Impact investing facilitators range from multinational organizations, to business accelerators, to accountants and attorneys. The following is a listing, by category, to help guide investor research.
Hubs, Incubators, Accelerators, Mentors
Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs ("ANDE") East Africa
The East Africa Chapter brings together ANDE members who support small and growing businesses (SGBs) in East Africa. ANDE works with its members to identify common challenges that can be addressed collectively. This has led to a variety of programs, including developing a legal toolkit for enterprises in Kenya. In 2018, ANDE hosted the Metrics from the Ground Up conference in Nairobi, taking the opportunity to focus on impact assessment tools and resources for a Sub-Saharan African context. The East Africa chapter also hosts quarterly meetings for members in Nairobi. These meetings are an opportunity for members to share best practices for supporting entrepreneurs in the region and to seek out opportunities to collaborate with one another. Official Website
The Hub East Africa
The people at Hub East Africa consider themselves “non-traditional.” You’ll be offered support to start, grow and run a sustainable business. This is possible through training that focuses on strategy, operations and commercialization. The Hub East Africa also has various programs for entrepreneurs. The Hub East Africa also offers facilities solutions for the start-up venture. Official Website
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A group of Kenyans in the United States sought to create a platform that will avail opportunities to Kenyan youth. This is a seed stage investor interested in you and your business. Entrepreneurs receive training, incubation, mentoring and connections to emerging entrepreneurs. Official Website
Growth Africa is an incubation platform. They not only have programs for startups but they also offer strategic advice. This hub has been involved with 2000 small businesses since its inception in 2002. Official Website
MEST, which hails from South Africa, has expanded its program beyond South Africa and into Kenya. MEST trains and incubates high-tech entrepreneurs and serves as a bridge to the larger tech industry in Africa and beyond. Official Website
NaiLab is an accelerator for ICT entrepreneurs in Kenya. Five companies have graduated from their program which takes between 3-6 months. You will be coached on business skills and receive mentorship as well. There is workspace available for entrepreneurs. Official Website
Sharing the same building, NaiLab and iHub are almost sister hubs for entrepreneurs in Kenya. iHub also caters to tech entrepreneurs. In its community of seasoned entrepreneurs, you will get mentorship and a chance at venture funding. See the article about iHub linked at the "Stories" page on this site. Official Website
LakeHub is a tech hub based in Kisumu, rather than Nairobi. Their community is open for membership from anywhere in the world, and offers physical and virtual presence. Membership is free and for it you get to desk space for free; invitation to all their activities and a monthly newsletter. Official Website
Impact investing facilitators range from multinational organizations to business accelerators, accountants and attorneys. The following is a listing, by category, to help guide investor and creditor research. All of the attorneys and law firms listed have at least some facility with business law and investments, but the right fit can only be determined after appropriate interviews and a review of a firm's practice area strenghts and weaknesses.