SEA Accelerators distill the frontiers of technological, strategic and social opportunity into industry-specific narratives that highlight key opportunities for shared value creation.
SEA builds and supports the infrastructure to unite diverse stakeholders within a defined industry around a vision of shared value, social impact and economic growth. Through these accelerators we help distill the frontiers of technological, strategic and social opportunity into sustainable system narratives that identify key opportunities for shared value creation. Our social enterprise accelerators are designed to apply the ‘startup mindset’ to specific challenges of social and economic impact.
We believe a ‘Startup’ is not a thing but a state of mind and a culture. Startups rarely have all the knowledge, expertise or experience they need, so people pull together, collaborate and debate, passionately and openly. We aim to instill this ‘Startup State of Mind’, and the processes associated with it, into each of our communities.
Endowments such as land, labor, capital, entrepreneurship and culture create a foundation for prosperity, but true prosperity is created by productivity in the use of endowments. We first take inventory of these endowments in specific sectors across the SEA Region.
Macro trends and economic research help us to define key opportunities in specific regions and sectors most relevant to enabling sustainable SGB development. These trends drive the scope of the opportunity area definition and provide a foundational hypothesis from which we direct our quantitative and qualitative research.
After key opportunity areas have been defined based off of macro trend research, in-depth quantitative and qualitative research is conducted to better define the scope of the opportunity area, challenges to development, key stakeholders for engagement and potential demand for solution-making.
After a thorough inventorying of key challenges and opportunities presented in the respective region and sector a community brief is prepared overviewing the analysis and setting the groundwork for the structure of the community and key Strategic Development Areas (SDAs).
Single firms are isolated entities, they mature, get lazy and die. On the other hand, industries prosper over time and reach ‘scale’ as competition fosters competitiveness and the delivery of better products at lower costs. Ultimately, this means more jobs creating more value for local consumers.
Communities provide a shared context for stakeholders to communicate and share information and experiences across traditional boundaries.
The true impact of any solution transcends the firm itself. Capturing true impact involves quantifying impact beyond the firm, at the sector level.
By aligning the twin goals of social and economic upgrading from the start, communities help to align incentives and impact early in the creation process.
The sharing of best practices is crucial for the community to fill knowledge gaps, improve efficiency, encourage leadership, and more.
Communities provide alternative sources of funding and support for social entrepreneurs pioneering innovative solutions in uncertain markets.
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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