Our Social Impact Incubator (SII) was launched in 2013 after we observed the highly fragmented civil society in small countries such as Burundi and Malawi. Donors were not investing in social innovation because of it.
Our solution? If we could identify and nurture local champions, perhaps we could create an alternative sector, build our own portfolio, and influence other partners, funders, and investors to create tailor-made, viable support systems for young social entrepreneurs.
Through SII, we aim to create an environment for innovators to amplify and grow their impact, by providing tools, building networks, and connecting them to investment. SII is built to transform organizations at three levels: individual, organizational, and ecosystem. We believe that supporting visionary leaders builds strong and stable organizations that create a more cohesive ecosystem for young social entrepreneurs to be successful.
How we do it:
- Seven months of in-class training to support system strengthening
- Individualized coaching and mentoring to address organizational and leadership needs
- Convening investors, donors, and other community members throughout the year
Between 2013 and 2015, we witnessed great success of the program—over 60 local organizations participated in SII Burundi. The incubator resulted in multiple new partnerships for SFF and funders invested nearly $2 million in our SII Champions.
SII-Malawi launched in 2016, building on the successes and lessons learned from Burundi. Since then, 32 organizations have graduated the program and it is now in its third cohort. Follow the SII-Malawi community on Facebook.
2016 Champions (Malawi)
African Business Women Network
Centre for Child Development and Research
Centre for Human Rights & Rehabilitation
Centre for Youth Development
Children of Blessing Trust
Foundation for Advancement of Youth Development and Empowerment
Fount for Nations
Kindle Orphan Outreach
Play Football Malawi
Rays of Hope
Student Driven Solutions
There is Hope
Trust Psychosocial Support
2017 Champions (Malawi)
Coalition for the Empowerment of Women and Girls (CEWAG)
Farmers Forum for Trade & Social Justice (FAFOTRAJ)
Foundation for Sustainable Community Development
Ladder to Learning
Little Big Prints
Market Women in Development
Mchezi Community Based Organization
The Mentorship & Philanthropic Centre
Village of Hope