Our Impact & Metrics

SEA’s impact strategy is founded in the creation of locally scalable impact through entrepreneur-focused empowerment and investment.

SEA’s impact strategy is founded in the creation of locally scalable impact through
entrepreneur-focused empowerment and investment. 

Achieving the SDGs will require the collective effort of players across a wide spectrum, from both the private and public sectors. SEA believes that sustainable progress towards meeting the SDGs requires working through private entrepreneurs locally present in their markets, and therefore knowledgeable about the needs of their market and the means to meet those needs. SEA’s mission is to partner with these entrepreneurs and with public and private investors everywhere who believe that the changes sought through the SDG framework represent important steps towards a better future.

STARTUP EAST AFRICA

Where innovation meets impact

SEA disseminates best practices for impact measurement within our communities of focus. This helps foster impact within and beyond the local community, while ensuring alignment with key SDGs.

Impact & Metrics

Designing Communities of Impact

SEA’s community-based approach to impact is about enabling local collaboration with ambitious entrepreneurs around exponential technologies and transformative business models. While our communities may measure their impact against a variety of metrics, SEA focuses on the achievement of 3 primary Sustainable Development Goals:

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.

Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all

  1. Target 8.3: Promote policies to support job creation and growing enterprises

    This is measured as employment in the informal economy as a percentage of total non-agricultural employment. This includes all jobs in unregistered and/or small-scale private unincorporated enterprises that produce goods or services meant for sale or barter.

  2. Target 8.5: Full employment and decent work with equal pay

    The unemployment rate is measured as the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment. This is available for the total population, in addition to breakdown by sex.

  3. Target 8.6: Promote youth employment, education and training

    Current data for this indicator reports the share of young people (aged 15-29 years) not in education, employment or training (NEET) in a given year. Unlike most SDG targets set for the year 2030, this is set to be achieved by 2020.

  4. Target 8.9: Promote beneficial and sustainable tourism

    Devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products. 

Resilient infrastructure, sustainable industrialization and innovation

  1. Target 9.3: Increase access to financial services and markets

    Increase the proportion of small-scale industries in total industry value added. Increase the access of small-scale industrial and other enterprises, in particular in developing countries, to value chains and markets. 

  2. Target 9.4: Upgrade all industries and infrastructures for sustainability

    This indicator is a measure of carbon intensity; it reports the quantity of carbon dioxide emissions generated per unit of economic value (kilograms of CO2 emitted per dollar of GDP). This goal is about upgrading infrastructure and retrofitting industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes. 

  3. Target 9.5: Enhance research and upgrade industrial technologies

    This indicator measures expenditure on research and development (R&D) activities as a percentage of total gross domestic product (GDP) of a given country. Expenditures for research and development are current and capital expenditures (both public and private) on creative work undertaken systematically to increase knowledge, including knowledge of humanity, culture, and society, and the use of knowledge for new applications. R&D covers basic research, applied research, and experimental development.

  4. Target 9.B: Support domestic technology development and industrial diversification

    This indicator measures the share of a country's manufacturing value added which is derived from medium to high-tech industry outputs. Higher values indicate that a country's industrial sector is more focused on high-tech and innovation products.

  5. Target 9.C: Universal access to information and communications technology

    There are two technology types featured for this indicator: the number of mobile cellphone subscriptions (per 100 people), and the share of a given population using the internet (on any device).

Partnerships for the Goals

SGB enterprises span a diverse range of sectors and business models—from rural agricultural cooperatives to innovation-driven startups to well established.

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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.

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