We are facing a climate emergency that has taken its toll on Africa: four of the ten countries in the world most impacted by climate change are on the continent and over the past 25 years, weather-related disasters like floods and droughts have doubled.

Yet too little is being done, efforts to prepare for the future are underinvested and most projects still focus on mitigation rather than adaptation.

Social entrepreneurs, meanwhile, are forging their own paths, creating new ways to solve urgent environmental problems and engaging communities in the process. Ashoka and iPropeller with the support of Flanders’s Department of Foreign Affairs are harnessing social entrepreneurs’ innovative spirits together with resources from the private sector to help scale proven solutions.

Engage. Support. Connect. Create win-win partnerships to address the climate crisis.

  1. Support selected social entrepreneurs who are deploying innovative, effective, and scalable solutions that address climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  2. Engage and connect relevant private sector actors from Flanders and beyond with these social entrepreneurs to further develop and scale their innovative solutions and create win-win partnerships.
  3. Identify lessons learned and best practices for other co-creation partnerships to emulate, as well as the policy hurdles that stand in their way.

We have selected six social entrepreneurs who are driving new solutions that are helping Africa adapt for the future through a combination of ingenuity, dedication, and impatience for the emergence of bold solutions for climate. Through a three-step journey, we are providing these social innovators a launchpad to rocket their promising ideas into large-scale, replicable solutions, as well as multiple concrete opportunities for the private sector to engage in high-impact actions for climate.

STEP 1: SOCIAL INVESTMENT ACCELERATOR l MAY - DECEMBER 2019

Selected social entrepreneurs went through a structured Social Investment Accelerator program to refine effective financial plans and compelling pitches to a range of impact, philanthropic and institutional investors. They were supported by over 20 experienced business mentors and experts from Flanders and beyond.

STEP 2: CLIMATE CHANGE MARKETPLACE  l JANUARY 21-23, 2020

Social entrepreneurs participating in the Social Investment Accelerator met in Brussels from the 21st to the 23rd of January 2020 for a series of sessions with different stakeholders: among other things, a Pitch session with investors, a co-creation workshop with corporate players and one-on-one sessions with potential partners. 

Please see the Deal Book here

STEP 3: SOCIAL & BUSINESS CO-CREATION l FEBRUARY 2020 - MARCH 2021

Three Social & Business Co-Creation projects will be selected and awarded 50,000 euros each to support win-win partnerships instrumental to scale proven solutions to climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa. We are looking forward to harnessing the complementary assets of social entrepreneurs and established businesses to reach more impact and enable partners to achieve their strategic goals: R&D, market expansion, etc. Lessons and best practices from these co-creation partnerships will then be made available to guide other innovators fighting climate change in Africa.

The emergency Africa faces cannot be solved by social entrepreneurs, businesses, or impact investors alone. It takes a collaborative effort from all of them to properly and effectively align their resources and combine their incentives into a joint mission. Nothing less will bring about the concrete, lasting, and large-scale changes needed to ensure a prepared and resilient Africa of tomorrow.

INVESTORS: Are you interested in investing in innovative solutions that address climate issues in Africa? Please consult the deal book. We are looking for a range of investment – from philanthropic to impact.

COMPANIES: Explore win-win collaborations with leading social entrepreneurs advancing climate solutions in Africa.

MEDIA: Share the social entrepreneurs’ inspiring stories and missions to combat climate change together with local communities.

PRO-BONO EXPERTISE: Contact us to provide your expertise on climate change, climate finance and help social entrepreneurs scale up their ventures.

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