We Invest Early In Young Lives
& inventive ideas.
We Invest Early In Young Lives
& inventive ideas.

Do you have an idea that could transform the lives of thousands of young children?


Established in mid-2014, Innovation Edge is an innovation catalyst and investment platform with a social impact agenda.

We support the growth of unconventional ideas that seek to transform early life experiences for young children living in poverty.

We provide a variety of customised strategic, financial and hands-on support to help inventors, innovators, change makers, start-ups, entrepreneurs and investors turn brilliant ideas into sustainable solutions.

You don’t have to be an expert in early childhood care & education to make a difference.

Get inspired by some of the innovations in our portfolio.

Explore a high-quality, socially inclusive workplace based educare model; and discover how a gamified approach to learning is boosting the skills of pre-primary teachers.

We’re ready to help bring your ideas to life and to connect you to problems that need solving.

Go ahead and click on the buttons below to get started.

We offer a continuum of support.

from inspiration
to ideation
to proof of concept
to transition to scale.


Innovation Edge has a year-round, open call for ideas from anyone, anywhere.


Our team has a deep understanding of Early Childhood Development and the systems needed for impact at scale – let us help you design and refine your idea to solve real needs.


Innovation Edge helps you find ways to expand your venture – whether for profit or not for profit.

The foundations for who you are today were built in early childhood, beginning even before you were born.

The human brain grows faster in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life than it will ever again in the future.

The brain activity related to the development of literacy, numeracy and social skills is greatest in these first few years of life.

Our featured investments.

We invest in ideas!

Ideas that enhance quality interactions between caregivers and children .

Ideas on ways to build a competent workforce and quality programmes for young children.

And those that enable or enhance the systems needed to provide quality products and services at scale.

Find out about our funding criteria

From the blog.

What to consider when co-creating

There are many ways to go about co-creating, and which to choose depends on the challenges and objectives at hand. Here are a few notes to keep in mind as you go through the process. 1. A shared vision and mission It is important to ensure that all stakeholders...

Five Hacks on getting your funding application noticed

They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression. This is true when it comes to applying for funding too. We know that completing application forms can be a tedious process, but as your first engagement with a funder, it counts. Here are some tips for...

Thinking out the bo(o)x: Early Literacy is not just about reading

Isn’t it amazing how the simplest acts can awaken long-dormant memories? Yesterday, while performing the simple act of washing my face before going to bed, I looked at my reflection in the mirror. I noticed my eyes and remembered the nickname my grandfather used to...

Collaborative, Curious & Bold.

The core members of the Innovation Edge team.

Sonja Giese

Founding Director

Erika Wiese

Head of Portfolio Management

Nicole Biondi

Head of Marketing & Communications

Lyndsey Petro

Portfolio Manager

Nadanababalwa Hermanus

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Bulelwa Mkangeli

Office Administrator

Our Investors.