About the Authors

NESsT (www.nesst.org) develops sustainable social enterprises that solve critical social problems in emerging market economies. In the last 15 years, NESsT has launched and invested in over 100 social enterprises in 10 emerging market countries through a unique and innovative portfolio methodology that combines capacity building, investment, and sector building. NESsT’s unique methodology builds the business skills for organizations and entrepreneurs to grow their social enterprises sustainably while providing a diverse package of capital (venture grants, loans and equity) to invest in social enterprises from early stage incubation through scaling. NESsT advocates for early-stage social enterprise support to develop investment-ready social enterprises that will succeed in the long-term.

NESsT Consulting is a business unit within NESsT that leverages the accumulated knowledge and experience of 15 years of social impact work. NESsT Consulting has worked with 3000+ organizations and entrepreneurs in over 50 countries on projects that advance social enterprise and impact around the world. NESsT Consulting also designs and implements applied research projects on the impact economy, public policy and social enterprise, impact investing, and nonprofit sustainability.

The International Development Research Centre is a Canadian Crown corporation established by an act of Parliament in 1970 to help developing countries find solutions to their problems. IDRC encourages and supports researchers and innovators in those countries to find practical, long-term solutions to the social, economic, and environmental problems their societies face. The organization’s goal is to find ways to reduce poverty, improve health, support innovation, and safeguard the environment.

Research Authors: Loïc Comolli, Fernando Perini, Geoff Schwarten
Research Assistants: Anisha Hingorani, Francisco Silva
Research Advisor: David Lehr
Graphic Design: Kristin Riger
Editor: David Weir