Network Partners: Power of Small



Aliança Empreendedora

Aliança Empreendedora is a nonprofit organization in Brazil that supports companies, NGOs, and governments to design, test, and implement inclusive business models and projects that stimulate and support entrepreneurship among low-income audiences. This generates new business opportunities, work, and income, thereby promoting economic and social development. Website:

Agora Partnerships

Our mission is to scale the growth of early-stage companies throughout Latin America that are helping to solve critical problems in their community Whether they are organizing women’s cooperatives in the mountains of Guatemala, employing marginalized youth populations in rural Nicaragua, or providing affordable and sustainable post-disaster relief housing in Haiti, Agora entrepreneurs directly confront the most intractable social problems facing the region. They confront them by harnessing market forces and channeling them to create long-term value for shareholders and for society. Our aim is to level the playing field for promising, early stage entrepreneurs who, like us, are working to build a more sustainable and successful planet.


Awava is a fair trade social enterprise working with women artisans in post-conflict Northern Uganda on design and innovation, adding value to their existing skills and creating market linkages locally and internationally in an effort to empower families and alleviate poverty. Awava works to enhance entrepreneurship skills, business and artisanal skills by conducting practical trainings which boost each woman’s capacity, which in turn boosts the capacity of the home and community.
Awava was founded in September 2008 by Kansas native, Kate von Achen. The idea of Awava started in the summer of 2006 when Kate traveled to East Africa together with United Students for Fair Trade to study fair trade coffee production in East Africa. During her visit, Kate experienced firsthand the positive effects of fair trade on producers, identifying ways in which the system needed to be improved.
Awava was able to become a reality upon Kate’s move to Uganda to obtain her M.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies in August 2007 where she focused her dissertation on the effects of Western market access on women tailors in two internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Gulu District, Uganda, an area which has been devastated by more than 22 years of terror by the Lord’s Resistance Army.


BALLE believes that national and global prosperity begins at the local level. City by city, business by business. BALLE equips Localist leaders with strategies for local success, and we provide the national forum for the most visionary local economy leaders to connect, build their capacity and innovate. BALLE is building a supportive field for these leaders by coordinating communications and impact metrics, spreading their stories and data and attracting new resources. We connect entrepreneurs who are rethinking their industries, innovative funders who are investing to scale the Localist movement, and visionary network organizers who can mobilize on a broad scale. Together, our ideas are better, our voice is stronger and we're proving how locally owned business strategies are the key to creating real prosperity.

BiD Network

BiD Network contributes to sustainable economic growth by stimulating entrepreneurship in emerging markets. With over 35,000 members, over 10,000 business plans, is the world's largest online community for emerging market Small and Medium Enterprises, coaches and investors. BiD Network has helped start over 300 SMEs, has matched them with over 9 million euros from investors, and has advised 9000+ entrepreneurs on their businesses.

Buena Nota

Buena Nota is a social organization dedicated to supporting and promoting social entrepreneurs. Founded six years ago in Colombia, Buena Nota works to visualize, strengthen, and support entrepreneurs with social impact.

Chetna Organics

The Chetna Organic & Fair Trade Cotton Intervention Program (OCIP) was established in 2004 as a supply chain initiative in organic cotton. The OCIP’s intent was to improve smallholder farmers’ livelihoods by making their farm systems more sustainable and profitable, while creating access to ethical and fair trade markets in cotton. Established in 2009, Chetna Organic Agriculture Producer Company Ltd (COAPCL) is a farmer- owned company, professionally managed and backed by venture philanthropy that empowers farmers by engaging them to build an ethical supply chain. The enterprise is driven by its triple bottom-line objectives, based on the principles of ecological (organic), social (fair trade) and corporate (nominal, non-exploitative profits) sustainability. Today, Chetna Organics runs a multi-faceted program that creates a 360 degree support intervention around the farmers' community. These multiple touch points include social interventions like watershed management, rural employment, and building local communities and schools. Ethics, honesty, transparency, traceability & good governance remain the hallmark values of brand Chetna Organic.


Founded in 1999, Dasra, which means ‘enlightened giving’ in Sanskrit, has grown to become India's leading strategic philanthropy foundation. Dasra’s success lies in its unique ability to bring together the two crucial stakeholders in catalysing social change: social entrepreneurs who deliver change in the field and philanthropists who enable change through knowledge, funding and networks. Over the past 13 years, Dasra has strengthened the growth plans of more than 200 successful nonprofits and social businesses, engaged with and educated over 250 philanthropists on strategic philanthropy, enabled over USD 12.5 million funding to social entrepreneurs, and published eight research reports on education, health and livelihoods.

Emprende Social

Emprende Social is the premier publication specifically dedicated to advancing a community that promotes, expands, and connects social entrepreneurship enthusiasts across Latin America. Its team is made up of young social entrepreneurs from Peru, Ecuador, Mexico, Colombia, and the United States.

