The following are some of Impact Amplifier’s current clients:
Originating in South Africa in 1987, Nando’s now has over 1,200 restaurants in 23 countries. It is the first restaurant chain in Africa to expand beyond the continent.
As a growing, diverse and complex brand, Nando’s believes that its business success functions in symbiosis with the social value it creates. As such, Impact Amplifier has been working with Nando’s for over eight years on a broad range of projects to both understand and create social impact with its business. The current projects Impact Amplifier is working on include:
- Supply Chain Screening and Impact Assessments – conducting audits of its large scale suppliers in South Africa to ensure legal compliance and a values alignment. It also includes an annual Impact Assessment of its small farmer peri-peri supply chain in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Small farmers produce 90%+ of Nando’s peri-peri. This assessment determines the impact chilli production has on the farmers access to housing, food security, energy, water, education and healthcare.
- Employee Resilience – Recognising that many of its restaurant employees form part of the working poor, Nando’s has and is developing innovative approaches to addressing its staff’s access to health care, transportation, savings, and food security. Impact Amplifier is working on the impact framework, research and interventions needed, at a global scale, to realise these intentions.
Since 2005, Google.org has worked to extend the reach of innovators and connect them with a unique blend of support that includes funding, tools, and volunteers from Google. These innovators are the believers-turned-doers who have made the biggest impact on the communities they represent, and whose work has the potential to produce meaningful change that can scale. Though each project poses a fresh challenge, Google.org asks the same question every time: “How can it bring the best of Google to power their work and accelerate their progress?”
In South Africa, Google.org is supporting Impact Amplifier to develop a series of interventions to support the digital skills ecosystem. Over the last five years the demand and supply of digital skills in South Africa has rapidly increased. However, there is a material gap between the skills needed by the market and those being produced by the various training organisations. In addition to this gap, certain digital skills offer a unique opportunity to leverage low income people marginalised by access to formal education out of poverty. To address these issues, Impact Amplifier will be providing business / capacity development to 10 digital skills organisations to adapt their training toward market demand and linking their graduates to high value job opportunities.
SOUTHERN AFRICA INNOVATION SUPPORT PROGRAMME (SAIS 2)
SAIS 2 is a regional initiative that supports the growth of new businesses through strengthening innovation ecosystems and promotion of cross-border collaboration between innovation role-players in Southern Africa. SAIS 2 is supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, in partnership with the Ministries responsible for Science, Technology and Innovation of Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia, and the Southern African Development Community Secretariat.
Impact Amplifier is supporting this programme by providing capacity building to the SAIS 2 projects in three distinct areas:
- Investment Readiness Acceleration – a seven-month acceleration programme (delivered both online and face-to-face), which includes:
- Impact Model – Social or Environmental Challenge and Solutions
- Target Markets – Competitive Landscape, Value Proposition
- Market Access – Sales, Distribution, Promotion, Partnerships
- Financial Modelling
- Growth Strategy
- Three-year Financial Plan
- Pitch Presentations
- Investor Documentation
- Investment Readiness Master Classes – many of the SAIS 2 funded project grantees (as well as their project members) work as innovation support organisations assisting entrepreneurs and other innovation role-players in their ecosystem. The Investment Readiness Master Classes support the consortium members in developing their capacity in the technical subjects described in the acceleration list above.
- Beneficiary Mentoring – There are often insufficient local mentors to support start-ups in countries throughout Southern Africa. To address this, the capacity building program is building a mentor network in countries where SAIS 2 funded projects are being implemented. The intention is to support the beneficiaries (entrepreneurs and start-ups) of SAIS 2 project grantees.
SOUTH AFRICAN BREWERIES FOUNDATION
Set up in 2010 as one element of the broad-based black economic empowerment transaction conducted by South African Breweries Ltd (SAB), the SAB Foundation is an independent trust that annually invests millions of Rands towards developing entrepreneurship in South Africa and the benefit of the wider South African community. Recognising the unique challenges confronting social enterprises, the Foundation created the Social Innovation Award (SIA) in 2011. As the SIA matured, it became clear that many of the previous awardees needed more time, resources and support to realize their ambitions. In response, the SAB Foundation created a new Accelerator and Fund for its previous SIA winners, which provides investment readiness support and financial resources. The programme was launched in October 2017 and now has accepted three separate cohorts of 8-10 businesses each over the last three years.
Impact Amplifier runs this acceleration programme and supports the allocation of funding to the businesses in the programme, which become investment-ready. The programme is designed to offer entrepreneurs the skills, knowledge, documentation and funding required for immediate success, but also to position them for future rounds of funding from other investors. The businesses in the 2019/2020 cohort focus on a diverse range of social issues, such as: Financial Inclusion, Education, Disabilities, Small Scale Agriculture, Early Childhood Development, Healthcare, and Gender Equality.