We scale impact through innovation

Startup East Africa (SEA) is dedicated to leveraging innovative technologies and creative financing to spark new solutions to entrenched problems, catalyzing the impact potential of ambitious entrepreneurs and facilitating deal flow for impact-oriented investors. 

We unlock the productive potential of East African entrepreneurs by providing industry-specific infrastructure for identifying shared problems and scaling promising, impactful solutions.

What We Do

Innovation Management.

We partner with organizations to co-create market-leading frontier solutions that will drive tomorrow’s economy.

Impact Measurement.

We work with accelerator partners to define impact strategies that align with the needs of impact-oriented investors.

Investment Facilitation.

We leverage 3 approaches to investment to align incentives and engage new sources of impact-oriented financing.


Explore our Kenyan Tourism Accelerator

Tourism is a cornerstone of the Kenyan economy. It triggers the creation of one direct job for every eleven visitors received. It also contributes significantly to foreign exchange reserves and GDP as a whole. Bolstering this industry will require both collaboration and creativity, utilizing key technological innovations and impact strategies to expand product lines, promote marketing strategies, strengthen infrastructure and encourage investment.

Partner with us

Local Investors

Local investors are important for co-leading investments, providing guidance, developing relationships and instilling confidence by offering skin in the game.

Implementation Partners

Implementation partners act as physical proxies for acceleration. Their local presence is critical for talent management, user feedback and guidance during development.

Strategic Networks

Strategic networks help to develop key relationships, offer insights into opportunities, fill knowledge gaps during implementation and assist in defining best practices.


Primary SDGs in Focus

Goal #5

While some forms of discrimination against women and girls are diminishing, gender inequality continues to this day. Empowering women will require the creation of new opportunities for self empowerment through employment, among other things. 

Goal #8

Encouraging entrepreneurship and job creation are key to sustained social and economic growth. With this goals' targets in mind, SEA works to promote full and productive employment for all women and men by 2030.

Goal #9

Investment in infrastructure and innovation are crucial drivers of economic growth and development. Technological progress will be key to finding lasting solutions to the economic, social and environmental challenges. 

Goal #17

The SDGs can only be realized with strong partnerships and cooperation. Improving access to technology and knowledge is an important way to share ideas and foster innovation.

    SEA is an L3C that builds industry-specific social enterprise accelerators to scale the impact of innovative market-based solutions and generate deal flow for impact-oriented investors.


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