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We Invest Early In Young Lives & inventive ideas.

Because the earliest years forge the foundation for the future

We Invest Early In Young Lives & inventive ideas.

Because the earliest years forge the foundation for the future

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 believe that truly transformative solutions to large-scale problems are created when very different people are brought together to make unusual connections to each other and to ideas.

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 affect 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 Security

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.

“Employer-sponsored educare is a win-win-win!”

Find out why with a behind the scenes look at South Africa’s first ever employer-sponsored educare provider. Over the coming months, we will be featuring interviews with some of our investees, giving you an inside look into the how and why behind their initiatives as...

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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...

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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,...

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Our Investors.