SEA Communities help to distill the frontiers of technological, strategic and social opportunity into sustainable system narratives that highlight key opportunities for shared value creation.
SEA builds and supports the infrastructure to unite diverse stakeholders within a defined community around a vision of shared value, social impact and economic growth. Through these communities we help distill the frontiers of technological, strategic and social opportunity into sustainable system narratives that identify key opportunities for shared value creation. Communities 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.
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.
Communities provide alternative sources of funding and support for social entrepreneurs pioneering innovative solutions in uncertain markets.
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.
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