The New Economy Accelerator (NEA), promotes Nature-Based Solutions (NBS), which help to manage natural resources sustainably to achieve both environmental and human wellbeing outcomes. NEA invest in small and micro enterprises whose business models promote nature based solutions. Since its founding in 2017, the NEA has supported 28 enterprises in South and Eastern Africa.

The NEA is targets businesses in various sectors such as food, transport, energy, water, and housing and information technology. Preference is given to enterprises that have incorporated the following new economy principles in their business models: Innovative forms of ownership, alternative forms of exchange and distribution of goods and services, focus on community upliftment and environmental sustainability.

Green Business Development

We have developed a New Economy Approach to enterprise development that focuses on accelerating enterprises at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP). The New Economy Accelerator (NEA) Programme, offers enterprise development, mentorship and eco-inclusive business modelling, to high impact social and environmental start-ups in the green economy sector.

  • Enterprise Development: We have proprietary content in the form of programme modules for accelerating enterprises to scale up and become investment ready
  • Mentorship and Coaching: Provision of one-on-one mentorship between established business leaders and social and environmental entrepreneurs
  • Eco-Inclusive Business Modelling: We provide tools and approaches for business model innovation to enable eco-inclusive business
  • Impact investment: We provide seed capital for companies in our portfolio. The terms and conditions depend on stage at which the company is at, and how much funding is required.
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