We Invest Early In Young Lives
& inventive ideas.
Because the first 6 years lays the foundation for the rest
We Invest Early In Young Lives
& inventive ideas.
Because the first 6 years lays the foundation for the rest

Innovation Edge is an innovation catalyst and social impact investor.



We take a hands-on approach to supporting unconventional ideas that aim to transform early life experiences for children, aged 0 to 6, living in poverty.

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.

Scaling Access & Impact: Realizing the Power of EdTech

This post was originally published on the Omidyar Network's website. There are 250 million learners around the world who have finished their schooling – yet aren’t able to read or write well and lack the skills they will need to succeed in the 21st century. The...

Disruption: Moving hearts, limbs, minds and money

The first Africa Social and Behaviour Change (ASBC) Conference took place last month in Nairobi. The overarching theme of the conference was ‘Disruptive SBC strategies for the future of Africa’, and built on the notion that: “All human interactions – be they social,...

ELOM published in peer review journal

An article on the development and use of one of our investments, the Early Learning Outcomes Measure (ELOM) has been published in a peer review journal - Child: Care, Health & Development (2019). ELOM is a rigorously standardised, culturally fair and simple 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

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.