CategoryAfrica

What WON’T make it into the Land Accelerator

This article is largely excerpted from a post published by our partner, Fledge at his blog here. After hundreds upon hundreds of applications reviewed by The Land Accelerator and Fledge, there are a series of common patterns that lead to rejections, no doubt frustrating the applicants, and similarly frustrating the screeners. 1. Team, lack thereof The number one criteria that we seek out is a...

Testimonials

Testimonials from our Africa alumni Testimonials from our South Asian alumni are below! Testimonial from VP Sharma of Gratitude Farms, who joined us for the 2020 Land Accelerator for South Asia. Testimonial from Shahnaz Sheikh, Co-Founder of AI-GENIX, who participated in the 2020 Land Accelerator for South Asia. Jestin Pauls from Aadhimalai Miller Rajendran from SenzAgro putting in a good word...

Africa’s Restoration Entrepreneurs Aid in COVID-19 Response

Originally published by WRI. David Foli Ayivor, an entrepreneur from Ghana, has seen the devastating impact of the COVID-19 crisis on farmers and people in cities. As the pandemic shuts down supply chains, unharvested or unsold produce is rotting at farms while people in villages face food shortages at local markets. Africa’s food systems are under pressure, putting producers and consumers alike...

What you can learn from social investors that can benefit your business during COVID-19

When social entrepreneurs and social investors come together, there’s always lessons to be shared and tips for business growth. On Thursday, May 21, the Land Accelerator hosted its first ever virtual Live Pitch featuring four alumni from the 2019 Land Accelerator Africa who pitched to a panel of three social investors. You can catch the whole video live at this LINK. One highlight from this...

How the Restoration Economy Incentivizes Growing Trees

By Sofia Faruqi and Will Anderson | World Resources InstituteOriginally published by One Tree Planted How do we simultaneously fight climate change and improve food security? Is there a way for us to protect wildlife while creating jobs? What about better air and water quality? The answer: landscape restoration. Restoring degraded land by growing trees in forests and on farms not only...

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...

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...