ABOUT US

Social entrepreneurs can build a better world.

BfE supports early-stage social entrepreneurs in the developing world.
Our flagship Incubation Programme helps them scale up and become investor-ready.

MISSION

We collaborate with early-stage social entrepreneurs in the developing world to scale business ventures and empower local communities.

VISION

We see a more inclusive and sustainable future built by social entrepreneurs driving local change.

Private enterprise plays a powerful role in advancing social and environmental change. Unfortunately, growing a social enterprise without adequate support is incredibly challenging. In the developing world, access to incubator or accelerator programmes, government support or investment is either unavailable, inaccessible, costly or ineffective. Support targeted at early-stage social entrepreneurs can make a big difference.

Bridges for Enterprise (BfE) is a non-profit that provides pro bono advisory services to social innovators in the developing world. Through our flagship Incubation Programme, we support early-stage businesses with existing revenue and a clear mission to create social impact for their beneficiaries. The services are free of charge — and always will be — as we don’t believe that money should ever be a barrier for social entrepreneurs to receive additional support in scaling their ventures.

BfE is run by a global community of purpose-driven professionals and students. As a non-profit established in 2015, we expanded rapidly to operate from five student chapters and developed a client base spanning over 30 countries. We collaborate alongside a growing network of over 200 professional mentors who provide strategic guidance to chapter teams and assistance to startups.

Multi-stakeholder Approach

Our unique model brings together social entrepreneurs, students and professionals driven to make a difference.

Social Entrepreneurs

Participate in our flagship Incubation Programme to benefit from pro bono advisory services.

Students

Gain hands-on experience by working with organisations in the social impact ecosystem.

Professionals

Put skills to good use by advising social entrepreneurs and passing on knowledge to students.

Our History

Our Guiding Principles

Our teams are guided by a core set of principles that motivate us to maximize the impact we provide for our clients.

Flat Hierarchy

We encourage innovative thinking from all members within BfE, regardless of their background and seniority. Everyone takes ownership of what they do.

Diversity & Inclusion

Solving global challenges requires a diverse range of perspectives and skillsets. We recruit extensively and build an inclusive team that spans different cultures.

Empowerment, not charity

Instead of providing one-off deliverables, we grow the internal capacity of the startups we service over 6-8 months. We work closely with founders to achieve this.

Our Partners

We collaborate with organisations who share our vision to empower social entrepreneurs. Some of our past and present partners are listed below.

Making an impact across 30+ countries

The growth in BfE has allowed us to work with some of the most passionate social entrepreneurs around the world. Many of them have gone on to win awards, receive additional funding, and enter other accelerator programmes. Looking ahead, we seek to empower even more social entrepreneurs committed to accelerating sustainable change.