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Five Years of Impact… Measured

Fledge is over five years old, and for that half decade and more the industry has been debating how to measure the impact of a company and a portfolio.  Using the Pinchot Impact Index, Fledge is able to not only do that, but also to show how that measure changes from session to session. More specifically, we measure three levels of impact for our portfolio of fledglings: the potential of the idea...

Toward a Profitable Africa

Africa Business Radio deems itself a media platform with a purpose, driven to provide content that offers success for business across Africa. One of the 6 startups from Fledge9, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, founder Soji Akinlabi has grown this business from just 1 streaming radio show two years ago to over 15 shows today. Each show strives to ask the question: How will this information...

Zirconia – Immortalizing Steel

Zirconia immortalizes steel. The modern, industrial world is built on steel, which before Zirconia was destined to all rust away. The breakthrough this team is bringing to market is a non-toxic, economically sustainable, spray-on ceramic that glassifies the surface of steel, applied indoors or outdoors at room temperature, applicable to new construction as well as existing, rusty surfaces. With...

Doing your business in Uganda

Talking about doing your business, Americans take for granted how simple it is to “do your business”, flush, and get on with the day? Not the case in Uganda. The dirty truth is that only 6% of 36 million Ugandans have access to safe, clean sanitation facilities. The 3 million people in Kampala share just 1,000 flushable toilets. Fledge9 introduces Joelex, a Ugandan startup with a mission to not...

Pivot: From biodiesel to used cooking oil

One of the exciting outcomes from Fledge is the discovery of a new, better business model that an entrepreneur never gave a second thought.  For Fledge9, this extra exciting, as the Biogen Kenya applied four times with a business making biodiesel, and we fully expected them to leave the program with that business. Five weeks later, we have a new name, Zijani, a new logo, but more importantly, a...

2017: the year of the take off for Sustainable Fashion brands?

Two of our impactful startups from Fledge 8 in Lima: Pieta and Ayni expanded into retail this year. They’ve also have had international Press recognition ( see Bloomberg and Press Pieta ). Pieta opened 3 Popup Stores in Lima and expects to open 2 more in 2018 plus a store in Cusco. Ayni on the other hand, opened a store in Lima this year with 2 more to come next year. They also have plans to...

Announcing – Spring acquires Kick

Vancouver Incubator Bringing a Global Startup Education to Entrepreneurs Around the World Spring University Launches Canada’s First Global Startup School in 30+ Cities Around the World, Now Accepting Applications for Courses Starting in April VANCOUVER, BC — (April 12, 2016) – When someone with an idea wants to become an entrepreneur where do they go? Spring Activator is...

What is Impact?

Fledge is an impact accelerator, working with mission-driven for-profit startups from around the world, helping them achieve their impacts by teaching them how to succeed in their businesses. But what do we mean by impact? “What is impact?” is a question asked each year at SOCAP, at every Big Path Capital event, every Toniic gathering and Investors Circle national meeting.  This...

Clothing is now recyclable

Humans have been wearing clothes for millennia.  Every piece of clothing for the history of mankind has been worn, washed, and ultimately thrown away.  Some may get reused by others for a while, but until today, all clothing has eventually become trash. That all ended today.  Today Levi Strauss & Co (better known as simply “Levi’s”) announced the first ever pair of recycled...

Measuring Impact, four years later

One of the biggest challenges of impact investing is in measuring the impact of the investments.  One would think that this would be an easy, solved problem, but it is far from simple.  The impact ecosystem is still working through multiple methods of measurements, few of which provide a single value which can be summed, compared, and tracked over time. The Pinchot Impact Index is one proposed...

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