Fledge

Conscious Company Accelerators

Fledge is a global network of conscious company accelerators and investment funds, helping entrepreneurs create impactful companies and co-ops at scale through intense, short programs filled with education, guidance, and a massive amount of mentorship.

Each city runs (up to) one session per year, each is a bit different from the others, but all focused on mission-driven for-profit companies, and all investing in all of their fledglings.

Th core curriculum is based on The Next Step books and online classes, taught to fill in any gaps in the key skills entrepreneurs need to know to succeed: strategy, financials, marketing, sales, funding, etc.

All our cities share a global network of hundreds of mentors, who share their experiences, advice, and connections in 1-on-1 meetings with participants.

Every day for week after week, we push the participants forward, Iterating business strategy, financial models, marketing and sales plans, funding options, investor and sales pitches, plus a special focus on story telling. The result is more intense and creates lasting value for years after the companies return home.

We have been refining this service since 2012, to-date helping 81 companies from 26 countries, and we’re eager for more. Our goal is to help foster a wave of companies that make a measurable impact in the world, collectively improving in the lives of everyone on the planet.

We invest $15,000 (Peru), €15,000 (Europe), or $20,000 (U.S.) into each company we invite to participate, using revenue-based equity which aligns our interests with the founders, avoids any pressure to “sell out”, and lets us invest in just about in any market segment and most any country in the world. Plus we make introductions to impact investors and make follow-on investments from our family of seed funds.

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Three measures of fledgling impact

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Given the variety of the fledglings, Fledge’s challenge is how to measure their collective impact.  This is a long-standing industry debate, how to measure the impact of a company in a single number, and how to aggregate that number across a portfolio of companies/organizations. 1- Pinchot Impact Index Fledge has been using the Pinchot Impact Index since its inception, in part because it...

Meet the Fledge11 Fledglings

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Fledge begins again!  10 intense weeks for seven new fledglings.  This time in a brand new city, Barcelona. We’re excited to have a cohort filled mostly with West African companies.  For the previous ten sessions we’ve had quite a few East African and Southern African startups, but none in person from Ghana before. We’re even more excited that two of these companies are founded...

Ziweto Enterprise makes an Acquisition

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Back in March, ImpactAlpha shared the news that Ziweto Enterprise purchased its distributor, Alfa Medics.  The rest of the story is quite telling about African startup economics. The story began back in 2016, with the Ziweto founders reaching out to Fledge, seeking introductions to investors for up to $200,000 to buy Alfa Medics.  Upon searching the world, we found less than a handful of fund who...

Dear Silicon Valley: America’s fallen out of love with you [Guest post]

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My friend Ross Baird over at Village Capital posted a great bit of advice for the “tech” crowd in TechCrunch today: Dear Silicon Valley,  You used to be the envy of the world. Over the last decade I’ve seen countless cities try to become you, from the Silicon Savannah to the Silicon Bayou. At last year’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit on Stanford’s campus, hundreds of entrepreneurs...

The Global Impact Accelerator Program, powered by Fledge

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The Global Impact Accelerator Program is the first accelerator helping global impact businesses move to Canada under its Startup-Visa Program. This is a comprehensive, 4-month program powered by Fledge, operated by Spring.is targeting companies in healthcare, progressive food, sustainability, creative economy, and cleantech. Based in Vancouver, the Canadian leader for impact entrepreneurship, and...

The Sanitation Fund and its first $20,000 investment

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The idea of having a whole family of seed funds rather than one big pool of capital continues to resonate with investors and serve the needs of entrepreneurs.  Case in point, the new Sanitation fund, and it’s $20,000 revenue-based loan to JOELEX. The impetus of this fund was rather simple.  A small handful of investors saw JOELEX’s pitch on Demo Day (below), talked to Joel, and...

Handling the ups and downs of startup life

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Being an entrepreneur is hard.  The ups and down of startup life are far larger and stronger than most jobs.  Working with entrepreneurs isn’t much better, as the empathy is almost are wary. We’ve worked with dozens upon dozens of entrepreneurs at Fledge and most handle these stresses in stride.  Sure, they have some sleepless nights and exhaustion, but that is what...

Beyond Capital invests in East Africa Fruit

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From Beyond Capital: In March, Ben Grozier, our Associate and member of the Beyond Capital Investment Team, met a smallholder farmer working a two acre plot of land in rural Tanzania, who was hoping to sell enough produce this season to feed, clothe, and educate his family. This farmer’s produce cannot easily be brought to market without waste or spoilage, and so he struggles to make a...

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