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COVID updated timeline plan

In a letter we recently sent to all applicants to the Land Accelerator, we described the Land Accelerator team’s plan in response to COVID. The letter is below. The first thing we did, was decide to keep applications open on a rolling basis until April 30. This is to give those who might have been dealing with logistics an opportunity to apply. However, the sooner one submits the better, as...

Notes about eligibility

We have also heard from many amazing companies, “I am not sure if my company qualifies.”  We would like to provide some guidance. The overall premise is, if you are NOT sure if your company would qualify or not, we would encourage you to apply. Please see a few FAQs below that may further clarify: Q: My project is not structured as a company. Actually, it is a part of a non-profit initiative...

Webinar: Financing for your land restoration business

This webinar focused on explaining how impact entrepreneurs can leverage their strengths to find appropriate financing. Check out the recording of the webinar below: The webinar featured Moses Kimani of Lentera Africa, alumni from the Land Accelerator Africa 2018, who discusses his experiences and lessons with raising funds, his recent new focus to his business, as well as his experience with the...

How farming in forests could sustain the planet

Reuniting farmland with trees has the potential to improve agricultural productivity and boost food security by creating a landscape that does not become exhausted through overuse. Land Accelerator companies are identifying and scaling business models that help to restore the land and also provide financial benefits to farmers, forest dwellers, and land owners. Are you a land restoration...

Webinar: Biodiversity and your business

Held on Feb 13, 2020 over 60 entrepreneurs joined for a conversation featuring ways to ensure your company is doing its best to respect and promote biodiversity. Three experts shared techniques to incorporate biodiversity into business operations, consider biodiversity when planning land use change associated with expanding your business’s footprint, and collect and report on biodiversity impact...

Exclusive: Top tips for applying to the Land Accelerator

World Resources Institute, Sangam Ventures, and the IKEA Foundation combined forces to launch the Land Accelerator South Asia on Wed. Jan 29. The launch featured speakers from all three partner organizations as they shared the opportunity and tips for applying for the Land Accelerator with entrepreneurs around South Asia. Covered in the below video and PowerPoint presentation are topics such as...

Webinar: Climate resiliency for your business

WRI hosted the inaugural webinar targeting environmental and business issues for Land Restoration entrepreneurs. Dr. Moushumi Chaudhury presented practical best practices that companies everywhere can use to ensure they are prepared to face climate change and extreme weather events that are striking our planet more and more as time goes on. You may watch the recording of the webinar below to...

2018 Alumni Spotlight: Lentera

At the Transform Africa Summit, hosted by Smart Africa in Kigali, Rwanda on May 14, Lentera Africa was awarded the Afric’up Summit 2019 startup of the year after winning the finals of the pitch competition. The company graduated from the Land Accelerator in 2018. The Afric’up Summit aims to support the emergence of future African champions by promoting their skills, creativity and success stories...

Land Accelerator helps close financing gap for African soil startups

This was originally posted on Impact Alpha by Amy Cortese on September 10. Turning sugarcane waste into cooking fuel. Growing neem trees to make natural pesticides and insect repellants. Providing affordable piped water for smallholder farmers. These are some of the restorative services offered by the startups in this year’s Land Accelerator, a bootcamp program for African entrepreneurs working...

2018 Alumni Spotlight: Kalahari Honey

This article was originally posted on Fledge here. In Botswana, elephants often trample farmland, angering local communities. One 2018 Land Accelerator alumna, Mavis Nduchwa of Kalahari Honey, realized that bees make great fences to keep the wild elephants off of farmland. And the honey that they produce can provide rural communities with a sustainable source of income. Kalahari Honey trains...