Existing Social Enterprises

We believe startups are the most effective mechanisms for channeling disruptive technologies and transformational business models towards locally relevant, viable solutions.

We believe startups are the most effective mechanisms for channeling disruptive technologies and transformational business models towards locally relevant, viable solutions.

Technology and business model innovation are essential for improving productivity, catalyzing economic growth and enabling social impact. Startups exist on the frontier of these innovations and, accordingly, act as highly efficient mechanisms for channeling these capacities towards locally relevant, economically viable solutions. Our support is designed to nurture these innovators by connecting them with the markets, capital, enablement and services necessary for success. In return, SEA disseminates the tools, models and lessons garnered from these experiences to the broader community for maximum socio-economic value creation.

How we support Startups

Access Markets

Find your product-market fit and soft land into new markets across East Africa. Get access to relevant leaders in your industry and participate in curated matchmaking.

Access Capital

During the various stages of your startup, you will probably need different kinds of funding. From seed funding to growth financing and investment rounds to scale up. 

Access Enablers

Growing and scaling your business is never an easy task. Luckily there are plenty of enabling organizations across East Africa offering existing networks and hands-on support.

Access Services

Create and submit Proposal Requests to our network of verified service providers. Source local or expand your search across our global network of service providers.

STARTUP SOLUTIONS

Propose a Solution to a Community Strategic Development Area

SEA’s communities offer a variety of opportunities for startups to promote their solutions to some of the world’s greatest social and economic challenges. 

Access Markets

Find your product-market fit and soft land into new markets across East Africa. Get access to relevant leaders in your industry and participate in curated matchmaking.

Market entry opportunities

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    Connect with Corporates

    Cooperation between startups and corporates is important because the two reinforce each other’s strengths and potential. Corporates have access to an international network, of which a startup could benefit to speed up their process of growth and innovation. Collaborating with an innovative startup on the brink of regeneration will make corporates more competitive in a market that is continuously evolving. 

    Do you have a product or service that you believe would benefit a corporation? Would you like to create a partnership to test and/or scale your product or service?

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    Connect with Governments

    Cooperation between foundations and startups can be tremendously beneficial for both the startup and foundation. While startups bring an exciting innovation to the table, foundations have deep local knowledge and networks that can prove invaluable when testing a product or service in a new market.

    Do you have a product or service that you believe can help foundations or other philanthropic networks progress towards their objectives? Would you like to partner with an agency active in the region to prototype your product or service?

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    Connect with Foundations

    Cooperation between foundations and startups can be tremendously beneficial for both the startup and foundation. While startups bring an exciting innovation to the table, foundations have deep local knowledge and networks that can prove invaluable when testing a product or service in a new market.

    Do you have a product or service that you believe can help foundations or other philanthropic networks progress towards their objectives? Would you like to partner with an agency active in the region to prototype your product or service?

    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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    New York | Boston | Nairobi

    EMAIL

    info@sea.africa