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East Africa Accelerator

Location
East Africa

Partner
Acumen

Participating Social Enterprises
19

Acumen and IKEA Social Entrepreneurship co-created a five month accelerator programme to strengthen the work of 19 social entrepreneurs across East Africa. It combined online learning and coaching support to the social entrepreneurs, with IKEA co-workers (coaches) playing an active role in sharing their knowledge, skills and experiences. This allowed the social entrepreneurs to scale their work and have a bigger impact on the lives of the people who need it the most. Participants learned the value of engaging with customers, modeling finances for sustainability, and developing marketing strategy.

The program gave them support during a period when the existence of the social enterprise was threatened. It gave them guidelines on what it means to take the next step (after the crisis is over) and support for their leadership in the enterprise as well embracing an experimenting culture.

IKEA Coach

As part of this accelerator, Acumen and IKEA Social Entrepreneurship awarded Jony Girma of Green Face Trading in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Kevine Kagirimpundu of UZURI K&Y in Kigali, Rwanda with $25,000 grants to further support their business growth.

Read Acumen's summary of the accelerator programme and its successes here.

Social Enterprises

Alive and Kicking

Alive and Kicking

Produces soccer balls in Kenya providing employment, improved health and behavior to marginalized groups.
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Aqua Clara

Aqua Clara Kenya

Leveraging networks to increase awareness of WASH practices and adoption of water filters.
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Asante Mama

Asante Mama

Links farmers to markets through aggregation and contract farming. 
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BeMistre

BeMistre

Home decor and furniture products from recycled and organic raw materials led by women and youth. 
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Enlight Institute

Enlight Institute

Recruitment, training and coaching for youth to access employment in solar industry.  
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ENZI

ENZI

High-end shoe production & sales supporting workforce development and employee livelihood in Ethiopia.
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people standing showing their Felek notebooks

Felek Notebooks

Produces and sells notebooks, donating supplies to rural schools and supporting education in Ethiopia. 
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Greenface Trading

Green Face Trading

Traced organic honey and beeswax producer.  
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Imani Collective

Imani Collective

Home accessories made using natural raw materials and traditional techniques.
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Industree Ethiopia

Industree Ethiopia

Enables fabrics and apparel sourcing from Ethiopian producer-owned enterprises.  
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Kidame Mart

Kidame Mart

Creates opportunities for rural women to earn income by selling fast-moving goods in their communities.  
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Nuru Social Enterprises

Nuru Social Enterprises

Produces and sells Nuru Yogurt, supporting Kenyan smallholder farmers to enhance milk production. 
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RefuSHE Artisan Collective

RefuSHE Artisan Collective

Leverages consumer preferences to provide a source of income for young refugee women.  
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Resonate

Resonate

Provides leadership training to women and youth, enabling them to achieve their potential. 
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Tibeb Leather Works

Tibeb Leather Works

Leather products that empower single mothers in Ethiopia.  
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TruLuv Granola

TruLuv Granola

Artisanal, on-the-go, natural granola snacks.  
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Upcycle Africa

Upcycle Africa

Improving livelihoods and tackling the plastic waste crisis in Uganda by building homes and changing mindsets.  
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UZURI K&Y

UZURI K&Y

African inspired shoe brand and manufacturer in Rwanda. 
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VIjana Corps

Vijana Corps

Creating tools, platforms, and opportunities for the most marginalized youth in Uganda. 
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