking for support to scale their business. AWIEF in partnership with Mazars is hosting a growth strategy business accelerator programme for women entrepreneurs in South Africa. Access to finance is the most cited challenge to the growth of women-owned businesses in …

Impact Amplifier Helps Secure ZAR16m Investment for Mobenzi

Cape Town, April 2017 – Impact Amplifier, an accelerator and capital advisory firm for impact ventures in Africa, helped secure a ZAR16m Series A equity investment from the Vumela Fund, managed by FNB and Edge Growth, for Mobenzi. Mobenzi has developed a suite of flexible mobile applications and software-as-a-service (SaaS) platforms, which can be rapidly configured and applied to a …

South Africa’s Energy Schizophrenia: Why Hasn’t the Country Achieved Affordable Power for the Poor?

The predominant historical approach to providing new energy connections has been to extend the existing grid network. In many countries throughout Africa, however, both the public and private sectors have realised that building more centralised energy capacity and extending the grid system using non-renewable energy sources is both economically unfeasible and environmentally detrimental. That has led to the emergence of …

The Big Debate: Whose Responsibility is it anyway?

Derek Carelse, managing director of The Big Issue, and Tanner Methvin, Partner at Impact Amplifier, confront how South Africa should address its social challenges Tanner Methvin (TM): When it comes to social problems like affordable housing, access to energy, quality education, healthcare, job creation or food security, the common refrain is why doesn’t someone do something about it. Rarely, do …

Launching iAmp Africa

Impact Amplifier launches iAmp Africa, a new program designed to provide University students with practical, hands on experience in social enterprise and impact investing. One of the key challenges confronting social entrepreneurs in Africa is their ability to access the strategic support and funding they require to grow. This program has been designed to support this challenge by providing these …

BOP Energy Provision Report Coming Soon.

In the upcoming weeks Impact Amplifier will be releasing a report on ‘Energy Provision at the Base of the Pyramid’. The research secured inclusion in the World Bank’s Market Connect and Finance Lab programme earlier this year, with the primary intention to determine if there are financially viable, scalable business models providing affordable, renewable energy to both the unserved and …

International Restuarant Ethical Sourcing Initiative – report available now

Impact Amplifier has just released a supply chain assessment for one of its international food retail clients regarding the production of chilli by small farmers in Malawi and Zimbabwe. For purposes of confidentiality, the client will remain anonymous. This food retailer has shifted its chilli production capacity from commercial to small scale farmer in three Southern African countries as a …

Impact Amplifier Starts Capital Raising for Two deals

Its primary impact focus is on creating an out-grower network of small local farmers for both Bulbine and Moringa. With Moringa, its principal out-growers are schools, which grow the trees, sell the seeds to Botanica for the oil and then use the leaves in their feeding schemes as they offer extraordinary levels of vitamin A, C, calcium, potassium and protein. …

Investment Bootcamps: The Green Fund and Climate Innovation Centre South Africa

Impact Amplifier, in collaboration with the Green Fund and the Climate Innovation Centre South Africa (CICSA), will be holding a series of investment readiness “Bootcamps” with green entrepreneurs currently being incubated by the CICSA, as well as other interested businesses. Each Bootcamp is designed as a three-day workshop where entrepreneurs will get a crash course on how to prepare their …

Madagascar's Enterprise Ecosystem Study

Madagascar’s Impact Enterprise Ecosystem Study

Funded by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) under its “Responsible Mining in Southern Africa” project, the purpose of the Study on Madagascar’s Impact Enterprise Ecosystem was to investigate the entrepreneurial ecosystem and determine the feasibility of building an impact enterprise accelerator to enhance local business capabilities. Impact Amplifier mapped the ecosystem, assessed the viability of an accelerator, and …

The Enterprise Development Report – Visualized

72% of participants offering some form of financial support! 73% of participants recognize the importance of impact measurement as part of ED strategy 75% say ED strategies have benefitted their company | Infographics