ENI Di Tella

The Inclusive Business Center promotes the development of inclusive businesses through the generation of knowledge and know-how. It is a reference center for organizations, businesses, and institutions who want to change traditional business models and require strong arguments to sustain their actions. ENI Di Tella is a community of academics, business entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, executive directors, students, and graduate students, where anyone interested in inclusive businesses can exchange knowledge and experience. It aims for the development of this community, by continually analyzing experiences and advances, sharing knowledge and feedback about the inclusive business models that are happening around the world, but mainly in Latin America, increasing the comprehension about these new business models. The Inclusive Business Center is an entity of the Business School of Di Tella University.

Frontier Markets

Frontier Markets is a sales and service distribution company for affordable solar products to improve energy access in rural India for low-income families. Frontier Markets (FM) is a for-profit social enterprise that partners with local channels and trains field staff and local sales agents to educate and reach our customer base through wholesale and retail points providing low income households with access to high social impact, affordable products and customer service. FM has a robust supply chain that links supply centers directly to customers through the employment of local franchisees and entrepreneurs. FM prioritizes rural households because we believe that true sustainability for clean energy interventions happens as a result of BOP customer satisfaction. Due to our approach, large companies, and social entrepreneurs alike partner with us knowing that we can more effectively reach rural customers, understand consumption patterns, and help create the right products for the rural household. To date, we have established three service centers in Rajasthan, reaching 300k+ households, sold 4,000 solar solutions, and created 17 franchisees on the ground. We intend to expand throughout India and beyond, reaching 50+ million households, and creating 3,000+ franchisees with 700 service centers.

Global Entrepreneurship Program Indonesia (GEPI)

The Global Entrepreneurship Program Indonesia (GEPI) aims to catalyze Indonesia’s entrepreneurship strategies by working in partnership with existing programs and linking aspiring Indonesian entrepreneurs to global development and investment projects. GEPI formally was started in January 2011 by a group of 13 prominent business leaders in Indonesia who now comprise the Board of Founders. It has a full-time Secretariat in Jakarta. GEPI is also part of wider global initiative called the Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP), which grew from an initiative of President Obama and is now a core program at the U.S. State Department guided by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, to promote entrepreneurship as a key pillar of economic development among developing countries.

The HUB São Paulo

The HUB is designed to facilitate the creation of sustainable impact through collaboration. Whether you are already working on a concrete project, have the first sparks of an innovative idea or just the intention to contribute your time, energy and talent to make a positive difference, the HUB provides a carefully curated experience to help take your initiative to the next level. Website:


Idealist connects people, organizations, ideas, and resources to build a better world. Since Idealist was founded in 1995, more than 170,000 organizations and 2,000,000 people around the world have created free profiles on the site. Idealist is also available in Spanish ( and French (


InSTEDD (Innovative Support to Emergencies, Diseases and Disasters) is an international nonprofit organization that develops and uses high-impact, open source technology tools to help those working in health, safety, and development enhance collaboration and improve information flow and knowledge sharing. Our mission is to improve global health, safety, and sustainable development through capacity building, designing tech for social good with the end users, and helping evaluate impact. We work with governments, universities, corporations, international health organizations, humanitarian NGOs, and local communities around the world to identify requirements.


The NaiLab is a business incubator located in Nairobi, Kenya and has been actively incubating since August 2011. It seeks to provide new and emerging technology and compatible businesses with an environment that supports their start-up phase and increases their likelihood of success. The NaiLab includes facility space, flexible leases, shared use of common office equipment, direct business assistance and guidance, mentoring, networking to capital, and other technical resources. A network of existing resources in the community has been developed to support incubatee needs. Approximately six to ten incubatees are served for both physical and virtual incubation at any given time. The Nailab is currently funded by the 1% Club, which is an organization based in the Netherlands. However, it is constantly looking for ways to grow and become self sustainable. Some of the organizations that the Nailab has partnered with in the past include AKVO, Startup Weekend, rLabs and Accenture Netherlands.

New Ventures

Founded by the World Resources Institute in 1999, New Ventures has worked with 362 innovative enterprises whose goods and services produce clear, measurable environmental benefits, such as clean energy, efficient water use and sustainable agriculture, and often address the challenges experienced by the world’s poor. We have Local Centers in six of the world’s most dynamic emerging economies: Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, and Mexico. Through our approach to business development and our links to investors around the world, New Ventures has helped innovative companies build viable businesses that have collectively received over $289 million in investment capital and have held two Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) that have raised approximately $100 million.


npCloud is a nonprofit that provides cloud-based technology products and services to other nonprofits. Our mission is to ensure all nonprofits can use technology to better serve their communities.

Vital Voices

Vital Voices Global Partnership is a leading non-governmental organization that identifies, invests in and brings visibility to extraordinary women around the world by unleashing their leadership potential to transform lives and accelerate peace and prosperity in their communities. Founded by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 1997, the organization trains and mentors women leaders as agents of transformative change in economic development, human rights and political participation. The Vital Voices Global Leadership Network includes more than 12,000 leaders representing 144 countries who have trained and mentored 500,000 additional women and girls in their communities.