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We Invest Early In Young Lives & inventive ideas.

We Invest Early In Young Lives & inventive ideas.

Because the earliest years forge the foundation for the future

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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.

Our Approach.

We act as a catalytic connector and provide financial, strategic and implementation support to individuals, non-profit and for profit organisations from any field of expertise, to effect meaningful change for young children.


Our Focus Areas.

Our investment areas are focused on enabling the type of early life experiences that children need to thrive

Daily Brain-Building Interactions

A child who has daily brain-building interactions right from birth develops strong learning foundations

Quality Preschool Programmes

A child who attends a quality preschool programme
for at least 2 years performs better at school

Early Health Care & Nutrition

A child who receives nourishing food and good healthcare is able to grow to their full potential

Safety and Protection

A child who feels safe and is protected from toxic levels of stress is free to thrive

Our featured investments.

With social impact as our primary concern, all of our investments yield a social return related to one or more of our focus areas.

We use a number of investment instruments including grants, convertible loans and equity investments.

Latest news & resources.

Innovation Edge Covid-19 Early Childhood Rapid Response Fund.


We launched a two million rand Rapid Response Fund aimed at supporting organisations that are undertaking extraordinary measures, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, to safeguard South African children and their caregivers.

Our Investors.