The graphs and charts below denote how often survey respondents selected a certain answer. For example, for the graph regarding sector of focus, a reader can clearly see how many respondents selected each sector. A reader can interpret this in a number of ways:

  1. Not enough people are focusing on sector x, while the market for sector y is overly saturated.
  2. The is not very much demand from entrepreneurs for support in sector x. 
  3. There are barriers for support organizations to access entrepreneurs in working in sector x. 

For additional context on this data, please see the PDF version of this report. We know that readers may be able to add other insights and understand the data differently. We hope that this will act as both a marker of the ecosystem at this particular time as well as a starting point for ecosystem actors, facilitated by a common knowledge base.

Intervention Type

  • Provide nonfinancial services to entrepreneurs directly (103)

  • Promote and educate about entrepreneurship (87)

  • Invest Directly (65)

  • Provide financial support to intermediaries (42)

  • Conduct research on the sector (35)

  • Invest into funds (15)

  • Other (38)

Stakeholder Type

  • Business development service provider (106)

  • Enterprise development services (98)

  • Impact investor (66)

  • Consultant (59)

  • Accelerator / incubator (57)

  • Private equity fund (45)

  • Fund of funds (45)

  • Angel investor (41)

  • Funder of accelerators (41)

  • Venture capital fund (39)

  • DFI / multilateral (28)

  • Crowdfunding (20)

Investment Instrument

  • Debt (43)

  • Equity (39)

  • Grant (18)

  • Quasi-Equity (12)

  • Guarantees (12)

  • Other (5)

Nonfinancial Support

  • Access to networks and partners (56)

    58%
  • Business strategy and planning (53)

    55%
  • Marketing support or market research (44)

    46%
  • Sector development (44)

    46%
  • Financial management (43)

    45%
  • Building HR capacity (38)

    40%
  • Value / supply chain development (37)

    39%
  • Leadership development (36)

    38%
  • Performance management (33)

    34%
  • Investor matchmaking (33)

    34%
  • Needs assessment (28)

    29%
  • Technology development or adoption (28)

    29%
  • Investor showcases (26)

    27%
  • Governance structure (24)

    25%
  • Ideation (22)

    23%
  • Media exposure (21)

    22%
  • Due diligence (19)

    20%
  • Building M&E capacity (15)

    16%
  • Exit strategies (14)

    15%
  • Other (specify below) (11)

    11%
  • Product certification (6)

    6%

Nonfinancial Support Delivery Mechanism

  • Classroom / seminar training (105)

  • Direct Consulting Services (84)

  • Peer to Peer / Network-based Support (79)

  • Mentoring (71)

  • Competitions / prizes (54)

  • Talent Placement (50)

  • Cohort or group support (47)

  • Co-working space (37)

  • Fellowships (26)

  • Seat on the board of directors (23)

  • Other (15)

Sectors of focus

  • Agriculture & Food (79)

  • Financial services (63)

  • Education (62)

  • Sector agnostic (54)

  • Information and communication technology (44)

  • Hospitality / travel / tourism (37)

  • Wholesale and retail trade (32)

  • Manufacturing (30)

  • Health (28)

  • Media & entertainment (27)

  • Energy (27)

  • Logistics & distribution (21)

  • Infrastructure / facilities development (21)

  • Environment (21)

  • Supply chain services (20)

  • Housing and community development (19)

  • Creative & cultural (19)

  • Water & sanitation (17)

  • Transportation (17)

  • Artisanal (13)

  • Forestry (8)

  • Land conservation (8)

Stakeholder or business model focus

  • Women entrepreneurs (93)

  • Youth entrepreneurs (87)

  • Rural communities (86)

  • Social enterprise (68)

  • Urban communities (54)

  • Gender inclusion (48)

  • Science, engineering or invention based businesses (47)

  • Citizen empowerment (46)

  • Accessibility (40)

  • Base of the pyramid (39)

  • Advocacy (34)

  • Resiliency / climate change (31)

  • Transparency and accountability (20)

  • Minority or previously excluded population (18)

  • Refugees and migration (17)

  • Ethical sourcing (14)

  • Franchising (14)

Impact objective

  • Income/productivity growth (87)

  • Capacity building (80)

  • Access to financial services (78)

  • Access to markets (64)

  • Employment generation (57)

  • Access to education (51)

  • Access to information (46)

  • Agricultural productivity (46)

  • Community development (43)

  • Equality and empowerment (31)

  • Good governance (24)

  • Food security and nutrition (24)

  • Health improvement (23)

  • Access to energy (23)

  • Sustainable energy (22)

  • Sustainable land use (21)

  • Energy and fuel efficiency (17)

  • Access to clean water and sanitation (17)

  • Pollution prevention and waste management (14)

  • Water resources management (14)

  • Natural resources conservation (11)

  • None (10)

  • Conflict resolution (7)

  • Human rights protection or expansion (6)

  • Affordable housing (6)

  • Generating funds for charitable giving (6)

  • Disease-specific prevention and mitigation (4)

Verticals

  • EdTech (54)

  • FinTech (52)

  • None (43)

  • AgTech (42)

  • E-commerce (24)

  • Data analytics (22)

  • CleanTech (21)

  • Software as a service (SaaS) (20)

  • Internet of things (IoT) (19)

  • GovTech (15)

  • Biotech (14)

  • CivicTech (11)

  • Hardware (10)