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?

Innovation Edge invests in unconventional ideas that find solutions to early childhood care & education challenges in under-resourced communities.

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 we’ve supported so far.

Read all about the app that makes regular hearing and vision screening accessible to all young children; and check out the campaign that turns an everyday trip to the supermarket into a learning rich adventure.

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.

Ideate.

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

Create.

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.

Escalate.

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!

Those that directly affect young children. Ideas that enable and encourage positive parenting. Ideas that improve access to transformative early years programmes & service​s​. And those that enhance the systems needed for impact at scale.

Find out about our funding criteria

From the blog.

HearScreen: A case study in repurposing ideas

At the South African Innovation Summit, we challenged innovators to adapt their existing ideas so that they benefit children under age 6. For example, a mobile application game can be used to teach the basics of early development to parents; or a data geo-mapping...

On Learning from Failure

“It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure” – Bill Gates, 1995 The greatest opportunity for learning comes from the instances where things do not go as planned. Our unsuccessful attempt to use crowdsourcing as a means of...

Why are we innovating to safeguard children’s identities?

Have you ever asked someone what makes up their identity or thought about what makes up yours? Some of the things that may come to mind are family, community, personality and occupation. And what is it exactly that makes you a person? Perhaps it’s your ability to...

Collaborative, Curious & Bold.

The core members of the Innovation Edge team.

Sonja Giese

Executive Director

Erika Wiese

Portfolio Manager

Nicole Biondi

Marketing & Communications Manager

Lyndsey Petro

Project Coordinator

Our Investors.