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 city’s program is a bit different from the others, but all are focused on mission-driven for-profit companies, and all invest in their fledglings.

Th educational 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 hundreds of companies from dozens of 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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Yellow Flags, Yes vs. No

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From talking to dozens of fund manager and individual investors we’ve come to realize the power and benefits of running a business accelerator rather than a traditional venture capital fund. From 10,000 feet away, we do the same job. We invest in young companies, providing capital to grow. But from 10 feet away the approaches are vastly different. And those differences boil down to what we...

The Opportunity is Africa

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The Opportunity is Africa is a new podcast bringing you stories from African entrepreneurs and investors, highlighting the many business opportunities that exist across the continent. Syndicated by the Africa Business Radio podcast network, a graduate of Fledge, as are the first five interviewees. Also check out Luni’s posts on the Energy, Opportunities, and Hurdles for Africa. You’ll...

Visiting 7 Fledglings across East Africa

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Fledge’s founder is back from a two-week tour visiting seven fledglings in Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda. Click below to watch video tours of each:

Plus Geoffrey from Green Charcoal Uganda founded a second company that grows turkeys…

Visiting Arqlite

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All plastics are now recyclable, thanks to Arqlite. In their first production facility, Arqlite converts 5 tons per day of waste into artificial stones for use in an under concrete.

A quick, 1-minute tour

A quick, 5-minute tour by founder/CEO Sebastian Sajoux

Incredibly Global

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Conscious (a.k.a. impact) entrepreneurship is not unique to any one country. It is a global phenomenon. The same is true for impact investing. And yet, the global reach of Fledge continues to amaze us and our followers. For example: Top 14 countries watching videos on youtube.com/fledgellc Only 15% of the Fledge videos are watched by Americans. Peru is #2, which is not surprising as the first...

7 Years of Rebranding

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Most of what we do at Fledge is invisible.  You can catch glimpses of the business planning and financial modeling at Demo Day, but the only visible changes we make are in the (re)branding. We re-branded Chabana Farms as Kalahari Honey, to make their newfound focus on honey explicit. God Cares Farm is now Oreeggs. Now their focus is clear too, and their name distinct. We found a name for our...

The 14th Session of Fledge

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Monday, April 29th begins the fourteenth session of Fledge. Or is it the 17th? Or 61st? You’d think counting would be easy, but the complexities of the real world get in the way. The simplest way to count sessions is to simply count how many times we’ve taught the Fledge curriculum with a cohort of entrepreneurs. But if we do that, we have to include the dozens of part-time Kick...

Harder and harder

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It is getting hard and harder to get into Fledge and harder and harder to pick the final invitees. Visitors to fledge.co by country For Fledge14, there were 454 applications from 85 countries. We invite just 7 companies in a session, and thus 98.5% of the applicants are not getting what they want from us. We wish we could help more, but we invest money as well as time and energy into each of our...

Visiting Malawi

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Malawi may be the second poorest country in the world, but the people are happy, the country is safe, traffic is reasonable, and opportunities abound. Below are three videos from a week on the ground visiting Ziweto, Ecobuild, and some other local entrepreneurs. Ziweto Agrovet shop in Lilongwe (30 seconds) Ecobuild’s prototype brickyard A day visiting a mushroom farm, a diversified...

Why Africa?

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Why are there so many fledglings from Africa?  Two main reasons:

There are fewer quality business accelerators in Africa than in other regions of the world, and thus we receive more good applicants from Africa
The opportunities in Africa are enormous.  It’s the last place on Earth with 1 billion people growing from poverty to middle class.

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