Latin America Accelerator

Location
Chile, Colombia, Peru, Brazil

Partner
NESsT

Participating Social Enterprises
15

Accelerating social entrepreneurs in Latin America

Beginning in the spring of 2020 this three-year, co-created accelerator programme has been designed alongside IKEA regional representatives (IKSO - IKEA Chile, Colombia, & Peru). The programme is unique in its kind being three years and tailormade to support each of the 15 social entrepreneurs who are looking to scale their businesses but need specific advice and the tools on how to do so. Therefore we offer learning modules and joint masterclasses for all participants to further progress the development of the participating social enterprises.

The supported social entrepreneurs come from different sectors such as sustainable agriculture, job inclusion, circular economy, and sustainability. The programme will work with entrepreneurs who produce sustainable products and/or who offer services that provide dignified employment and income to five key vulnerable groups across the region: low-income women, small producers, people with disabilities/different abilities, ethnic communities and at-risk youth.

Programme support

Each participant will receive tailor-made guidance combining mentoring, coaching, training and implementation support from IKEA and NESsT in the areas of marketing & communications, business development and marketplace access.

NESsT in collaboration with IKEA Social Entrepreneurship also offers social enterprises tailored support such as funding: grants within, being part of the programme, and investment opportunities integrated into the exit plan. All social enterprises will be aided to develop investment memos and present funding requests. Besides that, they can also benefit from support such as optimising branding, communications, the customer experience or tapping into new market opportunities.

Social Enterprises

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Agrosolidaria

Agrosolidaria produces agricultural and cosmetic products made from sustainably cultivated Amazonia plants.
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Bendito Residuo

Bendito Residuo collects trash from Chilean companies and households and transports sorted waste to corresponding valuation facilities. 
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Café Compadre

Empowers coffee farmers in the central Peruvian jungle by providing them with solar-powered technology to roast and sell their beans.
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Ecocitex

Ecocitex sells 100% recycled textile products through more than 250 women-led businesses across Chile.
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Empanacombi

Trains and provides people with disabilities with quality jobs in gastronomy.
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Fresh & Co.

Fresh & Co. is a grocery e-commerce enterprise founded in Chile that is committed to increasing earnings for small-scale farmers.
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Incluyeme

Incluyeme is a social enterprise that connects people with disabilities to job openings at corporations to build inclusive and equitable workplaces.
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MakeItReal

Offers students affordable online bootcamps in full-stack software development.
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Maré de Sabores

Maré de Sabores is dedicated to helping women in the Mare region build their financial independence providing them with training, work experience, and job opportunities in the food industry.
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NG-SEEDs

NG-Seeds produces, processes and commercializes lupine and its byproducts, for both animal feed and human consumption.
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PesCo.

PesCo. connects seafood lovers directly to artisanal fishing communities in Peru.
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PIXED

PIXED is a social enterprise that specializes in the development of low cost, high-quality medical technologies for children and adults with disabilities.
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Pomario

Pomario was founded to transform the way that people consume vegetables.  The enterprise sells organic produce, sourced from smallholder farmers and its greenhouses to Colombian families, retailers, and high-end restaurants.
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