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.

Pint sized perspectives: Celebrating World Children’s Day

Global Children’s Day is celebrated on November 20 each year to increase awareness of the rights, care and education of children. We spent time talking to young children from the Emthonjeni Playgroup in Khayelitsha, Cape Town about what they think Children's Day is...

Social Entrepreneurship: Marrying profit with purpose

Earlier this week the South African Minister of Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu, officially launched the South African leg of Global Entrepreneurship Week - an annual celebration of innovators and job creators who launch start-ups that bring ideas to life,...

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

Adliya Van Niekerk

Financial Manager

Lyndsey Petro

Portfolio Manager

Andrea Petersen

Junior Portfolio Manager

Nadanababalwa Hermanus

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Bulelwa Mkangeli

Office Administrator

Our Investors.