We work with a trusted, select group of partners to co-create tailored propositions that ensure a sustainable and above-market return in the sectors of our focus, while guaranteeing you a positive financial return on profitable companies that deliver positive social impact.
1000 Alternative’s investment lens is termed ‘lock-step,’ meaning that we support social enterprises whose businesses’ core products or services are profitable and inherently beneficial to society. Our companies have taken a new look at urgent global problems across education, health, job creation and housing and developed solutions that have social impact models driven by profit.
Business innovation with social impact is the way to go. The nearly limitless upside 1000 Alternative’s portfolio cumulatively drives provides limitless possibilities in profit and social impact – providing quality and affordable health care, improving learning outcomes, reducing of costs of goods and providing good low-cost housing – all are ventures enjoying compelling financial returns while delivering social impact.
1000 Alternatives is a principal investor in the most exciting innovations in East Africa, West Africa, Asia and beyond. 1000 Alternatives invests in early-stage businesses, typically at seed stage, and takes a hands-on approach to the incubation and acceleration of our portfolio companies.
Apart from traditional funding, 1000 Alternatives uses Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) and Development Impact Bonds (DIBs) as financing instruments for large projects. These are driven by private-sector corporate and individual investments and are a new way to ensure solutions to development challenges are found. The 1000 Alternatives’ approach ensures 100% focus on measurable impact while delivering profit and therefore a positive return to our investors.
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