Approach Overview

SEA’s approach to innovation is designed to catalyze risk capital financing through small public investments in scalable, innovative solutions empowering local entrepreneurs.

SEA’s approach to innovation is designed to catalyze risk capital financing through small public investments in scalable, innovative solutions empowering local entrepreneurs. 

Our approach to innovation is designed to leverage innovative and scalable solutions to unlock private investment capital through small public investments. We do this by creating industry-specific communities in sectors of regional comparative advantage but poor performance. Within these communities we identify key opportunities for shared value creation between the public and private sectors. These Strategic Development Areas (SDAs) are designed to align community interests towards clearly defined, project-focused efforts. Once sponsored by a financial supporter, SDAs become Innovation Campaigns with clearly defined parameters for maximizing social and economic returns. After the Campaign, a Solution is selected and developed into an MVP. If product-market fit is successfully demonstrated, private capital is raised for scaling to the broader community. 

OUR APPROACH

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Achieving broad-based social and economic growth will require the collective effort of players across the public and private sectors. Our approach to innovation is designed to create a plug-and-play infrastructure that allows this spectrum of players to more easily be involved.

Overview of Our Approach

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Community Identification

SEA Communities are developed to improve the competitiveness of sectors with regional comparative advantage but poor microeconomic performance.

Strategic Innovation Areas

Strategic Development Areas (SDAs) are designed to align community interests towards clearly defined, investable, project-focused areas of shared social and economic impact.

Innovation Campaigns

Innovation Campaigns are designed leverage small public investments to identify and prototype innovative and scalable solutions to the SDA in focus.

Solution Evaluation

Solution evaluation is about examining the social impact, innovation potential, MVP-ability and invest-ability of proposed solutions to identify an MVP for development.

MVP Development

The objective of the Business Case MVP is to demonstrate a product/market fit and get private funding to scale to the broader community. 

Community Scaling

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    Startup East Africa (SEA L3C) builds communities that scale the impact of innovative market-based solutions supporting Small & Growing Businesses (SGBs) by providing the infrastructure for identifying and acting on shared value opportunities.

    ADDRESS

    New York | Boston | Nairobi

    EMAIL

    info@sea.africa